PSL: Foton makes crucial changes ahead of Petron showdown


Posted at Mar 12 2019 05:46 AM

Foton looks to get back on the winning track with a new import and the returning Dindin Manabat. Handout photo

MANILA, Philippines – Foton unveils a pair of key additions when it battles defending champion Petron in the 2019 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Tornadoes are bringing in a new import in Milagros Collar of Spain, while also re-introducing Dindin Manabat in their 4:15 battle with the Blaze Spikers.

Meanwhile, Generika-Ayala seeks to resume its winning ways when it clashes with PLDT at 2 p.m. while Cignal and Sta. Lucia collide in the 7 p.m. nightcap.

After opening the season with a four-set win over United VC, Foton struggled and proceeded to lose their next six matches. The Tornadoes finished the first round at the bottom of the league standings.

With that, Foton has decided to replace the ineffective Selime Ilyasoglu of Turkey with Collar, while bringing back Manabat, who has spent the past few months as an import for the Toray Arrows in Japan's V.Premier League.

Collar is a 15-year veteran for the Spanish national team, and has seen action in various club leagues in Spain, Italy, France, and Romania. She is coming off a stint with Hyundai E&C Hilstate in the Korean League, where she erupted for 36 points.

"Milagros is an opposite who can really help us in the offensive end," said Foton team manager Diane Santiago.

"We already processed her ITC (international transfer certificate) as early as last week, and she will be ready to play against Petron on Tuesday," she added.

Also tipped to help the Tornadoes is Manabat. The 6-foot-2 middle blocker is in great shape and has already rejoined Foton's training since arriving last Friday.

"She's feeling great," Santiago said of their comebacking player. "Although she's still adjusting to some of her new teammates, she's in good health and it won't take long before she regains her groove."

Aside from Collar and Santiago, also carrying the cudgels for Petron are import Courtney Felinski as well as mainstays Shaya Adorador, Maika Ortiz, Gyselle Sy, Ivy Perez and Elaine Kasilag. 

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