Cargo Movers go for the kill, Tornadoes eye extension

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 12, 2016 10:13 PM
Cargo Movers go for the kill, Tornadoes eye extension
F2 Logistics and Foton tangle once again in Game 2 of their PSL All-Filipino Conference best-of-three Finals series.

F2 Logistics will go for the kill when it clashes with Foton in Game 2 of their 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference women’s volleyball tournament best-of-three finals series Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

Action starts at 2:30 p.m. with the Cargo Movers looking to deliver the knockout blows to finally win their first title.

Bannered by the stars of UAAP powerhouse La Salle, the Cargo Movers drew the first blood following a heart-stopping 25-20, 25-14, 9-25, 20-25, 15-10 victory in Game 1, much to the delight of thousands of supporters who braved the rain and weekday traffic just to witness topnotch volleyball action late Thursday.

But the victory wasn’t a cakewalk.

F2 Logistics quickly took the first two sets, but crumbled under pressure in the third and fourth as Foton – behind the hot smashes of Jaja Santiago at the middle and Cherry Rondina and Patty Orendain at the wings – hounded and pounded its defense to stretch the match to fifth set.

Fortunately for the Cargo Movers, the Tornadoes had a terrible time with their reception in the decider, allowing them to erect a 7-5 lead before Aby Marano scored on a block of Rondina and Mika Reyes connected an ace to shatter the game wide open.

Marano was a beast on both ends as she delivered 11 kills and five blocks while Ara Galang and Kim Dy chipped in a combined 17 hits for F2 Logistics, which won all but one game in the double-round eliminations.

F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, however, reminded his team that the job is not yet done.

“We still lack hard work,” said de Jesus, who drew a monster game from defense specialist Dawn Macandili. “We still have to be more matured and learn how to close out a tough game like this. I expect it to be tough. And Foton is a strong team. It will surely be back for Game 2.”

True enough, Foton coach Villet Ponce-de Leon claimed that she’s not worried despite falling behind in Game 1.

Ponce-de Leon, who will steer Foton to the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Binan City next month, said they failed to do those little things that made them successful in the past.

“The team was so eager and excited to win,” said de Leon, who guided the Tornadoes to a Grand Prix title last year. “We have to hold our game together and control the tempo if we want to win. We have to follow our pace every time the ball is on our side.”

Ponce-de Leon added that the next training will be brutal as they will try to make the adjustments and correct things that went wrong, especially in the reception department where the Cargo Movers outdueled them, 53-41.

“Buhay pa kami,” she said. “We will take this one point at a time, one set at a time, one game at a time. We’re given the opportunity, we’re given the time, so we might as well use that to our advantage. This is not yet over.”

Santiago, who erupted for 17 kills for a total of 19 points in Game 1, will again remain the focal point of offense while Rondina is expected to deliver crucial hits for the Tornadoes, who are tipped to mount a huge comeback to stretch the series into a kill-or-be killed Game 3 set on Aug. 21.

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