F2 Logistics remains unscathed, trips mighty Army
Mark Escarlote on Jul 23, 2016 09:24 PM
F2 Logistics celebrates its conquest of RC Cola-Army in their marquee match Saturday night.
Feisty F2 Logistics outlasted the veteran-laden RC Cola-Army to keep its unbeaten record intact in a five-set ambush of the Lady Troopers, 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, 26-28, 15-10, Saturday night to close the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference first round preliminary round at The Arena in San Juan.
With FIVB Women’s Club World Championship-bound setter Kim Fajardo holding her own against Lady Troopers’ veteran playmaker Tina Salak especially in the fifth set, the Cargo Movers completed a seven-game sweep of the opening phase to carry a big momentum heading to the second round on Sunday while dealing Army its first loss of the conference.
The young and aggressive Cargo Movers maintained their energy in the fifth set as Army, who committed 39 errors, slowly faded.
“Isang factor na rin yun kasi baka medyo napagod rin ang kabila. Mas aggressive (ang team ko) kasi mas bata,” said Cargo Movers coach Ramil De Jesus.
Fajardo scored 10 points and dished out 41 excellent sets that F2 Logistics turned into 56 kills. Ara Galang led the Cargo Movers’ assault with 18 points off 15 attacks, Abigail Marano pounded 11 spikes in her total of 13 markers while Kianna Kim Dy finished with 11.
F2 Logistics built a slim lead, 7-5, in the deciding set before Nene Bautista and Rachel Anne Daquis tied it to 7. An offensive burst from the Cargo Movers broke the game open 12-8 and never looked back as rookie Jessey De Leon overcooked her serve after Army saved a match point to end the two-hour, 10-minute clash.
The Lady Troopers will get another shot at the Cargo Movers on Sunday at the start of the second round Group A.
Bunched with Army and F2 Logistics are Petron (5-2) and Foton (4-3).
The top four teams play in the second phase for another round robin to determine their seeding in the knockout semifinals.
World Club Championship-bound hitters Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis ended up with 19 and 14 points, respectively, for Army.
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