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    Army ready for battle against Cagayan Valley

    Jul 25, 2013
    Joanne Bunag and the Army claimed a semifinal slot early but the Lady Troopers say they did not waste time relaxing. Dante Peralta

    IT has been nine days since clinching an outright semifinal berth but the Army believes rust will not be a factor when it takes on Cagayan Valley in the Super Liga semifinals on Friday at the MOA Arena.

    Army coach Rico de Guzman said they used the time wisely for conditioning after taking only 68 minutes to defeat PCSO Bingo Milyonaryo in straight sets in its last match.

    "Tuluy-tuloy ang training namin… para 'yung kundisyon ng katawan andoon pa rin," he added.

    "Hindi kami mag re-rest," he said.

    Team captain Joanne Bunag and veterans Jean Balse, Michelle Carolino, Tina Salak, Jacqueline Alarca and Nene Bautista are de Guzman's main offensive and defensive weapons as they try to advance to the finals.

    Meanwhile, the Lady Rising Suns have recovered from their losing skein as they dumped PLDT MyDSL in three sets in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

    Cagayan Valley coach Nes Pamilar believes the squad led by Joy Cases, Sandra delos Santos and Bhebs Pineda have found the rhythm and will come out even stronger against the Lady Troopers.

    "Sinabi ko sa kanila (players) na ang laking bagay na mapasok kami sa Final Four kaya kunin na namin ang panalo," he said.

    "Extra effort pa kami," added Pamilar. "Ngayon na nanalo na kami ulit dodoblehin pa namin ang mga ginawa naming maganda para sa semis."

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    Joanne Bunag and the Army claimed a semifinal slot early but the Lady Troopers say they did not waste time relaxing. Dante Peralta
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