DEFENDING Philippine Superliga Grand Prix champions Petron Blaze Spikers start their title protection on Saturday, in a match they view as not going to be simple with a really aggressive discipline.
Within the league’s followers’ day on the weekend, Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos mentioned that whereas they’re coming again with an intact core, work remains to be lower out for them if they’re to repeat as champions within the Grand Prix.
“I inform the crew that that is a wholly new battle. It is a very aggressive discipline. We are able to’t be complacent. We’ve to be at our greatest each recreation if we need to retain our crown. We’ve to provide our 100% recreation in and recreation out,” mentioned Mr. Delos Santos, who additionally guided his crew to the All-Filipino title final yr.
Bannering Petron’s marketing campaign within the about-to-start match is the seasoned core of Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Frances Molina and Rhea Dimaculangan, backstopped by reinforcements Stephanie Niemer and Katherine Bell and new libero recruit Denden Lazaro.
Anticipated to provide the Blaze Spikers a run for his or her cash within the Grand Prix are rivals F2 Logistics Cargo Movers, who now have former Petron import Lindsay Stalzer taking part in in tandem with American-Italian Becky Perry.
Petron and F2 Logistics have been regular fixtures towards one another within the finals within the final two seasons of the PSL.
Additionally out to make waves are United Volleyball Membership, bannered by the strong core of Kalei Mau and new recruits Alohi Robins-Hardy, Amy Ahomiro, Bang Pineda with imports Tai Manu-Olevao and Yasmeen Bedart-Ghani; Generika-Ayala with Azerbaijan nationwide crew star Kseniya Kocyigit and Brazilian stalwart Nikolle del Rio; and Cignal that includes skipper Rachel Anne Daquis with Anastasia Artemeva of Azerbaijan and Erica Wilson of the USA as reinforcements.
Competing as nicely are Sta. Lucia, Foton and PLDT Fibr.
The Girl Realtors will show the scoring prowess of NCAA Division I standouts Molly Lohman and Casey Schoenlein whereas Foton, which can be lacking the companies of towering sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat, will depend on former Turkish nationwide crew member Selime Ilyasoglu, and American Courtney Felinski.
PLDT, taking part in beforehand underneath Good, will make a return with Grace Lazard and Kendra Dahlke as reinforcements.
“All people is a contender. That is going to be a large open and aggressive race so now we have to organize arduous towards everyone,” mentioned Mr. Delos Santos.
The PSL Grand Prix kicks off on Feb. 16 on the Ynares Enviornment in Pasig Metropolis, Matches can be broadcast over ESPN5 and 5Plus. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo