Cagayan Valley and PLDT warm up for their Spikers’ Turf championship duel when they clash Thursday on the last day of the semifinal round at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Both teams are already assured of final berths after sweeping past Air Force and Cignal early in the round-robin semifinals, but the Rising Suns and Ultra Fast Spikers are both determined to gain momentum heading into their title duel on Sunday.
Air Force and Cignal meet in their own preview of the third place battle in the tournament presented by Mikasa.
CAGAYAN Valley and PLDT both rallied from a set down against separate opponents yesterday to arrange a championship showdown in the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Marck Espejo, the UAAP MVP, rammed in 26 points as the Rising Suns bucked another tough challenge from Air Force with a 27-29, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 decision and secured a slot in the Finals by improving to 2-0 in the semifinals.
The Ultra Fast Spikers also survived a rough start against Cignal, hacking out an 18-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-11 win to likewise stay unbeaten in two games in the single-round Final Four.
AFTER gripping wins in the semifinal opener, Cagayan Valley and PLDT Home Ultera shoot for title berths in the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Rising Suns clash with Air Force at 2 p.m., while the Ultra Fast Spikers take on Cignal at 4 p.m. in the round-robin semifinals where the top two will advance to the finals.
Although the Rising Suns ruled the eliminations at 6-1, the tournament top seed had to rally past Cignal, 33-35, 25-23, 16-25, 25-21,15-11, at the start of the Final Four Sunday night.
The Philippine national women’s volleyball team registered two straight wins to move up in the classification ladder of the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship in Tianjin, China.
After losing all of their games in the group stages, the Filipinas opened their campaign in the classification round with wins over Hong Kong (25–21, 25–18, 20–25, 16–25, 11–15) and Sri Lanka (14–25, 25–19, 18–25, 17–25) over the weekend.
Against Hong Kong, Myla Pablo delivered a game-high 26 points on 22 attacks to post their first win of the tournament.
FOR volleyball, and for country.
That’s how V-League MVP Alyssa Valdez described Philippine Army’s drive in the Finals.
“Outside of the court, they fight for country, for the Filipinos. That’s the Army,” Valdez said as they tied the best-of-three Finals series at 1-1 Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.
AN Army sergeant looked tense; he looked at his team reeling from an adversity so fast they could not keep up.
Heat compounded their situation as a barrage of attacks came from everywhere on the floor.
He was used to winning, but this time his team was so battered just handling two people.
PLDT Home Ultera made sure the Finals of Shakey’s V-League Open Conference will have a third match as they broke even with Army, 1-1, in the best-of-three series taking the match 25-16, 25-22, 19-25, 25-16, Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.
Jaja Santiago stood tall, jumped high, and hit hard to seal the match, and force a decider on Sunday, as he hit the ball that tore through the defense the Lady Troopers.
PLDT head coach Roger Gorayeb said everything is back to square one once the third match starts.