PSL: Foton eyes strong start, F2 Logistics targets 2nd win


Posted at Jun 18 2019 05:34 AM

F2 Logistics eyes its second win in the PSL All-Filipino. Photo courtesy of the PSL Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – Foton parades a retooled roster, while F2 Logistics looks to claim a second straight win when they battle different foes in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Foton clashes with Sta. Lucia at 4:15 p.m., while F2 Logistics takes on PLDT Home Fibr in the final game of the triple-header at 7 p.m.

Generika-Ayala and Marinerang Pilipina will try to bounce back from opening day losses when they face off in the curtain-raiser at 2 p.m.

F2 Logistics opened its campaign with a 25-12, 25-21, 25-17 triumph over Generika last Saturday, even as Filipino-American Kalei Mau sat out the game for the Cargo Movers. Coach Ramil de Jesus opted to hold Mau from action to give her more time to adjust and study his system.

Mau remains a game-time decision for Tuesday, but even without her, de Jesus already has a deep roster as Kianna Dy has returned from injury to join the core of Aby Marano, Desiree Cheng, Majoy Baron, Ara Galang and Dawn Macandili.

"Having my players from La Salle and Kianna returning is a big help," said de Jesus. "At least now, I can rotate a lot of players."

The Cargo Movers anticipate a tough challenge from PLDT, who joined a pocket tournament in Perth ahead of the All-Filipino Conference.

Foton, for its part, will still be without sisters Eya and EJ Laure as both are still recuperating from their respective injuries. Eya, the UAAP Rookie of the Year, is nursing the left ankle injury she suffered in the finals, while EJ has yet to recover her form since sustaining a shoulder injury two years ago.

The Tornadoes will thus lean on new recruits Lai Bendong, Marian Buitre, and Justine Dorog who join mainstays Jaja Santiago, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Mina Aganon, and Maika Ortiz.

Foton coach Aaron Velez has the luxury of having the Santiago sisters the whole tournament, and he expects them to lead the way and share their experiences from playing Japan's V. Premier League.

"We'll take it one step at a time," said Velez. "We learned our lessons from the Grand Prix. We will polish things this time, and expect a more energized and hard-fighting Foton." 

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