By Waylon Galvez
Standings W L
**Perpetual 9 0
*EAC 7 2
*Arellano 6 2
CSB 5 2
Mapua 4 4
San Beda 4 4
Letran 2 6
LPU 2 6
SSC-R 1 7
JRU 1 8
Three-peat seeking University of Perpetual Help System Dalta completed a nine-game sweep of the men’s elimination round and advanced to the finals outright following a 25-14, 25-15, 25-18 win against Letran in NCAA Season 95 volleyball Thursday at The Arena in San Juan City.
Louie Ramirez led the Altas with 10 points, while Ronniel Rosales, Ridzuan Muhali and Kennry Malinis combined for 23 points.
EJ Casaña tossed in 15 excellent sets.
“It’s very hard kasi we are the defending champions. I always tell my players they have to respect all the teams sa NCAA,” said Altas coach Sammy Acaylar.
“Now we have to wait, not just on our finals opponent but the resumption of the games, which is tough because we have to keep our form. We’ll keep on practicing, maybe have a few tune-up games to keep us in shape.”
Perpetual Help now awaits the survivor of the stepladder playoffs, which will take place once the league lifts the indefinite suspension of the games due to the 2019 novel coronavirus.
Emilio Aguinaldo College (7-2) and Arellano University (6-2) are already in the semifinals, while College of St. Benilde (5-2), San Beda (4-4) and Mapua (4-4) are fighting for the last playoff berth.
The Altas have actually won 22 straight matches, dating back from two years ago.
Meanwhile, the NCAA has decided to postpone indefinitely its remaining sports events in seniors division starting due to the COVID-19 following a Management Committee (MANCOM) resolution that was reached Thursday.
NCAA MANCOM chairman Peter Cayco of host school Arellano University called for an emergency meeting and the group decided to call off the games as well as the upcoming events.
“Upon consultations with our respective Policy Board members, and with various government agencies like the Department of Health and the Commission on Higher Education, the NCAA Management Committee has decided to postpone the remaining events indefinitely,” said Cayco.
“Of course, our main concern always is the safety of our students, our athletes – remember that these athletes are also students – and the entire NCAA community,” added Cayco.
The decision came exactly a week after the MANCOM made a similar resolution on the games in the junior’s division because of the same reasons.
The events affected by the postponement of games are volleyball, beach volleyball, soft tennis, football, athletics and the cheer dance competition.
Tags: Altas, EJ Casaña, Kennry Malinis, Knights, Letran Knights, Louie Ramirez, NCAA, NCAA men’s volleyball, NCAA Season 95 men's volleyball, NCAA Season 95 volleyball, NCAA volleyball, Perpetual Altas, Peter Cayco, Ridzuan Muhali, Ronniel Rosales, Sammy Acaylar