THE Philippine Super Liga selection faces a giant in its opening match in the Thai-Denmark Super League, battling AVC Asian Women's Club Championship winner Bangkok Glass on Wednesday at the MCC Hall at The Mall Bangkapi in Bangkok.
The Filipinas, playing as the Petron-Philippine Superliga All-Star team, clash with the powerhouse Thai team in the 4 p.m. match followed by the showdown between Supreme Chonburi and Hong Kong at 6 p.m.
The PSL selection is led by Rachel Anne Daquis of RC Cola-Army and Cha Cruz of F2 Logistics.
"We draw strength from the depth of our bench," said coach George Pascua.
"Their talent is there. We're now looking to improve their chemistry and familiarity with each other, especially with our setters."
Bangkok Glass middle blockers Pleumjit Thinkaow and Jarasporn Bundasak saw action for the Thai national team in the Asian Games, Asian Championship and FIVB World Grand Prix, while setter Pornpun Guedpard was part of the squad that played in the Asian U23 Women's Championship in Manila last year.
Thinkaow was named Most Valuable Player of the AVC Asian meet where a Petron squad featuring Daquis, Aby Marano, Jen Reyes, Mina Aganon, Frances Molina and Brazilians Rupia Inck and Erica Adachi placed seventh.
Still, Cruz believes the Thais are beatable.
“But I’m pretty sure na kapag nakita na namin yung aura namin sa game, everything is contagious. Lahat mag-i-step up, lahat mamo-motivate na ibigay lahat,” said Cruz
Also seeing action are Rhea Dimaculangan and Maika Ortiz of Foton, April Ross Hingpit and Jeanette Panaga of Cignal, Aiza Pontillas of Petron, Melissa Gohing and Michelle Gumabao of Philips Gold and Stephanie Mercado of F2 Logistics.