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    Petron, Foton begin titular showdown in Super Liga Grand Prix

    Nov 25, 2015
    All Filipino Conference MVP Rachel Anne Daquis is looking to score another PSL title.

    REIGNING champion Petron and Foton begin the title showdown on Thursday in the 2015 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the Cuneta Astrodome.

    The Blaze Spikers, going for a third straight title, swept the Tornadoes in their two elimination-round matches but coach George Pascua notes the best-of-three title series will be much tougher.

    "Pinakamahirap kalaban ang Foton," said Pascua.

    Petron has a star-studded lineup featuring Dindin Santiago, Rachel Anne Daquis and Aby Marano and has representing the country in the AVC Asian Women's Club Championship in Vietnam two months ago.

    Pascua, however, noted Foton also has a solid lineup further boosted by tall imports.

    "They have a huge advantage for having three six footers in Katie Messing, Lindsay Stalzer and Jaja Santiago. We need to neutralize their ceiling both on offense and defense. We also have to stop Stalzer from doing damage from the wing position. This is going to be an intense battle, that's for sure."

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    The Tornadoes, however, do not believe that they are the favorites here.

    Foton coach Villet Ponce-de Leon stressed that Petron has the league's most solid lineup that is powered by equally-seasoned imports in playmaker Erika Adachi and her long-time partner in the Brazilian juniors national team in Rupia Inck.

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    Aside from that, the Blaze Spikers are also hungry and are looking to repeat as the country's representatives in the AVC Asian Club tourney which will be held in Manila next year.

    "They have the league's most seasoned players," said Ponce-de Leon, whose side closed its campaign in the preliminaries with flying colors after winning five of its last six games before surviving Philips Gold in a grueling five-set duel in the semis.

    "Yes, we have the height, but the finals is an entirely different story. Petron has been together for quite some time. They are already familiar with each other and are capable of overcoming a huge disadvantage. We have to be ready because this team performs best when the stakes are high."

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