Japan schools Foton Pilipinas in straight sets

Mark Escarlote on Sep 06, 2016 06:41 PM
Japan schools Foton Pilipinas in straight sets
Japan muscled its way to a total of 48 kills and showed high level of volleyball against an international competition newbie Foton Pilipinas.

BINAN CITY, LAGUNA --- Streaking NEC Red Rockets of Japan gave host team Foton Pilipinas a severe beating, 25-13, 25-7, 25-15, on Tuesday to jumpstart its campaign in the Classification Round 1-8 of the 2016 AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship at the Alonte Sports Arena here.

Japan stretched its winning run to three straight with a clinical whipping of the Tornadoes, who played for the second straight game without injured American reinforcement Lindsay Stalzer (back spasm), in a match that lasted for only an hour and 22 minutes.  

Team captain Akari Oumi led the Japanese, who are yet to lose a set in the tournament, with 13 points anchored on 11 spikes while Sarina Koga and Mizuki Yanagita scored 11 and 10 markers, respectively, with a combined 18 attack points.

Japan muscled its way to a total of 48 kills and showed high level of volleyball against an international competition newbie Foton Pilipinas.

The Japanese will face Thongtin Lien Viet Post Bank-Vietnam on Wednesday.

Foton Pilipinas gave Japan stiff resistance in the opening stretch of the opening set only to fade midway in the frame.

The Japanese burned the Tornadoes in the second set building a 9-0 lead as the Tornadoes failed to score in double digits in a set for the first time. Five of Foton Pilipinas’ seven points in the second set came from Japan’s errors with EJ Laure and Abigail Marano scoring the Tornadoes’ fifth and sixth point in the frame.

“Alam namin na marami kaming pagkukulang and we all know na ibinigay nila ang best nila at hindi sila (Japan) nag-alinglangan na maglaro ng maayos,” said Tornadoes team captain Jaja Santiago.

Foton Pilipinas dropped its second straight match with no player on the Tornadoes’ side scoring in double figures.

American import Ariel Usher had seven points, six coming off kills for Foton Pilipinas. Cherry Rondina and Marano finished with four markers each while Jovelyn Gonzaga was limited to only two.                  

The Tornadoes will take on Wednesday the towering Altay VC of Kazakhstan, which swept Foton Pilipinas’ pool play tormentor Thongtin Lien Viet Post Bank-Vietnam, 25-21, 25-16, 25-22.

Foton head coach Fabio Menta said that Stalzer might miss another game depending on the result of her MRI exam while Santiago is yet to decide if she’ll play for Foton Pilipinas in its 1:30 p.m. match against Kazakhstan or for her school team National University, which leads its best-of-three semifinals series against University of the Philippines in the V-League.

 

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