NU, UST clinch Final Four advantage in UAAP girls volleyball
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 08, 2015 04:06 PM
Reigning titlist National University grabbed the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four of the 78th UAAP girls volleyball.
Defending champion National University and University of Sto. Tomas secured the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four after dominating their respective opponents in the 78th UAAP girls volleyball tournament at the Adamson University Gym.
The Lady Bullpups tripped University of the East, 25-15, 25-22, 25-14, while the Junior Tigresses beat La Salle-Zobel, 25-18, 25-16, 25-15, Wednesday.
Posting its 10th win in 11 matches, NU virtually clinched the No. 1 ranking in the semifinals, while UST is in second place with a 9-2 record.
The Junior Lady Spikers remained at third spot with a 7-4 card and will face the Junior Tigresses in the Final Four slated next week.
The Junior Warriors, meanwhile, fell to 5-6 in fourth place. UE needs to beat La Salle-Zobel in the final day of eliminations at 3:30 p.m. Saturday to clinch the remaining semis berth.
In the other girls match, Adamson whipped UP Integrated School, 25-17, 25-10, 25-15, to tie Far Eastern University-Diliman at 4-7 and keep its slim hopes alive of making it to the semifinals through the backdoor.
In the boys division, the Bullpups moved on the cusp of advancing to the Finals outright with a narrow 26-28, 25-6, 18-25, 25-21, 15-12 victory over UST.
Unbeaten in 11 matches, NU needs to prevail over the Junior Archers Saturday at 8:00 a.m. to nail the first championship slot and a thrice-to-beat advantage.
The defending champion Junior Warriors outlasted the Baby Tamaraws, 18-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20, 15-13, to claim the twice-to-beat semis incentive with their ninth win in 11 matches.
FEU-Diliman dropped to 8-3 card in third place.
The Blue Eaglets are still tied with the Tiger Cubs in fourth spot at 5-6 after a 25-13, 25-16, 25-23 victory.
Ateneo and UST will clash in a playoff for the last semis berth if it beats UE and FEU-Diliman, respectively, Saturday.