Well-rested Cagayan Valley battles reeling Philippine Army as V-League quarterfinals resume
Aiza Maizo and the Rising Suns have not played since beating Alyssa Valdez and the Lady Eagles on the final day of the elimination round. Jerome Ascano

WELL-rested Cagayan Valley plays its first match in the round-robin quarterfinals, while Philippine Army looks to recover from a stunning loss in the Shakey's V-League Season 11 Open Conference on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.

The match starts at 2 p.m.

The Lady Rising Suns enter the match holding the top spot with a 4-1 card as erstwhile co-leaders PLDT (5-2) and Army (4-2) have slipped with early losses in the six-team quarterfinals.

The Lady Troopers lost its first quarterfinal match, bowing to Philippine Air Force, 25-20, 19-25, 19-25,
22-25, on Tuesday.

PLDT, meanwhile, split its first two matches.

Cagayan Valley has gone six days without a competitive match, and the Lady Rising Suns led by Aiza Maizo, Pau Soriano, Rosemarie Vargas and Angge Tabaquero, who combined for 52 points in the
five-set win against Ateneo on July 31, hopes rust won’t be a factor.

Army, meanwhile, is playing its second straight playdate and top hitter Rachel Anne Daquis, who missed their previous match due to a sprained left knee, is still doubtful for the match against Cagayan Valley.

Jovelyn Gonzaga, setter Tina salak, Joanne Bunag and Nene Bautista shared the scoring load for Army against Air Force, but need more production to be able to get back on track.

Air Force battles Ateneo at 4 p.m. in a match of teams coming off big wins.

The Air Women gained a boost in morale after downing archrival Army for a 4-3 card but Air Force coach Clarence Esteban reminded his wards to keep their guard up.

“Ganoon pa rin, lalaban pa rin kami,” he said. “Siguro naman eh alam na nila ang roles nila sa team and kahit nanalo kami sa Army lalaban pa rin kami.”

Maika Ortiz, Joy Cases and Judy Ann Caballejo will take charge for Air Force as they aim to limit Ateneo star Alyssa Valdez, who leads all scorers with a total of 211 points.

Ateneo is in fifth spot with a 1-5 mark.

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