Klisura drops 28 in Cocolife's third straight win
Serbian import Sarah Klisura uncorked 28 points in Cocolife's drubbing of Foton.
Ranged against her former team, Sara Klisura was at her best as she towed Cocolife to an impressive 25-19, 25-22, 25-18 victory over Foton in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Klisura sizzled at the attack zone, leading the Asset Managers to their third straight win.
With the victory, Cocolife improved to a 3-2 (win-loss) card, just a heartbeat away from leader Petron (3-0), F2 Logistics (1-0) and Cignal (2-2) in the team standings.
The scenario on top, however, is tipped to change pending the result of the titanic duel between the powerhouse Blaze Spikers and Cargo Movers in the second match.
Petron and F2 Logistics, protagonists in the dramatic best-of-three finals duel in the Grand Prix last year, are still clashing as of press time.
But Klisura was the star of the first show.
The seasoned spiker from Serbia who holds the league scoring record after torching the Cargo Movers for 41 points last year, delivered 24 kills, three blocks and an ace for 28 points while American Taylor chipped in nine kills to finish with 11 points.
Veteran Tina Salak backed her up with 19 of the Asset Managers’ 21 excellent sets.
“I gave my best, but I need to check my emotions because they’re my former team,” said Klisura, who led the Tornadoes to a bronze-medal finish last year before joining fellow Serbian Moro Branislav in his defection to Cocolife’s camp.
“They (Foton) are a good team, but today is not really their day,” she said.
With imports Brooke Kranda and Elizabeth Wendel struggling to find their rhythm at the defensive end, Klisura delivered three straight smashes to turn a 10-all deadlock into a 13-10 lead in the third set.
Milton connected a hit from the left wing before Klisura scored on a block kill to erect a huge 18-13 lead en route to the victory.
Kranda and Wendel had 12 points apiece while Maika Ortiz contributed eight markers for the Tornadoes, who suffered their second setback in three matches.