(Philsports Arena, Pasig City)
12:30 p.m. – Generika vs Cignal
3 p.m. – RC Cola-Army vs Foton
Already assured of a semifinal berth in the 2016 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix, Foton still seeks to redeem itself from a recent stinging loss that snapped its once unbeatable run.
The Tornadoes were on top of their games in their first six matches, but saw their dominance collapse at the hands of the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers with a 25-15, 23-25, 25-23, 26-24, last Tuesday.
With its 6-1 card at second place, Foton tries to catch up with fellow semifinalist and league leader Petron for the top seeding when it clashes with RC Cola-Army today at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
Match is set at 3 p.m., with Foton Coach Moro Branislav eager to see his stalwarts regain their lost composure.
Foton missed Jaja Santiago, Cherry Rondina, and EJ Laure the last time due to personal commitments – a crucial factor that F2 Logistics took advantage of. But with the three key players expected to be back in the match, Branislav is optimistic they can recover.
In its previous game, Santiago’s absence was very obvious as F2 Logistics dominated them with a 25-15, 23-25, 25-23, 26-24 victory at the Imus City Sports Complex in Cavite.
Aby Marano, who suited up for the Tornadoes in the AVC Asian Women’s Club World Championship last September, terrorized the net with conference-high eight blocks for 16 points while Hayley Spelman, Ara Galang and Cha Cruz had a field day in the attack zone, finishing with 23, 13 and 12 markers, respectively.
“Jaja’s return would be such a big boost to Foton. So we have to prepare ourselves and be ready,” said RC Cola-Army coach Kungfu Reyes.
Reyes added that his wards are all pumped out to dominate the Tornadoes.
After a roller-coaster performance, the Lady Troopers finally rediscovered their rhythm as they clobbered Cignal in straight sets also last Tuesday, 25-13, 25-15, 25-10.