Swept away

September 30, 2019
EJ Laure fires a spike against Grethcel Soltone
EJ Laure fires a spike against Grethcel Soltones, Joyce Sta. Rita and Jasmine Nabor in the first set of their game yesterday.

PSL: Tornadoes annihilate Power Spikers in straight sets.

After a luckless start, Foton finally got its swag back as it dominated PLDT Home Fibr, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18, in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Tornadoes displayed a balanced attack to clobber the Power Spikers in 78 minutes and capture their first win after opening the season with back-to-back setbacks.

Shaya Adorador paced the assault with 15 points laced with nine excellent receptions and six digs while CJ Rosario manned the middle with five kills for 12 points for Foton, which is missing the services of Jaja Santiago, Dindin Manabat and Maika Ortiz.

Santiago and Manabat are competing in the prestigious V.Premier League in Japan while Ortiz crashed with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Elaine Kasilag was also impressive as she chipped in 10 hits while EJ Laure and Marian Buitre added eight markers.

Foton coach Aaron Velez said he is glad that they finally got their first win without Santiago, Manabat and Ortiz.

“Of course, we’re happy. Coming from two losses, this is a huge boost for us,” said Velez, who also drew great plays from Gyzelle Sy and impressive floor defense from Jen Reyes. 

“Before the match started, I told them to give their best because getting this win is important for our campaign. They responded well.”

Meanwhile, reigning champion F2 Logistics vented its ire on Marinerang Pilipina, 25-14, 25-17, 25-11 in the second game.

Following a frustrating 22-25, 23-25, 18-25 loss to rival Petron last Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, the Cargo Movers bounced back with an easy win as Ara Galang, Majoy Baron and Kianna Dy provided the fire power on offense.

Galang delivered 17 points off 14 kills and three blocks while Baron and Dy chipped in 12 points apiece and Desiree Cheng added nine markers and 13 digs for the Cargo Movers, who drew an explosive game from setter Kim Fajardo.

Fajardo, who struggled last conference with a finger injury, scattered the offensive wealth with 21 excellent sets.

“Our previous lost was a wake-up call but knowing my team, they adjusted right away,” said F2 Logistics head coach Ramil De Jesus.

“The players showed the real game of F2 Logistics unlike our last game.”
F2 Logistics improved to 1-1 win-loss record in Pool B as it sent Marinerang Pilipina to its second straight defeat in their group.

Foton forced a tie with PLDT with identical 1-2 win-loss cards before entering the second round, where the Tornadoes will be grouped in Pool D joining Sta. Lucia, Generika-Ayala and F2 Logistics.

The Power Hitters missed their head coach Roger Gorayeb, who was under the weather, as last game’s top scorer Grethcel Soltones struggled with just four points, leaving Jerrili Malabanan to carry the cudgels with 11 points in a losing effort.

PLDT will join Pool C in the next round together with Cignal, Petron and Marinerang Pilipina.