Jaja Santiago starred as Foton blew past Standard Insurance-Navy, 25-11, 25-22, 25-11, for their fourth win in the PSL All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum.
The 6-foot-5 middle blocker scored 17 points off 14 hits and 3 blocks as the Tornadoes formalized their entry into the next round while ousting the Lady Corvettes from contention.
Coach Vilet Ponce-de Leon heaved a sigh of relief after their second consecutive victory.
“Medyo natanggalan kami ng isang tinik,” she said. “Okay naman yung pinakita ng mga bata, aside from the second set na medyo nagkaroon ng konting pag relax pero yun nga, sa third set bumawi naman sila.”
True enough, the second frame was full of anxious moments for Foton, but Santiago and company delivered in crunch time to hand Navy its fourth loss in 6 outings.
Just a week after suffering their third straight defeat, the Tornadoes are back on track, and Ponce-de Leon hopes it gives them enough traction as they move to the next round.
“After ng loss namin sa RC Cola, we made it a point na yung last 2 games naming we should not leave any stones unturned,” said Ponce de Leon. “Every game is an important game kasi maraming pwedeng mangyari pag natalo kami.” — By Jason Mercene