FOTON forced a rubber match for the title with an 18-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-18 victory over F2 on Saturday in the Philippine Super Liga All Filipino Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The Tornadoes, who lost the series opener in five sets, evened the best-of-three series and look to secure the title on Wednesday.
“We just have to regroup and gawin lang kung ano ang inensayo namin, kung ano ang pinag-preparahan namin ’yun lang,” said Foton coach Vilet Ponce de Leon.
Jaja Santiago led the way for Foton with 19 points from 14 kills, three blocks and two service aces.
The teams had only one day to prepare, and Ponce de Leon noted they couldn’t do much because of the weather.
“Nag-aqua training kami kahapon kasi baha sa buong Manila and lahat ng players namin from Manila,” said Ponce de Leon in jest.
“Everything talaga we prepared mentally, we strategized, kung ano ang napag-preparean namin before we just have to stick to the game plan,” she added.
“They should know it by heart this time coming into Game Two dapat we have to have that goal to execute that game plan so it’s more on the mental practice,” she continued.
Cherry Rondina scored 15 points as Foton limited the errors to just 13 this time, 23 errors lesser than their 39 in the series opener.
Maika Ortiz chipped in 13 and Patty Orendain contributed 10 for the Tornadoes.
Setter Rhea Dimaculangan also did much better distributing the ball this time, registering 36 of the Tornadoes’ 39 excellent sets compared to her previous output of 26.
“Bilog ang bola but we will work on that na mga ginawa naming tama. Umayos sana ang panahon para maayos din namin ang schedules namin ng tama,” she said.
With better weather conditions, match interruptions like that on Saturday could also be avoided.
Foton was ahead, 9-7, in the fourth set when play was halted due to a leaky roof at The Arena, although it didn’t affect the momentum of the Tornadoes.
Ara Galang had 16 points, while Kim Dy added 11 for F2, which came up with 15 blocks compared to eight in the series opener but hit only two aces against 14 in the first match.