Title favorite National U and Central Philippine U came away with a pair of straight-set romps with the former formalizing its stint in the Final Four and the latter assuring itself of a playoff in the Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League of Champions Season 14 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig late Monday.
The Lady Bullpups, seeking to atone for their final setback to the De La Salle-Lipa side last year, ousted Southwestern U with a 25-15, 25-15 victory to join the defending champions in the Pool A lead with identical 3-0 cards.
SWU took its second loss against a win and bowed out of the semis race in the two-division competition among regional winners of the league backed by MyPhone, Asics and Mikasa.
CPU, on the other hand, ripped Holy Rosary College, 25-16, 25-19, to close out its elims campaign with a 3-1 mark in Pool B.
King’s Montessori, toting a 2-1 card, remains in the semis hunt but must win over unbeaten UST to force a three-way tie for first in Pool B. The top two after the tiebreak will advance to the semis.
In other results, the Espana-based squad toppled Iligan City National HS, 25-17, 25-16, to move within a win from sweeping the elims. UST and KMS were playing at presstime.
DLS-Lipa, meanwhile, sustained its top form and disposed of Holy Family Academy, 25-21, 25-14, to match NU’s three-game win run in the longest-running talent search organized by Metro Sports.
In other final prelims matches, ICN clashes with HRC, Ateneo de Davao collides with SWU while DLS-Lipa tangles with NU for the top spot and in what could be a preview of the championship.
The top two teams from each side slug it out in the crossover semifinal today Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. with the winners disputing the crown at 4 p.m. on according to tournament director Johanz Buenvenida of the organizing Metro Sports.