For Lindsay Stalzer, that cliffhanger in Game 1 where Foton dropped the first two sets was all on them.
“I don’t think Petron did anything,” said Stalzer after the Tri-Activ went on a two-sets-to-none advantage Thursday night. “I think we put ourselves in that situation. We missed a lot of serves and were having messy plays.
“We were not converting and not hitting the ball very hard. But everyone’s reminding one another to keep our heads up and Ariel (Usher) is very good at giving motivational speeches.”
Foton wasn’t having the best of title defenses when it ran into a blazing Petron in the first game of the championship series in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix.
The defending champions were immediately forced to play catch-up after being down two sets to nothing.
But as fate would have it, the Tornadoes found their second wind and managed to tie the sets at two apiece and force a deciding fifth.
Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos on Thursday said the crucial challenge call became the turning point in their Game One loss to Foton in the championship round of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix.
The Blaze Spikers were holding off the Tornadoes in the fifth set, 8-6, when Frances Molina’s kill was deemed long.
Delos Santos requested a challenge, believing Foton middle blocker Dindin Santiago-Manabat possibly touched the ball after Molina’s attempt but Petron’s challenged was ruled off and the point was given to Foton.
After a successful season, Ramil de Jesus hopes he has found a team that will take care of his players for the long haul.
The F2 Logistics coach bared this wish after they scrambled to contain RC Cola-Army, 25-13, 25-20, 20-25, 20-25, 18-16, last night and take the bronze medal in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.
With the franchise winning the All-Filipino and finishing third in the Grand Prix, De Jesus said the Cargo Movers management has expressed interest in supporting the team on a more permanent basis.
Foton revved up late and rolled over Petron in five sets, 20-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-17, 15-9, to take a 1-0 lead in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix Finals Thursday at San Juan Arena.
Lindsay Stalzer led a frenetic 12-1 run that closed the match out for the Tornadoes with Angelli Araneta’s final tap ending it all.
A controversial challenge, though, marred the fifth set with the Blaze Spikers leading 8-6.
It’s been an unpredictable 2016 for Kung Fu Reyes and his RC Cola Army.
After starting the year with a strong championship win in the Philippine Super Liga Invitational over Thai club EST Cola, the Lady Troopers slowly lost steam the rest of the year.
The Lady Troopers did win the bronze medal in the All-Filipino Conference but they failed to take a podium finish in the Grand Prix bowing out to F2 Logistics in the third place match.
A legend of Philippine volleyball is stepping out of the court.
Tina Salak, arguably the greatest setter of numerous generations, played her final game of volleyball Thursday at San Juan Arena in the bronze medal match between F2 Logistics and RC Cola Army in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix.
This marks the culmination of Salak’s 23-year playing career that saw her win three medals in three Southeast Asian Games and numerous trophies across different leagues.