UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help System Dalta bucked a slow start to repulse Emilio Aguinaldo College, 20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-17, and punch a return ticket to the semifinals in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Jhona Rosal tallied 17 points, including two service aces, Dana Persa had 11 points, 12 digs and six receptions while Yanca Tripoli had three blocks and three service aces to also finish with 11 points for the Lady Altas.
Jenny Gaviola was the other Perpetual player in twin digits with 10 points and tossed in 14 excellent sets.
The victory, the sixth in eighth matches, paved the way for the Lady Altas to clinch their third straight Final Four appearance.
It also allowed Perpetual to keep within distance of league-leading College of Saint Benilde (7-0) and defending champion Arellano University (6-1).
Later, Dolly Verzosa had 16 points and 19 digs as also-ran Jose Rizal University pushed Letran on the brink of elimination with a 25-17, 18-25, 25-21 win.
Coming off a morale-boosting win that ended a 16-match losing streak, the Lady Generals stole the opening frame before the Lady Altas got their rhythm going to snatch the next three and get back their winning ways.
“Sobrang bagal mag start talaga, sobra. Sobrang relax kasi galing kami doon sa pangit na performance against San Beda. So kinausap ko sila tapos sabi ko, challenge natin sarili natin for today’s game na kailangan makuha ulit natin ‘yung panalo, maghanap ulit tayo ng winning ways,” said Perpetual mentor Macky Cariño.