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Lyceum, SBC tossers play minnows

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Volleyball
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LYCEUM of the Philippines University and San Beda, two of six teams in the hunt for a Final Four race, plays winless foes in the final NCAA women’s volleyball matchday before the Christmas break today at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The surprising Lady Pirates take on Mapua at 10 a.m., while the Lady Red Spikers battle Letran at 11:30 a.m.

The semifinals race is too close to call, as a victory and a defeat matter a lot as the single-round elimination heads to the homestretch.

San Sebastian remains the only undefeated team in the season at 6-0, while defending champion College of Saint Benilde and Arellano University are running second and third with 5-1 and 4-1 slates, respectively.

San Beda and LPU are locked in a virtual tie for fourth spot, sporting 4-2 and 3-1 records, respectively, while University of Perpetual Help System is not far behind at 3-2.
   
The Lady Pirates are fresh from pulling off the tournament’s biggest reversal, a 25-22, 24-26, 25-18, 21-25, 15-10 win over the Lady Blazers a week ago.
   
After winning their first three contests, the Lady Red Spikers lost two of their last three, including a 22-25, 22-25, 14-25 setback from the hands of the resurgent Lady Chiefs.
   
Virtually out of the running with identical 0-5 records, the Lady Cardinals and the Lady Knights are trying to play as spoilers to their opponents’ Final Four campaigns.
       
In men’s play, San Beda (5-1) eyes the solo lead against Letran (1-4) at 1 p.m., while LPU (2-2) collides Mapua (2-3) at 8:30 p.m.