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Foton survives Petron for No. 1

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JAJA Santiago of Foton (Rio Deluvio)

JAJA Santiago of Foton (Rio Deluvio)

Defending champion Foton reaffirmed its mastery over Petron with a 22-25, 35-18, 25-22, 25-14 victory to take the No. 1 semifinal seeding in the 2016 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at The Arena in San Juan late Thursday.

American skipper Lindsay Stalzer erupted with 25 points – all coming from attacks – as the Tornadoes finished the preliminaries on top with a 9-1 win-loss record.

The feat duplicated Foton’s victory against Petron in its first meeting last Nov. 8, where it went to distance with a 25-18, 23-25, 25-14, 19-25, 15-13 decision.

Jaja Santiago also powered the Tornadoes with 21 points built on 15 spikes, three blocks, and three aces, while Ariel Usher chipped in 14 points including two blocks and two aces.

Despite the top seeding, Foton Coach Moro Branislav said they still need a lot to improve after struggling with adjustments in their past matches.
“At this period my team is number one, but we are not yet ready,” said Branislav.

Still, the Tornadoes kept their composure in strengthening their title-retention campaign.

Petron settled at No. 2 with 8-2 despite Stephanie Niemer exploding with 27 points and Serena Warner firing 11 points.