THREE-time champion RC Cola-Army guns for its third consecutive victory and a sweep of the first phase of the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference when it takes on winless New San Jose Builders on Tuesday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan City.
Action starts at 4 p.m., with the Lady Troopers looking to close their first round on a high note.
In the second match at 6 p.m., F2 Logistics and Foton clash looking to score their second win ahead of the second round that will get much tougher with powerhouse Petron and Cignal joining the mix in the format patterned after the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Grand Prix.
The first match will be aired live over TV5 and Aksyon TV, while only Aksyon TV will air the second match.
Led by Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis, RC Cola-Army solidified its reputation as the team to beat with straight-set victories over Foton and F2 Logistics, although coach Kungfu Reyes insists they are still a work in progress.
"Volleyball is a never-ending learning process, you have to study your opponent and yourself as well," said Reyes.
One of the country's brightest young tacticians, the 36-year old Reyes says San Jose can be very dangerous.
"They are young, aggressive and very eager to win. So we have to double our effort and prepare against them because our game wouldn't be easy," said Reyes.
After dropping their first two matches to F2 Logistics and Foton, respectively San Jose coach Ken Moleno said his wards remain in high spirits and eager to pull off an upset of the Lady Troopers.
"In fact, we trained long and hard last Sunday. The girls are all hungry and eager to win. They want to upset Army because doing such will be a major achievement, something that will inspire them when they return to the NCAA next year. We know it isn't easy, but we'll do our very best to win," said Moleno.
Moleno is pinning his hopes on Perpetual Help stalwarts Lourdes Clemente, Coleen Bravo, Jamela Suyat and Cindy Imbo as well as Maribeth Laro of De La Salle-Dasmarinas and Arnie Yumul of Emilio Aguinaldo College.