When Jaja Santiago is activated, everything clicks for Foton Tornadoes.
During the early goings of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All Filipino Conference 2019, the Blue Energy struggled earning wins as the team absorbed three straight losses right after their debut game win.
In those setbacks, the 6-foot-5 middle blocker’s efforts either went for naught (21 markers in five sets against Petron) or were subdued (eight points in four sets against F2 Logistics).
Everybody, from players to coaches to mere fans, knows what the Japan-trained ace hitter is fully capable of.
But Foton, at the start of the tourney, seemed to struggle unleashing the beast out of the towering hitter.
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This was not the case anymore.
Santiago just has had her best performance — so far — in the ongoing PSL conference as she powered the Blue Energy to a four-setter victory over Cignal yesterday.
The UAAP Season 80 MVP’s prowess was in display, especially in the latter part of fourth set where she uncorked eight points from her game-high 29-point output.
With her team behind by four, Santiago came through with quick kills and blocks to start 8-0 run for Foton, enough to shift the momentum back to her team en route to a sizzling first-round finish.
She capped the night with 22 kills and seven blocks, handing the Aaron Velez-backed squad its third straight victory.
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The National University standout wrapped up the first half of the double-round preliminaries with 112 markers built from 84 attacks, 24 blocks and four aces.
Averaging 16 points per match, Santiago is currently the top scoring middle blocker in the eight-team field.
Santiago and the Blue Energy troop look to further improve their 4-3 in the second round, which starts on July 16.
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