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Foton closes in on No. 1 seed

GEN. TRIAS, Cavite – Foton delivered a good preview of what to expect in the semifinals when it smothered Cignal, 25-19, 25-14, 25-16, last night in the Asics Philippine Superliga Grand Prix presented by PLDT Home Ultera before another banner crowd at the Gen. Trias Sports Center here.

Lindsay Stalzer led the scoring parade, but each of her teammates made significant contributions for the Tornadoes, who are already preparing for the semifinals of this prestigious inter-club tourney bankrolled by Mikasa, Mueller, Senoh and Grand Sport with TV5 as official broadcast partner.

It was the Tornadoes’ eighth victory in nine games, moving just a win shy of notching the top seed in the semis.

While Foton and Petron have already gained the outright semifinal berths, F2 Logistics, Cignal, Generika and RC Cola-Army have to slug it out this Saturday.

“This is going to be tough from here,” said Foton coach Moro Branislav, whose wards would face the Tri-Activ Spikers for the right to gain the top spot. “We used this game as preparation for the semifinals. It’s a knockout format. So we really have to be prepared and more careful.”