Superliga: Favorites F2, Petron seek fast route to the semifinals


Posted at Apr 14 2018 05:49 AM

Petron hopes to carve an easy path to the semifinals when it takes on Generika-Ayala in General Trias, Cavite at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Handout

Top seeds F2 Logistics and Petron eye a final-4 spot when they take on separate foes in the quarterfinals of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at General Trias Sports Center in Cavite on Saturday.

F2 takes on Smart at 4 p.m., while Petron battles Generika-Ayala at 6 p.m.

Reigning champion F2 finished the classification round with a 9-1 record, similar to Petron. Because of a twice-to-beat advantage, both teams only need to win their quarterfinals openers to advance.

Petron wants to return to the finals after being denied a title the past 3 years.

Bannered by American players Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley, the Blaze Spikers opened their campaign with 8 consecutive victories, fueling their bid for a sweep, which they achieved in the All-Filipino Conference in 2015.

Unfortunately, their plan was aborted as Sta. Lucia came up with a straight-sets victory last week.

Although the Blaze Spikers regained their bearing after a five-set win over Cocolife, head coach Shaq Delos Santos said they are still looking to come up with a strong performance in the next round.

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