Perpetual, EAC forge NCAA men's beach volleyball title showdown

Perpetual, EAC forge title showdown
University of Perpetual Help and Emilio Aguinaldo College booked a championship showdown in the 93rd NCAA men's beach volleyball competition.

University of Perpetual Help duo Rey Taneo and Joebert Almodiel trounced Jhonel Badua and Joeward Presnede twice in the Final Four to clinch a return trip to the championship round against Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Joshua Mina and Paolo Cezar Lim in the 93rd NCAA men’s beach volleyball tournament at the Boardwalk in Subic Bay, Zambales.

Needing two wins to advance, Almodiel and Taneo pulled off 21-12, 21-14 and 23-21, 21-9 victories over Badua and Presnede to clinch the last slot to the knockout Final against Mina and Lim, who downed Letran’s Bobby Gatdula and Christopher Cistina, 21-9, 22-20, Saturday.

The win thus gave the Las Pinas-based school a chance to claim a second straight title after Taneo and brother Relan won it all a season ago.

“We hope to make my last season at Perpetual Help memorable with another championship,” said Taneo, the Finals MVP and one of the vital cogs in the Altas’ title run in NCAA indoor volleyball two weeks ago.

For Mina and Lim, they hope to give EAC its very first men’s crown.

In the women’s division, San Beda twins Maria Jeziela and Maria Nieza Viray turned back St. Benilde’s Jan Arianne Daguil and Melanie Torres, 21-18, 21-15, and EAC’s Jaylene May Lumbo and Glyka Medina dumped Perpetual Help’s Marijo Medalla and Bianca Tripoli, 21-18, 21-10, to arrange a title clash.

The Virays will be looking at finally winning the title after two straight runner-up finishes while Lumbo and Medina aim to deny the former and win the championship themselves.

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