PHILIPPINE Army booked a return trip to the finals after downing Philippine Navy, 25-16, 25-10, 25-22, on Sunday in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Reinforced Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
Jovelyn Gonzaga had 10 points as Army set up a title rematch with Open conference champion PLDT, which beat UP in the other semifinal. Honey Royse Tubino and Nene Bautista combined for 15 points.
The top-seeded Lady Troopers are unbeaten in five matches, and battle the Ultra Fast Hitters (5-1) again after they tangled in the Open Conference final in May.
The best-of-three Finals series starts on Saturday.
“Paghahandaan kasi hindi naman pwedeng hindi kahit sinong kalaban namin pinaghahandaan namin lalo na ngayon magfa-finals na iko-correct na lang namin ang mga ginagawa namin hanggang sa makuha namin ng maayos ang lahat,” said Army coach Kungfu Reyes.
The Ultra Fast Hitters are still hoping Ateneo star Alyssa Valdez, out with a back injury, will finally play and join Sue Roces, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Gretcel Soltones and two American imports Sareea Freeman and Victoria Hurtt in the title series.
“Paghahandaan namin na-overheard ko rin si Alyssa ata maglalaro so mas maganda ’yun mas nacha-challenge kami kapag ganoon,” said Reyes.
Florence Madulid scored 14 points for Navy, which will battle University of the Philippines in the battle for third.