Mau sizzles as Cargo Movers stop Blaze Spikers
Mark Escarlote on Jun 27, 2019 10:09 PM
Kalei Mau dropped 23 points in F2 Logistics' four-set win over Petron.
Fil-American Kalei Mau displayed her all-around volleyball prowess as F2 Logistics beat bitter rival three-peat-seeking Petron a 25-21, 17-25, 27-25, 25-19, on Thursday in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Hawaiian dropped 23 points off 21 spikes and two kill blocks laced with 19 digs for the still perfect Cargo Movers after four outings. F2 Logistics dealt the Blaze Spikers their first elimination round after sweeping the last two conferences.
“Kilala naman natin si Kalei sa pag-produce ng score. Matataas talaga ang napo-produce na score niya bawat game. Tinuturuan ko siya ng technical kasi puro power, kailangan matutunan niya ang laro dito sa Pilipinas,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil De Jesus of the 6-foot-2 hitter the Cargo Movers acquired after the disbandment of United Volleyball Club.
Ara Galang finished with 18 points built on 12 spikes, five aces and a kill block and added 10 excellent receptions while Aby Marano scored nine points for F2 Logistics.
The Cargo Movers got their momentum going with a closed-shaved escape in the third set. Up, 24-21, F2 Logistics got a scare after Petron tied the frame at 24 after saving three set points capped by an ace by Remy Palma.
The Blaze Spikers forced another deuce before Mau and Marano scored the next two to take the frame. The Cargo Movers carried the momentum of that set win to prevail over the defending back-to-back champions.
Bernadeth Pons finished with 18 points and 27 digs while skipper Ces Molina had 16 markers for Petron, which played without Sisi Rondina who is vacation in Japan while libero Denden Lazaro sat out the match because of a foot injury.
Petron slid to 2-1 slate tied with Generika-Ayala.
Meanwhile, Cignal flaunted its might as it dominated PLDT Home Fibr, 25-12, 25-21, 25-15, for its second straight win in as many outings.
Mylene Paat, a member of the national team that will compete in the 30th Southeast Asian Games this November, had 11 kills and three blocks while the veteran Rachel Anne Daquis chipped in 10 kills and an ace for the HD Spikers.
Grethcel Soltones and Aiko Urdas combined for 21 points for PLDT, which fell to fourth spot with 2-2.