Petron deals Foton first loss as Blaze Spikers start new win run in PSL Grand Prix
Lindsay Stalzer led the way in Petron exacting payback over Foton. Jerome Ascano

PETRON sent erstwhile undefeated Foton crashing with a 25-21, 25-22, 12-25, 25-20 win on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan. 

American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley finished with 23 and 20 points,respectively, as they led the way for the Blaze Spikers, who bagged their fifth victory in six matches and snapped the Tornadoes’ four-game winning run.

“Sobrang thankful kami kay Lord and sobrang happy kasi ‘yung mga plano namin nagbunga ng maganda,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos. 

“Sobra naming inaral ito, honestly speaking, ‘yun naman kasi ang kailangan and lahat naman ng kalaban namin grabe din namin inaaral,” he added.

Down 9-10 in the second set, Hurley’s service ace sparked Petron’s 9-0 run to take the driver’s seat, 18-10.

Foton countered with a 5-0 spurt and remained within striking distance, 19-21, before Stalzer and Hurley teamed up to push Petron at set point, 24-19.

The Tornadoes refused to give up and saved three set points, 22-24, but Ginie Sabas’ service error handed the set to the Blaze Spikers.

Foton gave Petron a dose of its own medicine in the third set, taking an 18-6 lead and went on to extend the match. But the Blaze Spikers regained their composure in the fourth set and finished off the Tornadoes. 

“Eventhough natalo kami ng third set, naging challenge pa rin para sa amin,” said delos Santos.

“Sabi ko nga sa kanila, kalimutan niyo na ‘yung third set, ang kailangang nasa mind natin ay kung ano ang ginawa natin sa first two sets, which is all-out (‘yung laro),” he added.

It was sweet payback for Petron after losing to Foton in the last two Grand Prix championships.

Serbian import Sara Klisura registered a game-high 29 points for Foton, while skipper Jaja Santiago added 11. 

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