MANILA, Philippines — F2 Logistics and RC Cola—Army face an uphill climb as they take on separate opponents in the sudden-death semifinals of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City on Saturday.
F2 Logistics will clash with Petron, while RC Cola—Army will battle Foton in a pair of explosive semifinal matches.
Bannered by prolific imports Sydney Kemper and Hayley Spelman, F2 Logistics wrapped up the preliminaries with a 7-3 win-loss record, then knocked out Cignal in four sets in the playoffs.
The Cargo Movers will be the underdogs in the next round, however, as they haven't beaten Petron in the current tournament.
Their focus will be on reception and defense in the hopes of limiting Petron's prolific import, Stephanie Niemer, who torched them for nine service aces when they met in the second round.
"We have to defend Niemer if we want to stand a chance against an elite team like Petron," F2 Logistics coach Ramil De Jesus said.
"I guess we have to strengthen our reception that would allow Sydney and Hayley to execute."
RC Cola—Army coach Kungfu Reyes can relate to De Jesus' problems. The Lady Troopers have yet to win against the defending champion Tornadoes, prompting Reyes to be more creative in devising his game plan.
"I challenged our imports (Hailie Ripley and Kierra Holst) to step up," he said.
"Although they played well in the playoffs, I want to see the hunger and fire in their eyes in the semifinals."
Reyes acknowledged that it will be "very difficult" to try and beat Foton. "It's going to be a tough battle," he said, "But we will try our best."
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