World-class action gets underway as EST Cola marches to war against F2 Logistics to kick off the final round of the 2016 PLDT Home Ultera Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference women’s volleyball tournament on April 7 at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Game time is at 4 pm while titans Petron and RC Cola-Army clash in the 6 pm featured encounter of this prestigious club tourney bankrolled by Asics, Mikasa, Mueller, Senoh and Grand Sport with TV5 as official broadcast partner.
The Thais will be walking wounded as 16-year old prodigy Chatchu-on Moksri and Kanittha Juangjan got a last-minute call-up to the National Team that is shooting for a slot in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Moksri and Juangjan will be replaced by Sutadta Chuewulim and Sineenat Phocharoen who are no strangers to big-time competition after seeing action in the AVC Asian Cup and FIVB World Championship last year.
But regardless of its roster, EST Cola remains a solid force to be reckoned with.
“Clashing with EST Cola will be a good test to our team,” said F2 Logistics coach Mayie Prochina. “We have been preparing for this. This is going to be an exciting and tough competition.”
Prochina stressed that skipper Cha Cruz and Aby Maraño are in fighting form after competing against topnotch Thai teams in the Thai-Denmark Super League in Bangkok two weeks ago. Cruz and Maraño will be backed by middle hitters Lilet Mabbayad, Danika Gendrauli and Pau Soriano.
EST Cola coach Chamnan Dokmai expressed full respect to the Filipino squads saying that they have what it takes to become great teams.
Dokmai is the head coach of Idea Khonkannen, the squad which swept the PSL All-Stars during the Thai-Denmark Super League. He is also the head coach of the Thai youth team with Ateneo de Manila head coach Tai Bundit serving as his deputy.
“Everybody was surprised when PSL stars won over Bangkok Glass in the first set of the Thai-Denmark Super League,” Dokmai said. “But I told them, ‘no, these Filipinos are really good. They got a strong team and we expect them to be successful in the future.’”
Also campaigning for EST Cola are seasoned international players Jarasporn Bundasak, Anisa Yotpinit, Chamaipon Phikha and Patchraporn Sittisad.
After facing the Cargo Movers, EST Cola will clash with Petron before testing the mettle of three-time champion RC Cola-Army in the penultimate day of this competition patterned after the format of the FIVB Grand Prix.
FINALS SCHEDULE at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Manila
Tickets are available at SM Tickets or at the venue gate. Seats are not numbered and one ticket lets you watch both games.
4pm F2 Logistics vs EST Club Cola Thailand (Live TV5, AksyonTV)
6pm RC Cola Army vs Petron (Live on AksyonTV)
4pm RC Cola Army vs F2 Logistics (Live on AksyonTV)
6pm Petron vs EST Club Cola Thailand (Live on AksyonTV)
12:30pm Petron vs F2 Logistics (Live AksyonTV)
2:30pm RC Cola Army vs EST Club Cola Thailand (Live on AksyonTV)