STO DOMINGO, Ilocos Sur - RC Cola Air Force guns for back-to-back wins when it faces Generika in the Spike on Tour road game of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix on Friday.
Coming off an easy 25-13, 25-20, 25-14 win over expansion team Foton, the Raiders, who hold a 1-1 card, are banking on chemistry this season after bringing back the same roster that finished runner-up last conference.
"Kami kasi sa buo kami, anytime na magpatawag kami ng training kahit anong oras hugutin sa practice puwede," said Rhovyl Verayo, whose wards are also staying in the same quarters.
Game time is 6 p.m.
RC Cola Air Force will again rely on the duo of Maika Ortiz and Iari Yongco but American imports Emily Brown and Bonita Wise bring much-needed fire power as well as height in the front line to the team.
Verayo said the imports in the conference more or less cancel each other out, but admits that their presence change the dynamics of games owing to their height.
"Hindi ko rin masabi eh (kung import ba namin ang pinakamalakas), pantay-pantay lang din siguro sa iba," he said.
"Kasi iba na pag may import, pag may magba-block na na 6-3 o 6-4 ang height iibahin na ang style ng palo niyan, mababago na ang style ng laro," he added.
Generika also has an intact lineup bannered by Paneng Mercado, Abi Marano and Cha Cruz, but is currently tied at the bottom on 0-1 records with newcomers Foton and Mane N' Tail, which take on Petron in the 4 p.m. game.
Mane 'N Tail coach Francis Vicente said the team is focused on stopping Petron's dreaded 'twin towers' of Dindin Santiago and American import Alaina Bergsma.