PETRON and F2 Logistics begin their Superliga Grand Prix title showdown on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The opener of the best-of-three title series is set at 7 p.m. following the bronze medal match between Cocolife and Foton at 4:15 p.m.
Petron won in four sets over defending champion Foton, while F2 Logistics scored a straight-sets win over Cocolife in the semifinals.
It is the fourth straight finals appearance for the Blaze Spikers in the PSL’s season-ending conference, while the Cargo Movers are looking to bag their first Grand Prix crown since joining the league last year.
American import Alaina Bergsma and Brazilian reinforcement Erica Adachi led Petron to the title in 2014.
“We know that for the past two years, we’re always being beaten by Foton for the title,” said Delos Santos, who was part of George Pascua’s coaching staff when the Blaze Spikers ruled the Grand Prix three years ago.
“That’s why winning the title this time means a lot to us. We are very hungry and we will do everything to win it. It’s no longer a question of roster, imports or any other factors; it’s now a question of heart and desire.”
De los Santos is confident the Blaze Spikers will do much better this time after four-set loss to the Cargo Movers in their lone encounter this conference.
“That loss served as eye-opener,” said De los Santos, adding that they had no answer to the power of imports Maria Jose Perez and Kennedy Bryan during their first encounter.
“F2 was just in its first match and we had no idea how strong it is. At least it helped us realize that we’re still a work in progress and we still have to learn as the tournament progresses.”
But Petron is not the only team looking to satisfy its thirst for crown.
F2 Logistics head coach Ramil de Jesus had already conquered the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) after winning 10 titles with De La Salle University as well as the PSL All-Filipino Conference after reigning supreme last year.
The Grand Prix, however, is a different story.
“We want to experience how it feels winning the Grand Prix,” said de Jesus, who will bank Kim Fajardo, Majoy Baron, Aby Marano and Dawn Macandili against the rock-solid core of Mika Reyes, Rhea Dimaculangan, Ces Molina, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and imports Hillary Hurley and Lindsay Stalzer.