F2 Logistics pounced on Generika-Ayala’s erratic reception and unforced errors to register a masterful 25-14, 25-18, 25-17 victory in the quarterfinals of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference last night at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Ara Galang led the charge, carrying the offensive cudgels for the reigning champions, who formally booked a semifinal ticket in this prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Rebisco, Belo and Gold’s Gym with TV5 as official broadcast partner.
The Cargo Movers will face the winner between Cignal and Cocolife in a sudden-death semifinal battle of this league that also has Senoh, Mikasa, Mueller, Asics and grand Sport as technical sponsors on July 6 at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.
A three-time UAAP champion for De La Salle, Galang delivered 10 kills and a pair of aces while national team addition Kim Dy chipped in 10 markers for F2 Logistics, which is riding the crest of a five-game winning streak after losing to powerhouse Petron and Cignal in its first two matches.
The Cargo Movers were also impressive from the service box with eight aces and enjoyed the 32 extra points coming off the Lifesavers’ errors.
F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, however, emphasized that what they’ve shown was still far from their championship form.
“We still have a lot to show,” said de Jesus following the battle that lasted for only 70 minutes.
True enough, the Cargo Movers were largely in control all throughout.
The only scary moment for F2 Logistics was in the second set when they fell behind by seven, 7-14.
But the Cargo Movers quickly brushed off the rust, turning a huge deficit into a 19-18 lead off an ace by Kim Fajardo. Kim Dy, then, delivered a strong hit from the opposite before Galang had her turn with a sharp attack that went down the line to enter the third set oozing with confidence.
Angeli Araneta registered 11 markers to serve as the lone bright spot for the Lifesavers, who were relegated to the battle for 5th to 8th places on Tuesday at the Imus Sports Complex in Imus City.