Foton made drubbing F2 Logistics look easy in both squads’ opening matches in the PSL Grand Prix Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Showing no signs of rust, the Tornadoes made quick work of the Cargo Movers, 25-18, 25-20, 25-15, to set their title retention bid in motion.
And while it was an impressive victory to say the least, newly-installed Foton coach Moro Branislav wasn’t enamoured at all.
“This result is okay, but this is not (the) maximum for my team,” he said. “This is only 50-60%.”
Imports Ariel Usher and Linday Stalzer led the charge for the Tornadoes, combining for 36 points as the defending champions didn’t feel the absence of EJ Laure and Cherry Rondina, who both prioritized their college duties with UST.
However, Branislav, who will also handle the PSL Manila squad in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship later this month, said F2 Logistics is still bound to improve.
“I respect F2 Logistics,” he stressed. “They are good too even if they only played with one domestic player. This is just the first match.”
With their second import in Hayley Spelman still not in the country, the Cargo Movers had to bank on Sydney Kemper. But the latter couldn’t find her groove as she has not had solid practice time with coach Ramil de Jesus and his team just yet. — By Joyce Palad