Cargo Movers claim second straight title
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 17, 2019 11:34 PM
F2 Logistics extended its reign in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference for another year after knocking out Petron in the championship round.
F2 Logistics retained the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference title after staving off archrival Petron, 25-22, 25-18, 17-25, 22-25, 15-12, in an epic knock out battle Thursday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Kalei Mau, Kim Dy and conference Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron took matters into their own hands as the Cargo Movers displayed a well-orchestrated game plan as they stunned erstwhile undefeated Blaze Spikers.
Mau, who early in the season-ending conference nursed an Achilles injury, fired 27 kills and had three aces for 30 points and tallied 21 digs for F2 Logistics, who won its second straight title this season after annexing the All-Filipino Conference crown. Baron had 15 points with four coming off kill blocks, Dy got 14 while skipper Aby Marano had five kill blocks in her 10-point outing for the Cargo Movers.
“After nu’ng All-Filipino nasa vacation mode pa e. Tapos sabi ko sa kanila mas mahirap maglaro nang hindi tayo kumpleto like nu’ng mga elimination round wala si Kalei so nag-struggle talaga ‘yung team and ito nu’ng bumalik malaking bagay yung pagbalik niya,” said Cargo Movers coach Ramil De Jesus, who steered the club to its fifth title overall.
F2 Logistics looked ready to win the fifth set in a lopsided manner, 9-4, before Petron threatened within two, 9-11, in a wild race to the finish with both teams using the Challenge system to contest every crucial point. But the Cargo Movers were able to protect the lead until the finish.
Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Bernadeth Pons paced Petron, who defeated F2 Logistics in the elims in straights sets, with 23 and 18 points, respectively, while Sisi Rondina chipped in with 14 markers.
Meanwhile, Cignal settled for the bronze medal following an emphatic 25-22, 25-15, 25-17 win over Foton.
Roselyn Doria delivered six attacks, three blocks and two aces while skipper Rachel Anne Daquis and Mylene Paat had 10 and nine points, respectively, for the HD Spikers.
Filipino-American setter Alohi Robins-Hardy also shone, finishing with 14 excellent sets with 10 markers built around four kills, three blocks and three aces.
None from Foton emerged with double figures with Marian Buitre proving as the lone bright spot in the absence of towering sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat, who are still in Japan to compete in the prestigious V. Premier League. Worse, the Tornadoes lost CJ Rosario, who sprained her left knee after an awkward landing early in the third set.
Buitre finished with nine points for Foton, which has yet to win the title after back-to-back conquests in the Grand Prix of 2014 and 2015.
Baron also bagged the 1st Best Middle Blocker award while Doria got the 2nd Best Middle Blocker recognition. Rondina earned the Best Scorer and 1st Best Outside Spiker, Maizo-Pontillas brought home the Best Opposite Spiker, while Angel Legacion also of Petron was the Best setter. Fotons’ Shaya Adorador won the 2nd Best Outside Spiker while Jen Reyes pocketed the Best Libero plum.