Lady Navs set sight on ‘Final 4’ appearance

SAINT Louis University bagged its four straight victory against Benguet State University as it joined unbeaten University of Baguio and University of the Cordilleras in the race to the top of women’s volleyball in the ongoing Baguio – Benguet Educational Athletic League.

The Lady Navigators easily dispatched the Lady Wildcats in three sets, 25 – 18, 25 – 15, 25 – 17 Monday evening at the Kings College of the Philippines gymnasium.
Although it was an easy win for the Lady Navigators, coach Gerard Peralta believes the true test for the team will be when they meet defending champions UB Lady Cardinals, UC Lady Jaguars and final four contender Baguio College of Technology Lady Atoms.

“Magandang stepping stone ito for our next game with UC kasi piang-aralan talga naming yung weak side at tsaka yung strong side ng team, hopefully magamit naming sa net game,” said Peralta.

The win by the Lady Navigators against the Lady Wildcats assured them of an outright entry into the second round but their game against former six time champion Lady Jaguars later this month will determine the top seeding in bracket B. UC is also undefeated in four games.

While their match-up against UC in bracket will have to wait, Peralta said their next assignments in the crossover eliminations will also be a tough contest especially against the Lady Cardinals and the Lady Atoms.

BSU earlier notched its first win in the tournament by edging a winless UP –Baguio Lady Maroons, 25 – 22, 25 – 21, 25 – 18 just as the Lady Cardinals punctuated a huge win against fellow bracket A frontliner Lady Atoms, 25 – 23, 25 – 17, 25 – 21 Sunday evening while season host Kings College Lady Tigers escaped Pines City Colleges Lady Warriors, 27 – 25, 25 – 22, 25- 16.

In the men’s contest, defending champion UC Jaguars punctuated a hard earned victory against the Navigators in four sets, 28 – 26, 25 – 16, 20 – 25, 25 – 18 for its seventh straight victory while handling SLU its second loss in six games.

The Cardinals meanwhile notched their fifth win against Baguio Central University Eagles, 25 – 15, 25 – 14, 25 – 9 while PMA scored back to back wins against KCP and BCU to earn their fourth win in eight games even as Cordillera Career Development College Admirals and the BCT Atoms also edged their respective rivals. (Roderick Osis)