PETRO Gazz looks to make it three straight wins as it battles newcomer Motolite on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Arena in San Juan.
The Angels try to tighten their grip on the lead as it faces a Power Builders squad eager to bounce back after a loss in its debut less than 24 hours ago.
The match is set at 2 p.m.
Focus will again be on Petro Gazz imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson, even as coach Arnold Laniog counts on local veterans Paneng Mercado, Djanel Cheng, Jeanette Panaga and Cherry Nunag to deliver.
“'Since kami ang beterano, iti-take advantage namin na mas eksperiyensado kami. But kung kaya naming tapatan ang intensity nila, better,” Laniog said.
Motolite is still without Myla Pablo, who earned MVP honors with Pocari Sweat last season, due to back muscle strain.
Army beat Motolite in four, and Power Builders oach Air Padda said Pablo’s absence is not an excuse for poor results.
“It’s a disadvantage but we just have to deal with it. We have to figure out how to speed things up,” said Padda after the match against Army.
Padda hopes the team now led by Tots Carlos and Isa Molde with imports Thompson and Edina Selimovic can avoid getting swept in their opening weekend.
Creamline and BanKo, tied with 1-1 win-loss records, collide at 4 p.m.
The Cool Smashers continue to play under assistant coach Ed Ortega, with Tai Bundit is expected to arrive on Monday.
Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Michele Gumabao and imports Kuttika Kaewpin and Aleoscar Blanco battles BanKo imports Kia Bright and Yasemin Yildrim and locals Nicole Tiamzon and Kath Bersola, who are fresh from their first win over BaliPure less than 24 hours ago. Lance Agcaoili