DINDIN Santiago-Manabat scored the final two points to power Foton to a 25-23, 27-25, 21-25, 32-30 victory over Cignal in the second round of eliminations in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
The former National University star scored 18 points, including five blocks, as Foton improved to 4-4, while Cignal slid to 3-5.
New import Channon Thompson from Trinidad and Tobago marked her PSL debut with 25 points, from 18 attacks and seven of the team’s 13 blocks while Canadian reinforcement Elizabeth Wendel added 19 markers.
“Sabi ko sa ladies kanina, we let the game slip from our hands kasi dapat sa amin na,” said Foton coach Rommel Abella. “In a way na-rattle sila kasi sa service nag-a-outside kasi sa sobrang eager nila na manalo nara-rush ang mga galaw namin.”
The Tornadoes were one point away from the win in the fourth set, 24-23, but squandered seven match points before Santiago-Manabat pushed Foton to match point with a cross court hit followed by a down the line spike to seal the win.
American import Stiix Horton and Bosnian reinforcement Sonja Milanovic finished with 26 and 25 points, respectively, for Cignal.