Generika-Ayala, F2 Logistics shine in opener
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 23, 2018 09:55 PM
F2 Logistics swept Foton to open its campaign.
F2 Logistics spoiled the debut of Foton’s prized recruit Bea De Leon and the Tornadoes’ vaunted triple towers with a 25-21, 25-21, 25-14 straight sets win Saturday in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference at the Big Dome.
Kim Kianna Dy scored 10 points to lead the Cargo Movers, who punched in 40 attack points and even outblocked the much-taller Tornadoes, 8-6.
Ara Galang had nine points while Majoy Baron and Cha Cruz-Behag had eight markers each for F2 Logistics.
The two powerhouse teams engaged in a tight battle in the first two sets before the Cargo Movers controlled the third frame by building a 10-point cushion.
"Maaga pa to so siguro lahat ng teams nag-aadjust pa sa mga first game. Hopefully maka-survive kami na ganito yung galaw,"said F2 Logistics coach Ramil De Jesus.
Jaja Santiago had 12 points to pace Foton while De Leon debuted with eight markers for the Tornadoes.
In the first game, Generika-Ayala gave newcomer United Auctioneers-University of the Philippines (UA-UP) a baptism of fire as it tallied a 25-22, 25-9, 23-25, 25-16 victory to kick off its campaign.
The Lifesavers blew hot and cold in the first three sets before getting their acts back in the fourth to dispatch the Lady Maroons in one hour and 44 minutes.
They caught fire in the fourth set with a 14-5 start before pulling away with a 22-15 spread, mostly coming from the Lady Maroons’ errors, until Patty Orendain nailed the game-winning hit.
Generika-Ayala skipper Angeli Araneta was impressive, unloading 26 points built on 23 kills, two blocks and an ace. Orendain chipped in 18 hits off 16 spikes and a pair of blocks including 20 digs while Ria Meneses added 11 markers.
“We were able to balance the ‘play-all’ rule in the first two sets but I don’t know what happened to our team in the third set that was our best seven. They did not jell well,” said Generika-Ayala Head Coach Sherwin Meneses, who was impressed with the performance of libero Kath Arado.
“We still need to improve our blocking because we are not tall enough but our floor defense was good.”
The Lady Maroons put up a gallant stand despite losing ace hitter Tots Carlos for the rest of the conference due to a shin injury.
Isa Molde led the UP-UA in its first PSL game finishing with 15 points including 13 digs, while rookie Magsarile had a convincing debut with 11 hits. Setter Ayel Estrañero was also instrumental 23 excellent sets on top of 16 digs.
Earlier, all the 10 teams paraded in an Indonesian-inspired opening ceremony to kick off the mid-season conference.
The 20-woman national pool, which will be part of the Invitational as part of its build-up campaign for the 18th Asian Games Indonesia in August, were also recognized in the opener spearheaded by PSL Chairman Philip Ella Juico, Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. president Joey Romasanta and Indonesian Embassy Representative Agus Buana.