F2 Logistics coasts to fourth straight win
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 03, 2016 07:47 PM
F2 Logistics stays unbeaten after four starts.
The vaunted strength and firepower of F2 Logistics were in full display as it made quick work of Foton, 25-11, 25-23, 25-14, in the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.
Ara Galang and Aby Marano were the stars of the show as the Cargo Movers came up with a strong finishing kick to coast to an easy victory.
F2 Logistics is now on top of the team standings with a 4-0 win-loss card while heavyweights RC Cola-Army and Petron, who fashion an identical 3-0 slate, will clash for a share of the lead when the league resumes on July 12.
Meanwhile, Standard Insurance-Navy scored its first win in three outings after sending Amy's Spikers to 0-4 record with a 25-21, 26-28, 25-23, 25-20 win.
Galang, the top overall pick in the recent PSL Draft, had eight kills to finish with 11 points while veteran Marano provided the defensive muscle as she tallied three of her 10 points on blocks to intimidate Maika Ortiz, Cherry Rondina and Patty Orendain.
Jaja Santiago, the 6-foot-4 middle blocker who was converted into a wing spiker in preparation for the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship was the lone bright spot for the Tornadoes as she finished with nine kills, two blocks and two aces for a total of 13 points.
“I think our jelling and familiarity with each other played a major role in this win,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, referring to their fluid chemistry that also led De La Salle University to the UAAP women’s volleyball crown. “Foton looked tentative at the start, so we jumped the gun and took advantage of that.”
True enough, the Tornadoes were a picture of frustration early on.
Although Santiago breathed some life into the Tornadoes’ sputtering performance in the second set, 19-21, a pair of errors doomed their chance while Kim Dy unleashed a booming kill for the set point.
It was all F2 Logistics from there as the Cargo Movers raced to a 10-1 lead in the third set to put an emphatic end in the battle that lasted for 66 minutes.
“But still, we have a lot of work to do,” said de Jesus, whose wards will be spending the long break in Doha to play in a series of exhibition matches. “We will use the break to fix our unforced errors and some miscommunications inside the court.”
The Tornadoes, who will be flying to Bangkok after this conference in preparation for the AVC tourney in September, fell to 2-2 win-loss mark.