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The Petron Blaze Spikers continue to be the gold standard in the Philippine Superliga.

Three years removed from sweeping the 2015 All-Filipino Conference with a 13-0 romp, the Blaze Spikers can rewrite history.

After taking Game One of the 2018 Chooks to Go-All-Filipino Conference Finals, the Blaze Spikers again have a 13-0 record. If they win the championship in Game Two, they also set another record with another sweep – this time a win higher than the league’s best record.

Tiebreaker Times On the precipice of history, Petron staying relaxed News PSL Volleyball  Shaq delos Santos Petron Blaze Spikers 2018 PSL Season 2018 PSL All Filipino Conference

“Siguro, sobrang blessed lang talaga namin. Mataas ‘yung motivation ng mga bata na manalo talaga,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos, who was an assistant coach in the 2015 squad.

“Wala sa isip talaga namin ‘yung mga record or what. Basta, every game tinatrabaho namin. Sunod lang sa game plan and adjust sa mga gagawin ng kalaban. Ganoon lang every game, ‘di kami tumitingin sa kung anuman ang susunod.”

Petron have been especially dominant in their title defense bid, losing only three sets and sweeping their last four matches.

But the Blaze Spikers know the Cargo Movers still have another gear. Facing the team in yellow and red for the fifth time in two years, Delos Santos sees a tough Game Two.

“Kaya thankful talaga kami na may chance kami makapahinga and prepare for Game Two. Ang F2 kasi, sure na babawin ‘yan so kailangan ready kami mag-adjust.”

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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