ELAINE Kasilag was a revelation for Foton as it turned back Sta. Lucia, 17-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21, on Tuesday in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Arena in San Juan City.
Prior to the conference the Tornadoes were expected to heavily rely on sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who had fruitful experience as imports in Japan V.League.
But Kasilag, surprisingly, led the way for Foton proving that she’s worthy of a starting role as she delivered a game-high 20 points and nailed the finishing touches in the fourth set.
“Binigyan ko lang siya ng role inembrace niya yung trabaho,” said Foton head coach Aaron Velez on Kasilag, who scored all her points in attacks and also had 14 digs.
“Yun ang gusto ko kay Elaine kasi meron siyang kakayanan and sa tingin ko it’s about time for her also ma-expose.”
Dindin also delivered for the Tornadoes with 16 points off 13 kills, a pair of blocks and an ace. Jaja and Maika Ortiz added 11 points apiece, while Mina Aganon added seven markers and protected the floor with 19 digs and nine excellent receptions.
Velez, however, lamented on the team’s poor start losing the first set to the Lady Realtors and an almost meltdown in the fourth set, where they squandered an 18-14 lead allowing Sta. Lucia to tie the frame thrice with Kasilag keeping them afloat until she hit the match-winning kill.
“Kailangan pa namin magtodo trabaho,”said Velez. “Marami pa kaming kailangan tutukan pero gusto naming tutukan yung mental toughness and confidence.”
MJ Phillips led Sta. Lucia with 19 points, while Amanda Villanueva had an all-around performance of 13 points, 13 digs and 12 excellent receptions only for them to drop to 1-1 record tied with Generika-Ayala.