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Foton gets to scale Great Wall

Games Today
(Alonte Sports Arena)
9:30 am – HKG vs MAS
11:30 am – JPN vs TPE
1:30 pm – CHN vs PHI
4:00 pm – KAZ vs IRI
6:30 pm – THA vs VIE

BIÑAN CITY – Things are expected to get rocky for Foton Pilipinas when it battles powerhouse Ba’yi Shenzheng of China in the sudden-death quarterfinal round of the 2016 Asian Women’s Club Championship Friday at the Alonte Sports Arena here.

Action starts at 1:30 pm following the other quarterfinal duel between NEC Red Rockets of Japan and T. Grand of Chinese Taipei at 11:30 am and the classification round match between Kwai Tsing of Hongkong and the Malaysian national team at 9:30 am in the first game of this prestigious tourney organized by the Philippine Superliga, Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. and the city government of Binan headed by Congresswoman Len Alonte.

Also expected to provide fireworks in the crucial stretch of this tourney which also has SMM Sport, Nike, Senoh, Asics, Mikasa, Foton, BMW, Rexona, PLDT and Price Waterhouse Cooper as sponsors with Crimson Hotel as official residences and TV5 and SMMTV as official broadcast partners are Altay VC of Kazakhstan, which will face Sarmayeh Bank of Iran at 4 pm, as well as reigning champion Bangkok Glass of Thailand, which will clash with Thongtin Lienvietpost Bank of Vietnam in the night cap at 6:30 pm.

But still, all eyes will be focused on Foton Pilipinas.

After opening the tourney with a rousing straight-set win over Kwai Tsing, the Tornadoes melted under extreme pressure as they surrendered a five-set decision to the Vietnamese followed by another three-set setback to the Japanese as American import Lindsay Stalzer was sidelined with back spasms.

Stalzer returned the following day, but her presence was not enough to rally the Tornadoes, leaving them with a heart-breaking straight-set loss to the Kazakhs to book a quarterfinal duel with Ba’yi Shenzheng, which cornered the top seed in the other group after escaping past the Thais in an epic five-set showdown.

But the Chinese seem indestructible.