ALL is set for caliber volleyball action in the 2015 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix featuring arguably the strongest batch of reinforcements in the league to date.
Set to see action are Lynda Morales of RC Cola-Air Force, Bojana Todorovic of Philips Gold and Christina Alessi of Meralco in the Grand Prix opening on Saturday at Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.
A 6-foot-1 middle blocker, the 27-year old Morales is touted as a gem of an import as she remains an active member of the Puerto Rican women's national volleyball team. In fact, she will not arrive until Friday as she is still competing in the World Grand Prix in Turkey.
She will team up with Sarah McClinton, who emerged as one of the best volleyball players out of Kansas University.
"We haven't personally seen Lynda, but I think she is the player we badly need," said RC Cola-Air Force coach Rhovyl Verayo.
"She is a middle blocker and an experienced international campaigner. She will be the anchor of our defense and will play an active role in our offensive attack. I think we found a gem in her."
Todorovic is a 5-foot-11 outside hitter who led National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I University of California-Los Angeles to the national title in 2011. She will partner with 6-foot-5 Alexis Olgard.
Alessi competed for Palm Beach Atlantic University in the NCAA Division II and gained significant international experience after playing as import in a commercial league in Sweden. She will team up with Liis Kullerkann, who played for Ohio University before suiting up for the Estonian national team in the 2014 FIVB World Championships.
"Christina is a left-handed attacker who loves to keep the defense guessing," said Meralco assistant coach Carissa Gotis. "With Christina and another powerful attacker in Liis as our main weapons, I think we'll go deep into the tournament. They are who we exactly need."
PSL president Ramon "Tats" Suzara said they are looking forward to another explosive season as the imports are not only tipped to provide excitement and increase the level of competition, but also serve as mentors to local players who are slowly trying to make their presence felt in the international arena.
"Hiring the world's best imports is the league's commitment to the volleyball program in the country," said Suzara, also an active member of the International Volleyball Federation and Asian Volleyball Confederation.
"Our goal is not only to raise the level of competition and provide world-class volleyball action, but also to have these imports share their experience, techniques and technology to their local teammates."
Also among the players to watch are Brazilian juniors national team standouts Rupia Inck and Erica Adachi of Petron, former United States girls training pool member Katie Messing and Lindsay Stalzer of Foton, and Minnesota standout Amanda Anderson and Oregon star Ariel Usher of Cignal.