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    National team-powered PLDT goes for sweep of first round as Power Attackers take on winless Via Mare

    Jun 10, 2014

    DEFENDING champion PLDT Home Tvolution-Air Force guns for a sweep of the first round of eliminations as it takes on lowly Via Mare on Wednesday in the Philippine Super Liga All Filipino Conference at Cuneta Astrodome.

    National team members Ranran Abdilla, Ron Jay Galang, Jeffrey Malabanan and JP Torres have carried PLDT to three wins in three outings and now the Power Attackers look to go 4-0, as coach Jasper Jimenez looks to make adjustments on defense.

    “Kailangan pa namin maayos ang reception namin,” said Jimenez. “At sana magtuluy-tuloy ang panalo namin, kung kaya ma-sweep, i-sweep namin.”

    The match starts at 6 p.m.

    Via Mare, on the other hand, has yet to win in three outings and is coming off a heartbreaking five-set loss to Systema.

    Last conference's runner-up Systema, meanwhile, look to notch back-to-back wins when it takes on Instituto Estetico Manila at 4 p.m.

    The Active Smashers came up with a hard-earned five-set win over Via Mare on for its first win in three matches. IEM holds a 1-1 card.

    In the women’s division, RC Cola-Air Force and new comer AirAsia try to bounce back from losses as they face each other at 2 p.m.

    The Raiders' three-game winning streak was snapped by Dindin Santiago-led Petron on Sunday, 22-25, 13-25, 24-26, while the Flying Spikers bowed to two-time champion Generika Army, 20-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-25.

    Former University of Santo Tomas standouts Maika Ortiz, Judy Ann Caballejo and Rhea Dimaculangan together with Joy Cases are expected to take the lead for RC Cola, while AirAsia will rely on former La Salle stars Paneng Mercado, Cha Cruz and Abi Marano.

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    RC Cola (3-1) and AirAsia (2-1) dropped to the second and third spots, respectively, behind the Blaze Spikers (3-0). 

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