“We started training after UAAP because we’re trying to make up for the lost time,” said Pons who joined Rondina in representing the country in the 29th Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championship in Singapore last year.
“I believe this is going to be a competitive tourney because most of the players are now playing beach volley. We really have to be mentally and physically prepared for this.”
“This is such a sweet victory. Finally, we’re back on top,” said Delos Santos, who was part of the coaching staff of George Pascua when the Blaze Spikers last won the Grand Prix title in 2014.
After that 2014 victory, the Blaze Spikers suffered back-to-back heartaches as Foton ruled the import-flavored conference.
Then last year, Petron pushed F2 Logistics to the brink before suffering a painful setback in Game 3.
“I told the team that if we can’t stop Bell, at least we should control or neutralize her production,” said Laniog, giving special credit to the fighting heart his wards displayed all throughout the one-hour and 22 minutes of battle.
“Our mindset was fixed on the idea that this would be our last game so we might as well give our very best. Even if we don’t succeed, at least we gave our best. Fortunately, we won and we now have an opportunity to defend our crown.”
The Cargo Movers will march in full force as they added former UAAP Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron in the mix to help Cherry Nunag, Lourdes Clemente and Aby Marano in the middle blocker spot.