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Tornadoes target top spot sans Jaja Santiago

/ 02:54 AM November 08, 2016
Foton Tornadoes. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Foton Tornadoes. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Foton will miss top middle blocker Jaja Santiago for the next two weeks, adding to the Tornadoes’ lineup woes.

Foton coach Moro Brasnilav confirmed that the 6-foot-5 Santiago will fly to Japan and miss Foton’s battle-for-the-leadership match against fellow unbeaten Petron Tuesday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Center.

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Santiago’s absence in the 5 p.m. match would create a void in the rotation, which Brasnilav said has already been affected by the absences of Cherry Rondina and EJ Laure.

“[Santiago] will not play in the next 12 days because she needs to go to Japan for her university commitment,” Branislav said of the National University standout.

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Rondina and Laure have likewise been skipping practice due to their commitment with University of Santo Tomas.

“But it’s okay. I know my players would step up,” said Brasnilav, who still has a solid roster led by imports Ariel Usher and Lindsay Stalzer.

Teams in the bottom rung Generika and Cignal clash for win No. 1 at 3 p.m., while RC Cola-Army collides with F2 Logistics at 7 p.m.

With Santiago missing the game, Petron can take advantage of the match-ups upfront with  Stephanie Niemer, Serena Warner, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Cherry Nunag and CJ Rosario at the helm.

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