F2, PLDT unveil new coaches in PVL

February 8, 2023 Theodore P. Jurado 361 views

F2 LOGISTICS and PLDT unveil their new coaches today as the two clubs hope for a better showing in the Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference.

The only female mentor in the league, Regine Diego seeks to bring back the Cargo Movers’ glory days starting with the 4 p.m. duel with the High Speed Hitters at the Philsports Arena.

“I can say the girls are going to be 100 percent healthy but the peak form, nobody can say that. We’re trying our best to manage whatever it is we can manage for this conference and to prevent those injuries to recur again,” said Diego.

Health issues was one of reasons why F2 Logistics faltered in two of the three conferences it participated last year.

The Cargo Movers have their biggest off-season acquisition in Myla Pablo, while Diego still has in her disposal Majoy Baron, Aby Maraño, Kim Kianna Dy, Kim Fajardo, Iris Tolenada and Ivy Lacsina. F2 Logistics also welcomed the comebacking Cha Cruz-Behag into its fold.

PLDT is bringing in rising coach Rald Ricafort as it tries to rebound from last season’s disappointments of not making it to the podium.

High Speed Hitters assistant coach Arnold Laniog will help out Ricafort in the sidelines.

“We consider all teams as contenders. It’s a matter of kung sino maka-sustain yung magandang performance from start until the end yun talaga yung ano. For us at PLDT, we will challenge every opponent and we will spring surprises,” said Laniog.

Mika Reyes will be PLDT’s new skipper, while Rhea Dimaculangan, Dell Palomata, Fiola Ceballos, Jovie Prado, Jules Samonte and Kath Arado are looking forward to work around Ricafort’s new system.

Michelle Morente and Ysa Jimenez are the High Speed Hitters’ new additions.

Meanwhile, Aaron Velez returns as Chery Tiggo head coach in the 6:30 p.m. clash with Cignal.

It was Velez who steered the Crossovers to the Open Conference championship in the Bacarra, Ilocos Norte bubble in 2021, but things will be different this time.

Chery Tiggo seeks to move on without Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who ended her fruitful six-year stint with the club by transferring to Akari while her younger sister Jaja continues to ply her talents in the Japan V.League.

The Crossovers were able to secure Ponggay Gaston and libero Bingle Landicho during the off-season to shore up their rotation led by Mylene Paat, EJ Laure, Shaya Adorador and Cza Carandang.

Gyzelle Sy, Gen Casugod and Chin Basas were acquired by the HD Spikers after losing Angeli Araneta, one of the starters in the Reinforced Conference second place finish.