The Philippine Star

Tor­na­does beat Life­savers in slam­bang duel, ad­vance

- By JOHN BRYAN ULANDAY Superliga Femenina

Fo­ton joined Petron, Cig­nal and F2 Lo­gis­tics in the Philip­pine Su­perliga In­vi­ta­tional Con­fer­ence Fi­nal Four – the same cast of teams that slugged it out in the last PSL semis.

The Tor­na­does out­lasted the gritty Life­savers, 21-25, 25-17, 27-25, 19-25, 15-11, in a vir­tual dog­fight to se­cure the last semis spot yes­ter­day at the Filoil Fly­ing V Cen­tre in San Juan.

Fo­ton gained semis en­try with the help of Pool D top seed F2 Lo­gis­tics (5-1) which booted out Sta. Lu­cia, 25-22, 25-15, 25-15.

Petron (5-0) and Cig­nal (5-1), mean­while, booked semis slots from Pool C as early as last week.

F2 Lo­gis­tics will be fac­ing Cig­nal while Petron clashes with Fo­ton in knock­out Fi­nal Four matchups to­mor­row in Malo­los.

Su­perliga rookie stand­out Eya Laure racked up 24 points, in­clud­ing six in the clincher, while Shaya Ado­rador added 19 mark­ers and Mar­ian Buitre chipped in 14 on six blocks.

Re­turn­ing spiker EJ Laure also stepped up with 11 mark­ers com­ing off a long lay­off due to a shoul­der in­jury.

“I’m very happy with how the play­ers played against ad­ver­sity. We knew that it would not be an easy task but we just stuck with one an­other. It’s a team ef­fort for us. It’s all about de­sire and who wanted it more,” said coach Aaron Velez as Fo­ton caught the last play­off bus and repli­cated the same Fi­nal Four cast last All-Filipino Con­fer­ence.

Mean Men­drez (16), Ria Me­ne­ses (14) and Patty Orendain (14) paced the Life­savers (1-5) who suf­fered their sec­ond straight five-set­ter de­feat en route to elim­i­na­tion.

Mean­while, Ara Galang and Kim Dy posted 10 points to lead the way for the Cargo Movers who bol­stered their In­vi­ta­tional Con­fer­ence ti­tle de­fense bid with this semis re­turn ticket.

 ??  ?? Fo­ton’s Eya Laure faces Gener­ika’s Mae Ceballos in a one-on-one duel at the net.
Fo­ton’s Eya Laure faces Gener­ika’s Mae Ceballos in a one-on-one duel at the net.

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