Foton stretches win streak to six, remains unbeaten
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 12, 2016 08:06 PM
Foton kept its unbeaten record intact with its sixth straight win.
MALOLOS CITY --- Foton stretched its sizzling run to six as it clobbered a game Generika squad, 25-16, 27-25, 25-20, in the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center here.
Imports Lindsay Stalzer and Ariel Usher led the assault with 21 and 20 hits, respectively, for the Tornadoes, who continue to miss the services of middle blocker Jaja Santiago.
On the same note, Hayley Spelman came up with a major rebound as she powered F2 Logistics to an impressive 25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-16 victory over a depleted Cignal squad in the first game.
Spelman, a 6-foot-7 American, posted big numbers, but it was the local crew who carried the fight in the deciding set to tow the Cargo Movers to this crucial victory.
It was the Cargo Movers’ fourth win in seven outings, putting them behind reigning champion Foton (6-0) and Petron (6-1) in the leaderboard of this battle.
American hitter Stephanie Niemer powered Petron to demolish RC Cola Army, 25-13, 25-18, 25-16, in the night cap.
Niemer paced the Tri-Activ Spikers with 20 points, from 13 kills and seven of the team’s 14 service aces.
Jovelyn Gonzaga and Royse Tubino made seven points apiece for RC Cola Army, which dropped to 2-4.
A former member of the United States juniors national women’s team, Spelman torched the HD Spikers with 21 kills and a pair of blocks for game-high 23 points, a performance that is way better than her six-point effort when they bowed to Petron in their previous match last Thursday.
Skipper Cha Cruz backed her up with 11 markers while Sydney Kemper submitted 10 hits for F2 Logistics, which obviously took advantage of the absence of Puerto Rican star Lynda Morales at the defensive end.
Kim Fajardo was also impressive as she dominated the playmaking department with 35 of the Cargo Movers’ 38 excellent sets while her counterpart, Shawna-Lei Santos, notched only 15 assists.
The Cargo Movers also reigned supreme in attack department, 55-32, as well as at the defensive end with five blocks compared to the HD Spikers’ one.
“Off yung team last time,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus. “So we figured out what they can and cannot do. You can see it in my rotation, I was experimenting on the things we need to adjust.”
After easily conquering the first two sets, the Cargo Movers found themselves in trouble as they fell into a maze of errors in the third set. Then, Janine Marciano caught fire, turning a 19-20 deficit into a slim 22-21 edge before F2 Logistics committed three straight errors to give Cignal the set victory.
However, it was a different story in the fourth set as Spelman came out firing to give F2 Logistics a 14-11 advantage. De Jesus opted to pull her out, allowing the local crew of Cruz, Mika Reyes, Aby Marano and Cyd Demecillo to do the damage and give the Cargo Movers a 19-13 advantage en route to the victory.
“There are times that you’re not familiar with the movements of your imports,” de Jesus said. “There are times that I insert the locals because the opposing team manages to anticipates the plays tendencies of our imports.”
Marciano, a fresh recruit from the other league, finished with nine kills and four aces for 13 points while Paneng Mercado had 11 markers, who faced her former La Salle teammates for the second time in this conference.
Import Laura Schaudt, for her part, chipped in seven hits.
Cignal has a 1-4 slate while Generika remains winless in seven outings.