From 2017-2019, Petron dominated the taraflex of the Philippine SuperLiga (PSL).
Backed by some of the country’s top hitters in Sisi Rondina, Bernadeth and Ces Molina along with grizzled veterans Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Rhea Dimaculangan, the Blaze Spikers have achieved a combined total of six championships in indoor and beach volleyball — making them the winningest team in the league with an overall eight titles.
But all good runs, at some point, must come to an end, and so the decorated squad has announced on Tuesday night via Twitter that it will be parting ways with some players from its champion lineup.
According to the post, Petron will be parading a roster composed of mainstays and recruits for the 2020 season of PSL which kicks off next month.
Through the revamp, the Blaze Spikers are hoping to hone their yet-to-be named newbloods into national team-caliber players for the benefit of Philippine volleyball in general.
“Your Petron Blaze Spikers begins the new year by welcoming back our core players and the new players of the Petron Blaze family. We have set our sights on developing and training potential volleyball superstars, who may one day bring honor to the country,” the post read.
“Beyond winning, our objective is to contribute to the future of Philippine volleyball,” said Petron, who housed national team campaigners Mika Reyes, Denden Lazaro, Maizo-Pontillas Pontillas, Dimaculangan, SEAG silver medalists Rondina and Pons together under the tutelage of Shaq delos Santos.
— Petron Corporation (@Petron_Corp) January 7, 2020
With this, Petron will lean on its newly-minted lineup for the newest season as some of its members, who were not named in the post, has transferred to other teams.
“With much regret, however, we are parting ways with some team members who have moved on to new endeavors. We thanked them for being part of our journey, and wished them well. Wherever the roads take them, they will always have a special place in our hearts,” the post read.
Among the transferees is Dimaculangan, who will bring her setting expertise to Generika Ayala where she is reunited with her brother and assistant coach Karl.
Players like Carmela Tunay, Chloe Cortez and Denden Lazaro are reportedly leaving the camp as well, but aside from Dimaculangan’s, their departure is still unconfirmed.
Petron is the reigning back-to-back PSL Grand Prix champions. The Blaze Spikers will try to defend their crown against F2 Logistics, Generika Ayala, Foton and Cignal among others as they shoot for the rare three-peat.
(Image from Facebook/Philippine SuperLiga)