THE new teams in the women's division and one in the men's class will try to prove their worth in the import-laced 2014 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix firing off on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Mane and Tail Lady Stallions and the Foton Tornadoes are ready to slug it out with veteran teams Petron, Cignal, RC Cola and Generika when they campaign for the women's title for the very first time in the club league.
The Cavite Patriots, meanwhile, will battle PLDT-Air Force, Cignal and Maybank for the men's division crown.
The Lady Stallions and Tornadoes, however, will sit it out on opening day as Cignal and RC Cola clash in the 2 p.m. match, Generika and Petron battle at 4 p.m.
Alaina Bergsma, Ms. Oregon 2012 and a former National Player of the Year awardee of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, will team up with Brazil’s Erica Adachi and the Petron Blaze Spikers.
RC Cola will have two American reinforcements in Bonita Wise and Emily Brown.
Cignal HD Spikers also parade two American imports in Lindsat Stalzer and Sarah Ammerman.
Kaylee Manns and Kristy Jaeckel of the US were tapped as reinforcements of Mane and Tail, while Russia’s Natalia Korobkova and Japan’s Miyuu Shinohara add power to Generika Life Savers.
The Foton Tornadoes will have two Russian imports in Irina Tarasova and Elena Tarasova (no relation) in the tournament presented by Asics and sanctioned by the Asian Volleyball Confederation and the Philippine Volleyball Federation. The PSL is also a recognized league by the International Volleyball Federation.
The Philippine Superliga, organized by SportsCore with Mikasa, Mueller Sports Medicine, Healthway Medical, Jinling Sports and LGR as technical partners, provides an after-college platform for still active players in support of the PVF programs as mandated by the FIVB and the AVC.
Opening day tickets are now available at ticketnet (www.ticketnet.com.ph) at P100 and P200.
Games will be telecast official TV partner by Solar Sports.