NU SHOOTS FOR FI­NAL 4

Tempo - - Sports - By JEROME LAGUNZAD

Games To­day (The Arena, San Juan City) 1 p.m. — Arel­lano vs UP 4 p.m. — St. Be­nilde vs TIP 6:30 p.m. — NU vs Ate­neo

Two cov­eted Fi­nal Four berths is up for grabs as ti­tle con­tenders square off in a pair of cru­cial matches to­day in the re­sump­tion of the 2017 Pre­mier Vol­ley­ball League (PVL) Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence ac­tion at The Arena in San Juan City.

Streak­ing Na­tional Univer­sity tries to com­plete a five-game sweep of Group A and for­mally clinch its semis ticket against dan­ger­ous Ate­neo in an all-im­por­tant show­down set at 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Bull­dogs, who have only given up two sets in the course of their big ram­page, won’t leave any stone un­turned in their bid to foil the Lady Ea­gles, who are fight­ing for dear life de­spite shar­ing the sec­ond spot with the Far Eastern Univer­sity Lady Ta­ma­raws with sim­i­lar 3-1 marks.

The Lady Ea­gles could not af­ford to end up in a two-way tie with the Lady Ta­ma­raws at the close of the pre­lim­i­nary round af­ter drop­ping a four-set de­ci­sion in their lone meet­ing last Sept. 9.

Reign­ing NCAA ti­tlist Arel­lano Univer­sity and Univer­sity of the Philip­pines duke it out in a vir­tual knock­out bat­tle for the sec­ond and fi­nal semi­fi­nals spot in Group B.

With the Adam­son Lady Fal­cons al­ready as­sured of the top seed and the first semis spot, the Lady Chiefs and the Lady Ma­roons are ex­pected to give it their all in their 1 p.m. en­counter that serves as a fit­ting cur­tain-raiser to the triple-header.

Mo­men­tum should be on the side of UP which is rid­ing the crest of a three-game win­ning streak. Arel­lano, mean­while, hopes to take full ad­van­tage of a near two-week rest since scor­ing a straight-sets vic­tory over elim­i­nated Tech­no­log­i­cal In­sti­tute of the Philip­pines last Sept 18.

The Lady En­gi­neers try to sal­vage an ounce of pride when they take on fel­low win­less squad, the St. Be­nilde Lady Blaz­ers, at 4 p.m.

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