PETRON hopes to gain some measure of revenge as it faces back-to-back champion Foton in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
The match starts at 7 p.m., with the Blaze Spikers looking to deal the Tornadoes their first loss in the conference. Petron lost in two consecutive Grand Prix finals to Foton and the Blaze Spikers hope to score a confidence-boosting win this early in the tournament.
“Sobrang paghahandaan namin ’yun,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos. “And aaralin namin kasi syempre ‘yung team ng Foton matibay talaga hindi natin masasabi na ok ok lang.”
Petron quickly got back on track after a four-set loss to F2, beating guest team Victoria Sports-University of Sto. Tomas in straight sets.
But De los Santos knows it will be much different against Foton.
“Sobrang alam niyo naman din ang quality noon (Foton), lalo na 'yung coach (Moro Branislav), tapos ang management nila kailangan meron silang team na solid lagi,” he said.
Petron is banking on new import Lindsay Stalzer, a key player in Foton’s back-to-back GP title wins.
Hillary Hurley is the other Petron import, while also expected to deliver are Sisi Rondina, Ces Molina, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mika Reyes, Ria Meneses and Rhea Dimaculangan.
“Pero para sa amin mas magiging challenging and mas i-a-accept namin siya na talagang magandang laban and paghahandaan namin, practice pang mabuti,” he said.
Foton, led by Serbian reinforcements Sara Klisura and Katarina Vukamanovic, and Dragana Perunicnic of Montenegro, is looking to score its fifth straight win.
Meanwhile, winless teams Victoria Sports-UST (0-2) and Sta. Lucia (0-3) clash at 4 p.m.