PVL: NU clinches semis top spot, FEU secures a playoff for last Final Four seat
National University snatched the Final Four top spot after putting a dent on University of Sto. Tomas' erstwhile unbeaten card. (FILE PHOTO)
National University denied University of Sto. Tomas of completing an elimination round sweep while Far Eastern University kept its Final Four hopes alive in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference.
The Bulldogs gave the Tigers a taste of defeat to snap their eight-game winning streak with a 25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20, victory Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
NU tied UST with 8-1 win-loss record but the Bulldogs claimed the no. 1 seed in the best-of-three semifinals starting next week by virtue of higher quotient.
NU will face in the Final Four the no. 4 seed playoff survivor between College of St. Benilde and Far Eastern University, which forced a sudden death for the last semis seat after outlasting University of the Philippines in a come-from-behind fashion, 25-21, 22-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-11.
The Tamaraws closed the elims with a 5-4 mark tied with CSB, which they will face in a playoff on Wednesday.
JP Bugaoan led FEU with 20 points while Redijohn Paler had 13 markers. Peter Quiel, Mark Calado and Raymond Bautista scored 10 markers each for the Tamaraws.
“Ang natatandaan kong sinabi ko, ‘patunayan natin na karapat dapat tayo magsuot ng FEU uniform tsaka karapat dapat tayo sa liga na ‘to,’” said FEU coach Rey Diaz. “Kasi sayang ‘yung pagkakataon buti na lang ‘yung mga bata na-feel siguro nila na kailangan nilang magtrabaho.”
“Napakagandang laban ‘yung binigay ng UP kasi. Natutong kumapit ‘yung players namin sa crunch time kasi ‘yung first four sets kung kailan crucial tsaka nagda-drop ball. Kaya sabi ko dapat tumibay yung loob,” he added.
Meanwhile, Madzlan Gampong finished with 15 points while Angelo Almendras and James Natividad scored 10 markers each for NU, which played for the third straight game without top hitter Bryan Bagunas who is preparing for the UAAP beach volleyball tournament next month.
Genesis Redido led the way for UST with 17 points. Manuel Medina and Jayvee Sumagaysay added 13 and 11 markers, respectively, for the Tigers, who will take on Adamson University in the Final Four.
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