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    Raiders stake top spot against Blaze Spikers in battle of unbeaten Super Liga teams

    Jun 7, 2014
    The Petron Blaze Spikers led by Dindin Santiago, try to halt the RC Cola-Air Force juggernaut. Dante Peralta

    THREE teams try to keep their unbeaten record when the Philippine Super Liga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference resumes Sunday at The Astrodome.

    League leader RC Cola-Air Force clashes with fellow undefeated team Petron in the first game of a triple-header that begins at 3 p.m.

    The Raiders, cellar dwellers in the PSL Grand Prix last year, are currently on top of the standings with a 3-0 (win-loss) card, while the Blaze Spikers are just a game behind at 2-0 in a tie with Air Asia, which sees action in the second women’s game against Generika-Army at 5 p.m.

    RC Cola won its first three games against PLDT Home TVolution, two-time runner-up Cignal, and Cagayan Valley.

    But coach Clarence Esteban reminded his team not to make any room for complacency against the Blaze Spikers, who are led by star player Dindin Santiago.

    The 20-year old player from National University made an explosive debut in the fledgling commercial league after pouring 37 and 31 points, respectively, in Petron’s games against PLDT Home TVolution and Cagayan Valley.

    "Si Dindin naman kasi siya ang nagdadala sa team niya sa lahat ng liga, kaya ang target namin maging mataas ang percentage namin sa blocking sa kanya at pati sa baba makuha namin (ang floor defense),"
    said Esteban.

    Meanwhile, the Flying Spikers shoot for their third straight win at the expense of the struggling two-time champion Generika-Army.

    AirAsia is coming off a long 18-day break.

    Former UAAP rivals Cha Cruz and Rachel Anne Daquis cross paths again as they lead AirAsia and Army, respectively.

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    Former La Salle stars Aby Marano and Stephanie Mercado are also expected to do damage for the Flying Spikers.

    Despite relegated at an unfamiliar territory of sixth spot (1-2), the Lady Troopers are expected to get added boost with the return of veteran setter Tina Salak to team up with Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Nene Bautista, and Ging Balse.

    Salak missed the team’s first three games due to her Army duties.

    In men's play, winless teams Systema and Via Mare clash at 7p.m.

    Both the Active Smashers and the Voyagers are tied at the bottom with identical 0-2 slates.

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    The Petron Blaze Spikers led by Dindin Santiago, try to halt the RC Cola-Air Force juggernaut. Dante Peralta
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