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Lady Blazers, Altas go for NCAA title clincher

Louie Ramirez (14) is expected to lead University of Perpetual Help System Dalta anew when the Altas face the San Beda Red Spikers in Game Two of the NCAA men’s volleyball Finals on Friday. PHOTO BY DENNIS ABRINA

Games Today (Filoil EcoOil Centre)

12 noon San Beda vs Perpetual Help (men)

2 p.m. Lyceum vs St. Benilde (women)

UNDEFEATED College of Saint Benilde hopes to complete a second consecutive perfect season in the NCAA women's volleyball tournament when it battles Lyceum of the Philippines University in Game Two of the Finals on Friday, April 14, at the Filoil EcoOil Center.

“Gusto naman talaga ng team makuha yung championship. Sabi nga ni coach (Jerry Yee), ilan beses kami maglalaro ng championship na, kaya namin mag back-to-back. So ayun trabaho lang naman yung need namin gawin para matapos lang din,” said Gayle Pascual after the Lady Blazers scored a 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 win in Game One against the Lady Pirates on Tuesday.

Despite having a huge psychological advantage, St. Benilde is not taking Lyceum for granted.

“So, di pa naman tapos yung series eh may two pa iyon. Yun naman lagi sinasabi sa amin ni coach kahit kanina na mahaba pa ito may Game Two pa,” said Pascual, who is poised to win a back-to-back Finals MVP award after logging in 15 points, including three blocks in Game One.

It is not only Pascual who is delivering the goods but also team captain Cloanne Mondoñedo, who hopes to secure the Best Setter honors in the 10 a.m. awarding for the league's top individual performers.

With Mondoñedo orchestrating the plays, and sometimes even goes on attack mode if she has the opportunity, the Lady Blazers have a balanced offensive unit with Michelle Gamit, Jade Gentapa, Zam Nolasco and Jessa Dorog also contributing.

The Lady Pirates, for their part, hope to brush off all the jitters by learning all the Game One experience and play their A-game to extend the series.

University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, meanwhile, seeks to complete a three-peat when it tackles San Beda in Game Two of the best-of-three men's volleyball Finals at 12 noon.

MVP frontrunner Louie Ramirez had 17 points and 13 receptions for the Altas who posted a 25-20, 25-16, 25-22 romp over the Red Spikers in the Finals opener.

That win extended the Las Piñas-based squad's winning run to 31 matches which began in 2018.

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