PSL: Foton downs Sta. Lucia in four sets to end skid

CJ Rosario of Foton rises for a spike against Sta. Lucia. Handout

MANILA, Philippines—Foton snapped a three-game slide by beating Sta. Lucia 25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 25-18 to end the preliminaries of the 2018 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference on a winning note at Batangas City Sports Coliseum on Thursday.

Mina Aganon, Carla Sandoval and Maika Ortiz all stepped up on offense to lead the Tornadoes back to the win column.

Aganon delivered 17 points on 12 kills, four aces and a kill block on top of a tremendous backline defense with 13 digs. Sandoval and Ortiz had 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Ivy Perez was also instrumental in her hometown game as she dished out 25 excellent sets for Foton coach Aaron Velez, who was glad to march into the sudden-death quarterfinals on a winning note.

“I think we forgot to enjoy we had a great start but suddenly my players were affected with the unfortunate situations that happened to our team,” said Velez, referring to the injuries suffered by Arianne Layug and Shaya Adorador.

“There were lapses in the first two sets but when my players smiled and started to enjoy the game, we found our groove and confidence,” he added.

The Tornadoes finished at fourth with a 6-4 win-loss record to forge a tie with idle Generika-Ayala in the team standings. The Lifesavers, however, will take the third spot because of a superior quotient.

Foton will next take on the fifth-placer, which could either be Smart (4-6) or Cignal (4-5) depending on the outcome of the last match.

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