By Kristel Satumbaga
(The Arena, San Juan City)
2 p.m. – BaliPure vs Choco Mucho
4 p.m. – Creamline vs Motolite
6 p.m. – BanKo-Perlas vs Pacifictown Army
Defending champion Creamline shoots for a second straight win while Choco Mucho makes its debut when they face separate opponents in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Cool Smashers face off with the Motolite Power Builders at 4 p.m. while the Choco Mucho Flying Titans collide with the BaliPure Water Defenders at 2 p.m.
Also gunning their second straight triumph is Banko-Perlas in its 6 p.m. tussle with Pacifictown Army.
The Perlas Spikers displayed strength after stunning reigning Reinforced Conference champion PetroGazz Angels, 25-20, 11-25, 25-21, 25-18, also on Saturday.
Creamline made its title-retention campaign felt in Saturday’s opening after dispatching returning Air Force, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, behind the leadership of Michele Gumabao and Alyssa Valdez.
But the Cool Smashers are wary of the Power Builders as they parade a beefed-up lineup spearheaded by new recruit, Fil-American setter Iris Tolenada.
Tolenada reunites with former Pocari Sweat and Philips Gold teammate Myla Pablo as they join forces with a young and hungry squad composed of University of the Philippines and Adamson University standouts Isa Molde, Tots Carlos, Ayel Estrañero and Fhen Emnas.
Meanwhile, expect Choco Mucho to make an impact as it showcases a competitive lineup bannered by Ateneo’s former “triple tower” stars Bea De Leon, Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino.
La Salle veteran Manilla Santos-Ng also returns from the competitive scene after a decade to join with Bang Pineda and Kim Gequillana.
BaliPure, for its part, hopes for a rousing return after it skipped last season , this time with Grazielle Bombita and Vira Guillema in front of the roster.