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New-look Foton survives Generika-Ayala to open campaign on high note



Tiebreaker Times New-look Foton survives Generika-Ayala to open campaign on high note News PSL Volleyball  Sherwin Meneses Patty Orendain Mina Aganon Maika Ortiz Jen Reyes Gyzelle Sy Generika-Ayala Lifesavers Foton Blue Energy Fiolla Ceballos Aaron Velez 2018 PSL Season 2018 PSL All Filipino Conference

Missing two of their biggest stars and employing a new head coach, the Foton Blue Energy mustered a late spurt to escape the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers, 20-25, 25-21, 25-14, 19-25, 15-5, in the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Trading set wins, the Blue Energy took advantage of an error-prone Generika in the fifth set to lock up the victory. Consecutive Lifesavers errors pushed Foton to a decisive 12-4 lead.

For a team missing Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who are both in Japan competing in the V-Premier League, the Tornadoes did well, defeating a team that had handed them an upset loss in the Invitational Cup.

“Both teams played well naman for a first game. Nag-favor lang siguro sa amin ‘yung breaks. The girls were very mindful and aggressive. Lumabas ‘yung hunger for a win,” said new Foton head coach Aaron Velez.

Without the Santiago sisters, another National U standout in Mina Aganon led the Foton offense with 20 points. Maika Ortiz added 12 markers.

University of Saint La Salle product Fiolla Ceballos topped Generika with 21 markers.

Foton (1-0) will face the Cignal HD Spikers (0-1) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Generika-Ayala (0-1) take on the Petron Blaze Spikers (1-0), also on Tuesday.

The Scores

Foton (3) – Aganon 20, Ortiz 12, Adorador 9, Casugod 9, Layug 8, Perez 3, Sy 1, Rosario 0, Sandoval 0, Yongco 0, Reyes (L)

Generika-Ayala (2) – Ceballos 21, Orendain 15, Araneta 14, Meneses 9, Hingpit 4, Llagoso 2, Lopez 2, Pineda 2, Cerveza 0, Lavitoria 0, Arado (L)

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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