The women’s national volleyball team makes its first public appearance as it faces Cocolife in a no-bearing match of the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference July 7 at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. (Tickets are available at the gate P150 for all three games.)
As part of its build-up for the Asian Games 2018 Indonesia in August, the women’s national pool will play three matches in this prestigious club tourney bankrolled by Isuzu, UCPB Gen and SOGO Hotel with ESPN5, Hyper HD and Aksyon TV as broadcast partners.
The Filipina spikers are going to miss a lot of key players aside from libero Denden Lazaro who is going to play for her mother club, the Asset Managers, at the 2 pm encounter prior to the battle between Petron and UP-United Auctioneers, Inc. at 4:15 pm.
But eyes will be in the all-important 7 pm clash between Sta. Lucia (1-2) and University of the East-Cherrylume (0-2) in Pool B of this mid-season conference that also has Senoh, Asics, Mikasa, Mueller and Grand Sport as technical sponsors.
The winner stays in the hunt for semifinal contention while the loser will blow its chance to enter the last round and will be relegated to the classification round for the 7th to 10th placers.
Idle Cignal is on top of Pool B with a perfect 3-0 win-loss record while Smart-Army runs second with an improved 2-1 card as Ging Balse-Pabayo and Nene Bautista poured 15 and 13 points to lead the Giga Hitters in torching the Asset Managers (1-2) to their second straight defeat, 25-21, 26-24, 23-25, 25-18, late Thursday.
The national team will be missing Frances Molina, Mika Reyes and Rhea Dimaculangan who will be playing for the Blaze Spikers, who are eyeing their second straight win in Pool A.
Despite the depleted roster in their first match, national team head coach Shaq Delos Santos is still confident of his wards bannered by skipper Aby Maraño, Jaja Santiago, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Maika Ortiz, Kianna Dy, Kim Fajardo, Majoy Baron, Cha Cruz-Behag, Mylene Paat, CJ Rosario and Dawn Macandili.
“We will miss a lot of players but the team is ready for this game” Delos Santos said.
The national coach is putting premium on chemistry in their buildup for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta next month.
“Developing our chemistry is the most important thing. This is the first competitive game of the National Team so we have to start jelling here.”
Delos Santos will also call the shots for Petron right after guiding the Nationals.
The Blaze Spikers are hoping to duplicate their rousing conference debut that sent Foton to its third straight defeat, 27-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17, last Tuesday in Cadiz City.
F2 Logistics 2-0
UP-United Auctioneers Inc. 0-1
Sta. Lucia 1-2
Tickets available at FilOil Flying V Center P150 lets you watch all games
2:00 pm — Philippines vs Cocolife
4:15 pm — Petron vs UP-UAI
7:00 pm — Sta. Lucia Realty vs UE-Cherrylume