La Salle-Zobel and Canossa reach the last QF bus of the PNVF U-18


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LA Salle-Zobel and Canossa Academy-Lipa advanced to the final quarterfinal buses with big victories at the end of the elimination rounds of the 2024 Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) U18 Championship on Friday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Both teams fought tough victories in three sets to advance, with La Salle-Zobel earning a 25-20, 22-25, 25-19 victory over Maryhill College Lucena (1-4) and Canossa Academy earning a 25-21 victory won. 23-25, 25-20 victory over Parañaque City (0-5).

La Salle-Zobel finished 2-3 as the No. 4 seed in Pool A, while Canossa Academy secured the final spot in Pool B of the girls division with a similar record.

Canossa Academy was supported by La Salle-Lipa, which eliminated Colegio de Los Baños (1-4) with a 25-5, 25-10 win to ensure there were no playoff complications for the final ticket in Pool B gave.

La Salle-Lipa, on the other hand, secured second place in Pool B with a 4-1 result, just behind the unbeaten National University (5-0). The San Juan Institute of Technology-Batangas took third place with a record of 3-2 Place.

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In Pool A, La Salle-Zobel joined quarterfinalists University of Santo Tomas (5-0), Kings' Montessori School (4-1) and Gracel Christian College (3-2).

But with little to no rest, La Salle-Zobel and Canossa Academy face a daunting task against the unbeaten teams in Saturday's quarterfinals at the same venue.

La Salle-Zobel will have its hands full taking on fellow UAAP NU at 3 p.m., while Canossa Academy takes on another UAAP powerhouse in UST at 10 a.m

Other pairings include Kings' Montessori School vs. San Juan Institute of Technology Batangas at 12:30 p.m. and La Salle-Lipa vs. Gracel Christian College at 5:30 p.m

The final placement in the boys' game is still being determined at the time of going to press, as a regular five-set format will be introduced from the quarter-finals, starting with a short three-set duel in the elims.

The quarterfinals will be played in a knockout format, as will the semifinals and the final for the prestigious title of the first youth tournament of the PNVF under the leadership of President Ramon “Tats” Suzara.

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