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    It's a Super Liga skirmish as Army clashes with Air Force

    Jun 17, 2014
    Joy Cases and the Raiders are in second with four wins in five matches and look to inch closer to the league-leading Blaze Spikers. Dante Peralta

    THE Army and Air Force bring out the big guns in a Super Liga skirmish on Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

    Generika-Army is running fourth and looking to stretch its win streak to three, while RC Cola-Air Force is in second spot and eyeing back-to-back wins in the All-Filipino Conference.

    Star setter Tina Salak rejoined Generika-Army last week and gave the Lady Troopers an instant boost with 42 excellent sets in a four-set win over AirAsia.

    And although Private First Class Salak earlier said she could not confirm participation in future Lady Troopers (2-2) matches to concentrate on military school, she has been listed to play along with Rachel Anne Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Nene Bautista against the Raiders.

    Judy Ann Caballejo and Joy Cases, meanwhile, have been delivering close to 40 percent of the Raiders scoring in their last three matches are expected to again come up huge as they try to improve their 4-1 mark.

    The shootout is set at 2 p.m.

    “Parang may rivalry kami kasi Army at Air Force, pero ganoon pa rin ilalabas pa rin namin kung ano ang kailangan naming ilaro,” said RC Cola coach Clarence Esteban.

    PLDT Home TVolution, meanwhile, is favoured to end a two-match slide as it takes on hapless Cignal HD in the 4 p.m. match.

    The Power Attackers led by Sue Roces and Lou Ann Latigay are in fifth spot with a 2-3 record after suffering a straight sets loss to RC Cola then getting edged by AirAsia in four.

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    Cignal, on the other hand, has been nothing like the squad that finished runner-up the last two conferences. A talented bunch on paper, Honey Tubino, Aby Praca and the HD Spikers are winless in four matches and looked lost in straight-sets losses in their last three outings.

    In men's play, Super Liga Grand Prix champion PLDT Home TVolution-Air Force starts its second-round campaign against Instituto Estetico Manila at 6 p.m.

    Unbeaten in four matches, the PLDT squad led by national team members Ranran Abdilla, Ron Jay Galang, Jeffrey Malabanan and JP Torres are favored to extend the run as coach Jasper Jimenez vowed to find ways to improve their play.

    “Handa kami kung kami ang target nila na talunin. Mag-iimprove pa kami, hindi kami magsi-stick sa ganoon lang na performance aim namin na ang performance namin to the highest level lagi,” said PLDT coach Jasper Jimenez.

    “Tiwala naman ako sa lahat ng players ko, kahit sino sa kanila na ipasok alam kong gagawa,” said Jimenez.

    IEM started the first round with a win but went on to lose three straight. Against star-studded PLDT, the Phoenix Volley Masters will have their hands full trying to prevent the slide from stretching to four.

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    Joy Cases and the Raiders are in second with four wins in five matches and look to inch closer to the league-leading Blaze Spikers. Dante Peralta
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