With the Quarterfinals just a breathe away, teams are gearing up in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All Filipino Conference 2018 as they are looking to finish pool play round on a high note.
Cignal, Cocolife, Foton and Sta. Lucia are still billed to go all out today as they hope to end their losing streaks and carry a winning momentum heading into the next round.
Foton (5-4) and Sta. Lucia (0-9) are shooting to end their slump when they meet at 4:15 p.m, while Cignal (4-5) and Cocolife (1-8) lock horns at 7 p.m.
Petron, F2 Logistics, and Generika have already secured the first three spots in the standings, while Smart will either end up 5th or 6th depending on the result of Cignal’s game.
The Blaze Spikers are already booked with Sta. Lucia, while the Cargo Movers picked up Cocolife as its foe in the Quarterfinals.
Looking to avoid Generika in the next round is Cignal, while Foton hopes to solidify its position at fourth.
The HD Spikers dropped four-setter matches against Generika, 21-25, 25-27, 25-22, 16-25, and F2 Logistics, 22-25, 25-23, 14-25, 17-25, to remain winless in second round.
Also hapless in Group B, the Asset Managers were crushed by the Cargo Movers, 12-25, 15-25, 17-25, before getting swept by the Lifesavers, 15-25, 17-25, 11-25.
The Edgar Barroga-mentored squad will be rallying behind the troika of Rachel Ann Daquis, Mylene Paat and Honey Royce Tubino against the hard-hitting Kalei Mau of Cocolife.
Arianne Layug’s premature exit due to knee injury is taking its toll on the Tornadoes as they are yet to win in Group A, surrendering to Petron, 10-25, 25-20, 16-25, 8-25, and bowing to Smart, 21-25, 19-25, 18-25.
The skid now stretches to nine games for the Lady Realtors after 18-25, 25-27, 17-25 beating from the Blaze Spikers and 23-25, 19-25, 19-25 loss to the Giga Hitters.
The Layug-less Foton will look for Maika Ortiz and Mina Aganon to lead the charge against Sta. Lucia’s Jho Maraguinot and Pam Lastimosa.
(Images from PSL)