“We want to finish on a high note,” said Reyes, who was part of the coaching staff when RC Cola-Army dominated the league with three straight titles four years ago. “Our pride is at stake. We will prepare hard against Sta. Lucia and make sure that we will bring home the 5th place trophy.”
“We had difficulty receiving their services in the second set,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos, who was part of the coaching staff when the Blaze Spikers made a historic 15-0 sweep of the All-Filipino finals two years ago.
“The finals will be very exciting. They (F2 Logistics) are the defending champion and have been together for a long time. They are already solid. We will take it as a challenge. I’m sure it’s going to be a very good fight.”
“I think that win gave us momentum entering the semis,” said Delos Santos, referring to their 25-20, 18-25, 21-25, 25-19, 15-11 victory in their final game of the preliminaries, a battle that had all the ingredients of becoming a classic.
“Foton is a very solid and well-coached team. We can’t just relaxed knowing that we already won against them. We still have to prepare and work hard if we want to make it to the finals.”
“The girls never gave up,” said Cocolife coach Kungfu Reyes, who is looking to steer the young team to its best finish after wounding up fifth out of the six teams in the recent Invitational Conference.
“We may be out (of title contention), hut we’re not yet giving up. We want to win because we want to finish the tournament on a high note.”
The Asset Managers ruled the attack department, 61-51, and the block category, 11-8. Although they have more errors, 35-24, it didn’t matter as Gumabao and Bunag refused to give up in the deciding set.