CENTRAL Visayas kept the momentum of its stirring straight-set win over Victoria of Australia as it swept past Eastern Visayas, 25-15, 25-16, Tuesday to close in on the first semifinal berth in the Shakey's Girls Volleyball Tournament-of-Champions at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Rica Rivera, playing out of University of Cebu, unloaded four kills and made two blocks, while Sheena Quiño of Southwestern University added three hits and three service aces to propel the Central Visayas tossers to their second straight victory in Pool B.
The CV tossers, bannered by the mainstays of the SWU team, stunned guest team Victoria, 25-19, 25-17, late Monday to kick off their campaign in the week-long tournament presented by Shakey’s which gather the top regional winners plus the visiting Victoria squad.
Defending champion NCR-West, represented by Hope Christian High School, struggled past a game Mindanao squad, pulling off a 25-14, 24-26, 27-25 thriller in Pool A of Monday’s opener of the event organized by Metro Sports and backed by Toby’s Sports, Mikasa as official ball, Tune Hotels as official residence of T-of-C, Asics, and Volley Prep.
Southern Luzon held off Central Luzon, 25-23, 25-21, in the other Pool A encounter to join NCR-West and NCR-South, which thwarted Central Luzon, 21-25, 25-20, 25-17, in the early lead.
Southern Luzon also continued to stamp its class in Pool A, beating Mindanao, 25-13, 25-19, in the other contest to likewise close in on the first Final Four seat in Pool A with a 2-0 slate.
Meanwhile, Central Visayas goes for the first semis seat Wednesday as it tangles with Northern Luzon in the main game at 5 p.m., while NCR-West and NCR-South renew rivalry at 3 p.m.
Other matches pit Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas at 1 p.m., and Central Luzon vs Mindanao at 2 p.m. while Victoria mixes it up with Eastern Visayas at 4 p.m.
The top two teams from each group after the single round elims will advance to the crossover semis on Saturday morning with the winners disputing the crown in the afternoon.