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Perpetual Altas sweep San Beda, clinch NCAA 95 Final Four berth

University of Perpetual Help System DALTA secured its place in yet another postseason after dismantling San Beda University in straight sets, 25-21, 25-15, 25-22, in NCAA Season 95 Men’s Volleyball action, Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The three-peat-seeking Altas joined fellow undefeated Emilio Aguinaldo College in the next round after getting their seventh straight win of the year.

San Beda, on the other hand, slipped to 4-4 and are in danger of missing the Final Four.

Louie Ramirez once more paced Perpetual with 19 points, 17 coming from attacks. But rookie Hero Austria’s two-way game did the heavy lifting for the Altas throughout the match.

The former Juniors Finals Most Valuable Player chipped in nine markers on five attacks, and two each of blocks and aces. Austria also manned the floor well with seven digs and an 18-of-26 clip on reception.

Head coach Sammy Acaylar hopes the Altas continue to work on their game. He said, “They’re human, they still make mistakes. Although nag-focus kami dun sa mga weaknesses namin, they still had lapses na hindi ko maintindihan.

“Pero dadaanin na lang sa training. We have to play a champion. We have to respect our opponents,” he continued.

These errors — 18 in total — kept the Red Spikers in the match. Still, the Altas dominated the scoring skills, with its six service aces pulling then up in the crucial stretches of the contest.

Perpetual limited San Beda’s prolific scorer Jeffrey Losa to just six points. Meanwhile, team captain Melver Lapurga took over with 11 markers for the Red Spikers.

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Perpetual and EAC will lock horns for that twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals on Monday, February 10. San Beda will try to still keep their dwindling playoff hopes alive with fellow contender Mapua University the following day at February 11.

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