MANILA, Philippines — Parading new recruits, including Filipino-Canadian Savannah Davison, PLDT’s high-speed hitters hope they have found the missing pieces in their bid to reach the top of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL).
“She is fine and is already adapting to the team. She is nice and gets along well with her colleagues. Hopefully, she (her addition) will be enough to help us perform well in this conference,” Rald Ricafort told reporters in Filipino during the Pan-Filipino Conference press launch on Wednesday.
PLDT failed to reach the first all-Filipino final last March after losing to Petro Gazz in a do-or-die semifinal Game 3 and placed fourth after being swept by F2 Logistics in the bronze series.
The High Speed Hitters reached the semifinal round of the Invitational Conference, but placed fifth with a 2-3 record after missing Jovy Prado due to a season-ending ACL injury.
PLDT signed Davison, who played in the US NCAA Division 1 for both the University of Oklahoma and New Mexico State University, as well as veteran middle blocker Lut Malaluan and point guard Angelica Legacion.Mean Boys , Dell Dove, Me Morente and Royse Tubino. .
“It is a big boost for our team because our core is already strong and we expect our additions to contribute greatly. Hopefully, we can get more wins compared to our previous conference and reach the end (of the tournament),” said Ricafort, who led Petro Gazz to a Reinforced Conference title last December before transferring to PLDT earlier this anus.
The PLDT coach is also happy with Prado’s “faster than usual” recovery but said he still needs to complete six to eight months of recovery before returning to action.
PLDT is set to finish the season strong after making the most of its long preparation when it begins its campaign against sister team Cignal on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.