New coaches take spotlight in F2 vs PLDT match

MYLA PABLO can’t wait to get going as F2 Logistics kicks off its campaign against an intact PLDT side Tuesday as Cignal and Chery Tiggo collide in another explosive schedule marking the second eliminations playdate of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) All Filipino Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

But more than the former Petro Gazz top hitter’s much-awaited debut for the Cargo Movers, it will be the coaches of the contending teams who will take the spotlight as they try to steer their respective sides to the early swing of things in the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.

Rald Ricafort hopes to motivate and draw the best from mainstays Mika Reyes, Rhea Dimaculangan, Dell Palomata, Jovie Prado and Jules Samonte, among others with the High Speed Hitters toughening up by enlisting Ysa Jimenez, a rookie from University of Santo Tomas, and Michelle Morente, who last played for Army-Black Mamba.

But Pablo, who last played for Ricafort in the Angels’ title romp in the PVL Reinforced Conference last year, is out to make an impressive start for the Cargo Movers, now handled by the league’s lone female coach in Regine Diego, a former La Salle libero, who took over from Ramil de Jesus and top deputy Benson Bocboc.

“I can say the girls are going to be 100 percent healthy but the peak form, nobody can say that. We’re trying our best to manage whatever it is we can manage for this conference and to prevent those injuries to recur again,” said Diego.

Aside from the likes of Major Baron, Aby Marano, Kim Dy, Kim Fajardo, Iris Tolenado and Ivy Lacsina, F2 also welcomes the comebacking Cha Cruz-Behag into its fold.

Game time is 4 p.m.

“We consider all teams as contenders. It’s a matter of who could sustain their performance from start until the end,” said High Speed Hitters assistant coach Arnold Laniog. “For us at PLDT, we will challenge every opponent and we will spring surprises.”

PLDT will also feature two new recruits in Ysa Jimenez, a rookie from University of Sto. Tomas, and Michelle Morente, who last played for Army-Black Mamba.

Aaron Velez, on the other hand, returns to Chery Tiggo, which faces Cignal HD in the 6:30 p.m.

While Velez lost a leader in Dindin Manabat, who has moved to Akari, the Crossovers loaded up by acquiring Ponggay Gaston to join mainstays Mylene Paat, Shaya Adorador, Cza Carandang, EJ Laure and top setter Jasmine Nabor.

The Shaq delos Santos-mentored HD Spikers, meanwhile, will be led by the seasoned troika of Ces Molina, Rachel Anne Daquis and Riri Meneses with ace playmaker Gel Cayuna also ready to deliver for the team that will feature new recruits Gyzelle Sy, Gen Casugod and Chin Basas.

They, however, will be without Angeli Araneta, Ayel Estranero, Marist Layug, Joy Dacoron, Arianne Layug and Klarisa Abriam.

Games are telecast live on One Sports, One Sports+, Cignal Play and SMART Live Stream and on


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