PVL Open Conference men's division semis starts Saturday

Mark Escarlote on Aug 05, 2017 06:49 AM
PVL Open Conference men's division semis starts Saturday
Cignal opens its semifinals series against Sta. Elena Saturday

Action in the men’s division of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Open Conference hits fever pitch as the best-of-three semifinals series begins Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

No. 2 seed Mega Builders takes on Philippine Air Force at 10:00 a.m. while the top seed Cignal HD Spikers square off with the Sta. Elena Wrecking Balls in their 1:00 p.m. pairing that will air via livestream.

Game 2 of the series is on Sunday. If needed, Game 3 is on Wednesday. 

Reinforced Conference champion Cignal occupied the top spot after the elimination round via higher tiebreak after a tie with the Volley Bolt with 6-1 win-loss slate.

The HD Spikers will parade a complete lineup with the return of Mark Alfafara, Herschel Ramos and Bonjomar Castel from a two-game absence after joining the national team in a 13-day training camp in Suwon, South Korea.

Cignal is looking to make a repeat of its 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, win over the Wrecking Balls in their elims meeting.

But it won’t be a walk in the park for the Oliver Almadro-mentored HD Spikers as Sta. Elena is riding on the crest of a three-game winning streak.

The Wrecking Balls punched the last semis ticket after sweeping Philippine Army, 25-17, 25-22, 29-27, last Wednesday in a playoff to set up a semis rematch against their Reinforced Conference tormentors.

Meanwhile, Bryan Bagunas will suit up for Mega Builders while Air Force star Alnakran Abdilla will also see action after skipping a couple of games with their respective clubs to fulfill their duty with the national team.

The two players were unavailable when Air Force snapped Mega Builders’ six-game winning streak in a 25-18, 25-20, 23-25, 26-28, 15-12 win last week.              

  

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