FOTON dragged F2 Logistics to a rubber match in the quarterfinal round of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix after an emphatic, 27-25, 19-25, 25-22, 16-25, 15-12, victory on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
Jaja Santiago and Courtney Felinski each had 20 points for the Tornadoes, while Migalros Collar added 16 markers and team captain Maika Ortiz had 11.
“Nakita niyo naman ang losing streak namin, talagang ‘yung mental [toughness] at ‘yung morele namin [nasubok],” said Foton coach Aaron Velez.
Game Two is on Thursday also at the same venue.
“Kung sino ang mas gutom, kung sino ang mas gusto [manalo], I think, ‘yun ang mas may upper hand,” said Velez.
Down by one, 9-8, Foton earned three extra points from F2 Logistics courtesy of its errors to snatch the lead, 11-9.
Santiago fired back-to-back aces to widen the gap, 13-9, before Lindsay Stalzer stopped the bleeded for the Cargo Movers, 10-13.
Feliski scored on an attack to push the Tornadoes at match point, 14-10, but Stalzer refused to give up and an untimely error from Feliski saved two match points, 12-14.
It was a long rally until Mina Aganon’s off the block kill that ended the match.
“Masayang masaya ako para sa mga bata, I want to give it to the ladies because they’re the ones pushing themselves,” said Velez.
MJ Perez finished with 26 points for F2 Logistics, while Stalzer had 24 and Ara Galang contributed 15.