PSL Team Preview: Philips Gold Lady Slammers
Mark Escarlote on Mar 18, 2015 06:24 PM
Filipino-American top rookie pick Iris Tolenada has in her shoulders the responsibility of carrying Philips Gold Lady Slammers to a better finish than last conference.
Philips Gold Lady Slammers
1. Shaya Adorador
2. Myla Pablo
3. Rossan Fajardo
4. Melissa Gohing
5. Sarah Espelita
6. Michelle Gumabao
7. Denise Crisostomo
8. Ara Mallare
9. Iris Tolenada
10. Leuseht Dawis
11. Maureen Loren
12. Hazel Mea
13. Lutgarda Malaluan
14. Desiree Dadang
Philips Gold (former Mane ‘N Tail) benefitted from Generika’s disbandment and got this year’s top overall pick, making the Lady Slammers a team to watch out for in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.
Head coach Francis Vicente tapped Filipino-American Iris Tolenada in this season’s Rookie Draft and acquired former UAAP champions from De La Salle Michelle Gumabao and top libero Melissa Gohing from Generika.
Vicente believes that the team struck gold with Tolenada, a celebrated setter from San Francisco State University who was named 2012-2013 California Collegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Player and SFSU Female Athlete of the Year.
“Iba ‘yung level ng setting niya masyadong mabilis which is nakaka-adapt sa style and game plan ng coaching staff plus she can also spike. Mas gusto nga niya yung spiker rathter than setter, nagi-enjoy siya ‘dun,” said Vicente of the 23-year-old balikbayan.
The Lady Slammers finished dead last in the PSL Season 2 Grand Prix and the team did not only change its name but had overhauled its roster with only Ara Mallare, Rossan Fajardo, and Sarah Espelita as holdovers from last conference.
Philips Gold tapped National University standout Desiree Dadang as the seventh overall pick for the middle blocker position together with College teammate Myla Pablo, a direct recruit.
Other direct hires are Denise Crisostomo, Maureen Loren, Hazel Mea of Lyceum and Leuseht Dawis and Shaya Adorador, who both played for Vicente and the University of the East in UAAP.
The Lady Slammers got Lutgarda Malaluan from Cignal.
Released players: Shiesha Nebrida, Michiko Castaneda, Russell Jalbuna, Maricor Martinez, Michelle Datuin, Lilet Mabbayad, Hyrize Macabuhay, Lea Acepcion, and Hezzymie Acuna.
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