FOTON leaned on Lindsay Stalzer in Game One to beat reigning champion Petron, 14-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22, in the finals of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Stalzer scored 25 points to put Foton on the cusp of a first championship in the fledging league while leaving Petron’s quest for a title hat-trick in serious jeopardy.
The Tornadoes can wrap up the title in Game Two on Monday, also at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The Blaze Spikers are now in an unfamiliar situation, trailing by a match after winning the two previous conferences - last year’s Grand Prix and this year’s All-Filipino Cup - with the loss of just two sets in the finals.
Kathleen Messing had 17 points while Jaja Santiago had 10 for the Tornadoes, who entered the finals as the fourth seeds while also having no win to show against the Blaze Spikers in the eliminations.
Foton coach Vilet Ponce De Leon gave credit to her players for not losing composure after bowing in the first set.
“We were tight and they were not aggressive on the balls. But it was them who picked it up. I didn’t need to talk. They knew what to do,” said Ponce De Leon.
The Blaze Spikers made the fourth set interesting as they cut the deficit to 23-22. But Messing sent the game to matchpoint before Kayla Tiangco-Williams blocked Dindin Santiago to end the contest.