Foton found redemption in dispatching of New San Jose Builders, 25-16, 23-25, 25-10, in the PSL Invitational Saturday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center.
The Toplanders convincingly won the opening set, but began to lose control of the situation, as the Victorias gained momentum in the next 2 frames.
Assistant coach Ronald Dulay, who pinch-hit for head coach Vilet Ponce de Leon, said it was their shaky rotation that almost did them in.
“Siguro yung pag ikot namin nung tao. Kasi ang naging problema, yung blending nila. Kasi ilang days palang sila nakukumpleto e,” he said. “Siguro 2 training days tsaka yung 1st game. Konting oras pa mas gaganda pa yung galaw nila.”
“Nawalan kami ng receive, ang ginawa nung New San Jose Builders, kinargahan nila yung service nila. Di kami maka-receive, kaya di kami maka-atake. Ang service naman namin, medyo mahina kaya nung 3rd set nilakasan na namin.”
With new setter Rhea Dimaculangan orchestrating their offense, Dulay admitted that his team needs more practice time to execute their plays consistently.
“Di pa mag tugma yung setter atsaka yung spiker siguro sa practice, ulit-ulitin lang namin. Makukuha na namin yan, magagamay na namin sa training yan.”
Exchanging long rallies and errors, both teams gave it all in front of an animated crowd.
Fortunately for the Toplanders, experience was on their side, as the Victorias committed 43 unforced errors in 4 sets.
Danna Henson, Patty Orendain and Maika Ortiz, combined for 33 points for Foton.
Meanwhile, Jamela Suyat led all scorers with 16 points for New San Jose Builders. — By Joyce Palad