MANILA, Philippines – In a decisive victory over Foton on Tuesday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig, F2 Logistics didn’t take any chances and advanced unabatedly toward the Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference semifinals. The team smothered Foton with its renowned power and slick passing.
The Cargo Movers took care of business right away and controlled the rest of the way, never giving the Tornadoes a chance to drag them into another drawn-out, energy-draining conflict that resulted in a variety of outcomes.
The Petro Gazz Angels, who were attempting to move into joint second place at 3 to 2, were similarly denied their chance once it was announced that Foton had lost.
The Cargo Movers defeated the Choco Mucho Flying Titans in a similar manner the night before, giving the Angels a share of the lead with the Cargo Movers and the Cignal HD Spikers at 3 to 1. The following night, on July 13, Petro Gazz handed F2 Logistics a difficult five-set setback.
However, last Saturday’s defeat of Petro Gazz, which was also a five-team match, by Choco Mucho strengthened F2 Logistics’ ambition to go to the semifinals alongside the eliminated Foton team.
In Pool A play, Choco Mucho, Cignal, PLDT, and Chery Tiggo were vying for second place at the time of publication.
To pull off the one-hour, 26-minute triumph, F2 outscored Foton 46-30 in spikes, had six aces to the Tornadoes’ three, and scored 14 points off of errors made by its opponent.
Eya Lacsina scored an outstanding 16 points, but her efforts fell short in the face of Ara Galang’s commanding performance. Galang not only helped secure the victory with her scoring prowess but also showed off her serving power by dishing out two aces.
The F2 Logistics Cargo Movers displayed their skill on both wings of the court as they executed their game plan with accuracy and efficiency. They outperformed the Foton Tornadoes in blocking with a 9-8 lead, scoring a significant amount of points because of their potent hits, quick plays, and strong blocking.
In addition to Lacsina and Galang’s outstanding performances, Aby Marao and Kim Dy also made a huge impact for the Cargo Movers, scoring nine and eight points, respectively. Regine Diego, the head coach of F2 Logistics, leaned on her team’s veteran core to get off to a fast start and seize the initiative.
With the exception of one, all 16 of the team’s sets were delivered by Kim Fajardo, who is now the team’s starting setter. The team’s success was greatly influenced by her capacity to provide stability to the court and generate scoring opportunities for Lacsina and Galang.
Myla Pablo and Jolina dela Cruz, two rookies who combined for six points, helped the Cargo Movers, showing off their depth and bright potential.
On the opposite side, the Foton Tornadoes battled valiantly the entire game, benefiting from Jasmine Nabor’s nine points and Set Rodriguez and Shaya Adorador’s combined 13 hits. Additionally, they profited on F2’s mistakes, scoring nine points as a result. The Tornadoes gave it their all, but despite their best efforts, they were unsuccessful and finished the game 1-4.
F2 Logistics and Foton both showed skill, tenacity, and strategic execution during their duel. It gave spectators a thrilling and intense clash while showcasing the skill and competitiveness of the league’s players. Both teams will continue to strive for excellence as the season goes on, developing their abilities and elevating their performances to meet their individual objectives.