Generika, F2 Logistics gun for early lead
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 22, 2016 09:03 PM
Shaya Adorador and the rest of Generika Life Savers try to pocket their second straight win and keep a firm hold of the early lead.
F2 Logistics and Generika gun for an early lead when they tackle separate foes in the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference women’s volleyball tournament Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Cargo Movers square off with Amy’s at 6:00 p.m. while the Lifesavers battle Foton in the 4:00 p.m. curtain-raiser.
Featuring former La Salle superstars like Aby Marano, Cha Cruz, Kim Fajardo, Mika Reyes, Ara Galang and Paneng Mercado, the Cargo Movers are billed as a team to beat for having a deadly brew of youthful firepower and championship experience.
In its debut game, F2 Logistics displayed a glimpse of its deadly form as it dominated another powerhouse in Cignal, 25-12, 23-25, 25-20, 25-11, much to the celebration of thousands of supporters who trooped to the venue to witness the Lady Spikers’ first game since winning the UAAP women’s volleyball crown.
Marano was a force to be reckoned with at the defensive end as she tallied five of her 17 points on blocks while Mercado and top rookie Galang chipped in for 11 markers apiece for the Cargo Movers, who bounced back from a second-set meltdown en route to the victory.
But complacency should be the last thing on the mind of F2 Logistics.
Amy’s, a team composed of spikers from perennial NCAA contender University of Perpetual Help, had three-time RC Cola-Army on the ropes before surrendering a 19-25, 17-25, 18-25 setback.
Towering Lourdes Clemente was the bright spot as she tallied three blocks and a pair of aces for 10 points to pace the Spikers, who are eager to gain redemption after closing the Invitational Conference without a single win.
“Amy’s is such a young and hungry team,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus. “We have to play them with extreme caution because they are capable of pulling an upset. This is very tough and balanced field. We have to be at our best every game.”
Also expected to draw another fantastic weekday crowd is the battle between Generika and Foton.
After flying under the radar in the pre-season, the Lifesavers finally made heads turn as they crushed gritty Standard Insurance-Navy, 28-26, 26-28, 25-20, 25-19, prompting sideliners to declare them as the dark horses.
UST stars Chloe Cortez and Ria Meneses played splendid music with UE smasher Shaya Adorador and former FEU blocker Gen Casugod and former La Salle hitter Wensh Tiu to lift Generika to its first win.
Veteran playmaker Rubie de Leon served as the conductor with 34 excellent sets.
Cortez, the comely 20-year old middle blocker, had 11 kills and five blocks to finish the night with 17 points while Menses, Adorador, Casugod and Tiu combined for 48 points to underscore the Lifesavers’ well-balanced offensive assault.
They will be stacked against another well-balanced team in Foton.
The Tornadoes, who dropped their opening-day game to Petron in three sets, will bank on other former UST aces like Maika Ortiz and Rhea Dimaculangan as well as current stars EJ Laure and Cherry Rondina, who will be guided by Jaja Santiago, Angeli Araneta and Carol Cerveza.
“What I have is a collection of stars from various UAAP schools,” said Generika coach Francis Vicente. “The biggest challenge is how we can make them work together. We’ll see it when we face Foton in the next game.”