PLDT, Cignal in Superliga Last 8: Win once and advance.
PLDT, Cignal in Superliga Last 8: Win once and advance !-- -- (The Philippine Star) - April 9, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines Higher-ranked PLDT Home Fibr and Cignal aim to cash in on their win-once advantage against their respective quarterfinal foes today and seal their march to the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix semifinals. No.
3 PLDT seeks the objective against sixth-ranked Generika-Ayala at 4 p.m.
while No. 4 Cignal eyes the clincher versus fifth-seeded United VC in the nightcap at 7 p.
m. "We really worked hard to get in this position and enjoy some advantage in the quarterfinals.
Hopefully we can make the most out of it," said Power Hitters coach Roger Gorayeb, who banks on imports Kendra Dahlke and Grace Lazard and locals Aiko Urdas and Jasmine Nabor as they bid for the Last-4. Meanwhile, Cignal tactician Edgar Barroga said the HD Spikers treat tonight's match against a UVC side that debuts Thai star Sutadta Chuewulim as new reinforcement as a "must-win." "I don't want to focus on that (twice-to-beat advantage).
We will play as if it were a do-or-die match," said Barroga, whose crew led by Erica Wilson, Ana Artemeva, Rachel Anne Daquis, Acy Masangkay, and Mylene Paat looks to forge a semis duel with unbeaten top seed Petron, which already advanced last Saturday. "It's very important for us to take this match because if we allow them (UVC) to force a decider it will be very difficult.
" Chuewulim came in to replace American Tai Manu-Olevao and give fellow import Yasmeen Bedart-Ghani and Fil-Ams Kalei Mau and Alohi Robins-Hardy a helping hand in trying to force a rubbermatch. "With Sutadta on board, we will have another potent scoring option," said UVC mentor Josh Ylaya.
"We played without one of our imports for four games and fell short of twice-to-beat. But now that Sutadta is here, we expect to be competitive to give Cignal a very good fight.