Volleyball fans were thrilled as the 2016 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference kicked off last June 18, 2016 at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan Manila. Everyone is expecting a stiff competition as the unbeatable three-time Champion RC Cola Army faces a more competitive field of aggressive players coming from NCAA, UAAP and other leagues in the country. After beating Thailand’s EST Cola in the PSL Invitational Cup last April, RC Cola Army is living up to its reputation as the most successful franchise in local volleyball – the one that the other teams are focused on taking down.
But which team can possibly hope to end the Army’s reign?
All eyes on the De La Salle-laden team, F2 Logistics, as they put together former La Salle stars Cha Cruz, Stephanie Mercado and Aby Marano – veterans who are already accustomed to the speed of the game. With this combination, F2 Logistics are expected to bring out talented outside hitting core.
Cignal is also seen as a tough contender, with their lineup consisting of the veteran blocker Michelle Laborte and recent NCAA Champions from the College of Saint Benilde – Jeanette Panaga, Djanel Cheng and Janine Navarro. Tri-Activ Spikers may have let go of Marano, Daquis, Manabat and Cayetano, but acquired rookies CJ Rosario and Angel Legacion, together with the veterans Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Bang Pineda. Among all the possible contenders to beat RC Cola Army, Foton is also considered to knock them down, as it acquires the most balanced roster starting with Lady Spiker’s Carol Cerveza, veterans Maika Otiz, Rhea Dimaculangan and UST stars EJ Laure and Rondina.
The competitive lineup gives an unpredictable touch as the top volleyball players In the country battle for the PSL title, but one thing’s for sure: with these volleyball veterans, it may not be easy-going on their quests for victory, but for their fans, there’s never been a better time to be watching.