Air Force moves closer to V-League finals with sweep of Laoag

Veteran spikers Joy Cases and Judy Caballejo led Air Force anew as they took Game 1 of the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference semis with a sweep of Laoag Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

It was a nip-and-tuck battle from start to finish, but the Jet Spikers — armed with more experience — proved to be the more composed team down the stretch.

Cases and Caballejo each posted 15 points while Jocemer Tapic and May Ann Pantino added 13 and 10 markers, respectively, as the Air Force exacted vengeance on the only team to beat them in the eliminations with the 25-20, 26-24, 26-24 triumph.

The win pushed the Jet Spikers just a win away from the championship round.

Mylene Paat scored 13, Jovie Prado contributed 12 and Jema Galanza chipped in with 11 points and 20 digs for the Power Smashers. — By Josiah Albelda