(The Arena, San Juan City)
2:30 p.m. – Amy’s vs Cignal
4:30 p.m. – Petron vs Standard Insurance
6:30 p.m. – RC-Cola vs F2 Logistics
• Solo leadership
• 6-game winning run
Powerhouse teams RC Cola-Army and F2 Logistics stake their respective clean records as they dispute for the solo lead today in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.
The anticipated nail-biting match is set at 6:30 p.m. with the Lady Troopers and the Cargo Movers seeking their seventh straight victory in as many games.
Petron, meanwhile, tries to cement its hold of the third spot when it clashes with Standard Insurance-Navy at 4:30 p.m., while cellar-dweller Amy’s Kitchen seeks to end its six-game slide in its 2:30 p.m. confrontation with Cignal.
RC Cola-Army and F2 Logistics wanted nothing but to keep their respective records intact heading to the next phase, with the Final Four cast already complete.
Competing in the next round apart from the Lady Troopers and the Cargo Movers are the Petron Tri-Activ Spikers (4-2) and the Foton Tornadoes (4-3).
So much is at stake in the RC Cola-F2 duel that the winner would also gain the top seeding into the round-robin second round phase that would determine the semifinal pairings.
RC Cola-Army boasts of a formidable squad composed of seasoned players, but Coach Kungfu Reyes admitted that the younger but dangerous F2 squad cannot be taken lightly.
“We will use our experience to our advantage and force them out of their comfort zone,” said Reyes, who will rely on setter Tina Salak, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Rachel Anne Daquis and Royse Tubino to lead the charge.
But F2, which is fresh from a 25-15, 19-25, 25-19, 25-9 triumph over reigning champion Petron last Tuesday, has its own lethal weapons in Aby Maraño, Cha Cruz, Ara Galang, Mika Reyes and Kim Fajardo.
“We know how fluid RC Cola-Army is. I think we are the underdogs here, but we’re going to work hard to pull off an upset,” said F2 Coach Ramil De Jesus.