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Pocari, UST dispute top spot

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Volleyball
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Games today:

(Philsports Arena)

12:30 p.m. -- Champion vs. PAF (Spikers’ Turf)

4 p.m. -- BaliPure vs. PCG (V-League)

6 p.m. -- UST vs. Pocari Sweat (V-League)

WITH nothing at stake but placings, Pocari Sweat and University of Santo Tomas dispute the No. 1 semifinals ranking in the final day of the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena today.

The Lady Warriors and the Tigresses are not only pushing to clinch the top seeding in the playoffs, but also a convincing victory in the 6 p.m.

With BaliPure a cinch to win in the 4 p.m. clash with lowly Philippine Coast Guard, Pocari Sweat and UST are going all-out to enter the Final Four on a bright note.
   
The Lady Warriors and the Tigresses are tied at 5-1, while the Water Defenders are at 4-2.
   
Idle Bureau of Customs finished the elims with a 5-2 card and the Transformers’ ranking will depend on the results of today’s doubleheader.
   
A win by UST will line itself up in a semifinals meeting with Customs, while Pocari Sweat will drop at No. 2 and will take on BaliPure in the other Final Four pairing.
   
A three-way tie at 5-2 will ensue, with the Lady Warriors and the Water Defenders having the higher quotient over the Transformers in the tiebreak.
   
A three-set win by Pocari Sweat means  a semis duel with the Tigresses, while BaliPure and Customs will clash in the other pairing.  UST, dragged in a three-way tie at 5-2, will drop at No. 4 due to inferior quotient against the Water Defenders and the Transformers.
   
A four or five-set victory by the Lady Warriors will force a semis showdown with Customs, while BaliPure and the Tigresses will tangle in the other pairing.
   
The Water Defenders and UST will have a better quotient over the Transformers in case of a three-way tie.
   
Unless the Lady Dolphins, who also have yet to win a set in the season-ending conference, will pull off a major reversal, BaliPure will finish no lower than No. 3.
   
The best-of-three semis will start on Saturday.
   
The showdown will mark the first V-League meeting between former UST men’s volleyball standouts Rommel Abella, who handles the Lady Warriors, and Kungfu Reyes, who is manning the fort for the Tigresses.
   
UST, the lone collegiate team and without a foreign guest player in the Final Four, is coming off a successful Unigames campaign in Dumaguete over the weekend.
   
In the Spikers’ Turf, Philippine Air Force seeks a five-game sweep of eliminations against Champion Supra at 12:30 p.m.  Both teams have already secured spots in the semifinals.