POWERHOUSE Foton resumes its Philippine Superliga Grand Prix title-retention bid the Tornadoes clash with the Generika Lifesavers on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Tornadoes and Lifesavers clash at 3 p.m. before F2 Logistics parades a new import in the 5 p.m. match against Cignal at 5 p.m.
RC Cola-Army and Petron collide in the 7 p.m. match.
Petron is on top of the team standings with a 2-0 win-loss card, while Foton and RC Cola-Army won their opening matches. Generika and F2 Logistics are tied at the bottom with 0-2 records, while Cignal has yet to see action in the season-ending conference.
American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Ariel Usher lead the way, while Serbia’s Moro Branislav will be calling the shots for the Tornadoes, who are looking to win another title to qualify for the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Chinese Taipei next year.
“All teams are strong. But I still see my club, Foton, winning the championship,” said Branislav, who is also expected to bank on the Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, Angeli Araneta, Sisi Rondina and EJ Laure.
League organizers say Foton middle blocker Dindin Manabat is nearing top form after giving birth the two months ago, while her sister Jaja Santiago rejoins the Tornadoes after seeing action for the PSL squad in the Asian volleyball and FIVB world club tournaments.
With prolific import Stephanie Niemer leading the way, Petron scored big wins over Generika and F2 Logistics before the league took a three-week break as the country hosted the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship last month.
Hayley Spelman, a 6-foot-7 opposite spiker from the US, sees action for the first time with fellow import Sydney Kemper and F2’s local players Mika Reyes, Ara Galang, Cha Cruz, Aby Marano, Dawn Macandili and Kim Fajardo.
Cignal will be led by Puerto Rico’s Lynda Morales, Laura Schaudt of the US, Filipino-American Shawna-Lei Santos, Mylene Paat, Lourdes Patillano, Micmic Laborte, Cherry Vivas and Jheck Dionela.