Anybody's ball game as Petron, Generika dispute PSL Grand Prix championship
Petron import Alaina Bersgma scores against two Generika defenders. Dante Peralta

PETRON and Generika put everything on the line Sunday as they square off in a winner-take-all showdown for the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix title at the Astrodome.

Game time is at 6 p.m.

Both teams split their head-to-head match up in the eliminations.

The Blaze Spikers will go to the titular match having won eight of their 10 games in the eliminations to take the no. 1 seed behind the efforts of twin towers Alaina Bergsma and top rookie bet Dindin Santiago.

Still, Petron coach George Pascua is not about to take their opponents lightly.

“Ang Generika mahirap na kalaban 'yan (sa Finals), mas bata mas mabilis," said Pacua. "Pero as coach naman lahat may sistema, ang kailangan lang namin masunod ang instructions ko."

But the Life Savers are also on a roll going to the Finals. After a flat start that saw them registered a 1-3 record, the Life Savers recovered and won their next seven games, capped by a semifinal victory over RC Cola Air Force, 25-23, 25-16, 25-23.

For Generika coach Ramil de Jesus, carrying the same name (Generica-Philippine Army) that won the championship last conference is already a big load for them to carry, although he hopes to meet the team's expectations.

"Sobrang pressure nga eh, ang taas ng expectation," said the multi-titled mentor.  "Sana kahit kalahati sa expectations makamit namin. Gagawin namin ang lahat ng kaya namin as a team sa Sunday."

The individual matchup is also an added attraction to the one-game Finals as import Bergsma is expected to be pitted against Natalia Korobkova and Miyu Shinohara (Generika) opposite Erica Adachi (Petron)

"Iba ang talent nila, may kayang gawin si Natalia na hindi kayang gawin si Bergsma, at may kaya ring gawin si Bergsma na hindi kaya ni Natalia," said de Jesus.

"Siguro ang hindi lang kayang gawin ni Miyu ang mag-block pero kung sa diskartehan lang at service, Miyu na ako," he said.

Winner of the highly anticipated title showdown will be the first team to emerge champion outside of three-time titlist Philippine Army

The champion will likewise represent the country in the Asian Women's Club Championship in Vietnam in April next year.

Before the championship match, four other teams will play in the classification games.

Expansion teams Mane 'N Tail battles Foton at 2 p.m. in the battle for fifth place in the men’s division, while Cignal goes up against RC Cola Air Force in the match for third place at 4 p.m.


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