NINE dates played in single round robin eliminations, one team is in the Final Four, another is a breeze to clinch second place in the semi-finals, three are in the thick of the fight for both last and three others still hope to go through the back door.
At 0-4 win-lose, Army’s chances hinge on a sweep of their last four matches and hope that only one of the contenders for the last two semi-final spots would go past four wins to at least feature in the breakout. tied for the last seat although that seems like a remote possibility at this stage of the Premier Volleyball League’s strengthened conference.
Yet stranger things are happening in the league marked by unpredictability and the All Saints’ Day break, including rain-swept games on Saturday, gave all teams time to rest and plan their next offense to power their respective semi-final bids at the end of the season. league conference organized by Sports Vision.
Choco Mucho will look to break the tie with resurgent F2 logistics at 2-2 when the action heats up Thursday at the league’s home of the Filoil EcoOil Center in San Juan as the Flying Titans take on the Akari Chargers at 5.30pm with Cignal also out to break a skid and improve his map 1-2 against Army at 2:30 p.m.
But the focus will be on the explosive Nov. 5 play date at Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna where first-time semifinalist Chery Tiggo stakes her unblemished run against an equally undefeated Creamline in what many consider a championship preview.
The two powerhouse teams battled it out for the league’s inaugural pro title in the bubble setup at Ilocos Norte last year with the Crossovers stunning the fantasized Cool Smashers in an epic final that went the distance – three games and a fifth. set.
But while Creamline rebounded strongly and swept the open conference and invitations to keep a gem away from achieving a first grand slam, Chery Tiggo struggled due to health issues, finishing a dismal eighth in both conferences.
But with a healthy crew, led by Mylène Paat, EJ Laure and Cza Carandang, and a reliable import in Jelene Cvijovic, Crossovers dominated the field with victories over F2 Logistics Cargo Movers, Cignal HD Spikers, Akari Chargers, the Choco Mucho Flying Titans and the UAI-Army Troopers.
After Creamline, Chery Tiggo will face Petro Gazz and PLDT.
The Cool Smashers, on the other hand, also marked their class despite limited help from two-time MVP Tots Carlos, who is slowed by back problems, recent games like Alyssa Valdez, Jema Galanza, Ced Domingo and playmaker Jia de Guzman and backup Yeliz Basa continued to hand out big games.
But with Carlos set to return to his old form after a break, things are looking up for the crowd favourites, who sent the PLDT High Speed Hitters, Petro Gazz Angels, Cignal HD Spikers and Akari Chargers to move within a time limit. win by formalizing their passage to the Final Four.
The Angels, the third defending champions, are also gearing up for a big weekend test against the High Speed Hitters, who, like the Chargers, are struggling to secure a key win with only one victory to show for in of its first four games.