F2's Stalzer takes on former team Petron
March 06, 2019 at 09:15 pm
Manila Standard Sports
Emotions and intensity will definitely run high as seasoned import Lindsay Stalzer faces her former team in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix tomorrow (Thursday) at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Stalzer and her new team in F2 Logistics collide with Petron at 7 p.m. in an encounter that is tipped to go down the wire due to the firepower, experience and drama between two of the bets club teams in this tournament that has ESPN5 and 5Plus as broadcast partners.
Meanwhile, struggling Foton and Generika-Ayala will be looking to stop their bleeding when they tangle at 2 p.m. while United VC challenges PLDT Home Fibr in the 4:15 second game of this explosive triple-header that has Asics, Mueller, Mikasa, Senoh, Team Rebel Sports, Bizooku, UCPB Gen, Cocolife, Hotel Sogo and Data Project as technical sponsors.
In observance of the National Women’s Month, the league announced that it would be giving free entrance to female fans.
Still, all eyes will be on Petron and F2 Logistics.
With Kennedy Bryan and MJ Perez as imports, the Cargo Movers won the 2017 Grand Prix title over the Blaze Spikers, who were powered by the American pair of Stalzer and Hillary Hurley.
The following year, Stalzer and the Blaze Spikers stormed back after replacing the injured Hurley with Katherine Bell down the stretch to dominate the Cargo Movers in a dramatic best-of-three finals battle.
But that proved to be Stalzer’s last hurrah for Petron as she was left unsigned in favor for power-hitter in Stephanie Niemer. With that, the comely spiker from Illinois decided to cross the enemy lines as join the Cargo Movers to form a potent combination with American-Italian Becky Perry.
Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos, however, downplayed the rivalry.
“We’ll do our best like what we always do in our past games,” said Delos Santos, whose wards raced to five consecutive wins without dropping a single set.
“We’ll treat this game just the same. What’s important is for us to overcome all the challenges in the preliminaries and advance to the quarterfinals and semifinals. From there, let’s see what will happen.”
Despite having an added weapon in Stalzer, the Cargo Movers will be walking wounded as ace setter Kim Fajardo is still nursing a finger injury.
F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus said they would double their effort and enjoy the luxury of having a seasoned import in Stalzer.
“Yes, I think having Stalzer is an advantage. But it would only happen if we can maximize all the plays we would create for her,” said de Jesus, who will bank on the local crew of Cha Cruz, Aby Marano, Majoy Baron, Michelle Morente and rookie playmaker Alex Cabanos.
“She’s very much familiar with Petron and she’s here for quite a while now so she already knows how to handle the game.”
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