MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) will look to clinch the last semifinal spot in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Collegiate Conference when they face off against already-eliminated Lyceum of the Philippines University on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Toting a 3-1 win-loss record, the Lady Tamaraws will simply need to hurdle the Lady Pirates (1-3) in order to join the unbeaten National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs and the top two teams in Group B in the Final 4.
An upset victory by Lyceum, meanwhile, will force Ateneo de Manila University and FEU to meet again in a playoff on Wednesday.
The Lady Tams, however, are making sure there won’t be any sudden death as they seek for the all-important win and a semis duel with Group B topnotcher Adamson University.
Group B No. 2 Arellano University will slug it out with NU in the other best-of-three semis duel.
The Lady Bulldogs sent the Lady Eagles to the brink with a four-set victory late Saturday to sweep the Group A elims of the tournament.
With top hitter Bernadeth Pons out for a tour of duty with the national team, FEU will bank on veteran Toni Rose Basas, Celine Domingo, Jeanette Villareal, Heather Guino-o and setter Angela Negrito against a Lyceum side also out to spoil the Lady Tams’ outright semis drive.
Adamson, on the other hand, seeks to complete its sweep of the Group B elims as it plays also-ran San Beda College at 6:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, NU tries to rebound from its shutout loss to Ateneo last Saturday as it guns for the last semis berth in the men’s division against ousted De La Salle-College of St. Benilde.
With a 3-3 card, the Bulldogs can nail the slot with a victory over the Blazers in their 10 a.m. encounter. A reversal, however, would enable La Salle (3-4) to force a playoff for the fourth Final Four seat on Wednesday.
FEU (5-1) primes up for the semis against also-ran San Beda at 8 a.m.
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