Perpetual, AU tangle in juniors stepladder semis opener
Mark Escarlote on Jan 27, 2017 09:33 AM
Defending champion Perpetual Help and Arellano open knockout 92nd NCAA Juniors stepladder semifinals.
(The Arena, San Juan)
10:00 a.m. -- Perpetual Help vs AU (juniors stepladder)
12:00 noon -- CSB vs Perpetual Help (men's playoff)
2:00 p.m. -- CSB vs San Beda College (women's playoff)
Reigning champion Perpetual Help and Arellano University clash in a do-or-die match Friday to open the stepladder semifinals of the 92nd NCAA juniors volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan.
Game time is set at 10:00 a.m. followed by a couple of playoff matches in the men’s and women’s divisions at 12 noon and 2:00 p.m., respectively.
The grand slam-seeking Junior Altas finished the elimination round at third place with a 5-2 win-loss record while the Braves clinched the last semis ticket with a 4-3 mark.
The survivor of the match will then play Emilio Aguinaldo College, which is armed with a twice-to-beat advantage after finishing the elims with a 6-1 slate.
Waiting in the Finals is Lyceum of the Philippines, which swept its way to an outright championship berth and a thrice-to-beat edge.
In women's play, defending champion College St. Benilde and San Beda College faceoff for the No. 3 seeding. The Lady Blazers and Lionesses closed the elims with identical 6-3 cards.
The duel serves as a warm up to their knockout stepladder semis match on Monday.
The winner on Monday’s match advances to the second phase of the semifinals against twice-to-beat AU.
Unbeaten San Sebastian College booked an outright Finals berth after a 9-game elims sweep for the second straight year swept its way to the finals carrying a thrice-to-beat edge.
In the men's division, reigning title-holder Perpetual Help and CSB are both assured of a twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four but will dispute the no. 1 seeding in the next round.
Both squad are tied at 8-1 marks after the elims.
The winner battles No. 4 seed Arellano U while the loser tangles with No. 3 San Beda in the Final Four on Monday.
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