Philippine Superliga coaches differed in their projection regarding the Grand Prix women’s volleyball best-of-three finals between reigning titlist Petron and surprise contender Foton.
Sammy Acaylar, mentor of fourth-placer Cignal, said Petron is a very strong team not only in manpower but also in top-level experience.
He said the Blaze Spikers will be all the more tougher now that the title is at stake.
MANILA, Philippines – Height and experience will be among the deciding factors when reigning champion Petron Blaze Spikers battle the upstart Foton Tornadoes in the 2015 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Finals, with Game 1 of the best-of-three series starting on Thursday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Philips Gold coach Francis Vicente, whose team was upset by Foton in the semifinals, said the Tornadoes should be a slight favorite because of the presence of American imports Katie Messing and Lindsay Stalzer, along with national team mainstay Jaja Santiago.
In their semifinal encounter, Messing and Santiago formed a solid defensive wall at the net that made life difficult for Philips Gold stars Bojana Todorovic and Myla Pablo to operate. Stalzer, meanwhile, did the heavy lifting on offense to guide Foton to a 25-18, 26-24, 18-25, 20-25, 15-8 win.
Thrilled at the prospect of pulling off a sweep, the Philippine Air Force spikers won’t let the excitement consume them when they play the Cignal HD Spikers in the Spikers’ Turf Season 1 Reinforced Conference Finals at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
“Whatever happens, they (HD Spikers) will put up a good fight,” said Air Force coach Rhovyl Verayo after the Airmen took the best-of-three series opener with a 25-15, 19-25, 25-19, 25-19 victory over the weekend.
“Yes, we’re going for the win. But we have to be cautious and we expect them to adjust,” added Verayo.
MANILA, Philippines – PLDT Home Ultera coach Roger Gorayeb doesn't think getting two foreign imports is a surefire way of winning a championship.
"Yes, it's an advantage (having imports) because it gave us more options on offense and defense," said Gorayeb, referring to former US NCAA Division standouts Victoria Hurtt and Sareea Freeman, who were both rested in their 25-11, 25-17, 25-17 Final Four win over State U Sunday.
"But I don't think it makes us a sure thing for a championship because it could backfire since we haven't really trained together that much," he added.
MANILA -- Prized local volleyball talent Alyssa Valdez finally broke her long silence on a possible stint in the Philippine Superliga.
Considered as the most popular star of the sport today, the Ateneo Queen Eagle will finish her collegiate career in the UAAP next year in a three-peat bid and teams as well as fans are all excited to know if she will climb up to join the club league.
The PSL will hold its third Annual Draft next year and the name of Valdez floated as a possible top overall pick with teams showing much interest on the power-hitter, who can bring not only an added offensive option to a club but can also draw huge number of supporters with her charm.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Superliga (PSL) has been invited by the Volleyball Thailand League to compete in a high-level three-nation club tournament in Bangkok next year.
PSL president Ramon Suzara revealed that the league was chosen to assemble a team that will compete against four club teams from Thailand and one from Vietnam in a prestigious week-long tournament, tentatively set from March 22 to 28.
The project is still in the planning stage, and the PSL has yet to formally decide whether to send its champion team or its selection of stars like Rachel Anne Daquis, Dindin Manabat and Aby Maraño of Petron, Jaja Santiago of Foton, Cha Cruz of Meralco, Maika Ortiz of RC Cola-Air Force, Michelle Gumabao and Lindsay Dowd of Philips Gold, and Jheck Dionela of Cignal to battle.
Alyssa Valdez may have been absent from the Shakey’s V-League for over a month, but Alyssa Valdez is still Alyssa Valdez and the Philippine Army takes note of that.
Lady Troopers head coach Kung Fu Reyes overheard Valdez would be playing in the Reinforced Conference Finals and he knows the Phenom is an added challenge for them.
“Alyssa would bring an additional challenge for us,” Reyes said. “Well it’s not only Alyssa who would be a challenge but the whole team but she will be another challenge.”