PSL All-Star team lands in "Group of Death" in pool draw
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 26, 2016 12:49 PM
The Philippine Superliga All-Star squad braces for a rough battle ahead as it landed in the "group of death" which includes the dreaded Rexona Ades of Brazil.
Tough competition awaits the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Star squad when it marches to the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship from Oct. 18 to 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The home team landed on the “group of death” in Pool A together with European champion Pomi Casalmaggiore of Italy, South American powerhouse Rexona Ades of Brazil and Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul of Turkey following the drawing of lots last week.
The PSL stars will kick off their bid on Oct. 18 against the Brazilians before taking a one-day break to face the Italians and the Turkish for a chance to move past the group stages that will be played the following day.
Pool B, on the other hand, features Asian powerhouse teams in Bangkok Glass of Italy and Hisamitsu Springs of Japan as well as VakifBank Istanbul of Turkey and Volero Zurich.
“Nothing will be easy. We have to work hard to give these giants a very good fight,” said PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara, who also presides the local organizing committee of this historic tournament.
The PSL All-Star team already introduced its six local players; Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga of RC Cola-Army, Jaja Santiago of Foton, Kim Fajardo of F2 Logistics and Ces Molina and Jen Reyes of Petron. Another local player will be named on Thursday when the league rolls to De La Salle Lipa Sentrum in Lipa City.
PSL chairman Phil Ella Juico said the team will be powered by seven foreign players and, probably, a foreign mentor to make it even more competitive.
No names have been mentioned, but negotiations with the foreigners are already in full swing.
“We have to form the best team possible,” said Juico, a former PSC chairman who now heads the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association. “The goal is not only to put on a good show, but also expose our young players to world-class competitions, something which we will need in future major international tournaments.”