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    Stage set for semifinal deciders in PVL with Balipure taking on Creamline, Pocari battling Air Force

    Aug 8, 2017
    Eyes will be on Iari Yongco, Myla Pablo, Jerrili Malabanan and Jia Morado as they try to lead their clubs to the finals.

    THE chase for championship berths in the Premier Volleyball League comes down to a pair of rubber matches.

    BaliPure and Pocari Sweat hacked out five-set wins over Creamline and Air Force, respectively, last Sunday, set the stage for do-or-die Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.

    The Lady Warriors and the Lady Jet Spikers dispute the first finals berth at 4 p.m. with the former looking to keep going their bid for a second straight title, four including the last two conferences of the V-League.

    The Lady Jet Spikers hope to make the necessary adjustments and display the form that powered them to a three-set romp in the series opener.

    Expect Air Force to bank on its vaunted quick-set play anchored on tall Dell Palomata and setter Wendy Semana with Iari Yongco, Mary Ann Pantino, Joy Cases and Jocemer Tapic ready to provide firepower from both sides.

    But momentum is on the side of the Lady Warriors with coach Rico de Guzman pinning his hopes on Myla Pablo, Jeanette Panaga, Elaine Kasilag and Desiree Dadang and setter Gyzelle Sy.

    Creamline, on the other hand, looks to rebounds from its first loss of the season.

    The Cool Smashers are beginning to miss the services of top gun Alyssa Valdez, who has been out for five matches as she concentrates on national team duties.

    Creamline pulled off a five-set win in the series opener before the Water Defenders took the second match.

    Meanwhile, Cignal TV and Mega Builders start their best-of-three series for the men’s crown at 1 p.m. after the 10 a.m. battle for third between Air Force and Sta. Elena in the tournament backed by Mikasa and Asics.

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    Eyes will be on Iari Yongco, Myla Pablo, Jerrili Malabanan and Jia Morado as they try to lead their clubs to the finals.
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