Gerflor crashes and is defeated by Foton, who places eleventh

Jul 24, 2023

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MANILA, Philippines – Foton demonstrated tremendous resiliency and tenacity in an exciting match during the Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig. After a difficult second set in which they lost handily, the Tornadoes battled back to win the third set with a commanding triumph. They successfully resisted Gerflor’s late comeback attempts in the match’s crucial stages and earned a grueling 26-24, 13-25, 25-21, 26-24 victory, leading to an 11th-place finish.

Despite the Defenders’ impressive comeback, Foton experienced some nervous moments as they dropped three match points. But the team’s seasoned player, Nene Bautista, rose to the challenge and was a key factor in leading the Tornadoes to a successful outcome in the PVL Invitational Conference. This exciting triumph left a deep effect on both the players and the supporters, and it was a fitting conclusion to Foton’s remarkable comeback ride in the league.

With a crosscourt slam to finish the 24-all tie and a flipped down the line hit to end the match in two hours and four minutes, Bautista thwarted the Defenders’ attempt to force a deciding.

The 13-team field of the league’s mid-season conference, which was run by Sports Vision, placed Foton, which concluded its elims campaign with a 1 to 4 record in Pool B, at No. 11. The semifinal matchup included teams from Vietnam and Japan.

Gerflor showed a lot of promise with its young team, led by rookies Aly Bertolano and Ethan Arce along with Justine Dorog, Rap Aguilar, Janine Navarro, Andrea Marza, and Ivy Perez, posting its best performance in a five-set loss to Akari in the preliminary rounds, even though it finished its inaugural season without a win for 12th place, ahead of fellow newcomer Farm Fresh.

The victory of Foton in the Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference was evidence of a focused team effort. Seth Rodriguez played well in the middle, scoring 13 points, which highlighted his crucial contribution to game management. The versatile Jasmine Nabor-Mary Dapol combination scored seven points apiece, bringing more variety to the team’s offensive efforts. However, Shaya Adorador stole the show with a scorching 22-point performance, lighting the way for Foton to win.

Nene Bautista, a seasoned veteran, provided the game’s high point with her skillful marginal hits, which resulted in nine significant points. In critical situations, Bautista’s expertise and knowledge turned out to be a game-changer for Foton.

On the other side, Gerflor put up a brave fight, coming back from being down 21 to 24 in the fourth set to win. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to defeat Bautista’s endgame mastery. With 12 and 11 points, respectively, Ranya Musa and Ethan Arce demonstrated their skill, greatly enhancing the team’s success. Furthermore, Justine Dorog and Ly Bertolano’s pair finished with an astounding 15 points each, showcasing their potential as formidable offensive threats.

Overall, the game was an exhilarating demonstration of talent, perseverance, and hard work from both teams. The efficient play of Foton and Nene Bautista, who delivered a clutch performance, ended up being the deciding elements in their well-earned victory. Fans anxiously expect more thrilling matches as the competition goes on, which will definitely highlight the best Filipino volleyball skills.

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