PERPETUAL Help continued its dominance over Lyceum with a quick, merciless 25-19, 25-19, 25-11 victory on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan to close in on the NCAA volleyball juniors title.
Riding the crest of a confidence-boosting three-match sweep of the semifinals, the Junior Altas were free-wheeling on their attacking game while being rocksolid on defense in besting the Junior Pirates in just 58 minutes to seize a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three title showdown.
The Las Pinas-based spikers could wrap it all up with another triumph on Friday. A third match, if necessary, will be played on Monday.
The Junior Altas, who last won four seasons ago, are eyeing their seventh crown overall. They are also trying to make up for the painful defeats of their senior and women counterparts, who were dethroned after failing to make the finals for the first time in years.
"We hope to win this not just for the school but also to our men's and women's teams," said Perpetual Help coach Sandy Rieta.
Malden Dildil led all scorers with 14, 10 on kills and the rest on blocks, while Vincent Recamara scattered 11.
"Our performance in the semis boosted our confidence that's why we played relaxed today," said Rieta.
EJ Gabriel Casana provided help with seven hits including two on blocks and another two on aces while Ryuji Conrad Etorma added six, two which came from service points.
"It also helped us that we have scored some points off our services. They had a hard time receiving," said Rieta.