NCAA Season 95: Perpetual grabs a semis seat

Mark Escarlote on Feb 10, 2020 04:30 PM
NCAA Season 95: Perpetual grabs a semis seat
University of Perpetual Help reserved a Final Four seat. (Arvin Lim)

University of Perpetual Help flirted with disaster before rallying to a 20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-17, victory over Emilio Aguinaldo College on Monday to take a semifinals seat in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Lady Altas improved to a 6-2 win-loss record and got a free ride to the Final Four together with three-time defending champion Arellano University (6-1) after Jose Rizal University scored an upset over Letran, 25-17, 18-25, 25-21, 25-13, in the other match.

Perpetual and Arellano U joined undefeated College of St. Benilde (7-0) in the semis. 

After a disastrous first set, Perpetual reorganized in the second frame to build momentum on its way to an all-important win.

“Maganda na rin 'yung anong naging resulta, at least kahit papaano, kahit lousy 'yung performance namin today, kahit medyo ilang at medyo erratic, nanalo kami,” said Perpetual coach Macky Carino.

Jhona Rosal showed the way for the Lady Altas with 17 points while Dana Persa and Bianca Tripoli added 11 markers each.

Jenny Gaviola finished with 11 points as Perpetual rediscovered its winning ways following a stinging loss to San Beda University last Friday that snapped its five-game winning streak.

EAC, which got 16 points each from Cathrine Almazan and Krizzia Reyes, dropped to 1-7 slate.  

Meanwhile, the Lady Bombers closed their campaign on a high note for a 4-5 mark as they played spoiler to the Lady Knights.

“Sa akin, sayang 'yung season, it could've been better,” said JRU coach Mia Tioseco. “But, it's also good that we ended with a win. At least positive 'yung start namin in preparation for next season.”

Dolly Verzosa scored 16 points including 14 attacks and 19 digs while Sydney Niegos had 14 markers for the Lady Bombers. Riza Rose and Karyla Jasareno scored 11 points each for JRU.

Letran suffered its fourth loss in seven games tied with Lyceum of the Philippines University. The Lady Knights still have a chance to force at least a playoff for the last semis berth if they win over Perpetual on Thursday and San Sebastian College next week and hope that current no. 4 ranked team San Beda (5-2) will drop all of its remaining games.

Chamberlaine Cunada posted 20 points in a lost cause for Letran while Daisy Melendres had 11.

 

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