Foton just one victory away from PSL crown

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Foton just one victory away from PSL crown ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – The Foton Tornadoes moved closer to bagging the 2016 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix crown following a 20-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-17, 15-9 win over the Petron Tri-Activ Spikers in Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday night at the San Juan Arena.American reinforcement Lindsay Stalzer led the way with 30 points, on 26 attacks, three blocks and a service ace, for the defending champion Tornadoes, which can wrap up the series in Game 2 tonight.Ariella Usher chipped in 19 markers, while Jaja Santiago contributed nine points for the Tornadoes, which may represent the country anew in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Kazakhstan next year if it bags the Grand Prix tiara.“I think we just got over our nerves. I don’t know why we were nervous but I’m glad we were able to get over that hump. Petron is such a good team and we’re definitely gonna need to start better in Game 2 if we want to win,” said Stalzer.After dropping the first two sets, the Tornadoes made its move in the third frame behind Santiago and Stalzer to turn a 15-all score to a 22-18 lead. The Tri-Activ Spikers came to within 23-22 before the Tornadoes scored back-to-back to stay alive.Both teams had a tight exchange in the fourth set with the Tornadoes clinging to a 16-15 lead. But Stalzer and Usher went on a scoring run to push the Tornadoes ahead at 22-17. Three more hits from the Tornadoes extended the match to a decider.The Tri-Activ Spikers became aggressive early in the fifth set as it surged to an 8-3 lead behind Stephanie Niemer. But the Tornadoes came back behind Stalzer, Usher and Angeli Araneta to tie the score at 8-all.The Tornadoes continued its run as back-to-back hits by Stalzer gave them a 12-8 edge. After another hit by the Tri-Activ Spikers, the Tornadoes scored four straight points from Stalzer and Araneta to complete the come-from-behind win.Conference MVP candidate Niemer finished with 30 points, while Serena Warner and Frances Molina had 10 points each for the Tri-Activ Spikers, which is hoping to force a do-or-die game on Tuesday./PN [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img

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