PETRON makes its debut in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference on Tuesday when it takes on Foton at the Cadiz Arena in Negros Occidental.
Winners of the Grand Prix, the Blaze Spikers begin their quest for a second title in a row when they clash with the Tornadoes in the 7 p.m. match.
Defending champion Cignal eyes its third straight win when it tackles Sta. Lucia Realty at 4:15 p.m.
The HD Spikers look to move closer to an outright semifinal berth after beating University of the East-Cherrylume and Smart-Army in their first two matches last week.
The Lady Realtors, who turned back Cocolife in four sets last week in Bacoor City, try to stop the titleholders and force a tie on top of Pool B.
But all eyes will be on the Blaze Spikers, who will be parading the core of Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Ces Molina, Rhea Dimaculangan and Remy Palma that won the Grand Prix title early this year.
“This Invitational is very unpredictable because all teams are tough to beat,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos.
“We need to be more prepared every game in. This conference and give our best to show a great competition.”
Foton head coach Rommel Abella is hoping to recover from an alarming 0-2 start after losing to F2 Logistics on opening day and falling short against surprise leader Generika-Ayala in five sets last week.
“Actually, it’s not yet time to push the panic button. We still have a chance although we made the road tougher for us,” Abella said.
Foton added Bea De Leon, Shaya Adorador and twins Nieza and Ela Viray before the tournament but has yet to live up to expectations.
Abella said communication and composure have been their problems.
“Communication and composure were the problems in our first two matches. Especially in our recent lost to Generika-Ayala, we lost our composure. If we want to survive in this tournament, we have to address those factors moving forward.”