ONE down, one to go for Army as it looks to add to its Philippine Super Liga title when it resumes its bid in the V-League Open Conference on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Troopers V-League win run was stopped at five by Cagayan Valley last week and they slipped to second spot behind PLDT (6-1).
But Army has bounced back from that loss, winning the Philippine Super Liga All Filipino Conference on Saturday with a straight-sets win over RC Cola-Air Force.
Now the Lady Troopers led by Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Ann Daquis try to regain a share of the V-league lead as they battle the Ateneo Lady Eagles (2-3) in the 4 p.m. match.
PLDT, Army Air Force, Cagayan Valley, National U and Ateneo have filled the spots in the six-team quarterfinals, with UP and PNP making early exits.
But the remaining eliminations matches are still important as the teams battle it out for ranking in the next round.
Top spiker Alyssa Valdez leads the tournament in scoring, but the rest of the Lady Eagles couldn’t provide the scoring support.
“Army experienced na team ’yan, veterans sila and its hard to beat them but we'll just try our very best to give them a good fight,” said Valdez, who averages 25 hits per match.
Air Force and NU clash at 2 p.m., with the winner taking solo fourth spot.
Lady Bulldogs mentor Ariel de la Cruz hopes to gain something from vastly improved Air Force, the PSL Grand Prix cellar dwellers who rose to take second in the PSL All Filipino Conference.
“Again maglalaro lang kami and hopefully may ma-gain kami from them kasi nagbi-build kami ng experience malaking bagay para sa amin na makalaban sila," he said.
After Army, the Lady Eagles still have to face Cagayan Valley. University of the Philippines (0-6) and Philippine National Police (0-6) battle each other in their last match.