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    Chance for San Beda, Perpetual to boost Final Four hopes in NCAA women's volleyball

    Jan 19, 2017
    The San Beda Red Spikers hope to clinch at least a playoff for a Final Four spot with a win over Lyceum. Dante Peralta

    SAN Beda and Perpetual Help seek to keep their Final Four hopes alive as the two clash with eliminated teams Mapua and Jose Rizal, respectively, on Friday in the NCAA Season 92 women's volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City.

    The Red Spikers, who are currently tied with the Lyceum Lady Pirates at No. 4 with 5-3 (win-loss) records, face off with the Lady Robins at 10:30 a.m. eyeing nothing less than a victory that will clinch the former at least a playoff for a spot in the Final Four.

    Meanwhile, the Lady Altas, who are currently at No. 6 with a 4-3 slate, tangle with the Jose Rizal Lady Bombers at 12 noon seeking a win that will keep them in the hunt for a berth in the next round.

    Perpetual Help is aiming to sweep its last two assignments, including one against Arellano University, which is at No. 2 with a 7-1 mark, in the final elimination round playdate on Jan. 25.

    But first, Perpetual Help coach Sammy Acaylar said they would need to focus on Jose Rizal, which has nothing to lose but everything to gain.

    "We have take care of Jose Rizal first before we think of anything," said Acaylar.

    Jose Rizal and Mapua are both eliminated with 3-5 and 0-8 marks, respectively.

    In men's play, defending champion Perpetual Help (6-1) looks for a share of the lead with St. Benilde (7-1) as it squares off with an eliminated Jose Rizal (1-7).

    San Beda (6-2) and Mapua (5-3) fight for a Final Four seat as the two collide at 9 a.m.

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    The San Beda Red Spikers hope to clinch at least a playoff for a Final Four spot with a win over Lyceum. Dante Peralta
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