MANILA, Philippines – After threading the eye of the needle in their previous encounter, Mane 'N Tail clashes with dangerous Foton anew in a bid to stay in the thick of the fight in the 2014 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix presented by Asics Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The clash between Mane 'N Tail and Foton is scheduled for 4 p.m., following the 2 p.m. collision between Cignal and Generika.
In the men's division, Bench-Systema hunts for its first win when it faces Cavite at 6 p.m.
Spearheaded by the combo of Alaina Bergsma and Eric Adachi, Petro remains on top of the women's team standings with a 5-0 win-loss slate, while Cignal and RC Cola-Air Force are lurking in the second and third spots with 3-1 and 3-2 cards, respectively.
But the pecking order may just change now that Mane 'N Tail is starting to catch fire.
"We're slowly picking our momentum," said Mane 'N Tail coach Francis Vicente after his players pulled off a masterful three-set conquest of Generika in their previous game.
"The chemistry among my imports and locals is now getting fluid. They are now playing like one solid unit, unlike in our first few games where everybody relied on the imports, and only about two or three players were working on defense," he explained.
The Lady Stallions chemistry and teamwork will be put under the microscope when they battle Foton, a struggling yet hungry side which dragged them into a five-set war when they first met this season.
Although the Tornadoes have yet to win in five games, they have quickly gained the league's respect due to their heart-stopping, fast and furious brand of game that has made them one of the most exciting teams in the local volleyball circuit.
Local hitters Ivy Remulla, Dzi Gervacio, and setter Rubie de Leon are all capable of putting up big numbers, while Russian imports Irina and Elena Tarasova are tipped to throw the defensive blanket on Mane 'N Tail's prolific import, Kristy Jaeckel.
Jaeckel had torched the Tornadoes for a league-high 40 points in their previous meeting.
"They gave us a hard time in our first meeting, so we know what Foton is capable of," said Vicente. "This team is not a lightweight. It is capable of coming up with an upset, so we have to be extra careful."
Also expected to make heads turn is the battle between Cignal and Generika in the first game of the Wednesday triple-header.
Fresh from a straight-set demolition of Foton, the HD Spikers are tipped to throw their weight around against the Life Savers, who are still struggling to find their rhythm on the offensive end.
"We have to take advantage of their weaknesses if we want to go far," said Cignal coach Sammy Acaylar, who will bank on his American imports, Lindsay Stalzer and Sarah Ammerman, as well as local hitters Royse Tubino, Michiku Castaneda, and Aby Praca.