DE La Salle-Lipa scored two big wins to close in on the first semifinal berth in the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League Season 12 League of Champions at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Lipa spikers, winners of the Southern Luzon eliminations, defeated Central and Eastern Visayas champion University of San Carlos, 25-16, 22-25, 25-19, then downed Northern and Central Luzon leg titlist Holy Faith Academy, 25-22, 25-22.
The two wins put La Salle Lipa on top of Pool B and within a win of the crossover semifinals.
Guest squad Binan, who will host Season 13 of the event, dominated the team from Bangladesh, 25-4, 25-6, to join NCR winner National U in the Pool A lead.
The Lady Bullpups edged Victoria of Australia, 27-25, 25-16.
Western Visayas titlist St. John’s Institute pulled off a tough, 29-27, 25-19, win over Holy Faith Academy to boost its semis drive in Pool A while dampening the bid of the Northern and Luzon champions HFA, who fell to 0-2 in the tournament sponsored by Shakey’s, organized by Metro Sports and backed by Mikasa, Asics, Volley Prep, Nature’s Spring, Sun Star, The Freeman, Cebu Daily News, Chooga, El Lobo Energy Drink and Millenia Suites.