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    PLDT Speed Boosters first to Super Liga semis after five-game sweep of elims

    Dec 1, 2013

    PLDT-MyDSL completed a five-game sweep of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix elims following a 25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 26-24 win over Cagayan Valley to clinch the first semifinals berth in the women’s division on Sunday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.

    Savannah Noyes, the 6-foot-1 American import, finished with 20 of her 23 points on smashes, while Sue Roces had 15 points for the Lady Speed Boosters, who will go to the semis sporting an unbeaten record.

    The win by PLDT-MyDSL also towed second-seed TMS-Philippine Army to the semifinals, while leaving the Lady Rising Suns, Cignal, Petron, and RC Cola to dispute the remaining semis berths in a pair of do-or-die matches in the quarterfinals.

    The dual sudden-death is slated on Wednesday, while the semis is set on Saturday also at the same venue.

    "More than anything else, this win was a big boost to our mindset entering the semifinals," said PLDT-MyDSL coach Roger Gorayeb.

    "We'd rather face either Cagayan or Army in the finals. Both of them are dangerous opponents who are capable of pulling an upset. Mahirap na, baka ma-tsambahan pa nila kami sa semis," he added.

    The Lady Speed Boosters started out strong before easing a little bit in the next two sets.

    "I told them that we only need two sets to keep our number one position in the semifinals," Gorayeb said. "That's why I'm so glad the girls responded with a good performance in the first two sets. Everything went on as planned."

    Patcharee Saengmuang and Wanida Kotruang finished with 18 points apiece to carry the fight for the Lady Rising Suns, who appeared on their way to extending the game into a deciding fifth set before Noyes and Roces re-asserted their dominance and sealed the win for the Speed Boosters.

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