2 p.m. – PacificTown vs PetroGazz
4 p.m. – Creamline vs Motolite
Cuban Wilma Salas and fellow import Janisa Johnson of the US get the chance to test their power and skills against a pair of talented reinforcements as PetroGazz guns for a sweep of the first round elims against PacificTown Army in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan today (Saturday).
Salas and Johnson dished out a combined 137-point game in four matches which the Angels swept in straight-set fashions to lord it over the field in the early going of the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.
The duo also paced the scoring parade with Salas posting 69 spikes, three blocks and three aces and Johnson putting on a 55-spike, four-block, three-ace performance for the hot-starting Angels.
The fiery PetroGazz pair also continued to draw solid backup from the locals, led by Jeanette Panaga, Cherry Nuñag, Maricar Baloaloa, Jonah Sabete, Djanel Cheng and Cienne Cruz, as the Angels set out for their 2 p.m. duel with the Lady Troopers all focused on nailing a fifth straight win.
But expect PacificTown to go all-out to stop PetroGazz with Olena Lymareva-Flink and Jenelle Jordan raring to prove their worth against the fancied Salas-Johnson tandem and locals Jovelyn Gonzaga, MJ Balse-Pabayo and Nene Bautista to help provide the experience and poise for a team looking to improve its 2-1 card.
Titleholder Creamline also shoots for its third win in four games as it faces a struggling Motolite side at 4 p.m. in another explosive double-header.
While the Cool Smashers are expected to come into the match with a full-bodied roster led by local ace Alyssa Valdez and imports Kuttika Keawpin and Aleoscar Blanco, the Power Builders remain uncertain of local star Myla Pablo’s stint with new import Krystel Esdelle, who took over the spot of injured Edina Selimovic, still feeling her way despite scoring 12 points in a losing stand against the BanKo Perlas Spikers the last time out.
Over at the Paco Arena in Manila, Marck Espejo fired 13 points and Mark Alfafara chipped in 10 markers as Rebisco-Philippines trampled the Philippine Army Troopers, 25-12, 25-20, 25-8, to improve to 4-1 in the Spikers’ Turf Reinforced Conference.
The Nationals, gearing up for the SEA Games in December, dominated the Troopers in all three sets, particularly in the third where they surged to leads of as many as 16 before Espejo wrapped up the lopsided win with a powerful kill.
Army, with PJ Rojas scoring seven points, fell to 3-2.
Defending champion Air Force fought back from a second set defeat and repulsed Coast Guard, 25-15, 24-26, 25-18, 25-19, to join Rebisco-Philippines at 4-1.
Esmail Kasim scored 21 points for Coast Guard, which fell to its fifth straight loss.
Earlier, Instituo Estetico Manila rallied to stun Animo Green, 17-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 15-10.