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    Semifinal seedings already set, but teams try to get boost in morale on final day of Super Liga elims

    Nov 25, 2014
    Alaina Bergsma and the top-seeded Petron Blaze Spikers eye their ninth win in 10 matches. Dante Peralta

    WITH the semifinal seedings already set, leader Petron, Generika and Cignal try to finish the double-round eliminations on high notes on Wednesday in the 2014 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Wednesday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.

    Cignal battles also-ran Foton at 2 p.m., while top seed Petron collides with Generika at 4 p.m.

    Bannered by a pair of lovely imports in Alaina Bergsma and Erica Adachi, the Blaze Spikers easily copped the top seeding with eight wins.

    Generika has a 6-3 mark but will settle for third spot due to an inferior ranking based on match points, number of victories, set quotient and points quotient.

    RC Cola-Air Force (5-5) will take the second spot, while Cignal (4-5) is in fourth spot regardless of the result of its showdown with Foton.

    Petron thus battles Cignal, while RC Cola-Air Force and Generika clash in a sudden-death semifinal on Friday.

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    "We need a victory to further boost our morale entering the semifinal round," said Petron coach George Pascua, whose wards suffered a shocking four-set loss to the Raiders that spoiled their bid to sweep this tournament.

    "Rankings no longer matter. You have to throw everything out of the window and set your sight on winning in order to advance to the finals. Mahirap din, pero kakayanin."

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    Pascua and the Blaze Spikers are expected to have their hands full against a Generika side that is on a four-match rampage after a sluggish start.

    Aside from Bergsma and Adachi, tasked to carry the banner for Petron are Dindin Santiago, Carmina Aganon and Frances Molina while the Life Savers will bank anew on Russian import Natalia Kurobkova as well as the core of many-time UAAP champion La Salle Lady Spikers led by Cha Cruz, Stephanie Mercado and Aby Marano.

    Cavite and Maybank battle for third place at 6 p.m. in the men's side.

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