Cargo Movers pluck ninth straight win

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 25, 2019 10:16 PM
Cargo Movers pluck ninth straight win
F2 Logistics cruised to its ninth straight win.

Nine and counting.

F2 Logistics barely broke a sweat after a clinical dismantling of Foton, 25-17, 25-12, 25-23, on Thursday to remain unscathed in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Fil-American Kalei Mau delivered her usual numbers, dropping 15 points off 12 attacks, two aces and a kill block for the unbeaten Cargo Movers. Aby Marano posted 11 markers while Ara Galang had an all-around game with nine points, 12 digs and six excellent  receptions for F2 Logistics, which punished the Tornadoes with 10 aces.

"Maganda yung first two sets kasi parang hindi ready yung Foton and then nung third set medyo gamble na sila and nag-adjust sila ng rotation," said Cargo Movers mentor Ramil De Jesus. 

"Maganda naman yung start ng third set (nila). Siguro hindi lang na-sustain," he added. "Sa side naman namin magandang test yun para pag dumating yung time na kapag close yung fight makikita mo kung nara-rattle o kung paano mabubuo yung composure sa loob ng court. Maganda para sa side namin."

Foton saw its six-game winning streak snapped to drop to 7-4 win-loss slate.

Only Jaja Santiago scored in double figures for the Tornadoes with 11 points. 

In the second game, defending champion Petron made a short work of PLDT Home Fibr, 25-19, 25-15, 25-9, to keep its hold of the solo second place.

Sisi Rondina made it to the starting roster and delivered 12 points laced with 20 digs while Aiza Maizo-Pontillas was also instrumental with 10 points for the Blaze Spikers, who cruised to their seventh straight victory.

Middle blockers Mika Reyes and Remy Palma chipped in nine points apiece while Ces Molina added eight markers and had 12 digs. Rhea Dimaculangan paced the team with 18 excellent sets as Petron tightened its grip of the second place with 9-1 win-loss card.

The Power Hitters struggled in the attack department with only 25 kills contrary to the Blaze Spikers, who waxed hot with 47 hits. 

Aiko Urdas had eight points while setter Jasmine Nabor added six markers for the Power Hitters, who dropped to 3-7 card.
 
Meanwhile, Sta. Lucia finally snapped its 10-game losing streak as it pulled off a 25-17, 25-19, 31-29 win over Marinerang Pilipina in the curtain-raiser for a 2-10 mark.

Veterans Amanda Villanueva and Pam Lastimosa led the charge for the Lady Realtors, who had to deploy bench player Glaudine Troncoso in the crucial stretch of the third set to complete the victory.

Villanueva delivered nine kills and four blocks for 13 points while Lastimosa chipped in 11 points and 10 digs for Sta. Lucia, whose first victory came at the expense of the Lady Skippers in the opening day.

But it was Troncoso, who was fielded only in the latter part of the third set, who kept the Lady Realtors afloat as she delivered the killer blows amid a furious rally waged by the Lady Skippers.

After taking control of the first two sets, Sta. Lucia squandered a 23-20 lead from Troncoso’s back-to-back attacks as Judith Abil and Chiara Permentilla lifted Marinerang Pilipina at set point, 25-24.

The Lady Realtors reached four match points only for their errors that kept the Lady Skippers forcing deuces until Troncoso scored her eighth point for a 30-29 lead followed by Abil’s attack error. 

Marinerang Pilipina head coach Ron Dulay challenged a block touch, but it was clear that Abil’s attack was too long.

Abil had 13 points laced with 13 digs and seven excellent receptions while Permentilla added 10 markers only for the Lady Skippers, who remain winless in nine starts.    

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