Akari to charge on with Faith-Fifi pair

Joey Villar - The Philippine Star
Akari to charge on with Faith-Fifi pair
Fifi Sharma

MANILA, Philippines — Akari’s shocking five-set victory over PVL powerhouse F2 Logistics last Tuesday was a strong reminder to the rest of the teams of what forces they will have to contend with in the coming days.

They are named Faith Nisperos and Fifi Sharma.

After displaying what they’re capable of doing, rivals-turned-teammates Nisperos and Sharma will try to lead the Chargers to their second win in a row against a veteran-laden PLDT squad today in the PVL All-Filipino Conference at the Filoil EcoOil Arena.

It was the young and talented duo of Nisperos and Sharma who starred in Akari’s stunning 21-25, 25-20, 27-25, 19-25, 15-8 win over F2, the third placer of the first AFC early this year.

And they hope to ride that momentum when they battle the High Speed Hitters at 5 p.m.

“We like to carry on our performance in our next game,” said Nisperos, a former Ateneo star who dropped 18 points.

“My mindset is to give it our all. We made our mark, we made a statement and we showed may ibubuga kami,” said Sharma, a La Salle standout who came through with 13 hits including two crucial points late in the fifth and final set.

While Akari is oozing with confidence, PLDT will try to regain it after falling to sister squad Cignal, 25-16, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, in Sunday’s opener at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Likewise eyeing to remain at the helm is Chery Tiggo, which battles Galeries Tower at 3 p.m.

The Crossovers, paced by siblings Eya and EJ Laure, edged the Farm Fresh Foxies, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22, and would remain at the helm if they could hurdle the High Risers, who fell to the Petro Gazz Angels, 25-11, 26-24, 25-22, Tuesday, in their 3 p.m. clash.

Also lined up in the heavy three-game bill is the 7 p.m. showdown pitting Choco Mucho (0-1) and Farm Fresh (0-1).

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