COCOLIFE parades new import Marta Drpa when it battles Petron on Tuesday in Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Action starts at 4:15 pm with the Asset Managers hoping to get a big boost from the Serbian national team member, who replaces American Taylor Milton.
F2 Logistics battles Foton in the 7 p.m. match.
With Petron absorbing a straight-sets loss to Sta. Lucia Realty, reigning champion F2 Logistics took the lead with a four-set conquest of Cignal last week.
F2 Logistics and Petron both have eight victories in nine matches, but the Cargo Movers occupy the top spot due to a superior quotient.
The team that tops the prelims will earn a twice-to-beat advantage against the eighth seed in the quatrerfinals.
“Our last game against Foton will be very crucial as it determines our placing in the next round,” said F2 Logistics coach Arnold Laniog, adding that Kim Fajardo, Aby Marano and Cha Cruz are expected to step up to support imports Maria Jose Perez and Kennedy Bryan against the solid Tornadoes side bannered by Channon Thompson, Dindin Santiago and Elizabeth Wendel.
Focus will also will be on Cocolife as it looks to improve its 6-3 record.
The 28-year old, 6-foot-3 Drpa, who arrived in Manila on Sunday, played for the Serbian women’s national team in the FIVB World Grand Prix, European Cup, European Championship and World Cup in 2015. She also suited up for Swiss powerhouse Volero Zurich, Spartak Subotica, CSM Tirgoviste and SC Potsdam of Germany.
“She will be a big help to our campaign,” said Serbian coach Moro Branislav after her wards survived a five-set scare from Gyselle Silva-led Smart.
“This tournament is very important to our club so we’re doing everything to win.”