Semis dream over but Foton Pilipinas eyes highest possible finish in Asian club wars
Lindsay Stalzer and Jaja Santiago are still all smiles as Foton Pilipinas still hopes for a top 5 finish in the AVC Asian Women's Club Championship. Freddie Dionisio

BINAN CITY – The quest for at least a semifinal finish in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship may be over for Foton Pilipinas but fight is far from done.

The Tornadoes bid farewell to their semis dreams after they bowed to Ba’yi Shenzheng of China, 16-25, 18-25, 14-25, on Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here.

Still, the host team entered the classification round for the 5th to 8th places with its target fixed on the 5th spot.

“Going to the semifinals was more of a dream of the country. We come here with 20 days of preparation, we showed puso a lot, we played a lot and the adventure is not over yet,” said Foton Pilipinas import Lindsay Stalzer.

“Kahit ‘di kami nakapasok sa semifinals, ‘di kami titigil sa goal and ang goal is lumaban lang sa susunod na kalaban,” added Tornadoes skipper Jaja Santiago, who scored seven points against the Chinese team.

Foton Pilipinas will take on the loser between Sarmayeh Bank of Iran and Altay VC of Kazakhstan on Saturday and a win would earn them the right to play for the 5th place on Sunday.

“A lot of factors contribute to the fact that we’re not performing (the way we planned) but I’m just proud of just how well we’re coming together as a team. We’re just trying to improve,” said Stalzer.

“It’s a little upsetting or disappointing that we’re not playing in the semifinals, but that's life,” added the returning outside hitter, who missed two games due to back spasms. 

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