Biñan City—Reigning champion Petron seeks to end its first round campaign on a high note when it tackles lowly Sta. Lucia in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at the Alonte Sports Arena here.
Game time is at 6 p.m. with the Blaze Spikers looking to win their sixth win in seven games in this prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Team Rebel Sports, SOGO, Eurotel, PCSO, Cocolife, UCPB Gen, Mueller, Senoh, Asics, Bizooku and One Sport
Prior to that, Marinerang Pilipina hopes to stop its bleeding when it takes on Cignal at 4 p.m.
But barging into the win column in this tourney that also has ESPN5 and Kapatid TV5 as broadcast partners wouldn’t be easy.
The HD Spikers is coming in hungry after losing their fourth straight loss to Foton, 27-25, 23-25, 20-25, 19-25, late Tuesday at the Bacoor Strike Gym in Bacoor City.
In that match, Jaja Santiago took over, erupting for 29 points while Dindin Santiago, Maika Ortiz and Elaine Kasilag all had impressive performances to give the Tornadoes their fourth win in seven matches.
Still, all eyes will be on Petron.
With their bitter rival F2 Logistics wrapping up the first round with its seventh win, the Blaze Spikers are looking to have a strong finish to build momentum entering the second round next week.
“I know we’ve been struggling in our past games. But I’m glad that the team showed its real potential from a win we had over Generika-Ayala last Tuesday,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos.
“We just need to focus on the team right now and do the things we need to do and improve on.”
The Blaze Spikers continue to bank on their depth and all-star rotation of Frances Molina, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mika Reyes, Bernadeth Pons, Rem Palma, Rhea Dimaculangan, Buding Duremdes and Sisi Rondina.
The Lady Realtors, on the other hand, are seeking to regain their winning ways after losing five straight games since winning over the Lady Skippers on opening day.
Sta. Lucia head coach Babes Castillo hopes that his wards bannered by MJ Phillips, Pam Lastimosa, Amanda Villanueva, Rachel Austero and playmaker Rebecca Rivera would finally click and play consistent in every set to stop their woes.