TOP seed Foton takes on a skidding RC Cola-Army in the knockout semifinals of the 2016 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference women’s volleyball tournament on Thursday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center.
The Tornadoes led by Jaja Santiago swept the second round highlighted by a win over erstwhile unbeaten F2, but coach Villet Ponce-de Leon warned the players against complacency especially against a tough Army side.
“We are peaking at the right time. I like how the team is playing right now. The morale is high and the mood in training is very lively. I just hope we sustain it,” said Ponce-de Leon.
“We know that RC Cola-Army is hungry. They are the veteran team and they can use their experience to their advantage. We have to dictate the pace from start to finish.”
Army, meanwhile, lost Rachel Anne Daquis to foot injury in the match against Foton last week and will be out at least two weeks.
The match is set at 6 p.m.
Army has lost four straight, going winless in three matches in the second round.
“Now we have a big problem. How can we replace Rachel’s production of around 15 to 17 points a game,” said Army coach Kungfu Reyes.
“As you saw against Petron, we struggled offensively because our top scorer was out. We have to find a way to solve that if we want to remain in contention for the title.”
Generika and Amy’s Kitchen clash in the 4 p.m. match in the classification for 5th to 8th places.