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Underdogs seek to rise



The clear underdogs, BanKo Perlas and PacificTown Army, vow to bite back and spoil the projected PetroGazz-Creamline title clash when the Final Four of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference fires off tomorrow at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.

If one were to go with the eliminations record, the Angels and the Cool Smashers could be heading to a face-off following their sweep of the Perlas Spikers and the Lady Troopers, respectively, in the double-round qualifiers.

But expect PacificTown and BanKo-Perlas to be as ready as the two fancied teams coming off a three-day break.

While imports will definitely run the show in the semifinals, the local support will also be key to a team’s drive for the championship.

PetroGazz boasts of Cuban Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson, and Creamline has Thai veteran Kuttika Kaewpin and Ale Blanco as imports.

But the two other squads also have their own talented reinforcements ready to step up in the next phase, Yasemin Yildirim and Thai Sutadta Chuewulim (BanKo-Perlas), and Olena Lymareva-Flink and Jenelle Jordan (PacificTown Army).

PacificTown Army emerged as the top digging team after the elims although the Lady Troopers would need to work harder in anticipation of the Cool Smashers’ attacks that could come from all angles and from a number of players.

BanKo-Perlas, on the other hand, would bank on its blocking prowess after topping that department with a 2.46-block average per set after the eliminations.