LAST year’s runner up Petron is itching to get its payback in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix, which kicks off on Saturday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Blaze Spikers will start their campaign against Sta. Lucia at 4:00 p.m.
After losing to F2 Logistics in the finals decider last December, Petron will parade an intact core led by Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Rhea Dimaculangan and Mika Reyes, along with returning American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hilary Hurley and Japanese libero Yuri Fukuda
“Sobra, kasi masakit talaga ang nangyari sa amin na pagkatalo sa Finals pero ganoon talaga eh,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos on Thursday during the press conference at Centerstage MOA.
“Ang sa amin ay ‘yung acceptance sa talo na ’yun para mas makita namin kung ano pa ang kailangan naming i-improve and mas mag-mature kami,” he added.
The veteran coach also shared that Stalzer, Hurley and Fukuda’s goal is to complete an unfinished business.
“Yes, definitely, gusto nilang bumawi. Yun talaga ang No.1 goal nila, kailangan makabawi talaga kami,” he said.
PSL switched the Grand Prix and the Invitational Conference’s schedule. In the past years, the import-flavored conference will start the season, while the Invitational Conference will end the year in accordance to the AVC and FIVB calendar.
Just two months after their last match, delos Santos is optimistic the change in calendar will be favorable to their team.
“‘Yung bonding at relationship nu’ng players at ng imports nu’ng mga locals mas nagi-improve rin,” said delos Santos. “I think isa ‘yun ang isa sa aming weapon kapag nag-start na ang competition.”