Bravo, Clemente shine as Perpetual survives JRU
Mark Escarlote on Jan 20, 2017 03:23 PM
Coleen Bravo of University of Perpetual Help smashed 18 kills in her season-best 21 points.
(The Arena, San Juan)
8:00 p.m. --- EAC vs Letran (jrs)
9:30 a.m. --- EAC vs. Letran (m)
11:00 a.m. --- EAC vs. Letran (w)
12:30 p.m. --- SSC-R vs. LPU (w)
2:00 p.m. --- SSC-R vs. LPU (m)
3:30 p.m. --- SSc-R vs LPU (jrs)
University of Perpetual Help kept its Final Four bid alive with a 25-23, 25-22, 24-26, 25-15, win over Jose Rizal University Friday in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan.
Towering middles Coleen Bravo and Lourdes Clemente combined for 33 of the Lady Altas’ 58 kills.
Bravo registered her career-high 21 points coming off 18 attacks, two kill blocks and an ace for Perpetual while Clemente had 20 markers. Jamela Suyat added 15 points for the Lady Altas, who survived the upset-conscious Lady Bombers despite committing 40 errors.
But it was Perpetual Help playmaker Necelle Mae Gual that hogged the spotlight in the victory with her eye-popping 73 excellent sets.
The Lady Altas improved their record to 5-3 at fifth to sixth spot tied with idle Lyceum of the Philippines Lady Pirates behind no. 4 San Beda College (6-3), which secured at least a playoff for a semifinals spot.
With their backs against the wall, the Las Pinas-based squad survived another win or go home match to remain in contention for the last two semifinals berths.
Perpetual will close its elimination round campaign on Wednesday in a do-or-die match with the streaking Arellano University Lady Chiefs (7-1).
The unbeaten San Sebastian College (7-0) and Lady Chiefs (7-1) secured the first two Final Four spots while defending champion College of St. Benilde (6-2) and San Beda College are both assured of at least a playoff for a semis seat.
The Lady Bombers closed their season with a 3-6 slate.
Shola Alvarez scored 18 points while Rosalie Pepito got 11 for JRU.
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