LA Salle-Dasmariñas booked the last ticket to the quarterfinals, edging College of St. Benilde, 25-19, 25-21, 15-25, 18-25, 16-14, on Sunday in the final elimination match of the V-League Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
Mariebeth Lara scored 17 points, guest player Desiree Dadang added 12, and Iumi Yongco had 11 markers for the Lady Patriots, who scored their second win in five matches.
St. Benilde, which earlier secured a place in the round of eight, also wound up with a 2-3 win-loss card.
Yongco scored the final two points of the match to help the Dasmarinas belles advance and avoid falling into a tiebreak situation with bottom teams San Sebastian College and Technological Institute of the Philippines.
"Alam na namin tendencies if we win or lose," said La Salle-Dasmariñas coach Raymond Ramirez. "Kailangan naming lumaban, ’di pa tapos."
Jannine Navarro scored 18 points, while Jeanette Panaga added 16 for St. Benilde.