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    PLDT eyes sweep of elims as it takes on Cagayan Valley

    Nov 30, 2013
    Savannah Noyes and the Lady Speed Boosters look to go five for five in the eliminations. Dante Peralta 

    LEAGUE leading PLDT MyDSL seeks to cements its semifinal berth in the women's division of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

    The Lady Speed Boosters aim to sweep the elimination round as they battle Cagayan Valley at 2 p.m.

    Winless squads RC Cola and Petron clash at 4 p.m. in a bid to secure a better position in the quarterfinal round that will start next week.

    After winding up fifth in the maiden Super Liga conference, PLDT MyDSL paraded a revamped lineup and hired a veteran mentor Roger Gorayeb along with a pair of hard-hitting American reinforcements in Kaylee Manns and Savannah Noyes.

    It was a good move as the Lady Speed Boosters have recorded four consecutive wins to capture an outright semifinal berth.

    TMS-Army is running second with a 4-1 win-loss card followed by Cagayan Valley at 3-1.

    "We have the luxury of playing relaxed on Sunday," said Gorayeb following an impressive 25-13, 24-26, 25-18, 25-20 win over RC Cola on Friday.

    "But still, we have to do our best because our opponent, Cagayan, is expected to come out strong. It will give us a preview of what to expect in the semifinals."

    Gorayeb noted that Cagayan's Thai imports, Wanida Kotruang and Patcharee Saengmuang, as well as veteran locals Aiza Maizo-Fontillas and Pau Soriano are expected to put up a tough stand.

    "We will be ready," he said. "We will plug the loopholes on our defense and try to avoid too many turnovers on offense."

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    A victory by the Rising Suns will put them in a three-way tie with PLDT MyDSL and TMS Philippine Army/

    In the men's division, Giligan's faces Systema at 6 p.m. in a do-or-die semifinal match.

    The winner between the Sisig Kings and Active Spikers will face the survivor of the match between top seeded PLDT MyDSL and Maybank in the finals.

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    Savannah Noyes and the Lady Speed Boosters look to go five for five in the eliminations. Dante Peralta 
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