PERPETUAL Help whipped Jose Rizal University, 25-16, 25-20, 25-19, on Tuesday to seize the solo lead in the 91st NCAA volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Altas skipper Bonjomar Castel had 12 hits and Rey Taneo, Jr. had 11 as Perpetual Help nailed its fifth straight victory to get past erstwhile leader Emilio Aguinaldo College.
"If we keep on playing with this kind of killer instinct the whole tournament, we'll have a chance to get that championship again," said Perpetual Help coach Sammy Acaylar.
EAC blew its chance of keeping the top spot when it suffered its first loss in six outings, bowing to Lyceum of the Philippines, 23-25, 25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 14-16.
Aram Abrencillo and Joeward Presnede came through with clutch points in the fifth and deciding set and finished with 17 and 15 hits, respectively, to help the Pirates score the biggest upset of the season thus far.
Reigning MVP Howard Mojica unloaded a match-best 29 points but he was outplayed by the duo of Abrencillo and Presnede in the final set.
"We made some key adjustments, that really turned the tide," said Lyceum mentor Emil Lontoc.