Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Foton claims another chapter in Petron saga

The Foton Tornadoes absorbed everything Stephanie Niemer and Petron Tri-Activ Spikers threw at them and still came out whipping, claiming the rematch of the 2015 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Final 25-18, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19, 15-13 at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Petron’s American import Stephanie Niemer dished out a conference-high 38 points but the Tornadoes plugged her attacks at the most crucial time.

After trading set wins and absorbing controversial calls from the referees, both squads were tied for most of the fifth set. Foton setter Rhea Dimaculangan served straight to the net to tie the decider at 13. Petron then went to Niemer, who had the hot hand, in the next point but was stopped clean by Maika Ortiz. The Tri-Activ Spikers tried to give it to the Cincinnati-native one more time to force a deuce but Jaja Santiago caught Niemer’s down-the-line stab, ending the match.

“I don’t think we played great. For my opinion, Petron is still the best team in tournament. We’re lucky we got the win in the end but we need to get more training as a team to continue to improve,” said Foton head coach Moro Branislav.

Foton’s American import Lindsay Stalzer fired in 29 points, Jaja Santiago, who played opposite spiker for the first time this season, added 19 markers while Ariel Usher managed 15.

Niemer was the only Tri-Activ Spiker to score in double-digits.

Foton took the Grand Prix title from Petron last season.

The Tornadoes (4-0) will play Cignal (1-2) while Petron (4-1) will face F2 Logistics (1-2) on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

#ReadMore  Kevin Quiambao relishes 3x3 return, this time with La Salle

Foton (3) – Stalzer 29, Santiago 19, Usher 15, Ortiz 10, Manabat 6, Dimaculangan 1, Laure 1, Ortiz 0, Perez 0, General (L)

Petron (2) – Niemer 38, Warner 8, Pontillas 7, Molina 6, Rosario 4, Aganon 1, Masangkay 1, Nunag 1, Hingpit 0, Zapanta 0, Pineda (L), Reyes (L)

Written By

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.

You May Also Like

2024 AVC Challenge Cup for Women

Jaja Santiago is confident that Alas Pilipinas Women have what it takes to conquer the 2024 AVC Challenge Cup. Santiago, who is currently undergoing...


Back on April 22, 2018, Jaja Santiago left the SM Mall of Asia Arena in heartbreak. Santiago, then just 22 years old, ended her...


Alyssa Solomon and Jaja Santiago had a moment after National University advanced to the UAAP Season 86 Women’s Volleyball Finals last Wednesday. Following the...


May 5, 2024, was a testament to how far Philippine volleyball has come in recent years. On a Sunday when both the Premier Volleyball...


Shaq delos Santos let Cignal’s game do the talking on Saturday night after allegations of mistreatment surfaced online prior to the team’s penultimate match...


Building off a captivating five-set win over defending champion Creamline, Petro Gazz sent Cignal to the brink of elimination in dominant fashion, winning 25-13,...


Chery Tiggo extended its winning streak to four games after a shocking sweep of Cignal, 26-24, 25-20, 26-24, in the 2024 Premier Volleyball League...


Cignal head coach Shaq delos Santos lauded veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga for stepping up and leading from the front in the HD Spikers’ bounce-back victory...