Angels to see action in Taiwan tourney

Mark Escarlote on Sep 10, 2019 02:52 PM
Angels to see action in Taiwan tourney
PetroGazz will see action in the 2019 Taichung Bank international women's invitational volleyball tournament in Taipei starting Sept. 15-19. (Josh Albelda)

PetroGazz will try its luck on the international stage as the Angels are set to see action in the 2019 Taichung Bank international women's invitational volleyball tournament in Taipei starting Sept. 15-19.

The Angels, who conquered the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference, will parade an all-Filipino line-up against other club teams from China, Japan and Thailand.

"'Yung tournament sa Taipei is a big opportunity for our team," said PetroGazz coach Arnold Laniog, whose team's participation is backed by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc.

"Ang mga makakalaban namin are club teams from China, Japan and Thailand, mataas talaga ang level ng competition," added Laniog, whose squad is currently at second spot with a 5-2 win-loss record in the PVL Season 3 Open Conference. "On our part kaya naman tayo pupunta roon is para may ma-gain ang team na experience sa ganitong level na makakatulong sa campaign namin sa ongoing na PVL Open Conference."

PetroGazz will be missing the services of its high-scoring imports Cuban Wilma Salas and American Janisa Johnson, who powered the Angels to its breakthrough title at the expense of dethroned star-studded and Alyssa Valdez-led Creamline.

Salas is currently in currently in Poland for a club tournament while Johnson is playing in France.

Veterans Paneng Mercado, Chie Saet and Jeanette Panaga will make their return in the international stage after playing for the national team years before. 

"Masaya kami na kami yung napili para i-represent ang country," said Saet.

The Angels are on a four-game winning streak in the Open Conference and will return to action on Sept. 22 against Air Force after their Taiwan stint.

Also joining the trip are Cherry Nunag, Djanel Cheng, Jessey De Leon, Cai Baloaloa, Jonah Sabete, Cienne Cruz, Rica Enclona, Alyssa Layug and Jovielyn Prado.


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