PVL: Ateneo books semis match against UST
Mark Escarlote on Sep 15, 2019 01:35 PM
Ateneo de Manila booked a semifinals showdown with University of Sto. Tomas. (Photo: Josh Albelda / ABS-CBN Sports)
Reigning UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University set up a semifinals pairing with University of Sto. Tomas after sweeping University of Perpetual Help, 25-18, 25-9, 25-17, Sunday in Group A of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Katipunan-based squad recovered from a four-set setback against unbeaten Adamson University last week to close the group stage with a 4-1 win-loss slate.
Faith Nisperos reintroduced herself after missing the Lady Eagles’ game against the Lady Falcons last week because of a viral infection by uncorking 14 attacks in her 15-point outing.
Ponggay Gaston had 11 markers and 11 digs while Joan Narit and Vanie Gandler registered eight points each for Ateneo, which will face the squad in conquered four months ago in UAAP Season 81 Finals.
“Ang team ko young din, ang sabi ko lang sa team ko we have to keep on learning,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro.
Game 1 of the semis is on Sept. 28.
The Lady Altas closed their elims campaign with four straight losses against one win.
Meanwhile, College of St. Benilde became the only NCAA team to make through the semifinals after taking down Technological Institute on the Philippines, 25-13, 25-16, 25-9, in Group B.
All of the Lady Blazers on the bench saw time on the court as they waylaid the winless Lady Engineers in just 69 minutes to finish at the second spot in Group B with a 4-1 record behind unbeaten University of Sto. Tomas. CSB forged a best-of-three Final Four showdown with Group A top seed and also undefeated Adamson University.
Diane Ventura made the most of her playing time as she finished with 10 points in two sets of play to lead 10 other Lady Blazers who chipped in points. Jade Gentapa had eight markers while Chelsea Umali posted seven for CSB.
“Happy tayo na we got a win and meron tayong time para mag-prepare for the upcoming match,” Lady Blazers coach Jerry Yee, whose squad’s only loss in the group stage came at the hands of the Tigresses in five sets. “We’re happy and excited. This coming week pukpukan na naman.”
TIP failed to win a single game in five outings with all coming off straight sets defeats. Ashley Jinon finished with 10 to lead the Lady Engineers.
Far Eastern University recovered just in time after a first set meltdown to avoid Lyceum of the Philippines University’s upset attempt, 21-25, 25-14, 25-16, 25-19, and finish its Group B campaign with a 3-2 record.
France Ronquillo led the way with 18 points and eight digs while Czarina Carandang had 14 markers for the Lady Tamaraws, who missed the Final Four cut after a costly straight sets loss to semis-bound College of St. Benilde at the start of their campaign.
The Lady Pirates closed their stint with 1-4 mark. Alexandra Rafael had 15 points while Joan Doguna and Mary Joy Onofre scored 10 markers each for LPU.
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