With PSL title out of grasp, 4 teams battle for pride, placing

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Generika-Ayala, seen in this file photo clashes with Cocolife. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – After bombing out of the championship picture, four teams are now set to go all out to gain a better final ranking in the classification battle for fifth to eighth places of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference on Tuesday at the Imus City Sports Complex in Imus, Cavite.

Generika-Ayala clashes with Cocolife at 5 p.m. to tip off the double-header, while Sta. Lucia Realty tackles Cherrylume in the final game of the day at 7 p.m.

Handled by national women’s volleyball team coach Francis Vicente, the Lifesavers fell well short in the race for the title as they were beaten by defending champion F2 Logistics in their sudden-death quarterfinal showdown.

Cocolife, for its part, bowed to Cignal, while Sta. Lucia succumbed to Petron. The young Cherrylume team, meanwhile, was overwhelmed by the top-seeded Foton Tornadoes.

The winners of Tuesday’s games will collide in the classification for fifth to sixth places, while the losers will battle for seventh to eighth places on Saturday when the league troops to the De La Salle Sentrum in Lipa City.

Vicente admits that their ultimate goal was to make it to the semifinals, but they have no choice but to settle for the next best thing – fifth place – after being dominated by the Cargo Movers.

“We simply fell short,” said Vicente after they lost 14-25, 19-25, 17-25, to F2 Logistics in the quarterfinals.

“But it’s okay. I told the team to use it as a motivation to move forward,” he added. “We may have failed to reach our goal this conference, but I can see the improvement and eagerness in my players.”

Vicente is hoping that they can reduce their errors in their upcoming games, especially after giving away 32 points to the Cargo Movers off miscues.

“Cocolife is a very good team, but we have to cut down our errors. We won’t win if we will keep on giving points to our opponent,” he said.

The other battle between Sta. Lucia and Cherrylume is also tipped to go down the wire.

Led by explosive Fil-Am MJ Phillips, the Lady Realtors are determined to book a win and at least avoid a last-place finish in their debut conference.

“It’s a tall order for us,” said Sta. Lucia coach Sammy Acaylar. This is our first conference in the PSL, so we want to make it special. We may not have won the title, but this is already a good start.”

F2 Logistics, meanwhile, faces Cignal, while Foton books a duel with Petron in the do-or-die semifinals this Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

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