BIÑAN CITY — Local players got a morale-boosting start and gave home fans a fine show as Foton Pilipinas needed little help from its imports in whipping Kwai Tsing of Hong Kong, 25-20, 25-14, 25-10, in the 2016 AVC Asian Women's Club Championship on Saturday at the Alonte Sports Arena.
Jaja Santiago led the way with 12 points, Jovelyn Gonzaga added 12, and Aby Maraño chipped in eight as the Tornadoes easily dispatched Hong Kong to boost its quest for a quarterfinal place.
Cherry Sisi Rondina matched American import Lindzay Stalzer's output of seven markers, while Ariel Usher also had limited action.
“Syempre sobrang importante sa team na locals lang ang ginamit and malaking tulong din kasi nga na-e-enhance ang individual skills namin,” said Santiago.
“And ’yung all-Filipino line up parang napatunayan na kaya rin pala namin gumalaw kahit walang tulong ng imports,” she added.
Down 12-13 in the first set, Gonzaga scored three consecutive points to turn the match around and Foton Pilipinas never let up from there.
"Alam ko shaky ang start ko pero sa later part alam ko na kung paano i-handle," said Gonzaga.
Foton Pilipinas had 46 attack points against 20 by the Hong Kong side.
The Tornadoes look to secure a place in the quarterfinals when they face the Vietnamese squad on Sunday.
Kwai Tsing team captain Cheung Man scored eight points.
"We tried our best, but to be honest, my team is not tall and I think this is one of the disadvantages of our team in terms of spike but we did our best," said Cheung.
"Our defense and passing was quiet good but I will not say it was ok," she added. "We will keep on improving and try our best in the coming match."
Kwai Tsing of Hong Kong will meet Vietnam on Monday.