Knotted at the third spot with an identical 1-2 win-loss card, Foton and Cignal need to sweep their remaining assignments to advance to the final round where the top three squads will challenge a topnotch team from Thailand for the title.
“Medyo mahirap ang haharapin namin pero kakayanin namin yan,” said Cignal’s Acaylar shortly after surrendering a four-set defeat to the Cargo Movers over the weekend at the Batangas City Sports Complex in Batangas City.
“Alam naman natin na malakas ang Petron. Pero mas uhaw kami at handa kaming gawin ang lahat para makuha ang panalo. We’ll take it one game at a time. We will prepare hard and give them a very good fight.”
It was such a sweet win for the Lady Troopers who made a resounding bounce back after falling with a sorry five-set defeat to Petron last Thursday.
“We still couldn’t figure out what happened to us in that game,” said RC Cola-Army assistant coach Rico de Guzman. “That’s why it feels good to have this win. At least we will be going to the final round with very high morale.”
After dropping their first two matches to F2 Logistics and Foton respectively, Victorias coach Ken Moleno said his wards remain in high spirits eager to pull off an earth-shaking upset of the Lady Troopers.
“In fact we trained long and hard last Sunday,” Moleno said. “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.”
Moleno is pinning his hopes on University of 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.
4pm F2 Logistics vs EST Club Cola Thailand (Live TV5, AksyonTV)
6pm RC Cola Army vs Petron (Live on AksyonTV)
4pm RC Cola Army vs F2 Logistics (Live on AksyonTV)
6pm Petron vs EST Club Cola Thailand (Live on AksyonTV)
12:30pm Petron vs F2 Logistics (Live AksyonTV)
2:30pm RC Cola Army vs EST Club Cola Thailand (Live on AksyonTV)