Treble-seeking Foton leans on three new imports in Super Liga Grand Prix
Nine teams led by Foton will see action in the PSL's season-ending tournament. Jerome Ascano

FOTON leans on three new imports as it bids for a Super Liga treble, F2 hopes eyes a run at the title with two foreign players, while UST will participate with an all-Filipino squad in the Grand Prix starting on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

Back-to-back defending champion Foton will lean on towering Serbian imports Sara Klisura and Katarina Vukamanovic and Montenegrin Dragana Perunicnic.

Petron tapped former Foton reinforcement Lindsay Stalzer, and also has Hillary Hurley of the United States with Yuri Fukuda of Japan as libero.

Cignal addressed its needs on the defensive end by tapping middle blockers Beth Carey of Australia and Alexis Matthews of United States and libero Mami Miyashita of Japan.

F2 Logistics will only have Kennedy Bryan of United States and former Olympian Maria Jose Perez of Venezuela.

Generika-Ayala will bank on Katarina Pilepic of Croatia, Penina Snuka of Hawaii and returning Darlene Ramdin, who helped Trinidad and Tobago secure a slot to the 2018 FIVB World Championship in Japan.

Canadian national team members Marisa Field and Kristen Moncks and Ukrainian Bodhana Anisova will lead Sta. Lucia, while Cocolife will bank on Tai Manu-Olevao and Taylor Milton of the United States.

UST is entered as a guest team and as it has done in other commercial tournaments, will not field an import in preparation for the UAAP next year.

Another new team is Iriga City, which will be led by Grethcel Soltones with Tamara Kmezic of Serbia, the tallest import in the PSL at 6 feet 6 inches, and Japanese libero Minami Yoshioka.

“This conference will be the exclamation point for the season, fans can expect a higher level of competition because we have new innovations on the imports,” said PSL president Tats Suzara on Wednesday during the press conference at Vikings Luxury Buffet at MOA.

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