MANILA, Philippines – Cocolife will parade a new import when it takes on Petron in a crucial showdown on Tuesday in the 2018 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Asset Managers have brought in Serbian national team member Marta Drpa to replace American Taylor Milton in the club tournament.
Game time is at 4:15 p.m. in the penultimate day of the classification round.
Also gunning for an important victory is F2 Logistics, which takes on Foton in the 7 p.m. match.
With Petron absorbing a straight set loss to Sta. Lucia Realty last week, defending champion F2 Logistics was able to steal the lead by defeating Cignal HD in four sets.
Both F2 Logistics and Petron are at the top of the standings with 8-1 records, but the Cargo Movers occupy the No. 1 spot due to a superior quotient.
Whoever will emerge on top after the 10-game classification battle will be armed with a twice-to-beat advantage against the eighth seed, while the second seed will face the seventh seed, the third seed will clash with the sixth seed, and the fourth seed will tangle with the fifth seed in the quarterfinals.
"Our last game against Foton will be very crucial as it determines our placing in the next round," said F2 Logistics coach Arnold Laniog, adding that Kim Fajardo, Aby Marano and Cha Cruz are expected to step up to support imports Maria Jose Perez and Kennedy Bryan.
For its part, Cocolife (6-3) is looking to pile on the woes of Petron.
After witnessing Gyselle Silva break the league's scoring record with a 56-point performance over the weekend, the Asset Managers opted to bring in a seasoned international campaigner in Drpa.
The 28-year-old, 6-foot-3 Drpa arrived in Manila last Sunday. She campaigned for the Serbian women's national team in the FIVB World Grand Prix, European Cup, European Championship, and World Cup in 2015 together with international stars like Tijana Boskovic, Milena Rasic and Maja Ognjenovic.
She also suited up for Swiss powerhouse Volero Zurich, Spartak Subotica, CSM Tirgoviste and SC Postdam of Germany.
"She will be a big help to our campaign," said Serbian coach Moro Branislav. "This tournament is very important to our club, so we're doing everything to win."
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