Irina Tarasova stars as also-ran Foton turns back semis bound Cignal
Irina Tarasova leads the way as usual for Foton, scoring 25 poitns against Cignal HD. Dante Peralta

ALSO-ran Foton got a boost in morale before the classification match, beating semifinals bound Cignal, 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, on Wednesday in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.

Irina Tarasova scored 25 points, while Elene Tarasova added 20 and Donna Mae Factor scored 11 for the Tornadoes, who ended the elimination round with a 3-7 card.

Foton battles Mane ‘N Tail in the battle for fifth on Sunday.

"It's for self satisfaction, para ma-boost ang morale ng mga bata that they are good volleyball players," said Foton coach Vilet Ponce de Leon.

"I just told them if we work together the synergy will take effect mananalo tayo," she added.

Cignal leaned on Sarah Ammerman, who had 21 points, as fellow American import Lindsay Stalzer skipped the match with a left thigh injury.

The fourth-seeded HD Lady Spikers will face league leader Petron in a knockout semifinal match on Friday.

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