LPU Girl Pirates survive Mapua Girl Cardinals in 4-set thriller


Video games Wednesday
(Filoil EcoOil Centre)
12 p.m. — AU vs San Beda (M)
2 p.m. — UPHSD vs LPU (W)

LYCEUM of the Philippines College (LPU) continued its fairy story run because it turned again a cussed Mapua College, 25-18, 25-23, 29-31, 27-25, of their knockout stepladder semifinal duel in NCAA Season 98 Volleyball on the Filoil EcoOil Centre yesterday.

Already making historical past by their breakthrough semis look, the Girl Pirates wished extra and fought and conquered the feisty Girl Cardinals in a battle of attrition to arrange one other rubber match, this time in opposition to No. 2 College of Perpetual Assist (UPHSD) on Wednesday.

There, LPU will get the possibility to shoot for 2 extra firsts — an look within the finals and a crack at a historic crown that has eluded the college since becoming a member of the league 12 years in the past.

Reigning champion Faculty of St. Benilde swept all its 9 elimination spherical video games to leapfrog straight to the best-of-three finale.

Given the inexperienced gentle to fireside at will, Joan Doguna delivered and unleashed a masterful 22-point efficiency whereas Johna Dolorito uncorked 14 hits in an equally spectacular present of drive.

Skipper and setter Venice Puzon and Zonxi Jane Dahab likewise shone brilliant and got here by large when their group wanted it most.

Ms. Puzon was the glue that stored the LPU Girl Pirates collectively and dished out 22 wonderful units whereas Ms. Dahab scattered 13 factors together with their final two factors — a fantastically positioned dink and a booming service ace.

“If this was Cellular Legends, they’re my tank emblems,” stated LPU coach Cromwel Garcia referring to Mmsses. Puzon and Dahab.

In males’s motion earlier, San Beda  College outlasted Emilio Aguinaldo Faculty, 25-22, 25-27, 25-16, 26-24, to rearrange one other do-or-die stepladder semis duel with No. 2 Arellano College on Wednesday.

Ralph Cabalsa went on an attacking spree and sprayed out a match-best 24 factors, together with 19 off spikes and 4 off kill blocks, because the Pink Spikers lived to battle one other day. — Joey Villar


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