CSB, San Beda face off in knockout stepladder semis

Mark Escarlote on Jan 30, 2017 06:59 PM
CSB, San Beda face off in knockout stepladder semis
College of St. Benilde and San Beda College fight for survival in the knockout stepladder semifinals.

Games Tuesday:

(The Arena, San Juan)

9:00 a.m. -- EAC vs Perpetual Help (Jrs. stepladder)

11:30 a.m. -- Perpetual Help vs San Beda (men's Final Four)

2:00 p.m. -- CSB vs Arellano U (men's Final Four)

4:00 p.m. -- San Beda vs CSB (women's stepladder)

Expect an all-out war when reigning champion College of St. Benilde and San Beda College clash to remain in the hunt for the crown Tuesday in the knockout stepladder semifinals of the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan.

The Lady Blazers, which stunned San Sebastian College last year in the Finals by overcoming a thrice-to-win disadvantage, will be carrying a huge momentum in their scheduled 4:00 p.m. match to be aired live on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 and ABS-CBN S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream.

CSB clinched the No. 3 seeding by beating the Lionesses, 25-19, 25-23, 17-25, 25-18, in a playoff Friday that served as a preview of their win-or-go home duel.

The survivor of the match advances to the last phase of the stepladder semifinals on Friday against no. 2 seed Arellano University, armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.

SSC-R clinched an outright Finals seat with a thrice-to-beat incentive.

In men's action, top seed CSB clashes with Arellano U at 2:00 p.m. after the showdown between repeat-seeking Perpetual Help and San Beda College at 11:30 a.m. which will also be aired live on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 and ABS-CBN S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream..

The championship round is a best-of-three series.

The Blazers trounced the Altas, 25-21, 25-23, 25-14, Friday for the no. 1 spot.

In juniors' action, Emilio Aguinaldo College shoots to forge a title duel with Lyceum of the Philippines University as it squares off with last year's winner Perpetual Help at 9:00 a.m.

The Brigadiers will enjoy a twice-to-beat edge for ending up at No. 2 while the Junior Altas, who eliminated the Juniors Chiefs, 25-18, 25-23, 25-14, in the first stepladder semis Friday, will have to beat the former two straight to advance.

The Junior Pirates leapt straight to the finals after sweeping the elims in seven games. LPU also clinched a thrice-to-beat advantage in the process.

 

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