6 PVL teams step up bid for F4 seats

Games today

10 a.m. – PLDT vs IEM (men’s)

2 p.m. – Tacloban vs BanKo-Perlas (women’s)

4 p.m. – Iriga-Navy vs BaliPure (women’s)

6 p.m. – Pocari-Air Force vs PetroGazz (women’s)

MANILA, Philippines — Six teams chasing the last two semifinal berths step up their respective drives today as they clash in three explosive matches in the quarterfinal round of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.

Tacloban, Iriga-Navy and PetroGazz try to score a repeat over BanKo-Perlas, BaliPure and Pocari-Air Force, respectively, as they seek to gain the headstart and the momentum in the single round phase where the top two will join outright qualifiers Creamline and PayMaya in the semifinal round of the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.

The Fighting Warays, one of the league’s newcomers, have impressed a lot with their heads-up games in the elims, barely falling short of the other outright semis slot with a third place effort. With imports Amporn Hyapha and Patcharee Seangmuan and locals Jovielyn Prado, Shola Alvarez and Heather Guino-o, they hope to reassert their mastery over the Jutarat Montripila and Lakia Bright-led Perlas Spikers, whom they trounced in four in the elims last May 2.

They clash at 2 p.m. after which the Lady Oragons, bannered by the Macy Ubben-Lauren Whyte tandem, would seek to duplicate their only victory in the elims, a four-set romp over the Water Defenders.

The Angels, on the other hand, hope to pounce on the slumping Lady Warriors in their 6 p.m. main encounter, with the former to lean again on imports Anastasia Trach and Olena Lymareva-Flink and locals Cherry Rose Nunag, Ranya Musa, Rachel Austero and playmaker Relea Saet.