MANILA – To go up against a dominant powerhouse team is tough, but to clash against one with sky high confidence and impeccable team work is even more difficult. Yet when you’re fighting for the much-coveted crown, nothing is really impossible.
This is what the Foton Tornadoes proved on Saturday against their counterpart in Game 2 of the Philippine SuperLiga All-Filipino Conference finals at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan. The Tornadoes, with backs against the wall, mounted a vicious comeback in the Best-of-Three finals series by winning against the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers in four sets, 18-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-18.
After a painful five-set defeat in Game 1 last Thursday, and an outright beating in the first set of Game 2, Foton rose from the ashes to save their chance to get the prized trophy of the tournament.
The much-anticipated game ended with a controversy when F2 Logistics challenged a call made by the referee, but the same was later ruled in the negative.
Led by ace player Jaja Santiago who displayed an all-around game with 19 points in 14 attacks, three blocks, and two service aces, the feisty Tornadoes live to fight another day. Energetic spiker Cherry Ann Rondina also helped rally the team with 15 points, nine excellent digs, and nine excellent receptions.
Top-pick Ara Galang racked up the statistics for F2 Logistics with 16 points, seven excellent digs, and 17 excellent receptions, but her team could not contain the gallant stand put up by Foton in the game.
The Tornadoes forces a winner-take-all rubber match on Wednesday.