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    BaliPure, Air Force try to formalize entry into V-League semis as they battle also-ran squads

    Jun 21, 2016
    BaliPure eyes its fifth straight win after dropping its opening assignment. Jaime Campos

    BALIPURE and Air Force look to formalize their entry into the semifinals when they battle also-ran squads Baguio and Iriga, respectively, on Wednesday in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.

    The Water Defenders eye their fifth straight win as they tangle with the Summer Spikers at 4 p.m.

    Victory will earn them a spot in the round of four with Pocari Sweat, which is unbeaten in five matches.

    Air Force, joint second with BaliPure at 4-1, is also out to formalize its semis entry as it squares off with Iriga in the 6:30 p.m. match.

    Led by Alyssa Valdez' 20-point effort, Bali Pure downed back Laoag in straight sets on Monday, while Air Force needed five to stop National University.

    The Water Defenders are expected to play with a complete roster for the second straight game with reigning NCAA MVP Gretchel Soltones, Amy Ahomiro, Mary Mae Tajima, Dzi Gervacio, Janine Marciano, Ella de Jesus, Denden Lazaro, Alyssa Eroa, Jem Ferrer and playing coach Charo Soriano backing up Valdez.

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    "Our goal is the semifinals and we're one step closer to achieving that goal," said Soriano.

    In the Spikers' Turf Season Two Open Conference, Navy fights for dear life as it faces off with also-ran Bounty Fresh at 1 p.m.

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    The Navymen dropped their first three matches but could still advance to the semis with a sweep of their last two games.

    Cignal (4-0) and Instituto Estetico Manila (3-1) took the first two spots in the semifinals, while Air Force is in third (2-1) followed by Sta. Elena Construction (2-2).

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