DEFENDING champion Perpetual Help battles Arellano University in a knockout duel on Friday at the start of the stepladder semis in the juniors division of the 92nd NCAA volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
The Junior Altas placed third in the eliminations with a 5-2 win-loss record, while the Juniors Chiefs ended up fourth with a 4-3 mark.
The match starts at 10 a.m., with the winner advancing to second phase of the stepladder on Monday against Emilio Aguinaldo College.
The Generals finished the eliminations at No. 2 with a 6-1 slate.
Lyceum swept the eliminations to gain a thrice-to-beat edge in the finals.
"We will give it our best to get the win," said Perpetual Help coach Sandy Rieta, whose charges beat EAC in the finals last year.
In women's play, reigning titlist St. Benilde and San Beda will play each other at 2 p.m. for the No. 3 seeding.
The duel serves as a warm up to their stepladder semis match on Monday.
San Sebastian swept its way to the finals and claimed a thrice-to-beat edge for the second straight season, while Arellano U wound up at No. 2 and hold a twice-to-beat advantage in the second phase of the stepladder semis.
In the men's division, titleholder Perpetual Help and St. Benilde, which ended up with identical 8-1 marks after the elims, face off at 12 p.m. for the No. 1 seed.
The winner tackles No. 4 Arellano U while the loser tangles with No. 3 San Beda in the Final Four on Monday.