UAAP Season 81 Final Four: UST, DLSU dispute twice-to-beat advantage

Mark Escarlote on Apr 30, 2019 05:04 PM
UAAP Season 81: UST, DLSU dispute twice-to-beat advantage
Three-time defending champion De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas battle in a playoff for a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage.

Three-time defending champion De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas just got themselves entangled in a virtual best-of-three affair.

The two squads clash on Wednesday in an all-important battle for the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Final Four twice-to-beat advantage at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Game time is at 3:30 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream.

The encounter will not only be a preview of the two teams’ Final Four pairing on Sunday but will also decide which squad will move one step closer to the championship round.

DLSU and UST finished with identical 10-4 win-loss records, closing the two-round eliminations on contrasting fashion.

The Tigresses are riding the crest of a four-game winning streak. UST is making a return to the semis since losing to DLSU in Season 79 Final Four.

On the other hand, the Lady Spikers fell short of securing the last semis advantage after bowing down to Far Eastern University on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s Finals. It was the Lady Tamaraws’ first win over DLSU since the first game of Season 78 Final Four or a total of eight head-to-head games.        

The loss forced the Lady Spikers into a playoff with UST.  

Both teams split their elims head-to-head with the Tigresses sweeping the Lady Spikers in the first round before DLSU exacted revenge in their rematch in four frames.

Top seed Ateneo de Manila University takes on FEU in the other semis pairing armed with a twice-to-beat advantage on Saturday. The UST-DLSU Final Four showdown is on Sunday.

 

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