F2 Logistics back in the Finals; Cignal forces do-or-die

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 20, 2019 11:30 PM
F2 Logistics back in the Finals; Cignal forces do-or-die
F2 Logistics marched back into the Finals and will wait for its title rival between defending champion Petron and Cignal.

F2 Logistics marched to its fourth straight Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Finals appearance as it knocked out Foton, 25-19, 25-23, 17-25, 25-19, in the semifinals on Tuesday at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.

The Cargo Movers didn’t waste their twice-to-beat advantage as Kalei Mau, Majoy Baron and Kianna Dy nailed the finishing touches in the fourth set to eliminate the Tornadoes led by sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat in two hours and 12 minutes.

On the other hand, the Rachel Daquis-led Cignal stunned top seed defending champion Petron, 25-20, 10-25, 16-25, 27-25, 15-11, in their Final Four pairing to force a rubbermatch for the right to take on F2 Logistics in the best-of-three championship series.

Daquis played the hero’s role to complete the HD Spikers turnaround from a 1-2 match deficit, scoring a hit and a kill block to punctuate Cignal’s shocker.

The semis decider is on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

“Well, I should say it’s really praise God kasi talagang pinag-pray namin. Nakita mo naman fourth set halos bumigay na ‘yung mga players pero ‘yung turnaround talagang naging pabor sa amin tapos andun na ‘yung momentum,” said Cignal coach Edgar Barroga. “Ayun happy kami it's like championship, actually.”

Daquis finished with 24 points anchored on 14 kills , five kill blocks and a pair of aces for the HD Spikers, who won the match the mattered in Cignal’s third straight five-setter duel with the Blaze Spikers. Jovelyn Gonzaga played an all-around game with 15 markers and 23 digs as the HD Spikers halted Petron’s 12-game winning streak.

Setter Alohi Robins-Hardy dished out 26 excellent sets and nine points while Janine Navarro scored four of her seven points in the deciding frame for Cignal.

Aiza Maizo-Pontillas got 22 points, Sisi Rondina scored 20 while Bernadeth Pons added 17 markers and 21 digs in a lost cause for Petron.  

Meanwhile, Mau reached her first PSL Finals leading the Cargo Movers with 16 points on top of 12 dugs and eight excellent receptions, while skipper Aby Marano had nine kills and three blocks for 12 points.

Galang and Baron were also instrumental with nine and seven points, respectively. Kim Fajardo dished out 24 excellent sets while Dawn Macandili had 30 digs for the Cargo Movers, who last won the All-Filipino title in their debut in 2016.

Since joining three years ago, F2 Logistics has been in the All-Filipino finals and reached the PSL championship round for seven consecutive times out of its eight overall appearances.

The best-of-three finals series is set on Saturday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum with F2 Logistics battling the survivor between Petron or Cignal.

Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat carried the Tornadoes with 20 and 15 points, respectively, while Marian Buitre and EJ Laure had 10 and nine points for Foton, which gave up 37 errors to be relegated in the bronze match on Saturday.

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