Foton flirted with disaster before eking out a 26-24, 25-20, 15-25, 25-21 victory over United VC in the opening salvo of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix yesterday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
American import Courtney Felinski provided the firepower, towing the two-time champion Tornadoes to a sizzling start in this prestigious women’s club tournament.
Felinski was on fire as she delivered 19 attacks for a total of 23 points while former Turkish national team member Selime Ilyasoglu chipped in 19 markers and 14 digs for Foton, which is looking to bring back the glory.
Foton coach Aaron Velez said he was surprised with how well they played, especially in the crucial stretch where they were managed to stop Filipino-American spiker Kalei Mau and import Yasmeen Bedart-Ghani from doing damage.
“I’m very happy on how the girls played. Also, the imports were able to step up, especially in the crucial stretch,” said the youthful Velez, who is entering his second season with the Tornadoes.
Bedart-Ghani delivered 23 points and 14 digs while Mau registered 17 markers for UVC, which also committed 30 unforced errors.