LINDSAY Stalzer will return for her fourth stint in the Philippine Superliga as she sees action with Petron in the Grand Prix opening on Oct. 21.
After steering the Tornadoes to a pair of Grand Prix titles, Stalzer plays for the Blaze Spikers with veteran international campaigner Hillary Hurley of the United States and libero Yuri Fukuda of Japan, who served as one of seven foreign players for PSL Manila in the FIVB Women’s Club Championship last year.
With Stalzer moving, the Tornadoes recruited three European stars in Dragana Perunicnic of Montenegro and Sara Klisura and libero Katarina Vukamanovic of Serbia.
Perunicnic, Klisura and Vukamanovic are said to be personal choices of Serbian coach Moro Branislav.
“This is turning out to be the biggest and most competitive PSL Grand Prix ever,” said PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara, adding that they allowed teams to recruit up to three imports for the first time to increase the level of excitement and competitiveness among a record of nine competing teams.
“The mere fact that almost all teams will parade three imports means that they are serious in winning the title. This is going to be very exciting.”
Overflowing with firepower at the wing spot with the presence of Honey Royse Tubino, Janine Marciano, Rachel Anne Daquis, Paneng Mercado and national team member Jovelyn Gonzaga, the Cignal HD Spikers tapped a pair of middle blockers in Beth Carey of Australia and Alexis Matthews of the US as well as libero Mami Miyashita of Japan.
The Cocolife Asset Managers, meanwhile, will parade high-flying Taylor Milton and Tai Manu-Olevao while the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors tapped Canadian national team members Marisa Field, a middle blocker, and libero Kristen Moncks as well as Bulgarian national team open spiker Slavina Koleva.
The Generika Ayala Lifesavers hired 6-foot-5 American open hitter Katelyn Driscoll and Croatian Katarina Pilepic, dubbed as the “Croatian Hammer” during her stint for Arizona in the Division I of the US NCAA.
The F2 Logistics Cargo Movers will be bannered by Kennedy Bryan of the US and Maria Jose Perez, who saw action for the Venezuelan national team in the Beijing Olympics and the FIVB Grand Prix.
Expansion team Iriga and collegiate side University of Santo Tomas have yet to release the names of their respective foreign players.