Six teams battle for two remaining semis berths as PVL second phase gets going
The Fighting Warays lean on Patcharee Seangmuang as they try to join the early semifinalists. Jerome Ascano

SIX teams chasing the last two semifinal berths step up their respective drives on Saturday as they clash at the start of the second round robin of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.

Tacloban, Iriga-Navy and PetroGazz try to score a repeat over BanKo-Perlas, BaliPure and Pocari-Air Force, respectively, as they seek to gain the head-start and the momentum in the race to join outright semifinalists Creamline and PayMaya.

The Fighting Warays fell just short of an outright semis slot, finishing in third.

With imports Amporn Hyapha and Patcharee Seangmuan and locals Jovielyn Prado, Shola Alvarez and Heather Guino-o, they hope to reassert their mastery over the Jutarat Montripila and Lakia Bright-led Perlas Spikers, whom they trounced in four in the first round.

The Fighting Warays and Perlas Spikers clash at 2 p.m.

The Lady Oragons, bannered by Macy Ubben and Lauren Whyte, seek to duplicate their only victory in the elims, a four-set romp over the Water Defenders in the 4 o’clock match.

The Angels, on the other hand, hope to pounce on the slumping Lady Warriors in the 6 p.m. match. Petro  Gazz again leans on imports Anastasia Trach and Olena Lymareva-Flink and locals Cherry Rose Nunag, Ranya Musa, Rachel Austero and playmaker Relea Saet.

PLDT and Instituto Estetico Manila clash at 10 a.m. in the men’s division of the league backed by Mikasa and Asics.

Cignal HD and newcomer Vice Co. took the first two automatic semis seats by posting identical 4-1 slates in the elims, leaving PLDT, Air Force, Instituto Estetico Manila and Army to fight for the other two semis berths.

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