by Kristel Satumbaga
(The Arena, San Juan City)
5 p.m. – Generika vs Foton
7 p.m. – Cignal vs Petron
Powerhouse Foton stakes its unbeaten record today as it looks to cement its hold of the top spot in its group in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Tornadoes seek their fifth victory in their 5 p.m. confrontation with the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers.
Preliminary standings determine the quarterfinal seedings where teams from the two pools clash in a knockout, crossover format for semifinal berths.
Foton still has one match left after this duel – against dangerous Petron on Saturday – and a victory is important if it wants to earn the Pool C top seeding and a quarters meeting with the No. 4 squad in Pool D.
Foton coach Moro Branislav casts his eyes anew on collegiate standout Jaja Santiago of National University after the 6-foot-4 spiker erupted for 26 points in their 25-22, 16-25, 25-22, 25-14 win over Cignal last week.
Offensive help will also come from University of Santo Tomas’ EJ Laure and Maika Ortiz.
Generika, however, aims for a better standing after dropping to 2-2 following its 25-21, 24-26, 25-21, 25-18 loss to Petron two days back.
The Lifesavers will continue to parade Fiola Ceballos, Patty Orendain, and Angeli Araneta to match the Tornadoes’ strength after the trio finished in double figures the last time.
Equally exciting is the Petron-Cignal tussle at 7 p.m., where both squads are set to untangle themselves from a logjam with similar 3-1 cards behind Foton.
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