Fo­ton gets Ger­va­cio, seeks 3-peat

Tempo - - Sports - By JEROME LAGUNZAD

A fa­mil­iar fig­ure is set to make her much-awaited re­turn to pow­er­house Fo­ton, giv­ing the Tor­na­does an­other po­tent weapon in their am­bi­tious bid to com­plete a three-peat in the Philip­pine Su­perliga (PSL) Grand Prix that gets go­ing on Oct. 21.

Vet­eran hit­ter Dzi Ger­va­cio, a proud mem­ber of the orig­i­nal Fo­ton squad, has made her ser­vices avail­able in the sea­son-end­ing tour­na­ment that will fea­ture three im­ports per team, in­clud­ing a libero for the first time in league his­tory.

The former Ate­neo stand­out, more known for her sharp jump serves, is cer­tainly a wel­come ad­di­tion to a loaded Fo­ton side which could miss the ser­vices of ace hit­ter Dindin San­ti­ago-Man­abat who’s still re­cov­er­ing from an an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in­jury she sus­tained dur­ing the PSL in­vi­ta­tional Con­fer­ence last March.

“We’re happy that Dzi will be play­ing again for us. She will be a big boost to our ti­tle cam­paign,” said Fo­ton Philip­pines pres­i­dent Rom­mel Sytin yes­ter­day dur­ing a for­mal meet­ing with Ger­va­cio and the PSL brass at the Paul Boulan­gerie et Patis­serie restau­rant in Taguig City.

The 5-foot-7 Ger­va­cio is ex­pected to team up with tow­er­ing spik­ers Jaja San­ti­ago, Maika Or­tiz, and promis­ing hit­ter EJ Laure in lead­ing the Tor­na­does’ at­tack along­side Euro­pean im­ports, Ser­bian Sara Klisura and Mon­tene­grin Dra­gana Perunic­nic. An­other Ser­bian, Kata­rina Vuko­manovic, will serve as Fo­ton’s for­eign libero.

Ger­va­cio also took ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to patch things up with PSL pres­i­dent Ra­mon “Tats” Suzara af­ter ac­cus­ing the top vol­ley­ball of­fi­cial of med­dling in the pro­cess­ing of in­ter­na­tional trans­fer cer­tifi­cate (ITC) of im­ports tapped to see ac­tion for PSL’s chief ri­val, the Pre­mier Vol­ley­ball League, last May.


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