PLDT, Sta. Elena force ‘rubbers’

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PLDT and Sta. Elena hacked out two thrilling five-set escapes over Air Force and Cignal, respectively, to forge a pair of sudden deaths in the Final Four of the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference at the Blue Eagle gym in QC last Wednesday.

The PLDT Home Power Hitters struck back from a fourth set meltdown with a big finish in the decider, pulling off a 23-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-25, 15-12 victory in Game Two of their best-of-three semis series.

The Air Force Agilas took Game One, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21, but failed to sustain their big romp in the fourth set of next match, enabling the Home Power Hitters to recover and send their series into a Game Three.

The Sta. Elena Ball Hammers eked out a more pulsating win to stay in the title hunt, rallying from two sets down to score a 23-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16, 18-16 decision in their side of the Final Four.

They dispute the finals seats today in what looms to be another pair of fierce duels with the Ball Hammers and HD Spikers tangling at 1 p.m. and the Home Power Hitters and the Agilas squaring off at 3 p.m.

Game One of the best-of-three Finals is set Tuesday.

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