UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help shoved San Beda College out of the Final Four race after a 25-23, 25-18, 25-19 win in the 88th NCAA women's volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan on Friday.
Tied at 7-all in the third frame, the defending champions unleashed a 10-4 run to pull away en route to the straight-sets victory that cemented their place in the semifinals with an 8-1 win-loss record.
"Pinaghirapan naman talaga ng mga bata yun eh," said Perpetual Help coach Jason Sapin."Konting adjustments na lang para sa Final Four."
Honey Royse Tubino finished with 17 points from 14 spikes, two blocks and one service ace, while Norie Jane Diaz added 13 from 11 attacks, one block and a service ace for the league leaders.
On the other hand, Frances Molina topscored for San Beda with 15 markers while Janine Marciano chipped in 11 for the Red Lionesses, who dropped to sixth spot with a 5-4 win-loss record.
Meanwhile, University of Perpetual Help emerged as the remaining unbeaten team in the men’s division after it downed San Beda, 25-19, 15-21, 25-21.
Adam Daquer had 12 points for UPH, while Ralph Salellano and Jay dela Cruz contributed 11 and 10, respectively, for the Las Piñas-based tossers, who rolled to their ninth straight win this season and 23rd in a row dating back to Season 87.
Lorenzo Capate and Gilbert Ablan made 14 markers apiece for San Beda, which absorbed its first loss in nine games.
Both Perpetual Help and San Beda are assured of a place in the Final Four together with Lyceum of the Philippines University (6-3).