Perpetual, Benilde eye top spot
PERPETUAL Help and St. Benilde shoot for a share of the lead with defending champion Arellano University as the two tackle San Beda and Lyceum, respectively, today in the 93rd NCAA volleyball tournament at the Filoil Arena in San Juan City.
The Lady Altas got off to an impressive start as they downed the Lady Pirates, 25-21, 25-17, 25-22, Sunday, while the Lady Blazers trounced the Letran Lady Knights, 25-22, 25-11, 25-20, last week to likewise jumpstart their campaign.
The Perpetual-SBC duel is set at 2 p.m., while the LPU-CSB showdown is at 12:30 p.m.
Macky Carino of Perpetual and Arnold Laniog of St. Benilde were also impressive on their coaching debuts.
“We’ve set big goals for this year but initially, we want to make it to the Final Four first,” said Carino, who was the coach when CSB won the women’s title two years ago before making a big jump late last year to take over from Sammy Acaylar.
For Laniog, who succeeded Carino, losing is not an option.
“This is a short tournament so every victory counts,” he said.
(Filoil Arena, San Juan)
8 a.m.- LPU vs CSB (jrs)
9:30 a.m.- LPU vs CSB (m)
11 a.m.- LPU vs CSB (w)
12:30 p.m.- UPHSD vs SBC (w)
2 p.m.- UPHSD vs SBC (m)
3:30 p.m.- UPHSD vs SBC (jrs)