F2 Logistics drops Sta. Lucia in four sets

F2 Logistics drops Sta. Lucia in four sets
Aby Marano of F2 Logistics hammers a kill over two Sta. Lucia defenders.

Games Thursday:

(FilOil Flying V Centre)

4:15 p.m. – F2 Logistics vs Cignal

7:00 p.m. – Petron vs Cocolife


IMUS CITY --- Defending champion F2 Logistics shook off a bad start and recovered just in time to repel Sta. Lucia Realty, 18-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-21 Tuesday in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at the Imus Sports Center here.

The Cargo Movers improved to 3-1 win-loss record and welcomed the return of former De La Salle University star Ara Galang, who sat out last conference because of a knee injury.

The Lady Realtors dropped to 2-3 card tied with Foton.

Meanwhile, Generika-Ayala threaded the eye of a needle before eking out a thrilling 25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 22-25, 15-11 victory over Smart.

Darlene Ramdin came through with some crucial hits before watching the Giga Hitters crumble under pressure to tow the Lifesavers to their first win.

A returning import from Trinidad and Tobago, Ramdin erupted for 23 kills and three blocks for 26 points while American Symone Hayden chipped in 21 points for the Lifesavers, who needed two hours and nine minutes to overcome the tough Smart squad that was spearheaded by the prolific Gyselle Silva.

Silva, the hard-hitting former Cuban national player, was again in her deadly self as she knocked down 30 kills and three aces for a conference-high 35 points while Trivunovic added 22 hits for the upset-conscious Giga Hitters.

But her effort went for naught as she failed to generate enough support from the locals, especially in the crucial deciding set where Ramdin and the Lifesavers went for the kill.

“I just told them not to get pressured. Just follow the instruction and treat this match as if this is just a practice game,” said Generika-Ayala coach Sherwin Meneses shortly after posting his first victory in this league.

“We’re not actually concerned with the game, we’re more concerned with our improvement as a team. I’m glad that we had some improvements and we managed to apply everything we learned in practice.”

But the grueling match appeared more than just a practice game.

With the Giga Hitters breathing down their neck in the fifth set, 10-11, Ramdin connected a booming kill from the right before Angeli Araneta delivered a quick hit to make it 13-11.

Ramdin, then, unleashed another attack for the match point while the Giga Hitters committed a reception error in the ensuing play to surrender the victory.

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