Japanese guest team Kobe Shinwa Women’s University’s firepower proved to be too much for the Foton Tornadoes, as the former squashed the latter in four sets, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 25-12, in the Invitational Cup’s Final Round at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Aside from the second set that they forced to sit their starting six, Kobe Shinwa were dominant throughout the match with their fast-paced style of play and masterful defense.
The young Japanese squad produced 10 service aces to Foton’s three, while out-attacking the locals, 58-39.
“This was our first game in this type of setting so I didn’t know how we would play,” said Kobe head coach Kiyokazu Yamamoto. “In the first set, I thought we played our play style successfully. In the second set, I thought we became nervous [in the second set] but I am happy we were able to play through that today.”
Kana Edamatsu and Mariko Fujiwara led the Japanese with 14 points apiece, while skipper Chihiro Fujiwara added 13.
Kobe Shinwa next take on the Cignal HD Spikers, who earlier today had won their first Finals outing, tomorrow at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Three-time NCAA MVP Grethcel Soltones was the lone bright spot for Foton with her 14 points off 62 attack attempts.
Foton face the Petron Blaze Spikers tomorrow in a rematch of the last PSL Grand Prix Finals.
Kobe Shinwa (3) – Edamatsu 14, Fujiwara M. 14, Fujiwara C. 13, Kawabata 10, Michishita 5, Kato 4, Miyatake 4, Matsushima 3, Moriwaki 1, Okada 1, Harima 0, Fukui (L)
Foton (1) – Soltones 14, Berte 8, Ortiz 7, Yongco 4, Perez 3, Villegas 3, Barrinuevo 2, De Leon 2, Sindayen 1, Reyes (L)
Thirdy Ravena’s Gilas wish comes true four years later
Short-handed F2 Logistics deals Cignal HD first loss
Chooks 3×3 to host first-ever FIBA Super Quest
Thirdy Ravena to make Gilas Elite debut, part of team versus Qatar
Lourdes Clemente only needs lineup announcement to make La Salle debut official
Fil-Am Jeremiah Gray carves own niche after turning down Ateneo, La Salle
SOURCES: Risa Sato to miss NU Lady Bulldogs’ Season 81 campaign
Aaron Black foregoes final year with Ateneo Blue Eagles
Defending champs DLSU Lady Spikers zap Ateneo to kick off road to 4th straight title
FEU goes goal crazy, opens campaign in style with UE rout
UST Golden Tigresses stop Adamson comeback for debut win
Lackluster UST sinks rookie-laden La Salle to win season debut
- DLSU2 days ago
DLSU rookie Jolina Dela Cruz comes out of nowhere to make immediate impact
- ADMU2 days ago
Perfect storm for Bea De Leon in first match of last season with Ateneo Lady Eagles
- ADMU2 days ago
Oliver Almadro on first loss: ‘They’ve seen our worst, but they haven’t seen our best’
- 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers4 days ago
Thirdy Ravena hopes to have proven that he deserves to be in Gilas Elite