BATANGAS City — Sara Klisura unloaded a league-record 41 points to bail out three-peat seeking Foton against erstwhile undefeated F2 Logistics, 17-25, 32-30, 25-9, 20-25, 16-14, in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix on Saturday here.
The prolific Serbian spiker erased a previous record by former Mane ’N Tail American import Kristy Jaeckel’s 40 points in their win against Foton in the 2014 Grand Prix.
Klisura, who scattered her attacks on 36 points and four service aces, also had eight digs and 11 excellent receptions in a match that took two hours and 29 minutes to finish.
“Sara is one of the best imports in this league, she played good today,” said Foton coach Moro Branislav, whose team improved to 6-1 for a three-way logjam with its victim and Petron for the No. 1 spot.
But Branislav was not in the mood to celebrate.
“Today is a good win and maybe tomorrow will be better but the following day will not be good but that’s how it is in sports we’ll never know. After this win, we will forget about this and prepare for the next,” he said.
The Tornadoes were comfortably ahead, 10-5, in the fifth set before the Cargo Movers tied the contest, 12-12, after a 7-2 run capped by a Kim Dy attack.
Klisura pushed Foton at first match point, 14-13, a well-placed shot by F2 Logistics Venezuelan import Maria Jose Perez, however, tied the contest, 14-14, but Foton's Serbian star bailed out the Tornadoes with back-to-back hits.
Foton's turning point, though, was the second set come-from behind win that turned the things around for the Tornadoes, who recovered from three points down, 21-24, before they saved four set points, 25-24.
A heated exchange of attacks, including a Maika Ortiz running spike that hit F2 Logistics libero Dawn Macandili straight on the face, followed before Klisura gave Foton its third set point, 30-29.
Aby Maraño tied the contest, 30-30, but a tip by Foton setter Ivy Perez and a overreaching error by Majoy Baron ended the epic second set.
Montenegrin import Dragana Perunicic and Jaja Santiago finished with 18 and 10 points, respectively, for Foton.
Perez led F2 Logistics with 24 markers and American import Kennedy Bryan added 18 points, six digs and 11 excellent sets.