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    San Sebastian stays perfect as it tows UPHR to beach volley semifinals

    Feb 21, 2014
    Gretchel Soltones (No. 2) and Czarina Berbano celebrate a won point. Photo courtesy of KC Cruz/NCAA

    SAN Sebastian secured a Final Four seat in the 89th NCAA women’s beach volleyball tournament Friday after routing College of St. Benilde for its eighth straight win at White Beach Puerto Galera.

    Czarina Berbano and Gretchel Soltones hardly showed signs of fatigue after playing a total of four games the entire day, including their 21-11, 21-11 win over the Lady Blazers.

    “Ang eagerness namin na manalo at 'yung communication ang nag-work para sa amin,” said Berbano.

    Early in the day, the Recto-based volleybelles dispatched a total of three opponents one after the other – beating Mapua, 21-9, 21-10, Lyceum 21-11, 21-16, and then San Beda, 21-7, 21-10.

    The winning romp had San Sebastian keeping the top spot with a perfect 8-0 slate.

    Meanwhile, defending champion University of Perpetual Help also joined San Sebastian in the semis after downing Arellano University, 18-21, 21-19, 15-11.

    The Lady Altas are at close second  with a 7-1 card, while the Lady Chiefs comes after at third  (6-2).

    San Sebastian and Perpetual Help clash for the top spot on Saturday in a rematch of last year’s Finals.

    A win by Perpetual Help will relegate San Sebastian to second spot in the semis owing to the win-over-the-other rule.

    San Beda kept its semifinals hopes alive with a 4-3 record at fourth, followed by St. Benilde (3-5).

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    Gretchel Soltones (No. 2) and Czarina Berbano celebrate a won point. Photo courtesy of KC Cruz/NCAA
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