PSL sweep far from Petron's mind
Talks about a possible sweep by the still unbeaten Petron Blaze Spikers couldn’t be brushed off at this point.Philippine Superliga/Roman Prospero
MANILA, Philippines – After five matches, Petron remains flawless, prompting sideliners to believe that it is headed for another perfect season in the ongoing Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.
But sweeping the tournament is the last thing on Shaq Delos Santos' mind.
“It’s still a long way to go,” said the Petron mentor a day before shooting for their sixth straight victory against Sta. Lucia on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
“We’ll just continue playing and focus on winning one game at a time.”
Talks about a possible sweep couldn’t be brushed off at this point.
In fact, the Blaze Spikers already did the trick in the same conference three years ago when they paraded the solid core of Rachel Anne Daquis, Aby Marano and Dindin Manabat with the support crew of Jen Reyes, Fille Cayetano, Carmina Aganon and Acy Masangkay.
They swept the tournament and saw action in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Vietnam later on.
But things went sour the following year.
F2 Logistics, bannered by the core of Aby Marano, Kim Fajardo, Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili, knocked the crown off Petron’s head in a dramatic finals series.
Petron re-grouped to regain the title in 2017 with Delos Santos stepping in for George Pascua while Mika Reyes, Marivic Meneses, Buding Duremdes and Carmela Tunay joined the star-studded crew of Frances Molina, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Remy Palma.
This year, Petron is in a perfect position to defend its title.
The Blaze Spikers won 15 of the 16 sets in their first five games, proving that they are the most powerful, most cohesive squad in the country today.
Their only set loss came from the hands of bitter rivals Cargo Movers when they started slow that led to a 22-25 first-set defeat.
Still, Delos Santos doesn't mind.
For him, winning the title doesn’t depend on how you start the conference.
It depends on how you finish it.