GENERIKA and F2 Logistics eye a share of the early lead when they tackle separate foes in the 2016 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference women’s volleyball tournament on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lifesavers battle Foton in the 4 p.m. match followed by the showdown between the Cargo Movers and Amy’s Kitchen at 6 p.m.
F2, led by former La Salle stars Aby Marano, Cha Cruz, Kim Fajardo, Mika Reyes, Ara Galang and Paneng Mercado, scored a four-set win over Cignal in its opening match and looks to score a follow-up win as it takes on Amy’s Kitchen, which is coming off a straight-sets loss.
Amy’s, composed of spikers from the NCAA’s Perpetual Help, was whipped by powerhouse RC Cola-Army but the team led by Lourdes Clemente can’t be taken lightly, according to La Salle and F2 coach Ramil de Jesus.
“Amy’s is such a young and hungry team,” said De Jesus. “We have to play them with extreme caution because they are capable of pulling off an upset. This is a very tough and balanced field. We have to be at our best every game.”
Meanwhile, the Lifesavers look to score a second straight win after downing Navy in four sets their opening match.
UST’s Chloe Cortez and Ria Meneses played well with UE’s Shaya Adorador and former FEU blocker Gen Casugod and former La Salle hitter Wensh Tiu to lift Generika to its first win.
They now try to deal Foton a second consecutive loss.
The Tornadoes dropped their opening-day match to Petron in three sets, but hope former UST aces Maika Ortiz and Rhea Dimaculangan will deliver the win this time.
“What I have is a collection of stars from various UAAP schools,” said Generika coach Francis Vicente. “The biggest challenge is how we can make them work together. We’ll see it when we face Foton in the next game.”
Team standings: RC Cola-Army 1-0, F2 Logistics 1-0, Petron 1-0, Generika 1-0, Foton 0-1, Amy’s Kitchen 0-1, Standard Insurance-Navy 0-1, Cignal 0-1