American ace spiker Katherine Bell confirmed via Instagram on Sunday night that she will be returning to Petron for the much-anticipated 2020 Philippine SuperLiga (PSL) Grand Prix Conference next month.
In her post, Bell affirmed that she will once again reinforce the Blaze Spikers as they seek to defend their title and shoot for rare three-peat.
She wrote along with a photo of her in Petron uniform: “Stop with the questions already! You know what it is. #pslgrandprix2020 #fearthegas #onthehunt”
This will mark her third year of tenure in the country.
The California-born spiker first landed in the Philippines back in 2018 to replace an injured Hilary Hurley in the thick of that year’s import-flavored tournament. She hit the ground running and steered Petron past F2 Logistics in the gold medal series highlighted by a career-high 42-point production in Game 2.
The reigning Best Outside Hitter then paired up with Stephanie Niemer last year as the Blaze Spikers repeat their feat with a near-perfect win-loss 19-1 record.
Bell averaged 19.75 points per match on top of a whooping 43.97 percent conversion rate in attacks last season.
— ESPN5 (@Sports5PH) April 23, 2019
But this time around, Bell will try to lead Petron without her former collaborators.
Niemer, who provided 21.25 markers each game last season, has announced her retirement from volleyball December last year.
The Blaze Spikers also lost key players as Rhea Dimaculangan and Chin Basas transferred to Generika Ayala while Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons are skipping indoor volleyball to focus on their international beach volleyball campaigns.
The eight-time champs also bid farewell to Denden Lazaro, Mela Tunay and Chloe Cortez, who moved to the rival league, as only four holdovers are reportedly left to play under the tutelage of newly-minted head coach Emil Lontoc.
(Stats from VBallDB)
(Image from Facebook/Philippine SuperLiga)