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    La Salle, Ateneo, FEU battle for twice-to-beat edge; NU, Adamson fight for No. 4 spot

    Apr 9, 2018

    THREE semifinal spots have been filled, while two teams battle it out for the remaining Final Four berth on the final week of the eliminations of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.

    National University and Adamson are the only teams in contention for the semifinals, but the remaining elimination-round matches are still important for early semifinalists La Salle, Ateneo and Far Eastern University as they vie for the twice-to-beat advantage that goes to the top two teams.

    The weekend matches saw the Lady Spikers tighten their grip on the top spot with a 10-2 record, the Lady Eagles suffer a shock loss but remained in second at 9-4, while the Lady Tamaraws boosted their bid for a top two spot by improving to 8-4.

    National University ended a five-match skid to tighten its grip on No. 4 at 7-6, but still close behind is Adamson at 5-7.

    Here’s the Final Four scenarios as the tournament enters its final week of eliminations:

    Scenario 1

    A La Salle win over Adamson on Wednesday will give the Lady Spikers an 11-2 record, eliminating the Lady Falcons (5-8) from semifinal contention.

    That will give NU the final ticket to the semifinals, even if Adamson wins over also-ran University of Sto. Tomas on Saturday.

    Scenario 2

    An NU win over FEU on Sunday will improve the Lady Bulldogs’ record to 8-6 and earn them the No. 4 spot, even if Adamson sweeps its last two matches against La Salle and UST.

    Scenario 3

    If Adamson sweeps its last two matches against La Salle and University of Sto. Tomas, the Lady Falcons will improve to 7-7.

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    A loss by NU to FEU will give the Lady Bulldogs an even 7-7 card, matching the Lady Falcons, and a playoff will be held for the No. 4 spot.

    La Salle, Ateneo and FEU, meanwhile, continue the race to the top two.

    Scenario 1

    A La Salle win over Adamson on Wednesday will give the Lady Spikers an 11-2 record and a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals. The No. 1 spot will also be secure for La Salle, regardless of the result of the match against Ateneo on Sunday.

    Scenario 2

    An FEU sweep of its last two matches against also-ran University of the East on Wednesday and NU on Sunday will give the Lady Tamaraws a 10-4 record. An Ateneo loss to La Salle will drop the Lady Eagles to 9-5 and allow the Lady Tamaraws take the No. 2 spot and a twice-to-beat advantage.

    Scenario 3

    An FEU sweep of its last two matches will give the Lady Tamaraws a 10-4 record.

    That coupled with an Ateneo win over La Salle will result in a tie at 10-4 between the Lady Eagles and Lady Tamaraws. A playoff match will be held for the No. 2 spot.

    Scenario 4

    If FEU splits its last two matches, the Lady Tamaraws will end the eliminations with a 9-5 record.

    An Ateneo loss to La Salle will also give the Lady Eagles a 9-5 record, thus a tie for second and a playoff will be held featuring the Lady Eagles and Lady Tamaraws.

    Scenario 5

    An Ateneo win over La Salle will give the Lady Eagles a 10-4 record.

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    If FEU splits its last two matches, the Lady Tamaraws will end the eliminations with a 9-5 record, allowing the Lady Eagles to take the No. 2 spot.

    Scenario 6

    In case of a three-way tie at 10-4, the No. 1 spot will be given to the team with the most points gained per match. A playoff for No. 2 spot will be held.

    The three teams will end up tied for first if La Salle loses its last two matches and FEU sweeps its last two matches.

    Entering Werdnesday’s matches, La Salle has 28 points earned, Ateneo has 26 and FEU 25. Matches points are the first tiebreaker, then sets ratio then points ratio.

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