HARDWORK instead of luck is what Foton star Jaja Santiago wants to see from her team ahead of its rubber match against F2 Logistics in the quarterfinal match in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix.
The No. 7 seed Tornadoes, who came off an 11-game losing streak, pushed the No. 2 team and twice-to-beat Cargo Movers to their limits and pulled off a stunning, 27-25, 19-25, 25-22, 16-25, 15-12, victory on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
The win gave Foton a fighting chance at the semifinals and Santiago pointed out that if they want to advance to the next round they need to double their efforts instead of just rely on good luck.
“Wala naman kaming pampaswerte na gagawin, maintain lang namin ‘yung teamwork and composure,” said the 6-foot-5 spiker. “Papaigtingin pa namin ‘yung blocking namin at receive, lahat kailangan pang ayusin.”
Santiago believes that her team has changed for the better and, unlike before, they are ready to compete.
The national team mainstay, who saw action with Ageo Medics in the Japan V.League, pointed out the difference from their previous matches, where her teammates would easily give up when the opponent starts to rally.
“Teamwork [ang nagbago sa amin] and makikita mo talaga na kahit natatambakan kami or nagkakamali kami relax lang kami, babawi na lang sa next play or sa next point,” she said.
“Kasi noong nasa Japan ako, palagi akong nanonood ng games nila, wala akong pinapalampas, nakikita ko na kapag nagtatambakan sila nada-down na sila,” she added.
“Pero ngayon nakita ko ang teamwork namin and ‘yung attitude na kapag nagkamali okay lang ‘yan, bawi lang,” she continued.
Foton and F2 Logistics will meet anew on Tuesday.