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Finals showdown itatakda ng Petron at Philips Gold?

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MANILA, Philippines – Sila ang inaasahang mag­tatapat sa best-of-three championship series.

Ngunit para mangya­ri ito ay kailangan munang talunin ng Philips Gold ang Foton at sibakin ng nagdedepensang Petron ang Cignal sa ‘do-or-die’ semifinal round ng 2015 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix women’s volleyball tournament.

Sasagupain ng Lady Slammers ang Tornadoes ngayong alas-4 ng hapon, habang magtutuos ang Blaze Spikers at ang HD Spikers sa alas-6 ng gabi sa The Arena sa San Juan.

Tinapos ng Philips Gold ang double-round eli­mination bitbit ang 8-2 record sa torneong inihahatid ng Asics ka­tuwang ang Milo, Se­noh, Mueller at Mikasa bilang technical partners at ang TV5 bilang official broadcaster.

Ang isa sa dalawa ni­lang kabiguan ay ga­ling sa Tornadoes na umiskor ng 25-14, 25-22, 18-25, 25-18 panalo sa second round noong Nov. 5.

Kaya naman hindi nag­kukumpiyansa si Phi­­lips Gold coach Fran­­cis Vicente laban sa Fo­­ton.

“We can’t say that we’re the underdogs be­cause we topped the eli­minations. At the same time, we can’t say that they are the underdogs because they beat us in the second round,” ani Vicente. “I think this is going to be a very exci­ting encounter.”

Sina American imports Bojana Todorovic at Alexis Olgard katuwang si star spiker Myla Pablo ang muling iba­ban­dera ng Lady Slammers, habang ang tatlong six-footers na sina imports Katie Messing, Lindsay Stalzer at Jaja Santiago ang sasandigan ng Tornadoes.

Maliban kina Todorovic, Olgard at Pablo ay aasahan din ng Phi­lips Gold sina Michelle Gumabao, Mel Gohing at Desiree Dadang.

Sa ikalawang laro, gus­to naman ng Blaze Spi­kers, nagreyna sa Grand Prix at kumata­wan sa bansa sa nakaraang AVC Asian Wo­­men’s Club Cham­pion­ship noong Setyem­bre, na muling biguin ang HD Spikers.

Tinalo ng Petron ang Cignal, pamumunuang muli ni­na reinforcements Ariel Usher at Amanda An­derson, 18-25, 17-25, 25-16, 25-18, 16-14, noong Oct. 10.

“Cignal knows what it takes to win big games,” sabi ni Blaze Spi­kers’ mentor coach George Pascua na mu­ling sasandig kina Bra­zi­lians Rupia Inck at Eri­ca Adachi bukod pa kina local hitters Dindin Manabat, Aby Maraño, Rachel Anne Daquis, Mai­ca Morada at Ces Mo­lina.

ABY MARA

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