FOTON brings back Dindin Santiago-Manabat and parades a new import in Milagros Collar as the Tornadoes try to end the slump in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix as they face unbeaten Petron Blaze Spikers on Tuesday at the Arena in San Juan City.
Coming off a stint with Toray Arrows in the Japan V. Premier League, Manabat rejoins a Tornadoes squad that is on a six-game skid.
Petron is on top of the standings with a 7-0 win-loss record.
The match starts at 4 p.m.
Eyes will also be on Collar, who has played for the Spanish national women’s team. She replaces Selime Ilyasoglu of Turkey as the Tornadoes try to score their first win since beating United Volleyball Club on opening day on February 16.
The 6-foot-2 Santiago arrived last Friday, reuniting with Foton mainstays Mina Aganon, CJ Rosario, Maika Ortiz, Gyselle Sy, Ivy Perez and libero Jen Reyes.
“She’s feeling great,” said Foton team manager Diane Santiago, Manabat’s sister.
“Although she’s still adjusting with some of her new teammates, she’s in good health and it won’t take long before she regains her groove.”
Jaja Santiago, meanwhile, is still in Japan playing for Ageo Medic.
Collar, who had stints in leagues in Spain, Italy, France, Romania and Korea, will team up with import Courtney Felinski.
“Milagros an opposite who can really help us in the offensive end,” the said Diane Santiago. “We already processed her ITC (international transfer certificate) as early as last week and she will be ready to play against Petron on Tuesday.”
Cellar-dweller Generika-Ayala (1-6) opens its second round against PLDT (3-4) at 2 p.m., while Cignal (4-3) faces Sta. Lucia (2-5) at 7 p.m.