Two elite players will make their return when F2 Logistics clashes with Foton in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix today at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
After a long wait, former Most Valuable Player Jaja Santiago will finally return for the Tornadoes when they battle the Cargo Movers, who will roll out the red carpet for another former MVP in Maria Jose Perez in the first game at 4 p.m.
Then, Petron shoots for a piece of history when it battles United VC in the 6 p.m. featured encounter of this explosive weekend double-header bankrolled by Asics, Mueller, Mikasa, Senoh, Team Rebel Sports, Bizooku, UCPB Gen, Cocolife, Hotel Sogo and Data Project.
Arguably the most dominant club team of this generation, the Blaze Spikers are eyeing their 14th straight victory to surpass the 13 straight wins they tallied in the All-Filipino Conference of 2015 and 2018.
Head coach Shaq Delos Santos, however, stressed that the job is still far from over.
“Our goal is to win the title – not just to sweep the conference,” said Delos Santos, who was an assistant of George Pascua when the Blaze Spikers bannered by the troika of Rachel Anne Daquis, Dindin Manabat and Aby Marano swept their way to the 2015 All-Filipino crown.
“I’m proud of my team. Getting here isn’t easy. But our job is not yet done. We still have a bigger goal in mind which is to win the Grand Prix title.”
But all eyes in this battle that has ESPN5 and 5Plus as broadcast partners will be trained on Santiago and Perez.
After a long stint as import in the V. Premier League in Japan, Santiago is finally back to power a Foton side that is sputtering this season. In fact, after winning their first game over United VC, the Tornadoes suffered 10 straight setbacks, relegating them to eighth place entering the crucial stretch of the preliminaries.