Foton cruised to its sixth straight win, defeating Generika-Ayala, 25-16, 28-26, 25-15, behind the heroics of Dindin Santiago-Manabat on Saturday in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Santiago-Manabat had 19 points, all but one from spikes, while her younger sister Jaja added 15 markers, including the match-clinching quick attack for the Tornadoes, who improved to 7-3 win-loss record. Mina Aganon had an all-around game of eight markers, 22 digs and 7 excellent receptions for Foton.
“Of course, like I said, this second round is really a game of positioning,” said Foton coach Aaron Velez. “One thing that I like with my players today is they just kept on believing in themselves and then they were able to, although there was a little struggle, they just keep on getting our rhythm and we never lost our focus.”
After a hard-fought second set, where Generika-Ayala reached the first set point, Foton looked more aggressive in the third set despite trailing, 4-7.
The Tornadoes refused to yield as they turned the tables to their favor before taking a, 21-12, lead en route to the win.
Velez, however, admitted that he wasn’t surprised to win the match in straight sets.
“No one needs to be surprised, actually,” he said. “Every team in the league has the capacity to win.”
Patty Orendain finished with 13 points for Generika-Ayala, which dropped to 5-4.
Meanwhile, Cignal added to Sta. Lucia’s misery after hammering an impressive 25-8, 25-16, 25-22 victory for a 4-5 mark.
Opposite Mylene Paat and setter Alohi Robins-Hardy led the way for the HD Spikers with nine attacks to finish with 12 points.
Robins-Hardy chipped in 10 markers laced with four aces and eight excellent sets for the HD Spikers, who turned the match into a rout in the first set.
Janine Marciano and May Luna combined for 17 points for the HD Spikers in the match that took an hour and 24 minutes to finish.
Roselle Baliton, Joy Dacoron and MJ Philips each had six markers for Sta. Lucia, which slid to 1-9.