National U got back at De La Salle-Lipa, 25-20, 25-21, while University of Santo Tomas held off Kings’ Montessori School’s gallant stand, 25-19, 25-23, to clinch the top seedings in their respective groups at the close of the Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League of Champions Season 14 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig late Tuesday.
The Lady Bullpups, led by Faith Nisperos, Thea Gagate, Nicole Magsarile and setter Joyme Cagande, imposed their power this time over the defending champions and completed the straight-set win to sweep the Pool A elims and gain the top spot in the semis.
UST, on the other hand, frustrated KMS’ fightback in the second set to likewise dominate Pool B for the No. 1 seeding in the Final Four of the two-division tournament featuring the regional winners of the league backed by MyPhone, Asics and Mikasa.
DLS-Lipa, which edged NU in a thrilling three-setter to snare last year’s crown, settled for No. 2 and was playing UST at presstime for a berth in the finals. The Lady Bullpups, meanwhile, were clashing with the Central Philippine University side in the other side of the crossover semis.
Winners will dispute the crown today (Thursday) starting at 4 p.m. with the semis losers colliding for third place honors at 3 p.m.
Philippine Sports Commission chair William Ramirez and PVF sec-gen Karl Chan will grace the finals of the country’s longest-running talent search, organized by Metro Sports, that has produced the current volley stars.
Meanwhile, in other final elims result, Holy Rosary Coolege turned back Iligan City National HS, 25-22, 26-24.