Games Today (Ynares Sports Arena)
2 pm — PLDT-MyDSL vs Cagayan (w)
4 pm — RC Cola vs Petron (w)
6 pm — Systema vs Giligan’s (m)
Pacesetter PLDT-MyDSL is poised to formalize its semifinal entry today while three other teams jockey for quarterfi nal positions in the women’s division of the Philippine Super Liga (PSL) Grand Prix at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
A dangerous Cagayan Valley stands in the way of the Speed Boosters who will try to close their elimination round campaign on a high note, targeting a fifth straight win in as many day at 2 pm.
The Rising Suns, with three wins against a loss, could not be taken lightly. They have performed well in the last Invitational conference and are tipped to fi gure in the last four this time.
Newcomer RC Cola and Petron clash at 4 pm, with each team trying to capture a better position in the quarterfinal round that starts next week.
In the men’s side, Giligan’s Restaurant battles Systema at 6 pm in a do-or-die semifinal match of this tournament organized by Sports Core and recognized by the International Volleyball Federation with Asics, Mikasa, LGR, Jinling Sports as main backers and Solar Sports as official broadcast partner.
The winner between the Sisig Kings and Active will face the survivor between top seed PLDT-MyDSL and Maybank in the fi nals of the fi rst and only interclub volleyball tournament in the country.
But all eyes are expected to be on the Speed Boosters — especially on their comely American imports, European circuit veterans Kaylee Manns and Savannah Noyes.
After falling short in the maiden conference, PLDT-MyDSL paraded a heavily-revamped lineup and hired a seasoned tactician in Roger Gorayeb and a pair of hard-hitting American reinforcements in Manns and Noyes in a more serious bid for the crown this time.
Everything paid off for them as the Speed Boosters racked up four consecutive wins, enough to capture an outright semifinal berth via a superior quotient over their closest pursuers, TMS-Army (4-1) and Cagayan Valley (3-1).
“We have the luxury of playing relaxed on Sunday,” said Gorayeb following an impressive 25-13, 24-26, 25-18, 25-20 win over RC Cola last Friday. “But still, we have to do our best because our opponent, Cagayan, is expected to come out strong. It will give us a preview of what to expect in the semifinals.”