BaliPure and Air Force prime up for their final elims match with unbeaten Pocari Sweat as they take on ousted Baguio and Iriga, respectively, today, in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The Water Defenders seek their fifth straight win after an opening game setback to the Jet Spikers as they tangle with the Summer Spikers at 4 p.m. with a victory likewise formalizing their stint in the Final Four of the season-opening conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.
Air Force, tied with BaliPure at 4-1 behind Pocari Sweat’s 5-0 slate, is also out to formalize its semis entry as it squares off with Iriga in the 6:30 p.m. main game of another twinbill aired live over ABS-CBN Sports + Action Channel 23.
Led by Alyssa Valdez’ 20-point effort, Bali Pure turned back Laoag, 28-26, 25-23, 25-17, while Air Force overcame National U, 23-25, 25-21, 13-25, 25-23, 15-8, in their last matches.
BaliPure is out to nail another win for the momentum and confidence it needs when it goes up against Pocari on Saturday while the Jet Spikers will take their turn on the Lady Warriors on Monday at the close of the single round elims of the tournament backed by Mikasa and Accel.
The Water Defenders are expected to play with a complete roster for the second straight game with reigning NCAA MVP Gretchel Soltones, Amy Ahomiro, Mary Mae Tajima, Dzi Gervacio, Janine Marciano, Ella de Jesus, Denden Lazaro, Alyssa Eroa, Jem Ferrer and playing coach Charo Soriano backing up Valdez.
“Our goal is the semifinals and we’re one step closer to achieving that goal,” said Soriano.
In the Spikers’ Turf Season Two-Open Conference, Navy fights for dear life as it faces off with also-ran Bounty Fresh at 1 p.m.
The Navymen dropped their first three games but could still advance to the semis with a sweep of their last two games.
Cignal and Instituto Estetico Manila took the first two semis spots with 4-0 and 3-1 cards, respectively, while Air Force (2-1) and Sta. Elena Construction (2-2) are in third and fourth, respectively.