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Balse, Roces highlight duel of V-League titans

/ 01:13 AM May 20, 2012

THE CAREERS of Mary Jean Balse and Suzanne Roces’ have become so intertwined that as they highlight the clash of undefeated Shakey’s V-League teams today, they could just put Perpetual Help’s bid for a semifinal slot in the shadows at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

Roces’ Ateneo and Balse’s UST clash in a clash of titans that could very much end up a Finals preview. The two teams cap a three-game schedule at 6 p.m., right after Perpetual tries to tab a semifinal slot at 2 p.m. against St. La Salle and San Sebastian faces FEU at 4 p.m.

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“I’m happy because UST has so much faith in me,” Balse said in Filipino.

A two-time conference MVP, Balse has several individual honors that go with the five titles she has under her belt.

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“I am the veteran of this team. My role is now to guide the younger players and help them win games,” the 28-year-old Balse said.

Roces, on the other hand, hardly surprised anyone when the former San Sebastian ace took her talents to Katipunan. After all, mentoring the Lady Eagles is a very familiar face: Her former coach with the Lady Stags, Roger Gorayeb, now calls the shots for the Lady Eagles.

The two-time conference MVP also won three titles, anchoring San Sebastian’s lone championship conquest in 2008.

Meanwhile, reigning NCAA champion Perpetual Help can formalize its entry into the Final Four with a victory over the Bacolod-based Lady Stingers. San Sebastian, on the other hand, hopes to beef up its semifinal bid against FEU. Randolph Leongson, Contributor

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