LINDSAY Stalzer said she never lost belief that Foton will beat powerhouse defending champion Petron even after it dropped the first set in Game One of their Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix finals on Thursday at the Astrodome.
Stalzer set the tone for the Tornadoes’ fightback, scoring 25 points as Foton won the last three sets for a 14-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22 victory and moved closer to winning a breakthrough league title.
The Foton import said the Tornadoes remained confident they can pull off the victory, adding errors were to blame for the team's poor start.
“We know we had it in us to beat this team because we made too many errors,” said the American reinforcement, who once played for Cignal in last year’s import-laced conference.
Petron narrowly beat Foton in five sets in their first meeting in the first round, before the Blaze Spikers dominated the Tornadoes in a four-set victory in their second encounter.
Initially, it appeared everything was going Petron’s way following its 25-14 win in the first set of the finals. But Stalzer and the rest of the Tornadoes raised their game a notch to win the next three sets.
“They just stepped it up with their energy and we told ourselves that we won’t be giving up, like ever. That’s what we did. We fought and fought our way back,” said Stalzer.