Facing a revamped Smart Prepaid, the Foton Tornadoes averted a shocker and snuck past the Giga Hitters, 21-25, 25-20, 27-29, 25-15, 15-12, for their third win in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go/Philipipne Superliga Grand Prix at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center.
The Tornadoes were dragged into a fifth set by a Smart squad that added a second import, Sanja Trivunovic, and UAAP legend Maureen Penetrante-Quiano. With added firepower to compliment Cuban powerhouse Gyselle Silva, the Giga Hitters surprised last year’s bronze medalists in the first set, before stealing the third frame to come dangerously close to the season’s first upset.
Foton, however, found their groove in the fourth set and pushed the match to a decider. Locked at 10-all, American import Brooke Kranda towed the Tornadoes, scoring two of Foton’s next four points. Veteran Foton winger Mina Aganon shut the door on the Giga Hitters with an ace to seal the win.
“The other team had a lot of strong players, they really put up a fight. It was a great match and I think it’s these types of challenges that can really go a long way into building our character as a team,” said Kranda, who scored 17 points off 13 attacks, four blocks, and two aces.
The Tornadoes (3-2) take on the undefeated Petron Blaze Spikers (5-0) on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Smart (0-3) faces the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers (0-3) on Tuesday at the Imus Sports Center.
No Rest for the Weary: Lady Spikers head to training immediately after Lady Bulldogs loss
Mark Dyke back in La Salle
Jaja Santiago does not want La Salle win to be NU’s only Season 80 highlight
Air Padda confident ‘intimidated’ Lady Falcons will bounce back
Whether it’s Magnolia or NLEX in the Finals, June Mar Fajardo says ‘di sila ganun kadaling kalabanin’
No upsets in Round of 32 of NBTC Nationals
Despite winning MVP, Kiko Gesmundo comes home empty
Jaycee Marcelino, Zark’s-Lyceum hold off Go for Gold to snap skid
- DLSU23 hours ago
SMART Sports Player of the Week Kim Dy steps up to keep La Salle on top
- Basketball4 days ago
With Chris Ross still hurt, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser steps up
- AdU5 days ago
Sean Manganti powers Akari-Adamson’s whitewashing of Wangs-Letran for share of first
- News3 days ago
Petro Gazz Angels to take flight in PVL