PSL: Foton eyes third straight win; Petron seeks solo 2nd


Posted at Jul 09 2019 06:14 AM

The Foton Tornadoes are looking for their third straight win. Photo courtesy of the PSL Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – After posting back-to-back victories, Foton returns to action when it takes on a dangerous Cignal side in the 2019 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference on Tuesday at the Bacoor Strike Gym in Bacoor City.

Opening serve is at 7 p.m., with the Tornadoes eyeing their third straight win and fourth overall to keep their spot in the upper half of the league standings.

Meanwhile, Petron and Generika-Ayala clash for the solo second spot in the 4:15 p.m. battle.

With Filipino-American Kalei Mau doing damage, F2 Logistics remains on top of the standings with six straight victories, while Petron and Generika-Ayala are tied for second with a 4-1 win-loss mark.

Foton is at third with 3-3, while Cignal and PLDT Home Fibr are trying to catch up with 2-3 and 2-4 cards, respectively.

The Tornadoes' coach, Aaron Velez, knows they cannot take the HD Spikers lightly as Cignal features a veteran crew headed by Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga, and up-and-coming stars such as Mylene Paat and setter Alohi Robins-Hardy.

"We're taking it slowly but surely. We don't want to rush ourselves or get too excited," said Velez, who will once again bank on his frontline anchored by Jaja Santiago, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Elaine Kasilag, and Maika Ortiz.

"It's good that we're back on track, but it's still too early to celebrate," he also said. "What we need is to put in work and the results – be it good or bad – will surely follow."

In their previous game, Santiago, Kasilag and Ortiz made good use of their ceiling as they came up with 13 blocks that pushed Marinerang Pilipina out of their comfort zone en route to an easy win in just 74 minutes of action.

Santiago and Kasilag had 12 points apiece, while Ortiz finished with 11 markers.

"It was a win that gave us the momentum," said Velez. "We're facing Cignal with high morale. We have to work hard to pull it off and keep this streak going."

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