Perpetual Lady Altas stay alive in Final Four race with gritty victory over Lyceum Lady Pirates
Perpetual Lady Altas kept their slim Final Four hopes alive with a gritty win over Lyceum. Dante Peralta

UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help lived for one more day after it escaped Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-21, 29-27, 25-23, in the NCAA Season 92 women's volleyball tournament on Friday af The Arena in San Juan.

Jamela Suyat fired 19 points for the Lady Altas, while Coleen Bravo made 13 points, including seven blocks, and Jowie Versoza added 11 markers.

Perpetual Help improved to 4-3 to keep its Final Four hopes alive. But the Lady Altas still need to win their last two against Jose Rizal University on January 20 and Arellano University on January 25 to secure at least a playoff for a semis berth.

"During our practice hindi ko na sila pinagalitan, binigyan ko na lang sila ng motivation," said Perpetual Help coach Sammy Acaylar. "Hindi ko rin binabanggit sa kanila ang mangyayari sa amin (kung matatalo kami) kasi ayaw kong madagdagan pa sila ng pressure."

The newly appointed national men’s team mentor for the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on August and UPH athletic director was pleased to see that his wards, who halted LPU's three-game winning run, showed grit and heart in the game.

"Nakita ko ang heart nila ngayon sa game nila," he said.

Christine Miralles and skipper Cherilyn Sindayen made 10 points apiece for Lyceum, which absorbed its second loss in seven outings.

Meanwhile, Emilio Aguinaldo College captured its first win in eight outings at the expense of fellow eliminated team Mapua, 25-18, 25-13, 26-24.

Ladeisheen Magbanua had 18 points, while Jaylene Lumbo added 13 for the Lady Generals.

In men’s division, Mapua kept its Final Four bid alive after a, 25-21, 25-22, 14-25, 25-15, win over winless EAC.

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