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Cagayan edges Army, completes V-League sweep

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Air Foce’s Joy Cases bangs away a kill against PNP’s Janine Marciano, Michelle Datuin and Ana Concepcion during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference duel yesterday.(PR photo)
Cagayan Province put on a strong finishing kick to thwart Army in a power-game, 25-15, 20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9, and complete an amazing sweep of the elims and the quarters in the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference before a big Sunday crowd at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Rising Suns fought back from 1-2 set down by taking the last two, breaking away from a tight 8-7 count in the decider behind its fancied troika of Thai ace Kannika Thipachot, Aiza Maizo and Angeli Tabaquero en route to the 1:50-hour victory, their 12th straight, and formalizing their claim on the top seeding in the Final Four.
Cagayan will take on No. 4 Air Force in the best-of-three semis beginning tomorrow with the No. 2 Army and the third seeded Smart-Maynilad clashing for the other finals berth.
The Rising Suns won four of next five points after changing court in the fifth to turn a shaky 8-7 margin into a 12-8 lead then took three of the next four points to wrap up the match and re-assert their mastery over the Army Women, whom they swept in the elims.
The five-setter was also Cagayan and Army’s third straight game that went the distance, underscoring the level playing field in the league sponsored by Shakey’s.
Thipachot finished with 24 hits while Tabaquero and Maizo dished out a 17-point game each as the Rising Suns head to their duel with the Air Women oozing with confidence following a 12-game run.
In contrast, Army goes to its keenly awaited showdown with a souped-up Smart-Maynilad squad reeling from back-to-back setbacks.
Rachel Anne Daquis fired 20 hits while Jovelyn Gonzaga added 15 for the Army Women, who seized control after three sets but lost steam in the face of the Rising Suns’ mighty comeback.
Earlier, Air Force, behind Joy Cases and Judy Caballejo, subdued Phl National Police, 25-16, 26-22, 14-25, 25-17, to finish with a 7-5 card.
Cases unloaded 22 kills for a 24-point game while Caballejo added 17 hits as the Air Women recovered from a third set defeat to finish off the Patrolers with a strong fourth-set performance.
Maika Ortiz tossed in eight markers while skipper Liza de Ramos and Wendy Semana added seven points apiece for Air Force, which will face powerhouse Cagayan Province in tomorrow’s Final Four.

Thai Sangmuang Patcharee came through with 17 hits while Frances Molina and Janine Marciano combined for 29 points for PNP which closed out their stint in the season-ending conference of the league backed by Mikasa and Accel with a 2-10 mark.(pr)

Cagayan, Army face off in clash of titans on Sunday

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Cagayan’s Angeli Tabaquero, in action against Gyzelle Sy of FEU during last Friday’s match, will be a key figure for the Rising Suns against the Army Women.
Cagayan, Army face off in clash of titans
Games on Sunday
2 p.m. – Navy vs FEU
4 p.m. – Army vs Cagayan
Standings             W             L
Cagayan            5            0
Army                        3            0
Smart                        3            2
Meralco            3            2
Air Force            2           2
Navy                         0            3
PNP                        0            3
FEU                        0            4
Cagayan Province’s attacking game will be put to a tough test against Phl Army’s superb blocking as they clash today (Sunday) in a showdown of unbeaten teams in the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.
Drawing strength from their unrelenting net attack, the Rising Suns swept their first five matches and rolled into the quarters, including the last four which they fashioned out via sweep, capped by a 25-16, 25-17, 25-22 win over the Far Eastern U Lady Tams last Friday.
But they’ll be facing an Army crew boasting of an equally strong roster and which anchored its own sweep of its first three games on their net defense.
That guarantees a slambang, no-holds-barred duel at 4 p.m. in perhaps the most anticipated matchup thus far in the season-ending conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.
“Our strength is creating attacking opportunities,” said Cagayan coach Nes Pamilar, whose wards are tops in spiking with 40.20 percent success.
But the league’s top defensive squad, with 2.44 blocks per set norm, is ready to stop the Rising Suns.
“We have prepared hard against them and we hope our defense will hold,” said Army mentor Rico de Guzman, whose charges primed up for the big match with a 25-14, 25-15, 25-15 demolition of the Phl National Police last Tuesday
Phl Navy and FEU, meanwhile, collide at 2 p.m. in a duel of winless teams in the league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Accel.
Expect the power-spiking Thai import Kannika Thipachot, Angeli Tabaquero and Aiza Maizo to carry the scoring cudgels for Cagayan with the troika running first, third and sixth in scoring with 79, 73 and 58, and fifth, third and sixth in spiking successes, respectively.
Army, for its part, will lean again on Jovelyn Gonzaga, who leads the team not only in defense but also in offense.
“She’s the anchor of this team,” said de Guzman referring to his prized ward, who is at No. 8 in scoring with 47 points in three games and second to Meralco’s Chinese import Coco Wang (50.82 percent) in spiking with 50 percent success.
De Guzman also hopes to draw big games from his star-studded crew that includes former MVPs MJ Balse, Nene Bautista and Michelle Carolino with support from Joanne Bunag, Dahlia Cruz, Cristina Salak and Genie Sabas.(pr)

Cagayan overpowers Meralco; Army sinks Navy

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Army’s Nene Bautista goes up to foil Navy’s Camille Cerveza’s spike during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference showdown yesterday.(PR photo)
Thai Kannika Thipachot outhit Chinese Coco Wang in a duel of power-hitting imports as Cagayan Province shut out Meralco, 26-24, 25-22, 25-14, to assure itself of at least a playoff for a quarterfinal berth in the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.
Thipachot, with fellow Thai Phomia Soraya setting her up and the Rising Suns for the attack, blasted 18 kills and finished with 24 hits while Angeli Tabaquero dished out another sterling game of 14 points as they powered Cagayan past Meralco for its fourth straight win.
Wang ended up with 18 hits, including 13 attacks, but couldn’t match Thipachot’s firepower and even off the block, 3-4. Both players wound up with two service aces each.
But the Rising Suns had to gut it out in the first two frames, escaping with a two-point win in an extended opening set and holding off the Power Spikers in the second before sustaining their momentum and stamping their class in the third.
Aiza Maizo backed Thipachot and Tabaquero with nine points while new recruit Pau Soriano, still trying to feel her way around in two starts, chipped in four and Soraya added two.
Maureen Ouano scored eight hits, Stephanie Mercado had five and FIlle Cainglet finished with four as the troika struggled after churning out double-digit outputs against Far Eastern U last week. Meralco dropped to 2-2.
Earlier, powerhouse Army dealt Navy another severe beating, posting an easy 25-14, 25-12, 25-13 win, its second straight win in the season-ending conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.(pr)