Lindsay Stalzer returns, but Foton Pilipinas falls short v Kazakhstan

Foton Pilipinas proved its mettle against Altay VC of Kazakhstan, but just couldn’t catch a break in a 25-27, 18-25, 21-25 loss — their third consecutive — in the Asian Women’s Club Championship Wednesday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Laguna. 

Lindsay Stalzer made her return to the lineup and Jaja Santiago stayed to battle for the home team. Still, it wasn’t enough to push the hosts past the taller and more powerful Kazakhs, who scored their second straight win.

Foton Pilipinas was in control of the opening set, but withered after a spate of errors allowed the visitors to take the driver’s seat.

A backrow attack by Stalzer tied it for the last time at 25-all before a service error by Jov Gonzaga and an attacking miscue by the American shut the door on the Filipinos.

Kazkahstan went on a quick start in the second set, but Foton didn’t budge, even snatching the lead before fading as Altay VC made its adjustments midway through the frame.

With momentum on their side, the Kazakhs made the Filipinos play catch-up in the final set as they sent Foton to a daunting matchup with either Thailand or China in the quarterfinals.