F2 Logistics remains in hot pursuit for imports with a little more than a week left before the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference unwraps on Oct. 8 at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.
But the good news is: The Cargo Movers already have a shortlist of candidates.
American standouts Sydney Kemper, Melissa Toth and Victoria Dakin are on the radar of F2 Logistics as it tries to knock the crown off the head of Grand Prix champion Foton and qualify for the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Chinese Taipei next year.
Actually, 6-foot-5 Russian Ekaterina Krivets and 6-foot-4Ukrainian Yevgeniya Nyukhalova who will be competing for PSL Manila in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship were being eyed by the Cargo Movers.
But the two Eastern European standouts already have their respective commitments after the prestigious world event, leaving the Cargo Movers burning the phone lines to tap another set of prospects.
Team manager Hollie Reyes said the Cargo Movers are having a hard time searching for imports as they want to tap only the best and the brightest among all available prospects.
She said Cignal, RC Cola-Army and Petron all made recruiting coups as they hired imports who are capable of carrying the team to a title-finish.
Cignal tapped Puerto Rican Olympic team skipper Lynda Morales and 6-foot-5 Laura Schaudt while RC Cola-Army enlisted former United States national juniors team member Kierra Holst and Hailie Ripley. Of course, Petron, the 2014 Grand Prix champion, will not be outdone as it tapped explosive Stephanie Niemer and 6-foot-5 middle blocker Serena Warner.
[quote]As you can see, all teams made an upgrade and hired powerful imports.
We are having a hard time because we want to tap only the best. The PSL Grand Prix is a serious battle and hiring imports is a serious business. We have to make the right choice to make sure that we will have a very good fight.
All of them are very interesting.
We’re in the final stage of negotiation and we hope something positive will come out late Thursday or Friday morning as we need to start training with them.
The imports of all teams are already here. We have to catch up.[/quote]
An explosive open hitter from Northern Arizona University, the 6-foot Kemper is said to be the apple of the eye of the Cargo Movers.
She is the Big Sky Conference Player of the Year in her senior season with the Lumberjacks and an academic scholar. Earlier this year, she gained her first overseas exposure when she campaigned for Bratislavsky Volejvaloby Klub in Slovakia to start barging into the radar of foreign scouts.
And that includes F2 Logistics.
[quote]We’re really eyeing her because she fits our system.
She is an explosive scorer and a gifted athlete who also has good floor defense. And that’s what coach Ramil (de Jesus) wants for an import. We would surely be lucky to enlist her.[/quote]
Toth and Dakin, on the other hand, are also proven stars.
An outside spiker from University of Texas El Paso, the 6-foot-2 Toth is also an all-around player who led the Miners in kills, attempts and aces. More than anything else, she is a vocal leader with a competitive spirit that can uplift the team.
Dakin, meanwhile, is a Canadian who suited up for Brandon University.