Games on Thursday
(Filoil Arena, San Juan)
8 a.m.- LPU vs CSB (jrs)
9:30 a.m.- LPU vs CSB (m)
11 a.m.- LPU vs CSB (w)
12:30 p.m.- UPHSD vs SBC (w)
2 p.m.- UPHSD vs SBC (m)
3:30 p.m.- UPHSD vs SBC (jrs)
PERPETUAL Help and College of St. Benilde shoot for a share of the lead with defending champion Arellano University as the two tackle San Beda and Lyceum of the Philippines University, respectively, on Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 volleyball tournament at the Filoil Arena in San Juan City.
The Lady Altas got off to an impressive start as they downed the Lady Pirates, 25-21, 25-17, 25-22, Sunday while the Lady Blazers trounced the Letran Lady Knights, 25-22, 25-11, 25-20, last week to likewise jumpstart their campaign.
The Perpetual-SBC duel is set at 2 p.m. while the LPU-CSB showdown is at 12:30 p.m.
Macky Carino of Perpetual and Arnold Laniog of St. Benilde were also impressive on their coaching debuts.
“We’ve set big goals for this year but initially, we want to make it to the Final Four first,” said Carino, who was the coach when CSB won the women’s title two years ago before making a big jump late last year to take over from Sammy Acaylar.
For Laniog, who succeeded Carino, losing is not an option.
“This is a short tournament so every victory counts,” he said.
In their first game under Carino, the Las Pinas-based spikers looked every bit as contenders with Maria Lourdes Clemente, Cindy Imbo and Bianca Tripoli leading the way with 14, 13 and 10 points, respectively.
But Perpetual Help expect to have rough sailing against San Beda, a semifinalist last year which opened its campaign with a 23-25, 25-19, 13-25, 25-19, 15-9 win Friday.
“We’re preparing for a tough match because San Beda is a veteran team,” said Carino.