Lady Altas gun for Final Four berth

University of Perpetual Help System Dalta vies for an outright berth in the Final Four as it faces Lyceum of the Philippines University today in Season 98 National Collegiate Athletic Association women’s volleyball tournament at the San Andres Sports Complex in Manila.

Game time is at 12 p.m. as the Lady Altas seek to break a four-year absence in the semifinals and be the second team to enter the postseason behind defending champion College of Saint Benilde.

Currently, Perpetual holds a 6-1 win-loss record at second spot with Lyceum sharing third with Mapua University with identical 6-2 cards.

In another match, Jose Rizal University aims to end its lackluster campaign with a bang when it faces Emilio Aguinaldo College at 2 p.m. in the hopes of getting their first win of the season.

In the men’s tournament, the Altas are also aiming for an outright semifinals slot when they face the Pirates at 8:30 a.m. with the Generals trying to improve their Final Four Bid when they face the Heavy Bombers at 4:30 p.m.

But all eyes will be on the Lady Altas as they are on the cusp of a Final Four return after four years.

Perpetual has been on a tear in Season 98, only losing to the Lady Blazers in its campaign so far and is now on a three-game winning streak with Letran College being its latest victim after a 25-23, 25-21, 30-32, 25-19 win last Sunday.

With the squad now needing only a win to secure their place in the Final Four, Lady Altas head coach Sandy Rieta said they should not relax just yet.

“I always told them to always enjoy the game but you shouldn’t relax because if we relax, the score gets close,” said Rieta, who drew 24 points from rookie Shaila Omipon.

For Lyceum head coach Cromwel Garcia, the team will try hard not to get intimidated against a powerhouse Perpetual side if it meant a win over the Lady Altas will give the Lady Pirates their maiden Final Four appearance in school history.

“Perpetual will definitely be a heavy test for us because of their height and system. However, we won’t back away from them,” said Garcia, who drew 15 points from Joan Doguna in the Lady Pirates’ 25–15, 25–20, 25–17 win over the Lady Knights last Tuesday.

“I think it’s going to be a great match.”

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