F2 Logistics, Cignal set semis duel

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 29, 2017 09:49 PM
F2 Logistics, Cignal set semis duel
Defending champion F2 Logistics booked a semis pairing against Cignal.

F2 Logistics pounced on Generika-Ayala’s erratic reception and unforced errors to register a masterful 25-14, 25-18, 25-17 victory in the quarterfinals of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference Thursday night at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Ara Galang led the charge, carrying the offensive cudgels for the reigning champions, who formally booked a semifinal ticket.

The Cargo Movers will face Cignal in a sudden-death semifinal battle on July 6 at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.

The HD Spikers clobbered Cocolife, 25-17, 25-10, 25-20, in the other quarterfinal battle.

The triumvirate of Jovelyn Gonzaga, Honey Royse Tubino and Rachel Anne Daquis caught fire for Cignal.

Gonzaga, a national team stalwart, delivered 11 points while Tubino and Daquis chipped in 10 markers apiece for the HD Spikers, who are looking for a back-to-back title after ruling the Invitationals last conference.

Cignal coach George Pascua knows that it’s going to be tough, but very doable.

“It’s going to be a battle of characters,” said Pascua, eyeing an uphill clumb against the Cargo Movers, who defeated Generika-Ayala in the first match, 25-14, 25-18, 25-17.

“We have to give our very best, our maximum potential if we want to make it all the way to the finals.”

Michele Gumabao had seven markers for the Asset Managers, who were relegated to the battle for 5th to 8th places on Tuesday at the Imus Sports Complex in Imus City.

A three-time UAAP champion for De La Salle, Galang delivered 10 kills and a pair of aces while national team addition Kim Dy chipped in 10 markers for F2 Logistics, which is riding the crest of a five-game winning streak after losing to powerhouse Petron and Cignal in its first two matches.

The Cargo Movers were also impressive from the service box with eight aces and enjoyed the 32 extra points coming off the Lifesavers’ errors.

F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, however, emphasized that what they’ve shown was still far from their championship form.

“We still have a lot to show,” said de Jesus following the battle that lasted for only 70 minutes.

“We had some problems in our blocking and communication between the spikers and the setter. So hopefully, we can work on that and improve that in the semifinals.”

De Jesus added that their maturity and experience played a major role in their victory.

“Halos alam na namin ang gagawin eh. So minsan may mga blocks kami na nagugulat sila na nadun na pala ang blockers,” he said. “Na-pwersa namin sila na mag-errors kasi nakikita nila na nadun palagi ang blockers namin.”

True enough, the Cargo Movers were largely in control all throughout.

The only scary moment for F2 Logistics was in the second set when they fell behind by seven, 7-14.

But the Cargo Movers quickly brushed off the rust, turning a huge deficit into a 19-18 lead off an ace by Kim Fajardo. Kim Dy, then, delivered a strong hit from the opposite before Galang had her turn with a sharp attack that went down the line to enter the third set oozing with confidence.

Angeli Araneta registered 11 markers to serve as the lone bright spot for the Lifesavers, who were relegated to the battle for 5th to 8th places on Tuesday at the Imus Sports Complex in Imus City.

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