MANILA, Philippines – Defending champion Foton will try to claim the No. 1 spot in the standings when it battles winless Victoria Sports-UST in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Tuesday.
Game time is at 7 p.m., following the curtain-raiser between Sta. Lucia (1-5) and Cocolife (3-3) at 4:15 p.m.
The Tornadoes (6-1) are on a roll, recovering from a loss to rival Petron last November 14 with a pair of impressive victories.
Their latest win – a five-set conquest of erstwhile unbeaten F2 Logistics over the weekend – put them in a three-way tie with the Cargo Movers and the Blaze Spikers entering their final match of the single-round elimination.
Serbian import Sara Klisura broke the league record in that game, torching F2 Logistics for 41 points – the most scored in PSL history.
Foton coach Moro Branislav lauded Klisura, but stressed that the job is not finished yet.
"She is definitely one of the best players in this tournament," said Branislav. "But we should not be satisfied with this win."
"It's still a long way to go and we have a lot of things to work on. We need to have a strong finish first by taking care of UST then let's see what will happen in the quarterfinals," he stressed.
In the quarterfinals, the top seed will battle the No. 8 seed; while the rest of the pairings pits No. 2 versus No. 7, No. 3 versus No. 6 and No. 4 versus No. 5.
Branislav has made it clear that their goal is to emerge with the No. 1 seed, though it will still depend on the outcome of the battles between Petron and Cocolife, and F2 Logistics and Iriga City in the next few days.
"Yes, we'd like to finish on top," said the Serbian coach. "But we can't say it now, because the ranking is quite complicated."
"For the meantime, we just have to take care of UST, then let's see what happens in the next few days."
Klisura is expected to once again lead the Tornadoes, with fellow imports Dragana Perunicnic of Montenegro and Katarina Vukamanovic of Serbia.
Local stars Ivy Perez, Jaja Santiago, and Maika Ortiz are expected to step up against a UST squad that has yet to win in six matches.
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