Tornadoes tumble anew in Thailand

Jaja Santiago of Foton Tornadoes.  Super Liga photo

Jaja Santiago of Foton Tornadoes.
Super Liga photo

Foton Pilipinas faltered in its first two games in the 2016 Thailand Women’s Volleyball Championship being held at the Wi Sommai Gymnasium in Sisaket Province, Thailand.

The Tornadoes suffered a 13-25, 10-25, 18-25 decision against powerhouse Sisaket-Thailand in their first game then bowed to Bangkok Glass-Thailand in the second match via a 20-25, 22-25, 25-20, 18-25 decision.

Foton Pilipinas’ win-loss record in Pool A dropped to 0-2.

The Filipinas will be facing Rungsit University-Thailand in their final game in the group stage.

The game starts 12:30 p.m. (Manila time).

American imports Ariel Usher and Lindsay Stalzer will be leading the front line of the Tornadoes along with middle blockers Aby Marano and Maika Ortiz, opposite spiker Angeli Araneta and veteran setter Rhea Dimaculangan.

“We didn’t get them today but we learned something from it and we’ll carry that to be a better athlete,” Marano said in her Twitter account.

Foton Pilipinas missed the services of 6’5 Jaja Santiago and former Philippine Superliga Most Valuable Player Jovelyn Gonzaga.

Santiago cited academic issues at National University while Gonzaga failed to get a release order from her mother unit at the Philippine Army.

The Tornadoes are revving up for the 2016 Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Asian Women’s Club Championship slated on September 3 to 11 in Binan, Laguna.


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