Challenge for Foton: Unleashing Jaja Santiago’s full arsenal

Everyone knows what Jaja Santiago can bring to the table.

With her 6-foot-5 frame and vast international experience which includes a stint in the highly-vaunted Japanese V.Premiere League, the 23-year old middle blocker is a gem for the team she is playing for and a thorn to her opponents.

But as of late, the Santiago that everybody is well aware of has been missing-in-action.

Playing for the Foton Tornadoes in the ongoing Philippine Superliga (PSL) All Filipino Conference 2019, Santiago has only amassed 33 total points in three games and 12 sets played.

So far, the towering National University standout has connected 26 spikes, three blocks, and four aces for an average 11 points per match.

In Jaja Santiago’s standard, these numbers were not quite what people expect from the national team campaigner as she can easily collect 33 points or more in a single match alone.

In fact, during her stint with Ageo Medics, Santiago’s prowess was in full display.

She wrapped up the tournament with 316 points in 27 games. But while her average point per match there — 11.70 points — is close to her current average here, there was a large difference with her success rate in spikes.

With the Medics, Santiago has connected 242 kills out of 459 attempts, racking up a whooping 52.7 percent conversion rate.

But in her most recent outing against F2 Logistics, Santiago was only limited to eight kills off 27 attempts for a rather low 29.63 percent success rate.

Everybody knows Santiago can do more. If they can maximize Santiago, Foton’s campaign, now on a two-game losing skid, will be much easier.

But for that to happen, they have to eliminate the plague that was their reception woe — a problem they have yet to solve even after so many conferences.

The Blue Energy’s reception success rate, so far, was only at 32.40 percent, thus limiting their offensive options, especially their middle attacks.

This is the challenge for Foton.

The fans, meanwhile, have some input on what the Foton needs to address in order to unleash the full Santiago arsenal.

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