A fourth straight NOPSSCEA title looms for the University of St. La Salle-Integrated School elementary boys’ volleyball team this weekend at the USLS Covered Court as the squad advanced to the finals by beating Queen of Peace School in the semifinals and earning a twice to beat advantage.
The Carl Barredo-mentored young La Sallian spikers will face the winner between QPS and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos after the latter prevailed over Sta. Teresita Academy in the quarterfinals. The championship match is set 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Also in the finals with a twice-to-beat bonus is the Jimmy Dequilla-mentored USLS-IS high school boys’ volleyball team, who advanced into the finals by turning back St. Joseph School- La Salle, 25-23, 25-22, in the semifinals.
The St. Joseph team, however, managed to arrange a titular showdown against USLS by prevailing over La Consolacion College-Bacolod in three sets, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-14. The championship match is set 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the USLS Covered Court.
Also keeping their championship hopes alive is the USLS-IS high school volleyball girls’ team of coach Malot Lozada, who will be playing against St. Joseph School-La Salle at 2 p.m. Saturday, for the right to face St. John’s Institute in the championship 10:30 p.m. Sunday, with the rubber match, if necessary, scheduled at 3 p.m.
Defending champion SJI girls, mentored by Peter Yusay, booked the first final ticket in their division and earned a twice to beat bonus by dominating USLS-IS with a 25-20, 25-16 in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, the SJI elementary girls’ volleyball squad also eyes the championship when they clash against Trinity Christian School 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with the winner earning a twice-to-beat advantage.
Still in contention in the elementary girls department are USLS-IS and STA, who will be facing each other at 9:30 a.m. with the winner earning the right to challenge the loser between SJI and TCS for the last ticket to the finals.
Winners in all four divisions will be representing the NOPSSCEA in the December 8 – 13 Provincial Meet.
Tournament commissioner Efren Timtiman had said earlier that he has advised the coaches of all teams that earned a ticket in the semifinals to prepare the documents of their athletes for the Provincial Meet screening and ocular inspection set on December 4 at the Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod.*NAB
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