Army eyes q’finals slot, battles MeralcoBy Cedelf P. Tupas |Philippine Daily Inquirer
Army tries to rebound from its first loss even as Philippine Air Force seeks to boost its quarterfinal bid against struggling Navy today in the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Army Women, with a 3-1 record, are in for a tough battle against a dangerous Meralco squad in the 4 p.m. game after the Air Force-Navy duel.
A victory will assure Army a slot in the quarterfinals along with Cagayan Valley.
Meralco, which has picked up its form in its last two games, is also trying to gain entry in the quarterfinals with a match to spare in the elimination round.
Foiled by Cagayan the last time out, Army hopes to come out with more energy behind Mary Jean Balse and Michelle Carolino.
A listless Army squad dropped a 9-25, 16-25, 20-25 decision to the Rising Suns, who prevailed in just over an hour in the match billed as a championship preview.
The Army Women will have their hands full anew against the Power Spikers who also boast of a solid core led by top hitter Coco Wang and former collegiate stars Stephanie Mercado, Maica Morada and Fille Cainglet.
The Power Spikers have not played since Sept. 3 when they subdued Navy, 25-21, 25-22, 25-16 for their second straight victory.
Air Force is coming off a 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 over a shorthanded Smart squad last week.
Navy finally broke into the win column at the expense of Far Eastern U last Friday.