“Foton is such a tough and solid team. They have a good coach, a good system and good players. It’s going to be a very challenging battle for us. But we’ll be ready,” said Delos Santos, who is seeking to avert his setback to Branislav in his coaching debut in the Grand Prix finals last year.
Branislav said they know Petron will be going for the kill so they have to be ready.
“The match contra Petron will be very crucial,” said the seasoned Serbian mentor. “We know they want to give us our first loss so we have to do everything to stop them. For my opinion, it’s going to be an exciting match. I will surely prepare my team.”
“We all know that we came from back-to-back losses so we wanted to come back stronger,” said Gonzaga, who stepped up in the absence of star spiker Rachel Anne Daquis who was nursing a bruised knee.
“Rachel is not here, so I needed to step up for the team. We’re also coming from a loss and get this victory. We’re focusing more on our training and improving our weaknesses. I hope our streak continues.”
F2 Logistics was on a roll the past week. THey crushed erstwhile-unbeaten Petron in four sets last Saturday in Bacolod City before dominating Sta. Lucia Realty in straight sets last Tuesday, raising speculations that it is serious in dethroning two-time Grand Prix champion Foton.
Head coach Ramil de Jesus, however, said they have to take it one step at a time.
“We’re off to a good start. But we have to be careful because all teams are also preparing,” said de Jesus, adding that they had a lot of time to train and make some adjustments after sitting out the league’s first two weeks to give way for De La Salle University’s participation in the annual University Games.