CSB, Arellano U dispute the last Finals berth
Mark Escarlote on Feb 13, 2018 09:43 AM
Repeat-seeking College of St. Benilde face elimination round tormentor Arellano University in the last knockout semifinals battle for the right to book a ticket into the best-of-three Finals against University of Perpetual Help.
(FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan)
10:00 a.m. –- EAC vs. Letran (jrs)
12:00 noon –- Perpetual vs. AU (jrs)
2:00 p.m. –- CSB U vs. AU (m)
Defending champion College of St. Benilde is just a step away from a return stint into the Finals.
But for the Blazers to continue with their title-retention bid, CSB will need to go through another knockout game Tuesday in the last phase of the 93rd NCAA men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Taft-based squad hopes to carry the momentum of its grueling five-set sudden death match survival against San Beda University last Friday to book the last best-of-three Finals ticket and set a championship rematch with unbeaten University of Perpetual Help.
Game time is at 2:00 p.m.
Down 12-14 in the fifth set, the Blazers unearthed the same fire that brought them to the throne last year as they saved six match points before pulling off an amazing 25-16, 24-26, 25-19, 20-25, 20-18 comeback.
“Sa panalo namin against Beda doon ko naramdaman na gusto nilang manalo, gusto nilang mai-defend ang title,” said CSB coach Arnold Laniog.
The mentor will pin his hopes of Isaah Arda, who scored 23 points in their thrilling win, Francis Basilan and Mark Orian.
CSB dropped a five-set battle against the Chiefs in the elimination round last January 29.
Arellano U’s lone loss was against Perpetual.
The championship round will start on Friday.
Meanwhile, twice-to-beat defending champion Perpetual Help battles Arellano U at 12:00 noon in juniors Final Four.
Twice-to-beat Emilio Aguinaldo College clashes with Letran in the other semis pairing.
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