MANILA, Philippines – the context of the Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference semifinals on Tuesday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig, Choco Mucho hopes to cruise to another victory against a team looking to end a three-game losing streak, while Cignal also hopes to accelerate its own run.
The Flying Titans haven’t lost a set since losing four straight to the Creamline Cool Smashers in the conference finals on October 15. They’ve gone on to defeat the Farm Fresh Foxies, HD Spikers, and Galeries Tower Highrisers to secure a solo fifth place in the league’s record 12-team field.
at 2:00 PM against the Nxled Chameleons. In the first game of a second tripleheader, the Flying Titans anticipate a difficult opponent but are optimistic about their chances of continuing their current winning streak and drawing closer to the unbeaten Cool Smashers (4 to 0).
Nxled defeated fellow rookie team Gerflor in a straight-set match to start the league. However, unlike its shutout losses to F2 Logistics and Petro Gazz, the Chameleons have lost to three of the league’s top teams. In the first set, they took aback the PLDT High Speed Hitters, but they struggled in the next three sets and finished ninth with a 1 to 3 (win-loss) record.
Coach Dante Alinsunurin could experiment with different lineups and give his bench more playing time to get them ready for the more difficult schedule ahead, especially with a strong group that included setter Deanna Wong, Sisi Rondina, Kat Tolentino, Bea de Leon, Regine Arocha, and Caitlyn Viray.
Compartment leader Takayuki Minowa, on the other hand, is banking on Lycha Ebon, Chiara Permentilla, Krich Macaslang, Judith Abil, Camille Victoria, Jaja Maraguinot, and playwright Kamille Cal to build on his wards’ motivational set victory over PLDT and their desire for recognition.
Similar to Choco Mucho, Cignal aims to defeat Galeries in their 6pm challenge to the HD Spikers, who are led by Ces Molina, Riri Meneses, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Roselyn Doria, and Vanie Gandler and are aiming for their third consecutive victory and a 4 to 2 record overall.
But after four straight losses, coach Lerma Giron knows that the Highrisers have no choice but to go up. She is confident that her combination of young and experienced players, including Audrey Paran, Joy Doromal, Rap Aguilar, Dimdim Pacres, Ysa Jimenez, Grazielle Bombita, and Paran, will step up and perform well this time.
At 4 p.m., F2 Logistics takes on the Farm Fresh Foxies in an attempt to win three straight games and assuage the memory of its embarrassing straight-set transpiration to Petro Gazz last Thursday.
In contrast to the former, the second group has emerged victorious from its last three defeats, winning a set in each case. Coached by Jerry Yee, the team is optimistic that they can finally turn things around and capitalize on the Cargo Movers’ defeat of the previous game.