MANILA — The University of Perpetual Help System Dalta bounced back from a third set setback to pull the rug from under Letran, 25-23, 25-21, 30-32, 25-19, on Sunday and inch closer to clinching a Final Four berth in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the San Andres Sports Complex.
The Lady Altas were so good on the first two sets, relaxed a little on the third before pouring it all out in the fourth set with Mary Rhose Dapol leading the way.
Thus, the UPHS Dalta picked up win No. 6 in seven outings, well within a csp of clinching a semis stint.
Once again Rookie Shai Omipon uncorked a splendid job with 24 points, while Dapol had three blocks for a 20-point outing to go along with 12 digs.
In the other game, Jaja Tulang came away with five blocks for a 14-point outing, Johna Dolorito added 13 points and 10 digs while Joan Doguna also scored 13 points as Lyceum of the Philippines University overcame San Beda, 25-20, 25-16, 28-26.
The win allowed Lyceum to move into a share of the third spot with idle Mapua at 5-2.
It was Dolorito who produced the match-winner for the Lady Pirates, scoring off the Lady Red Spikers’ Trisha Paras and Kat Medina to close out the extended third set.
The win was LPU’s second straight, boosting its bid for a breakthrough Final Four stint.
The loss, the third in seven matches, dropped the Lady Knights outside of the top four range, as they now trail the Lady Pirates and the Lady Cardinals by one game.
Judiel Nitura had 16 points, including two blocks, Lea Tapang added 12 points while Cha Cuñada logged 10 points, 11 receptions and 10 digs for Letran.
Earlier, San Beda swept LPU, 25-13, 25-21, 25-12, to keep its hopes alive of making it to the men’s Final Four with a 4-3 card.
Marianne Tayag led the Lady Red Spikers with 10 points, including two blocks, while Molina had three service aces to finish with nine points.
San Beda fell in a tie with San Sebastian at 1-6.