IN its determined bid to boost its stock in the Premier Volleyball League, PetroGazz made huge off-season moves to start the New Year by acquiring top hitters Grethcel Soltones and Jerrili Malabanan.
The Angels also got Ivy Perez to bolster their setter rotation, the team announced through their official social media accounts yesterday.
The trio will provide additional firepower when PetroGazz defends its Reinforced Conference championship in a few months time.
Soltones and Malabanan will make their return to the PVL, having played for defunct PayMaya which placed second to Creamline in the 2018 Reinforced Conference.
A former NCAA MVP from San Sebastian, Soltones will give the Angels the needed offensive production, giving coach Arnold Laniog an added option aside from open spikers Jovie Prado and Jonah Sabete.
Malabanan, a former Far Eastern University standout, will also be a good addition to PetroGazz in the opposite position along with Kai Baloaloa.
Perez’s veteran presence will give the Angels a shot in the arm in the setting department. Last season, Chie Saet and Djanel Cheng took turns in orchestrating plays for the Villavicencio-owned franchise.
Behind prolific imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson, PetroGazz bested Creamline in three games to rule the Reinforced Conference last year.
The Angels also made it to the Open Conference Finals three months later, only to be swept by the Cool Smashers.
With Soltones, Malabanan and Perez around, expect the PetroGazz-Creamline rivalry in the PVL go into full throttle in 2020.