UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help System Dalta seeks to move closer to claiming the remaining semifinals berth as it plays San Sebastian today in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Lady Altas are expected to meet tough opposition in the 12 noon match since the Lady Stags are going all out to avoid elimination.
College of Saint Benilde tries to secure at least a playoff for the No. 2 ranking in the semis against an ousted Mapua at 2 p.m.
Perpetual Help is sporting a 4-3 card, half-a-game ahead of joint fifth placers Jose Rizal University and San Sebastian (4-4) in the race for the last semifinals slot.
If they hurdle the Lady Stags, the Lady Altas still need to beat the Lady Bombers in the final day of elimination on Thursday to avoid any further complications.
Perpetual Help is coming off a tough 25-18, 16-25, 19-25, 24-26 loss to defending champion Arellano University last Thursday that stalled its semis aspirations.
Since New Year, the Lady Stags have lost three consecutive outings, including against the Lady Blazers last Friday, 17-25, 16-25, 14-25.
Another loss will eliminate the Recto-based spikers in the semifinals for the second straight year, something that never happened to coach Roger Gorayeb in his more than three decades of stint with the team.
Surging St. Benilde is locked in a tie with San Beda in second place at 7-1.
The Lady Blazers need to beat the Lady Cardinals and hope that the Lady Red Spikers foil the Lady Chiefs’ bid to jump straight to the Finals tomorrow to force a three-way tie at 8-1 and keep their hopes alive for a twice-to-beat bonus in a Final Four format.
A win by St. Benilde coupled by an Arellano victory over San Beda will assure the Season 91 champions of the No. 2 ranking, but it will not have the twice-to-beat incentive in a step-ladder format.