FOR the third time in a week, Ateneo guns for the last semifinal berth in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference when it takes on Cagayan Valley-Perpetual Help in the main game of another triple-header on Tuesday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
The Lady Eagles had been foiled twice in their bid to nail the elusive semis spot, losing back-to-back games against Philippine Navy and Philippine Army that relegated them to a 3-6 (win-loss) record in the standings.
The free fall of the First Conference champions also allowed the Lady Sailors to stay in the hunt for the remaining Final Four slot. They can forge a possible playoff with the Eagles with a win in their 2 p.m. encounter with league-leader Sandugo-San Sebastian.
Philippine Navy totes a 2-7 card, meaning a loss to the Lady Stags would automatically oust the Lady Sailors from semis contention. A win and a loss by the Lady Eagles against the Rising Suns would pave the way for a winner-take-all showdown for the no. 4 semis slot.
Second-running Philippine Army (7-2) and Far Eastern University (1-8) collide at 4 p.m., with the Lady Tamaraws looking for a perfect follow-up to their breakthrough win in the tournament over the Lady Sailors last Sunday.