Cignal and United Volleyball Club are looking to end their preliminary campaigns at no. 4 and secure a twice-to-beat advantage heading to the quarterfinals of the Philippine (PSL) Grand Prix 2019 when they take on separate foes today, April 4.
The HD Spikers (7-6) and UVC (6-7) are both shooting to claim the no. 4 spot and the remaining twice-to-beat incentive as the import-flavored conference heads to the next stage this weekend.
UVC takes on a skidding Sta. Lucia (2-11) side in the 2 p.m. curtain raiser before Cignal clashes with powerhouse F2 Logistics (10-3) at 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, Generika (4-9) and Foton (2-11) will tussle for the main game at 7 p.m. in today’s triple-header which will be held at FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.
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Though they will most likely end up facing each other in the playoffs no matter the results of tomorrow’s games, Cignal and UVC still hope to win their final preliminary assignments to gain better footing heading into quarterfinals.
The pressure is on UVC as they currently sit at no. 5 with 17 points while the HD Spikers hold 20 points at no. 4.
To beat Cignal for the remaining twice-to-beat incentive, the Kalei Mau-led squad must finish its match against the Lady Realtors in just three or four sets.
But a five-setter finish for Mau and UVC will deny their access to the upper half of the standings regardless if the Rachel Ann Daquis-headed troop loses to the Cargo Movers or not.
The trio of Yasmeen Bedart-Ghani, Tai Manu-Olevao and Mau is expected to carry the scoring cudgels for UVC while Cignal will rally behind Erica Wilson, Anastasiya Artemeva and Mylene Paat.
Erica Wilson armed with her power form and cross-court attacks! 💪🏻
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Petron, F2 Logistics and PLDT have already secured twice-to-beat incentives as no. 1, no. 2 and no. 3 teams in the eight-team field.
The Blaze Spikers, who swept the prelims, will face either Sta. Lucia or Foton in the playoffs.
The case is the same for the Cargo Movers, while the Power Hitters is already locked for a quarterfinal battle with Generika, who will remain at no. 6 no matter the results of its game tomorrow.