Volleyball: Favorites advance to semis

Josiah Albelda

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NCR, Western Visayas, Central Visayas and Northern Mindanao make the semis for secondary girls volleyball

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Defending champion Western Visayas and fellow tournament favorite National Capital Region hurdled separate foes to advance to the semifinals of the 2012 Palarong Pambansa secondary girls volleyball competitions at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center here.

Region VI tripped Davao Region, 25-20, 25-14, to book the first Final Four slot before the Big City spikers turned back a gallant stand by Bicol Region, 25-19, 25-21, to also move further.

NCR started slow but finished strong, erasing a 4-10 deficit in the second set to snatch the win before an animated crowd.

Central Visayas sent a taller CALABARZON squad packing, 25-18, 19-25, 25-9, even as Northern Mindanao frustrated home bets Ilocos Region in three sets, 21-25, 25-19, 25-18.

According to the Palarong Pambansa schedule, Western Visayas will battle Central Visayas for the first finals slot at 7:30am Friday, May 11, while NCR takes on Northern Mindanao at 8:30am at the Pangasinan State University Gym here.

Western Visayas and NCR have combined to win the last 4 Palaro crowns. – Rappler.com

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