Foton targets second win against slumping Petron
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 29, 2016 07:01 PM
Foton seeks a share of the lead in the second round of the 2016 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.
After displaying its fearsome form, Foton guns for another crucial win when it clashes with an equally-dangerous Petron squad in the second round of the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Tornadoes seek a share of lead with idle F2 Logistics in the 6:30 p.m. featured encounter.
Generika, meanwhile, battles Amy’s at 2:30 p.m. while Standard Insurance-Navy clashes with Cignal at 4:30 p.m. in a bid to occupy the top spot of Group B.
Fresh from a thrilling 18-25, 25-15, 25-17, 23-25, 15-9 conquest of powerhouse RC Cola-Army late Thursday, the Tornadoes are looking to sweep their remaining games against Petron and F2 Logistics in the second round to formally capture the top seed of Group A.
The top team will clash with the fourth seed while the second seed will battle the third seed in the sudden-death semifinals. The survivors will then figure in a best-of-three finals showdown starting Aug. 11.
“It’s still a very long way to go,” said Foton coach Villet Ponce-de Leon, who will guide the Tornadoes it their quest for glory in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship from Sept. 3 to 11 at the Alonte Sports Center in Binan City.
Against the Lady Troopers, the Tornadoes were at their best as they took advantage of the absence of Rachel Anne Daquis to wage an all-out war in the second and third sets. Though the seasoned RC Cola-Army managed to stretch the game to a deciding set, Jaja Santiago asserted her dominance in the crucial stretch of the fifth to seal the victory.
Santiago and Rondina finished the night with 19 points apiece to spoil the all-around performance of Jovelyn Gonzaga, who tallied 15 kills, seven blocks and seven digs for a total of 22 points.
Daquis suffered a bone spur on her left heel during a tightly contested first set.
“We came out prepared,” said Ponce-de Leon, who is very familiar with the coaching style of RC Cola-Army and fellow University of Santo Tomas coach Kungfu Reyes. “We know the importance of this game so we played to the best of our ability.
But against reigning champion Petron, a team licking the wound created by the bitter setback to the Cargo Movers also late Thursday, the Tornadoes are tipped to have a difficult time.
“We simply ran out of gas,” said Petron coach George Pascua, referring to their 25-20, 23-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-8 setback to the Cargo Movers. “Things get tough from here. Everybody is serious to win to gain a good spot in the semis.”