MANILA, Philippines – in the Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference semifinals on Tuesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo, F2 Logistics joined a crowded group at fourth place after shrugging off the negative connotation of an unsettling defeat the first time out with a sizable bounce-back victory on a potent blend of power and blocking. The team defeated Nxled, 25 to 20, 25 to 14, 25 to 16.
The Cargo Movers, led by Ivy Lacsina, destroyed the Chameleons on offense, 42 to 27, and F2 Logistics, led by the former National U stand out on defense, thwarted several Nxled attacks, resulting in glaring 12 to 1 variations in blocks.
Along with her 10-point performance, Majoy Baron recorded four blocks. She and Lacsina effectively developed an obstruction that the Nxled hitters found impossible to penetrate, especially in the third set, which allowed the Cargo Movers to come back from deficits of three points to win the match in three consecutive sets in one hour and 22 minutes.
Nxled’s shaky service reception was exploited by F2 Logistics as well, who scored seven outstanding while on giving up five of their own.
However, even though they were able to reduce their spontaneous mistakes by six after making 26 in their shocking five-set loss to the Akari Los Angeles Chargers the previous week, the Cargo Movers were only able to score 14 points off of the Chameleons’ mistakes.
For the Cargo Moving companies, who will next compete against the Galeries Tower Highrisers in a PVL on Tour game in Candon, Ilocos Sur, Philippines this coming Saturday, Jolina dela Cruz scored 11 points and recorded 11 superb receptions, Aby Marao added seven points, the majority of which came on her trademark running acts of terrorism, and Ara Galang in addition finished with seven points of her own.
Thus, F2 Logistics was tied for fourth with the company Choco Mucho, PLDT, Cignal, and Akari. Nxled, one of the two startups on the season-ending gathering of the league run by Sports Vision, made their debut with a straight-set victory over Gerflor last week.
With two victories each, Petro Gazz, Chery Tiggo, and fighting push Creamline led the all-time record 12-team cast.
Nxled was led by Lycha Ebon’s 11 points, followed by Jho Maraguinot’s seven points, Krich Macaslang’s five points, and Camille Victoria’s five points. The Chameleons’ offense, however, ran into trouble in the final two sets immediately following, keeping the game close in the first set before fading in the face from the Cargo Movers’ potent windup.
F2 Logistics fell behind by three points three times in the first part of the third, the last time at 7 to 10 on a Victoria ace after a leisurely second.
The freight Movers drove six of the subsequent seven points, which were highlighted by blocks from Baron and Lacsina, after Victoria blew a service opportunity and lost the point.
After Ebon cut the F2 lead to 12 to 17 thanks to a through-the-block hit, Lacsina and Baron together for two more blocks, the former adding two hits and the latter one also scoring with a power swipe, giving Cargo Movers a 22 to 15 advantage.
Subsequently, following notching back-to-back aces, Kim Fajardo stopped their run with a service error. However, Judith Abil also made a mistake on the service line, losing the match.