Petron eyes early solo lead

Petron eyes early solo lead

/ 05:03 AM February 23, 2019

Petron coach Shaq delos Santos believes his Petron team has yet to reach its full potential.

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With two wins under its belt, Petron is gunning for early solo leadership against Foton Saturday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix triple-header at Bacoor Strike Gym in Cavite.

“We can still do better, we have the talent yes, but playing as a team, I still would like to see more,” said Delos Santos who is also the head coach of the national women’s team.

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That’s bad news for Foton, which is on a rebuilding stage after its stars Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat set off for the Japan V League.

The Tornadoes won their first outing, beating United Volleyball Clubs in a game which saw their imports Courtney Felinski and Selime Ilyasoglu taking charge.

But Foton coach Aaron Velez noted the roles played by their low-profile locals led by Maika Ortiz, CJ Rosario, Gen Casugod, Elaine Kasilag and Shaya Adorador.

“Petron is a strong team, so we need to match up to their level,” said Velez. “Our teamwork is getting better. This is a good opportunity for us to show what we can do.”

Cignal will shoot for its second straight win against Sta. Lucia Realty, while Generika-Ayala clashes with PLDT in other matches.

The Blaze Spikers will come into the match fresh from their three-set triumph over the Lifesavers (25-16, 25-23, 25-15) late Thursday.

Stephanie Niemer fired 24 points for Petron in that match and she is expected to once again be a major scoring option for the Blaze Spikers along with Kath Bell.

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