PLDT eyes a medal this time after missing the podium in the PVL Invitational, bringing in Russian outside hitter Elina Savkina-Samoilenko for the Reinforced Conference.
Army Lady Troopers, seeing action this conference as UAI-Army, will be led by the 5-foot-11 Canadian outside hitter Laura Condotta.
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The season-ending Reinforced Conference is set to kick off on Oct. 8 with nine teams participating - including debuting team Akari and returning F2 Logistics.
The 27-year-old Savkina played for different pro leagues in Russia and France, her most recent stint with Mersin B.Şehir Bld. in Turkey.
The 6-foot-4 Savkina joins a frontline featuring 6-footers and PVL best middle blockers Mika Reyes and Dell Palomata.
Condotta has represented Team Canada in local and international beach volleyball tournaments.
The 25-year-old Condotta then played in the pro ranks abroad for Raiffeisen Volley Toggenburg in Switzerland and AEK Larnaca in Cyprus after graduating from Brock University.