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PSL Grand Prix: Foton wins 4th in row, clobber Soltones-less Iriga

By Ricky Manliguis

SAN JUAN—Foton just keeps on winning.

Iriga City,meanwhile,  may have wished Grethcel Soltones was around.

Two-time defending champs Tornadoes wasted no time in disposing the Oragons in straight sets, 25-10, 25-23, 25-19, in the resumption of action of the 2017 Chooks-To-Go Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the FilOil Flying V Centre Tuesday, November 7.

With Serb Sara Klisura and skipper Jaja Santiago joining forces anew, the Tornadoes went smoking right out of the gates while its menacing net defense frustrated Iriga City as it notched its fourth straight triumph and solo leadership in the standings.

The 6-foot-3 reinforcement continued her brilliant form, leading the charge with 12 points on 10 attacks, while Santiago added 11 for the Tornadoes.

The Foton local crew also stepped up, as setter Ivy Perez fired eight points and 18 excellent sets, Mika Ortiz added seven and CJ Rosario six. Import Dragana Perunicic cashed in four markers.

Despite a slight advantage in attacks 35-32, the Moro Branislav-mentored side picked up in the service aces department (11-5) and in blocks (7-0).

“I'm very happy these local players finish serious, serious plays, serious finish. Maybe two to three mistakes, but it's okay,” the Serbian tactician Branislav said.

The Oragons will miss the services of Soltones after the PSL slapped the former NCAA MVP with a one-year suspension and a P50,000 fine for violations of league rules.

Tamara Kmezic paced Iriga City with a game-best 17 points spiked on 15 attacks and two service aces, even as Japanese Saam Miyagawa registered 11. They have now ropped to an even 1-1 card. 

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