F2 Logistics submits Army; Foton blasts Cignal
Mark Escarlote on Nov 22, 2016 09:20 PM
Foton grabbed a share of the lead with a straight sets whipping of Cignal.
GENERAL TRIAS, Cavite --- F2 Logistics closed the preliminary round of the 2016 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on a high note with a dominating 25-13, 25-21, 25-11, win over the RC-Cola Army Lady Troopers Tuesday at the General Trias Sports Center here.
The All-Filipino Conference champions collected their seventh win in 10 outings to cement their spot at third place and will take on the sixth ranked team after the prelims.
“Sabi ko nga sa mga bata yung totoong giyera sa Sabado ang start. So ito parang every game tune up game. The real battle is on Saturday,” said Cargo Movers coach Ramil De Jesus, whose squad punished Army with 17 service aces.
American Hayley Spelman had a field day against the brittle defense of the Lady Troopers, scoring 18 points with 14 coming off attacks while Sydney Kemper got 10 markers for F2 Logistics. Ara Galang got eight markers to lead the locals’ effort while Mika Reyes had six points, half coming from kill blocks.
Army dropped to 3-6 record with no player hitting the double-digit mark. Jovelyn Gonzaga finished with six while American reinforcements Hailie Ripley and Kiera Holst got only four markers each for the Lady Troopers, who will take on Cignal to close the prelims.
Meanwhile, defending champion Foton Tornadoes crushed Cignal, 25-19, 25-14, 25-16, to improve to 8-1 record tied with another early semifinalist Petron Tri-Activ Spikers.
Lindsay Stalzer hammered 15 kills for a total of 17 points while Maika Ortiz had 11 markers coming from five kills, four service aces and a pair of kill blocks for the Tornadoes, which will face the Tri-Activ Spikers on Thursday in a rematch of last year’s championship showdown.
Six-foot-5 Jaja Santiago had eight points moving to the opposite position while Dindin Santiago-Manabat got seven markers for the Tornadoes.
Head coach Moro Branislav said that his team’s final position in the Finals is not a concern anymore. He just wanted to build a good momentum heading in the knockout Final Four.
“The next games are not important anymore, there’s no difference,” he said. “What’s important is that we keep on improving and not slack on our preparation for the semifinals.”
Cignal gave Foton a tough battle in the first half of the opening set before the Tornadoes finally found their form to silence the HD Spikers, who are still playing sans injured Puerto Rican import Lynda Morales (left ankle fracture).
American import Laura Rae Schaudt was the only Cignal player in double-figures with 12 points, eight coming off attacks, while Janine Marciano and Filipino-American setter Shawna-Lei Santos had seven and six markers, respectively.
Cignal fell to its eighth loss in nine games.
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