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    Marano-led AirAsia eyes back-to-back victories; Dindin Santiago makes Superliga debut with Petron

    May 20, 2014
    Aby Marano and the Flying Spikers look to go two for two in the Super Liga. Dante Peralta

    AIRASIA looks to score back-to-back victories after winning its debut as the Flying Spikers take on Cignal HD on Wednesday in the Philippine Super Liga All Filipino Conference at the Cuneta Astrodome.

    With the core of La Salle leading the way, the Flying Spikers looked more like a seasoned team than a new squad in clobbering Cagayan Valley, 26-14, 25-19, 27-25.

    But coach Ramil de Jesus downplayed the win, again claiming the tag of underdogs against teams that have seen action in the previous PSL season.

    “Pasok lahat sa kanila eh, matagal na sila magkakasama, kami nangangapa pa dito sa liga. 'Di ko alam kung paano gagalaw ang kalaban, sa game na lang siguro kami mag-aadjust,” he said, simply repeating his statement during the pre-tournament news conference.

    Now AirAsia guns for its second win at 4 p.m. against a Cignal team that twice placed runner-up in the PSL.

    Former La Salle Lady Spikers Paneng Mercado, Cha Cruz and Abi Marano are expected to lead the way anew for AirAsia, while the HD Spikers core remained intact with University of Perpetual Help standouts Honey Royse Tubino, Norie Jane Diaz, Jamela Suyat, Arriana Mei Argarin and Jheck Dionela still in the lineup.

    Meanwhile, Petron parades No. 1 overall top pick Dindin Santiago when the Blazers battle PLDT at 2 p.m.

    With Game Two of the V-League finals between NU and FEU scheduled Sunday, Lady Bulldogs star Santiago can join former UAAP rival Gretchen Ho of Ateneo as the Blazers look to start their champain on a bright note.

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    Petron also has Carmina Aganon, Sandra delos Santos and Maica Morada, while PLDT will be led by team captain Sue Roces, Angela Benting, Laurence Ann Latigay and Charo Soriano.

    Instituto Estetico Manila and Via Mare collide in the men’s match at 6 p.m.

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    Aby Marano and the Flying Spikers look to go two for two in the Super Liga. Dante Peralta
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