Foton unleashed their attacking prowess to dominate Cignal, 25-15, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
CJ Rosario and Mina Aganon were the stars of the show as they pulled the Tornadoes from a sluggish second set en route to their second straight victory in this prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Isuzu, Sogo, Senoh, Asics, Mikasa, Mueller, UCPB Gen and Bizooku.
Rosario delivered 13 kills, two blocks and two aces to finish with 17 points while Aganon tallied 14 hits for Foton, which hardly missed the presence of towering frontliners Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat.
Santiago and Manabat opted to sit out the season-ending conference that has ESPN5, AksyonTV and Hyper HD as broadcast partners to see action in the prestigious V.Premier League of Japan.
But Foton head coach Aaron Velez stressed that they remain a work in progress.
“I think we were able to get back to our system,” said Velez, who took the helm from John Abella in the off-season.
“We’re still trying to figure out how to be consistent. But I also think were able to tap our energy and momentum down the stretch.”
Velez said they made some changes in their position to thwart the vaunted defense of the HD Spikers.
“We were always training in the match,” said Velez, who also drew solid performance from new recruits Arianne Layug and Shaya Adorador that gave Ateneo de Manila ace blocker Bea de Leon the luxury of seeing limited minutes.
“We wanted to win this one very badly so I thought of a plan in which we can take advantage of our positions and turn the game around. Fortunately, it worked.”
Rachel Anne Daquis, the newly-crowned league ambassador, sizzled with game-high 21 points laced with 13 digs while national team stalwart Mylene Paat added 17 hits for the HD Spikers, who suffered their second setback in three games.
Nov 8 @filoilsanjuan
2pm @F2CargoMovers vs Cocolife
415pm Sta Lucia vs Foton
7pm Petron vs Smart
Tickets at gate or via SM Tickets, P150 or online: https://www.smtickets.com/events/search/psl
One ticket is good for all games in the day.
Replays on ESPN5 Youtube channel
All Filipino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx4Vbu-mEIA&list=PLSHv_e8U7Z-3puNgCD-Zuq2ze-TDaXhWd
Collegiate Grand Slam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq9EuAeyqa8&list=PLSHv_e8U7Z-2pplfs76gu3PWoqt4t6J1p