FOTON took down Cignal, 25-15, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20, to stay unbeaten in two games in the 2018 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on Tuesday at the Arena in San Juan City.
Continuing their journey without sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who are currently playing in Japan V. Premier League, the Tornadoes continued to lean on their balanced scoring with CJ Rosario and Mina Aganon leading the charge this time in frustrating the HD Spikers in their one-hour and 43-minute encounter.
After playing only one set in their campaign-opening win over Generika-Ayala last Saturday, Rosario rose to the occasion and unleashed her PSL-high 17 points in 13 kills, two blocks and as many as service aces. Aganon, who erupted with 20 points in their debut three days ago, delivered 14 hits including 14 excellent digs.
Maika Ortiz and Arriane Layug were also instrumental adding seven markers apiece. Setter Gyzelle Sy made 35 excellent sets, while libero Jen Reyes protected the floor with 29 digs and nine excellent receptions.
With the Tornadoes now holding a 2-0 win-loss record, Foton’s new coach Aaron Velez was happy to see his wards following his system although there are still a lot of things to work on.
"I think we were able to get back to our system. We're still trying to figure out how to be consistent,” Velez said. “But, I also think na were able to tap our energy and momentum down the stretch. We were always trailing, so I think we took advantage doon sa mga pwesto namin,"
The Tornadoes had a convincing start with a 10-point rout in the first set only to stumble in the second allowing the HD Spikers to equalize the battle one-set apiece.
Foton needed to crawl its wayback in the last two sets, especially in the fourth erasing its 11-16 deficit with Rosario scoring back-to-back kills followed by two consecutive errors of Cignal to tie the set, 16-all.
The Tornadoes pulled away with a 22-18 lead as the HD Spikers were called for four touches, where things heated up as Cignal coach Edgar Barroga was complaining on the call of referee Rolando Casillan, who slapped him a red card that sent him to the penalty box.
Velez was also given a yellow card. Mumay Vivas tried to keep the HD Spikers alive trimming it to 23-20 but Aganon’s hit and Sy’s ace sealed the victory of the Tornadoes.
Cignal dropped to 1-2 record with Rachel Daquis’s game-high 21 points including 13 digs was put into waste, while Mylene Paat delivered 17 points in a losing effort.
The Tornadoes will gun for their third straight win against Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors on Thursday at the same venue in San Juan, while the HD Spikers will try to bounce back against Generika-Ayala Lifesavers on Saturday at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan.