FRESH from a rebound, RC Cola-Army tests its power against super import Stephanie Niemer and Petron when action in the Asics Philippine Superliga Grand Prix presented by PLDT Home Ultera erupts today (Saturday) at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center here.
Game time is at 5 p.m. following the encounter between F2 Logistics and Cignal at 12:30 p.m. and the battle of undefeated Foton and Generika in the second game at 3 p.m. of this explosive weekend triple-header bankrolled by Mikasa, Asics, Mueller, Senoh and Grand Sport with TV5 as official broadcaster.
Tickets are still available at SM Ticketnet outlets as well as at the venue along McArthur Highway.
“We’re thankful to the PSL for bringing exciting volleyball action to our city. We hope that they will never get tired of staging their games here to inspire our youth,” said Malolos City Mayor Christian Natividad.
The Tornadoes, who clobbered Cignal in four sets late Thursday, remain on top of the team standings with a clean 5-0 win-loss card while the Tri-Activ Spikers are not far behind with 5-1, thanks to the high-flying Niemer, who has been dominant in their past two games.
Against Foton, Niemer dropped a conference-high 38 points built on 34 kills, three aces and a block while delivering 13 digs and 10 excellent receptions, proving that she’s the best all-around player in this prestigious league that also has Focus Athletics, KLab Cyscorpions, Foton, Petron and F2 Logistics as sponsors.
Two days later against F2 Logistics, Niemer registered 21 points, but unloaded a league-high nine aces to steer the Tri-Activ Spikers to an easy 25-22, 25-19, 25-10 victory over the reigning All-Filipino champions.
“She’s simply impressive,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos, crediting their winning run to the hard-hitting former Puerto Rican league campaigner who saw action for University of Cincinnati in the Division I of US NCAA.
“All I can say is that she’s good and she’s always there when we need her. She was sad when we lost our first match of the conference, but vowed to bounce back.”
Stopping Niemer, however, would be the main objectives of the Lady Troopers.
After opening their conference with a masterful conquest of Generika, RC Cola-Army suffered three straight losses that prompting head coach Kungfu Reyes and team captain Jovelyn Gonzaga to spearhead an open forum to identify the problem.