PSL: Smart faces Petron, Sta. Lucia tackles Foton

2:00 p.m. — F2 Logistics vs Cocolife
4:15 p.m. — Sta. Lucia vs Foton
7:00 p.m. — Petron vs Smart

Smart is out to prove that its first win is no fluke when it battles reigning champion Petron in another explosive triple-header in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference today at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Action erupts at 7 p.m. with the Giga Hitters looking to sustain their sizzling start in this prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Isuzu, Sogo, Senoh, Asics, Mikasa, Mueller, UCPB Gen and Bizooku with Genius Sports as technical partner.

Also looking to book their third win in this battle that also has ESPN5, Hyper HD and Aksyon TV as broadcast partners are F2 Logistics and Foton.

The Cargo Movers tackle Cocolife at 2 p.m. while the Tornadoes clash with Sta. Lucia in the 4:15 p.m. second game.

Still, all eyes will be on Smart and Petron.

Bannered by Gretchel Soltones, Aiko Urdas, Jasmine Nabor and the core of the squad that ruled the Open Conference of the rival league last year, the Giga Hitters are tipped to take the league by storm due to its chemistry, cohesion, airtight defense and attacking prowess.

In their first game, the Giga Hitters delivered a glimpse of their strength as they dominated the Lady Realtors, 25-20, 25-19, 25-23, with Soltones leading the way.

Soltones, a member of the team that campaigned in the AVC Asian Women’s Cup last month in Thailand, delivered 17 points and provided the spark that allowed Smart to shatter the 19-all deadlock en route to the impressive victory.

But Smart will get its hands full against Petron, arguably one of the league’s best teams in the past couple of years.

In their previous game late Tuesday, the Blaze Spikers flexed their muscles as they dominated Generika-Ayala, 25-18, 25-22, 25-13, to tally their second win that serves as a fitting follow up to their sorry loss to the Lifesavers that thwarted their plan of claiming the title in the recent Invitational Conference.

The Blaze Spikers were on fire on all cylinders as they dominated the blocking department, 13-6 and service category, 4-0, while notching fewer errors, 11-27.

“We really wanted to get this win,” said coach Shaq Delos Santos, the architect of the Blaze Spikers’ conquest of the previous All-Filipino.

“We know that our setback to Generika-Ayala in the Invitationals is really tough. So we prepared hard against them and hoped for a good result.”

Veteran Aiza Maizo-Pontillas spearheaded the attack with 11 points while middle blockers Remy Palma and Mika Reyes chipped in nine and seven markers, respectively, for the Blaze Spikers, who are looking to double their effort against the Giga Hitters.

“Smart is such a good team,” Delos Santos said. “So we will go back to the drawing board to plot how we can neutralize them.”