PVL: Lady Blazers remain in semis hunt
College of St. Benilde kept its flickering Final Four hopes alive with a straight sets win over University of Perpetual Help.
College of St. Benilde did its part in its bid to secure a semifinals seat, beating also-ran University of Perpetual Help in convincing fashion, 25-11, 25-22, 25-18, Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Now, the Lady Blazers will put their fate on Lady Luck to remain in the hunt for the last Final Four seat in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference.
CSB closed the elimination round with a 3-4 win-loss record and assured themselves of a chance to force a playoff – depending on the result of the match between University of the Philippines (3-3) and San Beda University (2-4) on Sunday.
Maritess Pablo led the way for the Lady Blazers with 13 points off nine attacks, three aces and one block while adding nine digs. Jan Daguil and Klarissa Abriam finished with nine markers each for CSB.
The Taft-based squad now needs to pray hard that the Lady Red Spikers will defeat the Lady Maroons in five sets to challenge UP in a playoff for the right to join unbeaten Adamson University, Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas in the Final Four.
A win by the Lady Maroons will boot Lady Blazers out of the semis race.
In case San Beda wins in straight or four sets that will force a three-way tie at 3-4, the team with the lowest quotient will be eliminated.
Dana Persa scored eight points while Jhona Rosal and Shyra Umandal had five each for the Lady Altas, who closed their campaign with just one win in seven games.
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