FOTON scored its third straight victory and halted Philips Gold’s four-match winning run, 25-14, 25-22, 18-25, 25-18, on Thursday in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix at The Arena in San Juan.
Rookie Jaja Santiago led all scorers with 18 points, while American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Katie Messing each had 17 markers as the Tornadoes improved their win-loss record to 4-3.
“It’s a morale booster for the players,” said Foton coach Vilet Ponce de Leon. “They not only enjoy inside the court but also outside hopefully magtuluy-tuloy na.”
Foton, which struggled to a 1-3 record early in the tournament, downed RC Cola-Air Force and heavyweight Cignal before the Halloween break.
“That’s expected (slow start), we started the tournament and the team only had a short period of time to prepare mga one week lang kami nag-ensayo,” said Ponce de Leon.
“The entire roster is preparing but we have to look at the team as a whole in terms of jelling and I think that’s missing in our first four games,” she added.
The Tornadoes also avenged their five-set loss to Philips Gold in the first round.
Foton cruised to a 21-17 lead in the final set before Philips Gold import Alexis Olgard scored on a power hit but Santiago and Stalzer sealed the victory for the Tornadoes.
“Sa third set kasi nagrelax, they became dull inside the court, they’re not moving, they’re not talking to each other. But sa fourth set they picked themselves up,” said Ponce de Leon.
Bojana Todorovic scored 14 points, Olgard had 13 markers and Myla Pablo added 10 for the Lady Slammers, who dropped to the third spot for a 4-2 card behind Petron and Cignal, both with 5-2 records.