By Kristel Satumbaga
Foton toppled Marinerang Pilipina, 25-15, 29-27, 25-14, Tuesday to snap a three-game slide in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center.
Sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat fired 16 points each for the Tornadoes, who survived the Lady Skippers’ determined resolve in the second set to finish the double-round eliminations with eight wins and six defeats.
Foton finished with identical records as Generika-Ayala and will take the No. 3 seeding due to a superior quotient, arranging a knockout quarterfinal showdown against sixth seed PLDT Home Fibr.
“Our service-receive worked well. That has been our problem for the past games. We are good in attacking and blocking, but our service-receive is still the key to win our games,” said Manabat, who built in 13 kills, two aces and one block.
Eya Laure debuted for Foton to replace injured Maika Ortiz and contributed two points after playing late in the second set and in the third.
Mina Aganon and Elaine Kasilag chipped in nine and eight points.
Foton squandered a 24-21 lead in the second set but quickly regained its bearings with an attack from Santiago followed by an opposition error.
Marinerang Pilipina finished the eliminations winless in 14 matches for No. 8, setting up a quarters matchup with top seed Petron (13-1).
Later in the day, F2 Logistics recovered from back-to-back losses and swept Cignal, 25-18, 25-14, 25-22, to cap the preliminaries with a 12-2 record at No. 2.
The Cargo Movers will meet No. 7 Sta. Lucia in the quarters while the HD Spikers, who finished at No. 5 with 7-7, will face No. 4 Generika-Ayala Lifesavers.
Quarters start on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan City.