DEFENDING champion Foton remained unbeaten in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix, beating Cignal, 25-17, 25-21, 16-25, 25-14, on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Ariel Usher scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, as the Tornadoes scored their fifth straight win.
Cignal, coming off a five-set win over Generika, absorbed its third loss in four outings.
Maika Ortiz manned the middle and Dindin Santiago-Manabat stepped up in the absence of her younger sister Jaja, who left the country for a training camp in Japan with her collegiate team National University.
Ortiz scored 13, including six of the team’s 11 aces, while Santiago-Manabat had nine points.
Cignal's Puerto Rican import Lynda Morales was on the bench in street clothes after hurting her left ankle in the match against Generika.
“I’m not surprised, this will be the score even Lynda played and maybe Jaja,” said Foton coach Moro Branislav.
“This is the real relation for the two teams. I normally push my team to win the match 3-0 but one day it’s good but the other days it’s not good.”
Cignal took a 9-3 lead in the third set and miscues by Foton allowed the HD Spikers to widen the gap and extend the match.
Foton took control early in the fourth set, 7-1, and Cignal simply could not catch up.