F2 Logistics pulled off a nerve-wracking 18-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-19 win over Foton to emerge as the champion of the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan City.
Ara Galang and Kim Dy powered the Cargo Movers’ victory in Game 3 of the best-of-three titular duel.
Galang notched nine kills and two blocks to finish with 12 points while Dy finished with 11 hits for the Cargo Movers, who had an emphatic nine-game winning run in the eliminations before being beaten by the Tornadoes down the stretch to settle for the second spot in the semifinals.
Libero Dawn Macandili also did a fine job with 10 digs en route to winning the Most Valuable Player plum.
In the semifinals, F2 Logistics made a quick work of reigning champion Petron to book a championship duel with powerhouse Foton who’ve won the Grand Prix title last year.
But the wards of de Jesus couldn’t be denied.
The Cargo Movers drew first blood by wining Game 1 in five sets before faltering with a four-set loss in Game 2 resulting in a winner-take-all battle.
Although F2 Logistics had a jittery start as Jaja Santiago, Cherry Rondina and EJ Laure hounded and pounded it from the attack zone, the Cargo Movers managed to stand up to score the equalizer in the second set.
It was all F2 Logistics in the third set as Mika Reyes and Galang asserted their presence to turn a 19-all deadlock into a 22-19 edge before Foton fell into a maze of errors that put the Cargo Movers a set shy from clinching the crown.
With a solid momentum, the Cargo Movers raced to a 16-11 lead entering the second technical timeout of the fourth set. Although Foton refused to die and hung tough with a 19-23 deficit, an attack by Dy and an ace by Reyes sealed the victory for F2 Logistics.
It was such a sorry loss for Foton that was regarded as the team to beat after acquiring Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, Laure and Rondina in the off-season.
The Tornadoes, however, committed 37 errors while doing a poor job in the reception line to doom their chances for the title.
Santiago finished with 14 kills, four blocks and two aces for a total of 20 points while Rondina had 12 hits for the Tornadoes, who will represent the country in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship from September 3 to 11 at the Alonte Sports Center in Biñan City.
EMIL C. NOGUERA