Cream­line eyes 2nd crown; Po­cari seeks re­demp­tion

Manila Times - - Sports -

three- 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 -- over Roberto Bautista-Agut made it 2-0.

Croa­tia also led 2-0 go­ing into Satur­day’s dou­bles.

In the open­ing rub­ber Borna Coric, world num­ber 18, had de­feated Steve John­son 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

Croa­tia’s top player and world num­ber six Marin Cilic then de­feated Frances Ti­afoe, a Davis Cup debu­tant, 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) to leave the hosts on the brink of

But the 2005 cham­pi­ons still have work to do to seal their third Mike Bryan and Ryan Har­ri­son won a de­cid­ing-set tie-break to end a thrilling come­back from Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic with a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 1-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/5) vic­tory af­ter four hours and 43 min­utes.

will se­cure vic­tory in Sun­day’s Steve John­son.

“Cilic is a big favourite... it de­feat him in front of a home crowd,” Kra­jan told tele­vi­sion chan­nel HRT.

If John­son causes an up­set against Cilic, Coric will play against Ti­afoe in a de­cid­ing rub­ber. CREAM­LINE goes two-for-two in the season while Po­cari-Air Force sets out to re­gain the crown as ac­tion in the Premier Vol­ley­ball League Season 2 Open Con­fer­ence blasts off Satur­day (Sept. 22) at the Filoil Fly­ing V Cen­ter in San Juan.

Adam­son- Akari, BanKo- Per­las, Iriga- Navy, Ate­neo- Mo­to­lite, PetroGazz and Ta­cloban com­plete the eight- team cast slug­ging it out for top hon­ors in the season- end­ing con­fer­ence of the league or­ga­nized by Sports Vi­sion.

Win­ner of the Re­in­forced Con­fer­ence early in the season, the Cool Smash­ers shoot for an­other cham­pi­onship but face a tougher, fierce set of ri­vals out to foil their ti­tle drive in the two- and- a- half month long tour­na­ment backed by Mikasa and Asics.

Cream­line swept PayMaya in the Re­in­forced fi­nals to claim a break­through vic­tory in the league with Asian Games vet­er­ans Alyssa Valdez and Jia Mo­rado spear­head­ing the star-stud­ded crew in the all-Filipino con­fer­ence fea­tur­ing some of the coun­try’s best and ris­ing vol­ley stars.

Bal­iPure, which de­throned 2016 cham­pion Po­cari in last year’s fi­nals here, is skip­ping this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

But the field re­mains as tal­ent­laden as ever with Po­cari like­wise field­ing in a solid ros­ter led by MVP Myla Pablo, and the likes of Adam­son, BanKo- Per­las, Iriga- Navy, PetroGazz and Ta­cloban all shoring up their re­spec­tive ros­ters with key ac­qui­si­tions dur­ing the off- season.

Fo­cus will also be on Ate­neoMo­to­lite, which skipped the re­cent Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence won by Univer­sity of the Philip­pines, to toughen for the tour­na­ment.

Ta­cloban and PetroGazz kick off hos­til­i­ties at 4 p.m. on Satur­day with BanKo-Per­las and Iriga-Navy tan­gling in the 6 p.m. main en­counter.

The league, which held out- oftown games in Tugue­garao, Batan­gas and other prov­inces in the Re­in­forced Con­fer­ence, will hold games in Malolos, Bu­la­can, Imus, Cavite, Bali­wag, Bu­la­can, Batan­gas and Ca­gayan de Oro in its con­tin­u­ing com­mit­ment to bring the sport closer to the peo­ple.

The Lady Ea­gles be­gin their ti­tle quest on Sun­day against the Lady War­riors in an early mar­quee matchup with the PetroGazz Angeles and the BanKo-Per­las Spikers col­lid­ing in the other match.

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