Lady Pirates set sight on at least a semis berth playoff

Mark Escarlote on Jan 13, 2017 09:24 AM
Lady Pirates set sight on at least a semis berth playoff
Lyceum of the Philippines University seek to extend its winning run to four and secure at least a playoff for a semifinals berth.

Games Friday:

(The Arena, San Juan)

8:30 a.m. --- EAC vs. MIT (m)

10:00 a.m. --- EAC vs. MIT (w)

11:30 a.m. --- LPU vs. Perpetual (w)

1:00 p.m. --- LPU vs Perpetual (m)

2:30 p.m. --- LPU vs Perpetual (jrs)

 

With unbeaten San Sebastian College clinching the first Final Four seat, Lyceum of the Philippines University attempts to draw closer to one of the remaining three berths Friday in a showdown with the desperate Perpetual Help Lady Altas in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition.

Riding the crest of a three-game winning run, the Lady Pirates face the Lady Altas in the scheduled 11:30 a.m. clash to secure at least a playoff for a semis spot at The Arena in San Juan.

Coming off a straight-set, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20, demolition of listless Emilio Aguinaldo College last week, the Intramuros-based squad parades a 5-1 win-loss slate and is on the right track for its bid to advance in the next round for the first time since 2011.

LPU is on a high with its winning streak sparked by a huge upset of College of St. Benilde and head coach Emil Lontoc is confident the Lady Pirates can take one against Perpetual.

“Sa tingin ko kaya naming silang tapatan gaya nu’ng laro namin sa Benilde kasi halos pareho ang laro ng dalawang ‘yan eh,” he said. “Kapag gumanda ang receive namin, gumanda ang atake lalaban kami sa kanila. Saka ang Perpetual hindi na rin ganoon (kaganda) ang laro.”

But the Lady Altas will surely show a different form after sliding to 3-3 slate.

The Las Pinas-based squad suffered a 22-25, 13-25, 13-25, beating at the hands of SSC-R last Wednesday, putting Perpetual in a dangerous spot of missing the cut for a Final Four seat. Another loss will eliminate Perpetual from the semis race.

In the non-bearing game, tied at 0-7 slates EAC and Mapua collide to barge in the win column in their scheduled 10:00 a.m. match.

Meanwhile, the Generals (0-7) faceoff with the Cardinals (4-3) at 8:30 a.m. while LPU (3-3) meets Perpetual (4-1) in the 1:00 p.m. match in the men’s division.

The lone juniors play is between unbeaten LPU (4-0) and defending champion Perpetual (4-0) at 2:30 p.m.

 

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