TITLEHOLDER Foton guns for solo lead when it tangles with lowly Victoria Sports-UST in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The match starts at 7 p.m. following the tiff between Sta. Lucia Realty and Cocolife at 4:15 p.m.
After bowing to bitter rival Petron, the Tornadoes bounced back with a pair of big wins including a five-set stunner over erstwhile-unbeaten F2 Logistics for their their sixth win, putting them in a three-way tie with the Cargo Movers and the Blaze Spikers.
In that match, import Sara Klisura of Serbia scored a league record 41 points.
Foton coach Moro Branislav emphasized that the job is not yet done, saying they need to secure the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals.
“She is definitely one of the best players in this tournament,” said Branislav referring to Klisura, who broke the 40-point performance that Kristy Jaeckel of the US set two years ago.
“But we should not be satisfied with this win. It’s still a long way to go and we have a lot of things to work on. We need to have a strong finish first by taking care of UST then let’s see what will happen in the quarterfinals.”
“Yes, we like to finish on top (of the eliminations), but we can’t say it now because the ranking is quite complicated,” said Branislav.
“For the meantime, we just have to take care of UST then let’s see what will happen in the next few days.”
Klisura is again tipped to carry the Tornadoes on her back together with fellow imports Dragana Perunicnic of Montenegro and Katarina Vukamanovic of Serbia.
Local stars Ivy Perez, Jaja Santiago and Maika Ortiz look to deliver and avoid getting upset by the Tigresses led by Dimdim Pacres, Carlo Sandoval, Tin Francisco and Japanese reinforcement Yukie Inamasu.
Victoria Sports-UST has yet to win in six starts in the tournament backed by Mikasa, Grand Sport, Senoh, Mueller, Island Rose, Cloudfone and UCPB Gen.