Superliga: Foton rallies to beat Cocolife, take home Grand Prix bronze


Posted at May 01 2018 08:31 PM

Jaja Santiago of Foton battles Erica Alquino and Marta Dpra of Cocolfe in their bronze-medal match on Tuesday. Foton won in 4 sets. Handout

Foton downed Cocolife 21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-19 at Araneta Coliseum Tuesday night to take home the bronze medal in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix.

Foton's third-place finish matched its result last year.

After finishing the classification round with a 5-5 record, the Tornadoes made an upgrade with the recruitment of American player Channon Thompson to replace Brooke Kranda.

Then University of the Philippine stars Diana Carlos and Isa Molde came over to power Foton past Sta. Lucia Realty in the quarterfinals.

Although star Jaja Santiago arrived, Foton still lost to F2 Logistics in the best-of-3 semifinals to forge a do-or-die duel with Cocolife in the consolation round.

“(We had) a lot of hardships and a lot of ups and downs. But third place is still third place. We’re still in the podium and that’s really our target. We want to match what we achieved last year,” said Foton coach John Abella, who replaced Moro Branislav.

Thompson tallied 22 attacks, two blocks and 2 aces to finish with 26 points while Santiago chipped in 23 points for the Tornadoes, who ruled the Grand Prix in 2015 and 2016.

Serbian Marta Drpa knocked down 20 kills and 3 blocks while Sara Klisura battled shoulder pain to submit 14 hits for the Asset Managers, who matched their fourth-place finish last year.

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