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Foton keeps undefeated slate, ends Cignal HD’s streak

Only the Foton Tornadoes are left the FilOil Flying V Centre with their immaculate record intact. The Philippine Superliga Grand Prix champions out-muscled the Cignal HD Spikers, 25-22, 16-25, 25-22, 25-14, for a 4-0 record in Group C of the All Filipino Conference.

Although they had both topped their respective groups before beginning the second round, Cignal were highly favored over Foton, who came out of the perceived weaker Group A in the first round.

For Foton head coach Moro Branislav, his team’s win came down to desire.

“For my opinion, at this moment, Cignal is a better team than Foton on paper. But my team really wanted to win today. We prepared tactically to beat Cignal and my players were very good in execution,” Branislav said.

“This is a new Foton team. Many of my players have never played in this level of volleyball, only company leagues. It’s important for the team to continue developing and gaining experience. Compared to other teams with a lot of veterans like Cignal, we need more experience,” the Serbian mentor furthered.

Foton’s most experienced players did most of the damage, especially in the late game. After toeing the ropes to nail a win in the third set, Foton ran away with the fourth set thanks to Ej Laure’s and Jaja Santiago’s efforts. Laure powered in three straight hits, followed by kills from Santiago, in a 6-0 Foton run that pushed then ahead for good, 17-11.

PSL MVP Santiago marked 26 points off 18 attacks, four blocks, and four aces, while University of Santo Tomas standout Laure added 16 markers.

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With their 4-0 record, Foton stand atop Group C, which includes Cignal (3-1), Petron (2-1), and Generika (2-1).

National Team veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga towed Cignal with 14 points, while Royse Tubino managed 11.

The Scores

Foton (3) – Santiago 26, Laure 16, Ortiz 8, Rosario 6, Guino-O 5, Negrito 2, Perez 1, Berte 0, Doria 0, Guliman 0, Reyes (L)

Cignal (1) – Gonzaga 14, Tubino 11, Mercado 6, Saet 6, Vivas 6, Paat 4, Daquis 3, Saet 2, Macatuno 0, Marciano 0, Morada 0, Dionela (L)

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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