Riding the crest of an unbeaten streak, the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers ripped the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors in straight sets, 25-22, 25-3, 25-12, in the 2019 PSL All-Filipino Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Thursday.
The Cargo Movers have kept their record pristine with an 8-0 card. They also remain perched atop the standings ahead of the second-seeded Petron Blaze Spikers, who hold a 7-1 slate as of this writing.
Kalei Mau top-scored anew, scoring 13 points, all but a point coming from attacks. Ara Galang supplied nine points and two blocks laced with 15 excellent digs.
After bagging the opening salvo, the F2 Logistics played with its usual overwhelming pace and erected insurmountable leads in the next two sets, including a 25-3 spread in the second frame — the largest cushion established in a set for the Cargo Movers this season so far.
“Hindi ko na in-expect yun kasi walang service error and then hindi rin naka-pass yung Sta. Lucia,” F2 Logistics head coach Ramil De Jesus said.
Majoy Baron, who netted five of her team’s nine kill blocks, added nine points. Dawn Macandili anchored on defense with 24 excellent digs and seven excellent receptions.
Though the Cargo Movers ended the game via a sweep, they have to buck a sluggish start to kick their offense into gear.
“Lahat nagpapakarimdaman parang nagaantay na mag-error yun kalaban. Hindi naman pe-puwedeng ganun, kailangan maging aggressive tayo sa loob dahil unang una hirap pumasa nung first set tapos yung mga simpleng bola hindi tinataas,” De Jesus said.
Behind Roselle Baliton and a string of errors from F2 Logistics, the Lady Realtors mounted a six-point cushion and seemed to have the first set at hand, 21-15.
However, as Des Cheng came off the bench and provided the spark while Galang, Aby Maraño and Baron heated up, the Cargo Movers stormed back and snatched an early advantage.
No Lady Realtor scored in double-digits. Andrea Marzan managed eight points while Baliton chipped seven points for Sta. Lucia, which fell to a 1-8 record.
F2 Logistics will try to quell the Foton next Thursday while Sta. Lucia looks to arrest its skid as it faces Cignal on Saturday. Both games will be played at the FilOil Arena.
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