Maika Ortiz and Gretchel Soltones made heads turn when Foton competed against Kobe Shinwa University in the 2017 Belo Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.
Kobe Shinwa captured its first victory in the final round, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22.
The younger girls from Japan were caught happily dancing in celebration of every point while displaying quick plays and flawless defense.
Kobe Shinwa coach Kiyozaku Yamamoto, however, admitted that his wards marched into the warzone without an idea how to outclass their foes.
It, however, prompted him to make some crucial adjustments to turn back the crippled Tornadoes.
[quote]”Since this is our first game, we didn’t know how will it go. In the first set, we were able to exhibit our own play style but we were so nervous until the second set.”[/quote]
Skipper Chihiro Fujiwara admitted that penetrating the net defense of Foton was huge challenge for her squad.
But a smooth defensive pattern solved such problem.
[quote]”Their block was very high and it was very difficult to deal in the first place but we could get used to it.”[/quote]
Yamamoto, for one, said controlling Soltones and Ortiz was the most crucial part of the match. Thus, they had to play safe against these power hitters.
[quote]”Number five side attacker and number 10 middle attacker were very powerful so we were very careful of them.”
“And because we were careful about these players I think we were somehow handle the situation.”[/quote]
Soltones smashed 14 points from attacks while Ortiz tallied seven markers.
They served as the main weapon of the Tornadoes following the exit of skipper Dindin Manabat due to an excruciating injury.