Aside from the four regular conferences, the country’s most prestigious club league is also tipped to see action in five international tournaments, a development that serves as a fitting follow up to its successful hosting of the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship and the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship last year.
Unfortunately, Suzara told them that Santiago and Fajardo wouldn’t be available while Gonzaga is unsure as she is set to undergo eight-month military training at the Training and Doctrine Center of the Philippine Army in Capas, Tarlac. Maraño, the league’s 1st Best Middle Blocker for three straight conferences will be the only player available but Suzara said he could still refer additional players depending on the needs of the Thai ballclubs. “This is because of our very good relationship with our Thai counterparts,” said Suzara, a ranking AVC official who enjoys a good working relationship with AVC secretary general Shanrit Wongprasert, father of Thailand volleyball.
1st Foton Tornadoes 2nd Petron Blaze Spikers 3rd F2 Logistics Cargo Movers 4th RC Cola Army Lady Troopers 5th Generika Lifesavers 6th Cignal HD Spikers
“Petron is a very good team and my team didn’t start good,” said the 59-year old Serbian mentor adding that he’s a little bit worried about the condition of his star opposite Jaja Santiago who sustained a sprained ankle in the second set of the dramatic series opener. Santiago still managed to return to finish the marathon match that lasted for two hours and 19 minutes. “In my opinion it is very important for Jaja Santiago to play in our next match. This is an important match for Foton and for Petron. Game 2 will again be very dramatic. All I can say is may the best team win.”