NCAA Season 95: Altas secure Final Four seat

Mark Escarlote on Feb 07, 2020 05:38 PM
NCAA Season 95: Altas secure Final Four seat
University of Perpetual Help is through to the semifinals of the NCAA Season 95 men's volleyball competition. (Arvin Lim)

Unbeaten two-time defending champion University of Perpetual Help made quick work of San Beda University, 25-21, 25-15, 25-22, to punch a semifinals ticket in the NCAA Season 95 men’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Friday.

Needing only 66 minutes to wrap up the match, the Altas banked on top Most Valuable Player contenders Louie Ramirez and Ronniel Rosales to capture their seventh win in as many games to join the other undefeated team Emilio Aguinaldo College in the next round.

Ramirez piled up 17 kills in his 19-point outing to pace the Las Pinas-based squad while Rosales had 12 markers off six attacks, five of Perpetual’s 12 kill blocks and an ace.

Hero Austria displayed his all-around game with nine points, seven digs and 18 excellent receptions for Perpetual, which can secure a twice-to-beat advantage with another victory or go straight to the Finals if it sweeps its last two assignments against EAC on Monday and Letran on Friday.

The Red Spikers slid to a 3-4 record that put San Beda on the brink of missing the cut for the last two Final Four seats.

Skipper Melvar Lapurga was the only San Beda player in double figures with 11 points.

In women’s play, the Lady Red Spikers broke the Lady Altas’ five-game winning streak with a dominating 25-20, 25-19, 25-16, win to tie its victim at third to fourth.

Cesca Racraquin fired 18 points showing her well-rounded scoring prowess with 13 spikes, three aces and a pair of kill blocks for San Beda, which improved to a 5-2 slate. Racraquin added six excellent receptions for the Lady Red Spikers.   

Nieza Viray got 14 markers while Kim Manzano and Trisha Paras combined for 16 points as San Beda won its second straight.

Perpetual lost the fire that brought them a string of success including a five-set win over three-time defending champion Arellano University last week.

The Lady Altas’ guns went quiet with Jhona Rosal scoring only seven points while Bianca Tripoli only had four markers under her name.

 

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