FOTON kicked off its campaign for a third straight championship in the Philippine Super Liga with a 25-15, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22 victory over Cignal on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
Serbian import Sara Klisura put on a show for the Tornadoes with 26 points, while skipper Jaja Santiago added 19 in their opening match in the PSL Grand Prix that took almost two hours to finish.
But despite the win, Foton coach Moro Branislav was not satisfied.
“No, I’m not happy. Okay, it’s a win but (we have to improve),” said the veteran mentor.
The Tornadoes were nearly dragged to a deciding set when the HD Spikers saved three match points, 22-24, before import Dragana Perunicic sealed the win for Foton.
“First win is good. For one moment, people were thinking that it’s going to be 3-0 for Foton but it’s not true,” said Branislav.
“Cignal is strong, for my opinion, it’s going to be in the semifinals. It’s one of the best teams in the competition,” he added.
The Tornadoes scored more attacks (51-35) and capitalized on their height advantage with solid blocks at the net, although the HD Spikers registered more rejections (17-14).
But Branislav pointed out that he knows his team could do better.
“For my opinion, we did not finish good blocks today. It’s just 70 percent (of what I expect). This game is just 30 percent but I hope that in the next seven matches we can do better,” he said.
Foton is now tied with Petron as opening- game day winners in the PSL Grand Prix.
American reinforcement Beth Carey had 20 points in a losing effort.
The HD Spikers and Generika-Ayala are currently tied at the lower half of the standing (0-1).