PSL All-Stars bag bronze in Thailand meet
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Super Liga (PSL) All-Star team brought home the bronze medal in the 2017 Annual Princess Maja Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup after emerging victorious over the Khonkaen Star Volleyball Club, 25-18, 25-22, 32-34, 25-22 on Friday, September 8 in Sisaket, Thailand.
The PSL squad, which was captained by F2 Logistics and former De La Salle University star Aby Marano, moved on from a 3rd set defeat and finished strong to ensure a podium finish in the tourney.
Head coach Shaq Delos Santos expressed his pride for the girls’ dedication to win and bring home a medal for the country.
“They came here in high spirit and very motivated to win,” said Petron mentor Delos Santos.
“We want to thank Mr. Tats Suzara for the trust and top AVC officials like (AVC secretary-general) Mr. Shanrit (Wongprasert) for the encouragement. We want to share this victory to the entire league and all Filipino volleyball fans.”
The feat also marked the first time a visiting team clinched a medal, with PSL Grand Prix champs Foton Tornadoes settling for 6th place last year in the tourney, which was then called the Sealect Tuna Women’s Volleyball Championship.
It was also the first medal achievement for the PSL selection team, which failed to deliver podium finishes in international competitions such as the Thai-Denmark Super League, the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship in Manila last year, as well as the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Kazakhstan back in May.
Joining Marano in the roster were Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Remy Palma, Bang Pineda, Ces Molina, Rhea Dimaculangan, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Chie Saet, Jheck Dionela, Honey Tubino, and Mar-Jana Phillips. – Rappler.com