Chemistry will never be a major issue as foreign reinforcements Lindsay Stalzer and Ariel Usher have both arrived three weeks before Foton Pilipinas competes in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship from Sept. 3 to 11 at the Alonte Sports Center in Biñan City. Newly-appointed team manager Jose Mari Angulo said Stalzer flew from Denver, […]
“We’re looking at a fourth-place finish in the AVC,” said Menta in a press briefing presided by no less than Foton president Rommel Sytin, team manager Jose Mari Angulo and the entire squad bannered by imports Ariel Usher and Lindsay Stalzer as well as guest players Aby Maraño, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Jen Reyes.
“The team is a very good team; it’s a mix of enthusiasm and youth. I’m here to develop them into a higher level volleyball players to be able to play against strong teams like China, Japan and Thailand.”
1st Best Outside Spiker: Ara Galang
2nd Best Outside Spiker: Bernadeth Pons
1st Best Middle Blocker: Aby Maraño!
2nd Best Middle Blocker: Jaja Santiago
Best Setter: Kim Fajardo
Best Opposite Spiker: Jovy Gonzaga
Best Libero: Dawn Macandili
Conference Most Valuable Player: Dawn Macandili
“It was the familiarity in our system that pulled us through,” said de Jesus, who started calling the shots for the Lady Spikers in 1998 to become one of the most decorated coaches in the country with nine UAAP crowns.
“There were sets where I was using the core of our UAAP champion team. We already know each other as a team so the unforced errors were being lessened.”