Generika-Ayala tapped the services of middle blocker Ria Meneses and veteran setter April Hingpit as part of the Lifesavers' build up for the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix starting next month.
Meneses will make a comeback for the Lifesavers, who have yet to name a replacement for head coach Francis Vicente, after her stint with Petron last year.
The former University of Sto. Tomas player donned the Generika jersey back in 2016 before jumping to the Lady Blazers side the following season and helped Petron rule the All-Filipino Conference crown and runner-up finish behind F2 Logistics in the Grand Prix.
“Riri (Meneses) is one of the league’s strongest middle blockers,” said Generika Drug Store COO Jay Ferrer in a statement.
“At her young age, she has shown a lot of potential at her position and yet she can get even better,” Ferrer added. “She will surely help in providing stronger net defense to the team as well as produce the necessary points from the middle.”
Meneses decided to forego her last UAAP playing year with University of Sto. Tomas.
Hingpit, also released by Petron after the 2017 season, also found a new home in Generika-Ayala.
The two are just some of the recruits the Lifesavers tapped to beef up their roster for the tournament that will open on February 17.
Reinforcements Darlene Ramdin of Trinidad and Tobago and Croatian Katarina Pilepic inked a brand-new deal while Generika-Ayala remains on the hunt for a foreign libero to fill the void that would be created by the absence of Bia General and Kath Arado, who will be making a return to the UAAP.
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.