ATENEO and National University closed in on the finals of the Spikers Turf Collegiate Conference after scoring contrasting wins on Saturday at Philsports Arena.
The Blue Eagles survived La Salle, 25-16, 17-25, 25-23, 26-28, 15-7, in the opener of the semifinals, while the Bulldogs whipped University of Santo Tomas, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23.
The second matches of the best-of-three semifinals are set on Monday, with Ateneo and NU looking to set a rematch of their UAAP title showdown.
Marck Espejo scored 25 points, while Antony Koyfman had 20 points in a riveting series opener as the unbeaten Blue Eagles were forced to a five-set match for the first time this conference.
Fauzi Ismail and Madzlan Gampong had 14 points each for the Bulldogs.