Lady Stags move one step closer to an outright Finals seat
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 23, 2017 06:34 PM
San Sebastian College shows Lyceum of the Philippines University the exit door as the Lady Stags inch closer to a direct ride to the Finals.
(The Arena, San Juan)
8:00 a.m.- CSB vs SSC (jrs)
9:30 a.m.- CSB vs SSC (m)
11:00 a.m.- CSB vs SSC (w)
12:30 p.m.- AU vs UPHSD (w)
2:00 p.m.- AU vs UPHSD (m)
3:30 p.m.- AU vs UPHSD (jrs)
San Sebastian College eliminated Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-21, 25-19, 25-17, Monday in the semifinals race to move one win closer from sweeping its way straight to the finals in the women's division of the 92nd NCAA volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Reigning back-to-back MVP Grethcel Sotlones and Joyce Sta. Rita paced the Lady Stags with 13 hits apiece to help propel the SSC-R to their eighth straight victory, or one victory away from booking an outright spot to the championship round where they will enjoy a thrice-to-beat edge.
The Lady Stags could only accomplish it if they could hurdle defending champion St. Benilde in the final elimination round playdate set tomorrow.
Interestingly, SSC-R also swept last year's elims only to lose to the Lady Blazers, the eventual winners, in the finals.
SSC-R coach Roger Gorayeb, however, is thinking more on their St. Benilde game than anything else.
"Ang focus na muna namin ngayon ay yung laban naman sa St. Benilde. Isang araw lang ang preparasyon namin sa kanila kaya ‘yun muna ang iniisip namin," said Gorayeb.
The Lady Pirates absorbed its fourth defeat against five wins that eliminated it from the Final Four.
It also left College of St. Benilde (6-3), San Beda College (6-3) and Perpetual Help (5-3) battling for the last two slots in the next round.
Like San Sebastian, Arellano U is also ensured of a seat in the Final Four with a 7-1 (win-loss) mark.
In the other match, Letran closed its campaign with a 2-7 record after outlasting Emilio Aguinaldo College (1-8), 18-25, 25-22, 25-13, 24-26, 15-7.
Meanwhile, LPU swept the juniors elimination round to secure a spot in the Finals and a thrice-to-beat advantage in an emphatic 25-8, 25-15, 25-18, beating of SSC-R.
EAC defeated also-ran Letran, 25-16, 25-15, 25-16, for a 6-1 record and a twice-to-beat advantage in the juniors stepladder semis.
In the men’s play, the Generals (1-8) won over Letran (2-7), 32-30, 25-22, 25-20, while the Pirates swept the Stags, 25-16, 25-17, 25-23.