PVL: Falcons reserve a Final Four seat
Mark Escarlote on Aug 25, 2018 03:33 PM
Adamson University clinched a spot in the Final Four.
Adamson University faced tough resistance from College of St. Benilde before carving out a 25-16, 18-25, 25-20, 31-29 victory to punch a semifinals ticket in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference men’s division Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Four players led by Leo Miranda scored in double figures to help the Falcons close the elimination round with a 6-3 win-loss record and join other semifinalists unbeaten University of Sto. Tomas (8-0) and National University (7-1).
Miranda finished with 18 points including 16 off spikes while George Labang and skipper Paolo Pablico had 17 and 16 markers, respectively, for Adamson, which secured the no. 3 spot in the best-of-three Final Four.
Geoffrey Alicando chipped in 11 points while playmaker Leo Amburgo tallied 19 excellent sets in the Falcons’ 57 attack points.
Despite absorbing its fourth loss in nine outings, CSB will still have a chance to vie for the last Final Four seat in a playoff on Wednesday against the winner between University of the Philippines (4-4) and Far Eastern University (4-4) at the close of the elims on Sunday.
Ruvince Abrot led the Blazers with 20 points while Ronniey Adviento and Joshua De Sequera scored 15 and 13, respectively.
Meanwhile, Arellano University salvaged some sense of pride as the Chiefs avoided a winless campaign after toppling De La Salle University, 24-26, 25-11, 26-24, 25-22, for a 1-8 slate.
Christian Dela Paz had 20 points, Demmy Lapuz added 19 while Jesrael Liberato and Christian Segovia got 16 and 13 markers, respectively, for the Chiefs.
The Green Spikers ended their campaign with a 2-7 card.
University of Perpetual Help closed their stint with a 25-14, 28-26, 22-25, 25-13 win over San Beda University.
Ronniel Rosales had 17 points, Ridzuan Muhalo got 16 while reigning NCAA MVP Joebert Almodiel scored 14 for the Altas, who ended up with a 4-5 mark and handed the Red Spikers their seventh loss in nine games.
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