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Army dispatches Fourbees-Cavite in straight sets

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After a disheartening loss to Champion Infinity last Sunday, the Army Troopers made easy pickings of the Fourbees-Cavite Patriots 25-18, 25-17, 25-21 in the first round of eliminations in the inaugural season of the Spiker’s Turf at the San Juan Arena.

Army used its wealth of offensive juggernauts to out-spike the Patriots, 47-26. FEU Tamaraw, Greg Dolor, led Army’s assault with 15 markers off 12 kills with awe-inspiring back row attacks. PJ Rojas was just as devastating for Army as the 5’10” winger drove home 13 markers off an impressive 11-20 spiking clip. FEU’s Manolo Refugia was masterful with his sets, as the fiery Setter delivered 28 excellent sets.

Still without a win in three games, Cavite received a splendid performance from Middle Blocker, JC David. The Adamsonian dropped a season-high 11 points with nine attacks, a block, and an ace. Unfortunately, no other Patriot scored in double digits as its leading scorer in its past two matches, Berwin Coming managed only a single point.

Army is now third in the standings with a 2-1 record. They look to get their victory on April 19 when they face the still winless Cignal HD Spikers. Cavite’s next match also comes against Cignal on April 23.

The Scores:

Army (3) – Dolor 15, Rojas 13, Baloaloa 11, Labide 10, Depamaylo J. 7, Abdulmajid 2, Refugia 1, Depamaylo N. 0, Oxciano 0, Uy (L)

Cavite (0) – David 11, Ramos 7, Sioson 7, Abecese 5, Doliente 2, Coming 1, Ytorzaita 1, Baroy (L)

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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