The sudden-death game three of the 2015 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix women’s volleyball tournament will no longer be a display of firepower, coaching tactic and defensive prowess.
It will be a clash of hearts.
Petron coach George Pascua bared that they will definitely show up with a big fighting heart when they battle Foton in the penultimate day of the country’s prestigious inter-club volleyball tourney on Saturday at the Cuneta Astrdome.
The Blaze Spikers, who are looking to complete a rare three-peat, started out slow in Game 1 but stormed back in Game 2 to equalize the series setting the stage for what could be the most thrilling, heart-stopping encounter ever played in local volleyball circuit.
“It all boils down to who will have the desire and the fighting heart to win the crown,” said Pascua the seasoned mentor who also guided Petron to the previous Grand Prix and All-Filipino Conference titles as well as in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Vietnam last September.
“Game 3 is not just an ordinary game. This is where heroes are born. We have to seize the opportunity and unleash all our weapons we have to make sure that we will emerge as the last team standing. Nadito na kami, ilalabas na namin lahat ng dapat ilabas.”
It will be the first time for the league to stage a Game 3.
In fact the Blaze Spikers won their two previous crowns in dominant fashion with the last coming off a clean sweep of the double-round eliminations before crushing Shopinas.com in a two-game titular showdown.
“This is the most difficult conference for us,” Pascua added. “That’s why I told the girls to give everything they can to win the crown. Walang bukas ito. Kung sino ang mas may puso at mas may desire manalo sya ang siguradong makakakuha ng titulo.”
Foton coach Villet Ponce-de Leon agrees.
“Game 3 is an entirely different story,” she said. “Petron is a very seasoned team. They are the favorites because they have the experience. We have to do everything we can to overcome that disadvantage and essay a fitting ending to our fairy-tale campaign.”