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    Top seed Power Attackers face struggling Lady Eagles as V-League quarterfinals underway

    Aug 2, 2014
    Ateneo opens its quarterfinal campaign in Shakey's V-League Season 11 Open Conference against top seed PLDT. Dante Peralta

    ATENEO aims to get back on the winning track but faces a tough opponent in top seed PLDT at the start of the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference at the Arena in San Juan on Sunday.

    The Lady Eagles try to kick off the single round phase with a win after suffering three straight losses to end the eliminations against National University (18-25, 25-15, 24-26, 18-25), Army ( 22-25, 13-25, 30-28, 25-20, 14-16) and Cagayan (25-16, 16-25, 17-25, 27-25, 10-15).

    Alyssa Valdez, who scored a total of 85 points in those three losses, is again tasked to lead the reigning UAAP champion in its 4 p.m. face-off with the Power Attackers.

    The Katipunan-based school is currently at the bottom of the standings (0-2) after their two wins against eliminated teams University of the Philippines and Philippine National Police had been nullified owing to the league’s carry-over rule, where win-loss records against teams eliminated will not reflect in the quarterfinal standings.

    Carrying a 4-1 slate, PLDT will rely on veterans Sue Roces, Lou Ann Latigay, Sasa Devanadera, and Charo Soriano.

    Meanwhile, National University tangles with Philippine Air Force in the opening game at 2 p.m.

    Lady Bulldogs mentor Ariel dela Cruz is aware his team will learn a lot in their match up against the Air Women, who finished runner up to Philippine Army in the recently concluded Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference.

    “Veteran team sila, mas may experience sa laro kagagaling lang nila sa PSL, samantalang kami nagbi-build pa lang kami ng experience 'yung makalaban sila eh malaking bagay na 'yun para sa amin,” said dela Cruz.

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    UAAP rookie of the year Jaja Santiago, Rizza Mandapat, and Myla Pablo are expected to carry the cudgels for the Lady Bulldogs (1-4).

    Air Force, which defeated the Lady Bulldogs in the first round,  25-21, 25-21, 25-22, will again bank on Joy Cases, Maika Ortiz, and Judy Ann Caballejo.

    The Air Women carry a 2-3 card.

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    Ateneo opens its quarterfinal campaign in Shakey's V-League Season 11 Open Conference against top seed PLDT. Dante Peralta
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