Valdez, BoC hope to build momentum heading to semis
Mark Escarlote on Oct 29, 2016 02:20 AM
Yung next game ang talagang makakapagbigay sa amin ng confidence as a team -- Alyssa Valdez
Bureau of Customs primes for its Final Four campaign when the Transformers take on an also-ran Philippine Air Force on Saturday to end their elimination round campaign in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Opening serve is at 6:00 p.m. and will air live over S+A channel 23 and S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.
BoC completed the semifinals cast with a 25-18, 25-12, 25-18, demolition of listless Philippine Coast Guard last Wednesday to improve to 4-2 win-loss record.
The Transformers joined league-leading University of Sto. Tomas (5-1), Open Conference champion Pocari Sweat (4-1) and BaliPure (4-1) in the best-of-three semifinals. The final semis pairing will be determined after the end of the elims on Nov. 2.
Despite being favored against a squad reeling from a 16-25, 20-25, 10-25, and have struggled the whole conference, BoC is not taking the Lady Jet Spikers for granted.
“‘Yung next game ang talagang makakapagbigay sa amin ng confidence as a team at doon din namin maaaral kung ano ang mga weakness namin at mga kailangan naming i-improve kasi knowing Air Force sobrang solid team sila, sobrang veteran team,” said Transformers ace player Alyssa Valdez. “Marami kaming matututunan no matter what happens sa game on Saturday.”
Valdez, the league-leading scorer, will bank on Thai imports Kanjana Kuthaisong and Natthanicha Jaisaen and locals Rose Marie Vargas, Pau Soriano and Lilet Mabbayad.
Air Force, which holds a 2-4 card, will be playing with a nothing to lose attitude as the Jet Spikers led by seasoned players May Ann Pantino, Joy Cases, Jocemer Tapic and setter Wendy Semana seek to spoil BoC’s preparation in for the semis.
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