LYCEUM of the Philippines seeks to close in on a Final Four berth while Perpetual Help fights for dear life as the two collide in the NCAA Season 92 women’s volleyball tournament on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City.
The Lady Pirates are currently at No. 3 with a 5-1 (win-loss) record and a victory over the Lady Altas in their 11:30 a.m. showdown will send it at joint second with the Arellano University Lady Chiefs and one win closer to joining the unbeaten San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Final Four.
"It will be crucial for us because a win will send us closer to achieving our goal, which is to make the Final Four," said LPU coach Emil Lontoc in Filipino.
The Las Pinas-based school fell to San Sebastian, 22-25, 13-25, 13-25, Wednesday for their third setback against the same number of wins.
Another defeat will send the Sammy Acaylar-mentored Lady Altas to elimination.
"It will be do-or-die for us from here," said Acaylar, who was recently appointed national men's team coach by the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc.
In a non-bearing game, Emilio Aguinaldo and Mapua face off at 10 a.m.
In men's play, defending champion Perpetual Help (4-1) aims to keep its stranglehold of second spot as it clashes with LPU (3-3) at 1 p.m. while Mapua (4-3) looks to stay in the hunt as it tackles an already ran EAC (0-7).
In the juniors' division, LPU (4-0) eyes to stay unscathed as it duels reigning titlist Perpetual Help (4-1) at 2:30 p.m.
Games on Friday
(Filoil Flying V Center)
8:30 a.m.- EAC vs MIT (jrs)
10 a.m.- EAC vs MIT (m)
11:30 a.m.- LPU vs UPHSD (w)
1 p.m.- LPU vs UPHSD (m)
2:30 p.m.- LPU vs UPHSD (jrs)