While the 2014 Philippine SuperLiga Grand Prix goes on a one-week respite, we present to you the second edition of the women’s division power rankings. The teams’ previous rank is in parenthesis.
1 (2) Petron, 3-0, 9 points
All that hype is turning out to be warranted as the Blaze Spikers remain the only undefeated team in the division after beating Cignal in three easy sets. Then again, they were in this situation before during the PSL All-Filipino Conference. Will their fortune be different this time around? That question will be haunting coach George Pascua and his crew going into November.
2 (3) RC Cola-Air Force, 2-1, 6 points
The RC Cola Air Force Raiders get second spot by virtue of winning their only match since the previous countdown. Add to that, they played three matches in eight days, and the fact that they traveled about eight hours and back to cap that frontloaded timetable of theirs is no mean feat. Unlike the PSL AFC though, it seems that the schedules are more balanced this time around as other teams will eventually get to experience that same kind of grind later on the tournament.
3 (1) Cignal, 2-1, 6 points
The Cignal HD Spikers encountered the juggernaut called Petron. That won’t be a cause of concern for them though as they will have a relatively light schedule for the rest of the first round. How they recover from the shellacking that they encountered against the current league leader is worth taking note.
4 (5) Mane ‘n Tail, 1-2, 2 points
This squad nearly earned the reputation of being the heartbreak team in this tourney. Good thing Mane ‘N Tail won against Foton to finally got over the hump. The next agenda for mentor Francis Vicente and his cast is to ride on this momentum and score more wins.
5 (6) Foton, 0-2, 1 point
The Foton Tornadoes get fifth spot for sheer fighting spirit as they and Mane ‘n Tail battled in the tournament’s first five-setter. Hiring a translator to help coach Vilet Ponce de Leon relay instructions to Irina and Elena Tarasova helped heaps. It’s only a matter of time before they clinch their first ever victory. I can just feel it.
6 (5) Generika, 0-2, 0 points
No coach Ramil de Jesus and no Michelle Gumabao in Ilocos Sur resulted a four-set loss of the Generika Lifesavers to RC Cola-Air Force. Whatever strength on paper the Lifesavers have hasn’t translated to wins so far. Are they distracted? Are some of their players not in peak shape? This is just me speculating, but I want to know what’s eating their figurative Gilbert grapes. (JP Abcede)