Jet Spikers, Volley Bolts seek to preserve clean slates
Mark Escarlote on Jul 09, 2017 07:12 AM
Philippine Air Force guns for its third straight win and hold of the lead.
League-leading Mega Builders and Philippine Air Force look to remain on their lofty spot in the standings when they take on their respective foes in the men’s division of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Sunday.
The Volley Bolts face co-newcomer Gamboa Coffee Mix at 10:00 a.m. before the Jet Spikers’ 1:00 p.m. collision with Philippine Army in amatch that will air via livestream.
Tied on top of the standings are Mega Builders, Air Force and idle Cignal with 2-0 win-loss slates/
Composed of National University players, the Volley Bolts are slowly making their presence felt as one of the title contenders after a five-set escape against the Troopers followed by a straight sets demolition of 25-17, 25-20, 25-13, Café Lupe last Wednesday.
Mega Builders will lean on Francis Saura, who averaged 15 points per outing, Fauzi Ismail, Madzlang Gampong and national team member Bryan Bagunas, who had 16 points against the Sunrisers in his debut game after skipping the squad’s opener to play in a beach volleyball tournament.
The Spikers started their campaign on a sour note, losing in straight sets, 19-25, 10-25, 26-28, to the Jet Spikers last week.
Meanwhile, Air Force came off a thrilling 23-25, 25-20, 25-19, 21-25, 15-10, win over Sta. Elena last Wednesday.
The Jet Spikers are up against an Army side looking to erase its sorry 22-25, 25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 18-20, defeat at the hands of the Volley Bolts in a rematch of the Reinforced Conference semifinals.
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