(Filoil Flying V Centre)
4:15 p.m. -- Generika-Ayala vs. Victoria Sports-UST
7 p.m. -- Cignal vs. F2 Logistics
LEADER F2 Logistics stakes its immaculate card when it battles another heavy contender in Cignal in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix today
(Tuesday) at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Tiff starts at 7 p.m. with the Cargo Movers looking to stretch its five-game winning run to
remain on top of this prestigious club tourney sponsored by Mikasa, Grand Sport, Senoh, Mueller,
Island Rose, Cloudfone and UCPB Gen.
Meanwhile, Generika-Ayala seeks to improve its standing when it collides with lowly Victoria
Sports-UST in the 4:15 p.m. curtain-raiser of this explosive double-header that also has Gold’s Gym
and Gerflor as technical sponsors and ESPN5 as broadcast partner.
After racing to a 5-0 start, the Cargo Movers are definitely the league’s hottest team.
They kicked off their campaign with an earth-shaking victory over giant Petron in four sets
before crushing Sta. Lucia, Cocolife, Generika-Ayala and Victoria Sports-UST in straight sets,
sparking speculations that the Cargo Movers are capable of sweeping the elimination round.
But still, head coach Ramil de Jesus opts to remain grounded.
“It’s still a long way to go,” said the 10-time champion coach in the UAAP, adding that their
upcoming battles against Cignal and reigning champion Foton will be a major test to their character.
“While sweeping the eliminations is our main goal, we know that we still have a lot of things
to work on and improve. This is a tough league. You really have to work hard if you want to win.”
De Jesus stressed that Cignal won’t be an easy opponent.
Bannered by a pair of strong middle blockers in Beth Carey of Australia and Alexis Matthews of
United States with Japanese libero Mami Miyashita at the backline, the HD Spikers have the height,
talent and power to contend.
Unfortunately, they suffered a pair of setbacks to Petron and Cocolife before recovering with
a straight-set conquest of Iriga City last week to tally a 2-3 win-loss card as the tourney enters the
crucial stretch of the eliminations.
In that game against the Lady Oragons, star spiker Rachel Anne Daquis sat out, but Jovelyn
Gonzaga, Paneng Mercado and Royse Tubino stepped up to help Carey and Matthews in asserting their
“Hopefully, we can sustain our winning character,” said Cignal coach George Pascua, adding
that Daquis will be back in harness after a couple of games rest.