POWERHOUSE RC Cola Army crushed last conference’s champion Foton, 25-17, 25-9, 25-22, on Thursday in the opening match of the Philippine Super Liga Invitational Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
Honey Royse Tubino scored 11 points for the Lady Troopers, Jovelyn Gonzaga chipped in nine, while last year’s All Filipino Conference MVP Rachel Anne Daquis added seven in her first match back with the Lady Troopers.
The former three-time champion Lady Troopers, who did not see action in the PSL’s last three conferences, needed only 68 minutes to turn back the Toplander, who dominated the Grand Prix conference in December last year.
“’Yung excitement sa mukha ng players nandoon, nakikita ko sa lahat ng player kaya very thankful kami sa PSL at RC Cola na binalik kami dito sa PSL,” said RC Cola Army coach Kungfu Reyes.
“Parang kahapon lang kami nawala, ’yung mga mukha ng mga tao sa audience overwhelming, ’yung reaction nila sa opening pa lang parang nakita ko na ito dati. Homecoming ito para sa amin,” added Reyes, adding that he did not expect the easy win in the opening match.
The Lady Troopers finished the second set in 21 minutes.
“Actually hindi ko expected, motivated lang ang mga players,” said the 35-year old coach.
“Foton champion ’yan ng nakaraang conference kaya nag-expect ako ng mahigpit bakbakan.”
Patty Jane Orendain had nine points for Foton.