(Mall of Asia Arena)
4 p.m. – Cignal vs Generika-Ayala
6 p.m. – Petron vs F2 Logistics
Petron and F2 Logistics, two of the country’s premier clubs, rekindle their rivalry when they clash in Game 1 of their Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference best-of-three finals series today at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Action starts at 6 p.m. with both teams looking forward for an all-out war in their fifth straight finals duel in the prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Asics, Isuzu, Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller, UCPB Gen and Bizooku with Genius Sports as technical provider.
Out to lead Petron are Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Frances Molina Mika Reyes, Bernadeth Pons, Sisi Rondina, Remy Palma and Angelica Legacion while F2 will be bannered by Cha Cruz, Ara Galang, Kim Fajardo, Majoy Baron Kianna Dy, Michelle Morente and Dawn Macandili.
Meantime, Cignal and Generika-Ayala seek for a strong finish in the league that also has ESPN5, Hyper HD and Aksyon TV as broadcast partners when they collide in the bronze-medal match at 4 p.m.
With a total of seven titles between them, the Blaze Spikers and Cargo Movers are arguably the most dominant teams in Philippine volleyball.
This conference is no exception.
Petron roared to 10 consecutive victories in the preliminaries before creaming Sta. Lucia in the quarterfinals and Cignal in the semifinals in lopsided fashions, moving two straight wins away from sweeping the entire conference.
Head coach Shaq Delos Santos said being in the finals may be a major achievement, but their job is not yet done as they are eager to crush F2 Logistics and cement their status as the most elite volleyball club in the country.
“We’re happy to be in the finals, but we’re not yet done with our mission,” said Delos Santos, who was part of the powerhouse Petron squad that swept the All-Filipino Conference in 2015.
Delos Santos said F2 Logistics is a force to be reckoned with, especially in the finals.
In the titular showdown of the Grand Prix last year, the Blaze Spikers were already on the verge of clinching the crown until F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus tweaked his lineup to turn things around and steal a massive victory in Game 2.
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