LYCEUM of the Philippines University and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta clash in a match both teams cannot afford to lose today in the NCAA women's volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The surprising Lady Pirates are running fourth with a 5-1 card, while the Lady Altas hold 3-3 slate in sixth spot, making the 11:30 a.m. clash a must-win for the two squads seeking for one of the three remaining Final Four slots at stake.
So far, San Sebastian is already in the semis with a 7-0 record and remains on track for an outright Finals berth with a thrice-to-beat incentive.
Surging Arellano University is now in No. 2 with a 6-1 slate, while defending champion College of Saint Benilde has a 6-2 record in third place.
LPU is ahead by only one game of idle San Beda (5-3) in the race for the last semifinals berth and its last three matches are all top four teams.
Perpetual Help, for its part, has two of its last games against top four squads which will also make or break its bid.
Coach Emil Lontoc wants his Lady Pirates to be cohesive at this crucial time of the season and their training at the San Juan venue earlier in the week will help them a lot.
Cherilyn Sindayen, Czarina Orros, La Rainne Fabay and Christine Miralles will be LPU's main offensive weapons.
The Lady Pirates are on a two-game roll.
For the Lady Altas, Lourdes Clemente and Coleen Bravo must assert their might in the middle while Jam Suyat and Marijo Medalla must also contribute to get their offense going.
Winless squads Emilio Aguinaldo College and Mapua collide in the first game at 10 a.m.
In men's play, Perpetual Help seeks to assure itself of a Final Four playoff berth opposite LPU at 1 p.m., while Mapua takes on EAC at 8:30 a.m.