Petro Gazz Angels ready to spread wings in PVL
Mark Escarlote on Mar 16, 2018 04:34 PM
We like to be as ready as we can be -- Petro Gazz head coach Jerry Yee
New team Petro Gazz promised to give other seasoned squads in the Premier Volleyball League a run for their money when the second edition of the Reinforced Conference opens shop two months from now.
The Angels will parade in the tournament, that will open on May 6, a mix of commercial league veterans and former college stars under head coach Jerry Yee.
“Magkakakilala naman ‘yung ilan. So far nagi-ensayo tayo,” said Yee. “So far maganda ang ipinapakita natin so smooth naman ang transition nila defense to offense so polishing na lang talaga.”
Former De La Salle University standouts skipper Paneng Mercado, Wensh Tiu, Cienne Cruz and seasoned setter Chie Saet will team up with College of St. Benilde products Rachel Austero, Ranya Musa, Djanel Cheng and Rica Enclona, ex-Pocari Sweat hitter Cai Nepomuceno and Alyssa Layug of Technological Institute of the Philippines.
Beefing up the Petro Gazz rosters are a pair of European imports in Kadi Kullerkannm of Estonia and Anastasia Trach of Ukraine.
Set to join the squad are Mary Anne Mendrez of University of the East and another UAAP player.
Mendrez according to team manager Camille Cruz has committed with Petro Gazz but will only join the Angels after the 80th UAAP season.
“We like to be as ready as we can be. Of course, siyempre ang other teams nag-eensayo din yan,” said Yee, whose reinforcements are set to arrive . “We heard na gabi-gabi rin nage-ensayo rin sila, nagkakaubusan na rin ng tune up games ngayon dahil nadyan na rin ang yayaan. Some teams, ang lineup nila loaded din so yun ang mga challenges natin.”
Petro Gazz will test their mettle against established teams like defending champion Pocari Sweat, the Alyssa Valdez-led Creamline and Perlas.
“Sa atin kung no ang meron sa ating piyesa we’ll work with that,” Yee said. “Every night wala namang mintis ang practice.”
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