PVL: PacificTown Army, Banko Perlas eye Final 4 upsets

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2019 05:44 AM

MANILA, Philippines – From six teams, the competition is now down to four as the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference opens its semifinal phase on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Fans can watch the live coverage on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and via streaming on iWant.

Lower-seeded teams PacificTown Army and BanKo Perlas are out to quash the dream finals between the defending PVL Reinforced Conference champs Creamline Cool Smashers and the PetroGazz Angels, who topped the elimination round.

Creamline will face a veteran-laden PacificTown squad that claimed the third spot in the elimination round. 

BanKo, meanwhile, will be matched up against the league-leading PetroGazz Angels whose only blemish in the eliminations came from the defending champs.

"(PetroGazz Setter) Djanel Cheng distributed the ball very well during the Angels' last match. It wasn't only reinforcements Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson who were scoring against Motolite," said volleyball analyst Charo Soriano on "The Score" last Monday. 

"She really involved everybody and I feel that, if that’s something they will do in the semifinals, they’re going to be a more formidable team," she added.

Meanwhile, Soriano's fellow analyst Synjin Reyes sees PacificTown Army posing a stiff challenge to the defending champs despite Creamline being the overwhelming favorite, due to the performance of Army’s reinforcement, Olena Lymareva-Flink. 

"We really saw how Lymareva-Flink can carry a team where she scored 29 points in just three sets against BanKo Perlas to take Army to solo third," he said.

"Besides the 29 points, Lymarev-Flink also had 23 attacking attempts by herself in their last game compared to BanKo's 25 as a team, showing the disparity between the level of aggressiveness displayed during their last match," added Soriano.

The games start at 3 p.m.

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