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    Army downs Cagayan Valley to book return trip to Super Liga finals

    Dec 7, 2013

    TMS Philippine Army booked a return trip to the finals after ousting Cagayan, 25-15, 25-20, 25-17, in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix at Ynares Sports Arena on Saturday.

    Thai import Luangtonglang Wanitchaya finished with 13 points, while locals Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga chipped in 11 markers each for Army.

    Last conference's titlist Lady Troopers had the match in full control as they only needed 66 minutes to dispose of the Lady Rising Suns.

    "Naging madali ang panalo namin kasi gumana ang receive namin at syempre ang depensa," said Army coach Rico de Guzman.

    The Lady Rising Suns struggled early in the game as the Lady Troopers took a 9-1 lead in the opening set.

    Army came up with an 8-3 run and widened the gap later in the set, 21-10. The Lady Troopers moved up early 18-10 in the third and never gave the Rising suns a chance.

    "Itong Cagayan kasi malakas ang spikers nila pero ang naging advantage namin sa kanila is 'yung setter namin," said de Guzman referring to setter Tina Salak.

    "Si Tina kasi beterano na kumpara sa (setter ng) kabila, kaya na niya paikutin 'yung bola sa mga players namin," he added.

    Salak had 28 excellent sets while Cagayan's setter April Jose registered 21.

    Cagayan Thai reinforcement Wanida Kotruang, who played limited minutes in their quarterfinal match against Petron due to a sore right knee, came up with 10 points, all from spikes.

    The Lady Rising Suns will face the loser of the match between PDLT MyDSL and Cignal in a classification match on Wednesday.

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