Petron, F2 spikers kick off title duel.
Volleyball action takes a higher level as the best club teams in the country – Petron and F2 Logistics – essay another chapter in their storied rivalry when they clash in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix best-of-three finals today at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Game 1 is set at 7 p.m. with the Blaze Spikers and the Cargo Movers clashing for sixth straight time in the finals of this prestigious women’s club league bankrolled by Asics, Mueller, Mikasa, Senoh, Team Rebel Sports, Bizooku, UCPB Gen, Cocolife, Hotel Sogo and Data Project.
Prior to that, Cignal and PLDT Home Fibr seek to end their campaign on a high note when they collide in the bronze-medal match at 4:15 p.m.
Bannered by the best imports and most reliable local players, both the Blaze Spikers and the Cargo Movers were heavily tipped to dispute the crown.
Petron soared to 14 straight wins in the classification before creaming Sta. Lucia in the quarterfinals and Cignal in the semifinals to move two wins away from sweeping the tournament, a feat it first achieved in the All-Filipino Conference in 2015.
F2 Logistics, on the other hand, blew hot and cold as it lost star setter Kim Fajardo to injury, prompting it to finish the classification with an 11-3 mark. The Cargo Movers survived a scare from a game Foton squad in the quarterfinals before restoring order when they dominated the Power Hitters in the semifinals.
Now, F2 Logistics is back in the finals, carrying an underdog status against a team who last tasted a setback during Game 2 of the All-Filipino finals on Dec. 18 of last year.
But for head coach Shaq Delos Santos, previous record and statistics should be flushed down the drain as this finals series is an entirely different ballgame.
“The sweep in the preliminaries is over. This is now a brand-new challenge for us,” said Delos Santos, who is no stranger to sweeping the conference as he served as assistant to George Pascua during that historic run in 2015.