F2 Logistics, Army stake unbeaten slates
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 19, 2016 07:46 AM
RC Cola-Army guns for its sixth straight win.
BATANGAS CITY -- Red-hot F2 Logistics and RC Cola-Army inch closer to a clean sweep of the first round when they tackle separate foes in the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference women’s volleyball tournament Tuesday at the Batangas City Coliseum here.
The Cargo Movers battle dangerous Petron at 2:00 p.m. while the Lady Troopers take on Generika at 4:00 p.m. in the first out-of-town matches this season.
Then, in the nightcap, Foton tries to tighten its hold in the upper crust of the standing when it clashes with Standard Insurance-Navy at 6:00 pm.
Cong. Marvey Marano and Batangas City mayor Beverly Dimacuha will spearhead the rolling out of the red carpet to the league, especially to the players who were products of this Southern Tagalog province like Dawn Macandili and Kim Fajardo of F2 Logistics and Ivy Perez and Rhea Dimaculangan of Foton.
The blockbuster triple-header is part of the city’s week-long Sublian Festival.
Two heavyweights tipped to dominate due to their impressive chemistry and fluidity, F2 Logistics and RC Cola-Army remain on top of the team standings with a 5-0 win-loss slate while Petron is not far behind with 4-1 followed by Foton and Generika, who have 3-3 and 2-4 mark, respectively.
A victory by the Cargo Movers and the Lady Troopers today will not only keep them spotless, but will also supply them with much-needed confidence entering their blockbuster duel at the end of the first round on Saturday.
“That game will be very important,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus moments after his squad sunk Standard Insurance-Navy, 26-24, 25-16, 25-14, last Sunday. “Petron is a dangerous team. We know that it wants to get back on top. So we have to work hard be ready for all the challenges they will throw at us.”
RC Cola-Army coach Kungfu Reyes shares de Jesus mindset, saying that after raking up five straight conquests, other teams are now very eager to take them down.
“Other teams are now preparing for us,” he said after moments after Foton gamely challenged them during their 25-20, 27-25, 23-25, 25-20 win last Saturday. “As you can see, Foton tooth and nail. We can’t afford to be complacent. We have to do our part and prepare because other teams are getting more serious to beat us.”
Also expected to provide fireworks is the league’s awarding of the fourth golden ticket – or the invitation to compete in the prestigious FIVB Women’s Club World Championship in Manila fromOct. 18 to 23.
After formally naming Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis of Petron and Kim Fajardo of F2 Logistics, the league will be revealing its next choice for the PSL All-Star team that will campaign in the prestigious league against the best club teams in the world, including reigning champion Rexona Ades of Brazil, European titlist Pomi Casalmaggiore of Italy and Asian supremo Bangkok Glass of Thailand.
PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara refused to reveal the owner of the next slot, but hinted that it might come from the day’s competing teams like Macandili, Majoy Baron, Kim Dy and Mika Reyes of F2 Logistics; Royce Tubino of RC Cola-Army; Jen Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Ces Molina of Petron; Jaja Santiago, Maika Ortiz and Dimaculangan of Foton; Rubie de Leon, Faith Arado, Gen Casugod and Ria Meneses of Generika; and Pau Soriano and Janet Serafica of Standard Insurance-Navy.
“We’re still in the process of getting the coaches’ input,” said Suzara. “The deliberation process is still ongoing and we still don’t know who will be the lucky player to make it to the FIVB world club tournament.”
The announcement will be made between the first and second matches.