IMPORTS Courtney Felinski and Milagros Collar fueled Foton in beating Generika-Ayala, 25-20, 20-25, 25-22, 25-11, on Thursday to end its preliminary round on a convincing note in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the Arena in San Juan City.
Felinski led the charge for Foton with 23 points built on 16 spikes, six service aces and a block including 14 excellent receptions, while Collar delivered 21 points off 17 attacks and four blocks.
Jaja Santiago continued to bring her fruitful experience from Japan V.Premier League as she added 12 points for the Tornadoes, who finished at seventh place with a 3-11 win-loss record.
The Tornadoes gained enough confidence heading into the quarterfinals as they ended the prelims with a two-game winning streak before facing the twice-to-beat second seed F2 Logistics on Saturday.
Foton needed to eke out from neck-and-neck encounters with Generika-Ayala in the first three sets before catching fire in the fourth set to unleash a 14-point rout.
“Sabi ko nga sa mga bata kanina, it was very important to still win kahit na seventh place na,” said Foton head coach Aaron Velez. “Ang ine-emphasize namin dito is boost ng morale. Kailangan namin ng kumpiyansa kasi nga 11-game losing streak.”
Thai import Kanjana Kuthaisong had 16 points and 18 excellent receptions for the Lifesavers, while Fiola Ceballos chipped in 15 points including 13 digs as they finished the prelims with a 4-10 card at No. 6, facing the twice-to-beat third placer PLDT Home Fibr (8-6) in the quarterfinals on Thursday.