NCAA Season 95: Altas sweep elims for outright Finals seat
Mark Escarlote on Feb 13, 2020 06:29 PM
University of Perpetual Help marched to the Finals outright after sweeping the elimination round. (FILE PHOTO)
Another perfect elimination run, another outright trip to the Finals.
Grand slam-seeking University of Perpetual Help completed a clean sweep of the elimination round for the second straight year after running over Letran, 25-14, 25-15, 25-18, on Thursday for an automatic championship seat in the NCAA Season 95 men’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Altas dominated the nine-game elims and extended its winning run to 22 straight since Season 93.
Perpetual head coach Sammy Acaylar gave all his players playing time with top Most Valuable Player contender Louie Ramirez leading the way with 10 points built on eight attacks and two aces. Ronniel Rosales and Ridzuan Muhali added eight markers each for the Las Pinas-based squad, which rained down 42 attack points.
“Sa nangyari sa amin ngayon di ko naman ini-expect,” said Acaylar. “Never sa mind ko na inisip na tatalunin ko ang lahat. Di ko iniisip yun. Iniisip ko lang one step at a time.”
The Altas will have to wait longer for their best-of-three championship opponent after the league announced an indefinite suspension on all sporting events as a precautionary measure in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Knights dropped to a 2-6 mark.
Christopher Cistina and Michael Doria finished with eight and seven points, respectively, for Letran.
Meanwhile, Arellano University occupied the third Final Four seat after scoring a dramatic come-from-behind win over Emilio Aguinaldo College, 22-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-13, for a 6-2 win-loss record at third spot.
Jesrael Liberato was instrumental in the Chiefs comeback, dropping 23 points off 18 attacks and five kill blocks while Christian Dela Paz and Kim Tan had 13 markers each. Skipper Christian Segovia added 11 points for Arellano U, which can force a playoff for a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage with a win over College of St. Benilde on Monday.
The Generals remained at second spot with a 7-2 slate to close their elims campaign but the defeat put EAC in a precarious position of falling into a playoff for the twice-to-beat advantage.
Joshua Mina scored 27 points with 17 digs and 24 excellent receptions in a lost cause for the Generals.
Aeron Daduya had 16 markers, Danrich Melad finished with 14 while Mark Cabacang posted 12 for EAC.
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