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    PH Army, Smart dispute No. 2 in big duel

    Sep 14, 2013
    Army's defense, typified here by veteran Nene Bautista, will be the Lady Troopers' biggest weapon against powerhouse Smart.

    PHILIPPINE Army welcomes the benefit of a complete lineup when it faces Smart Sunday for the no. 2 spot in the Shakey's V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.

    Reliable setter Tina Salak is back will be back for the Lady Troopers after missing their showdown against unbeaten league leader Cagayan Province due to health reasons.

    "Si Tina ok na ang kundisyon, magagamit na namin siya sa Sunday," said Army coach Rico de Guzman.

    The return of Salak boosts Army’s chances against Smart in their 4 p.m. encounter where no less than the second spot and a cushion to the carryover quarterfinal round is at stake.

    After falling at the hands of the Lady Rising Suns, de Guzman is confident The Lady Troopers can deal the Net Spikers provided they can sustain their defense.

    "Ang blocking namin napakalakas, i-maintain lang namin 'yun at ang floor defense namin sigurado magiging maganda ang kalalabasan," he said.

    The Net Spikers, who have played with a depleted roster for the most part of the eliminations, have tapped the services of Thai import Lithawat Kesinee to enhance their quarterfinal bid.

    “Si Peenok ang laki ng tulong sa amin," said Smart veteran Sue Roces.

    Army currently occupies second place at 4-1, followed by Smart at 4-2.

    Meanwhile, Philippine Air Force hopes to formalize its entry to the quarterfinals by taking on winless Philippine National Police in the 2 p.m. curtain raiser.

    The Air Women currently holds a 3-2 card, while the Lady Patrollers are at the bottom of the standings in the company of FEU..

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    Army's defense, typified here by veteran Nene Bautista, will be the Lady Troopers' biggest weapon against powerhouse Smart.
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