THE Philippine Superliga selection left on Monday for Bangkok, two days before action starts in the Thai-Denmark Super League women's volleyball tournament at the MCC Hall of the Mall in Bang Kapi.
Rachel Anne Daquis of RC Cola-Army and Cha Cruz of F2 Logistics skipper the Petron-PSL All-Stars, who will battle teams from Thailand and Hong Kong.
Also suiting up for the PSL selection in the tournament organized by SMMTV are Rhea Dimaculangan and Maika Ortiz of Foton; April Ross Hingpit and Jeanette Panaga of Cignal; Jen Reyes, Mina Aganon, Frances Molina and Aiza Pontillas of Petron; Melissa Gohing and Michelle Gumabao of Philips Gold; and Stephanie Mercado and Aby Marano of F2 Logistics.
George Pascua, who led Petron to back-to-back titles, will be calling the shots while Michael Carino of Cignal will serve as his chief deputy.
The Filipinas are bracketed with powerhouse teams Bangkok Glass, 3BB Nakhonnont and Idea Khonkaen, which emerged as top teams in last year's edition of the tournament.
The other pool has Supreme Chonburi-E Tech, Nakhon Ratchasima, King-Bangkok and Hong Kong.
"Wala tayong idea kung ano ang laro nila. Medyo mahirap pang kapain. Pero sana madali kaming makapag-adjust kapag nadoon na sa laro," said Pascua, whose Tri-Activ Spikers are already in the final round of the ongoing PSL Invitational Conference together with the Lady Troopers and the Cargo Movers.
"Ang maganda sa atin ay malalim ang bench natin. Syempre sa experience, angat talaga ang mga Thai teams. Pero competitive din naman ang mga players natin."
The top two teams from each group will advance to the crossover semifinals with the survivors clashing in the sudden-death championship match.
Petron-PSL-All Stars will first take on Bangkok Glass before facing Idea Khonkaen on Thursday and 3BB Nakhonnont on Saturday.