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Benilde, Perpetual Help earn decisive wins entering Final Four



Two days before the start of the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Tournament postseason, the College of Saint Benilde Blazers and the University of Perpetual Help Altas swiftly handled their respective opponents to close out the elimination round at the FilOil Flying V Centre earlier today

Behind a stellar performance from Opposite Hitter John Vic De Guzman, the Blazers swept the San Sebastian College Stags 25-19, 25-15, 25-22. De Guzman fired in 19 points off 17 attacks and two blocks. SSC’s Richard Tolentino matched his effort with 19 points off 18 attacks and a block. De Guzman, however, received more help from his teammates.

With Head Coach, Arnold Laniog giving playing time to his bench players, nearly every Blazer scored. Racky Etrone and Jethro Orian each had eight points while Ron Jordan contributed five points. On the other hand, Christian Calonia was the only other Stag who found success, managing eight points.

Coming off their only loss of the season, the Altas coasted past the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights 25-15, 25-22, 25-18.

The Altas successfully wailed on the struggling Letran floor defense and received contributions from nearly everyone on the roster.

UPHSD team captain, Bonjomar Castel and open hitter Rey Taneo each scored 11 points while Relan Taneo hopped off the bench and pitched in eight points. Bobby Gatdula spearheaded the Knights with 13 points while Harold Reyes managed eight.

The Altas finished the season tied with defending champs, EAC Genarals tied for first at 8-1 while CSB settled at third with a 7-2 slate.

On Tuesday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre, the Altas and the Generals battle for the first seed in the morning while the Arellano University Chiefs and the San Beda Red Spikers face off for the last Final Four spot at 2 p.m. televised live on ABS CBN Sports+Action.


Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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