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Kalei Mau, F2 Logistics end Cignal’s Cinderella run to reign supreme in AFC



Tiebreaker Times Kalei Mau, F2 Logistics end Cignal's Cinderella run to reign supreme in AFC News PSL Volleyball  Ramil De Jesus Rachel Daquis Kim Fajardo Kalei Mau Jovelyn Gonzaga Jheck Dionela F2 Logistics Cargo Movers Edgar Barroga Dawn Macandili Cignal HD Spikers Alohi Robins-Hardy 2019 PSL Season 2019 PSL All Filipino Conference

Fresh off a five-set affair in Game One last Saturday, the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers fended off another uphill battle. They smashed the Cignal HD Spikers in straight-set fashion, 25-14, 25-16, 25-19, in Game Two of the 2019 PSL All-Filipino Conference Finals, Tuesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

“Talagang very happy kami. Eto nakuha na namin yung talagang goal namin,” F2 Logistics head coach Ramil De Jesus rejoiced. “Na-maximize namin ‘yung mga simpleng galaw ng kalaban. Nakita namin na hindi katulad last Saturday, lahat ng nagawa namin, nandoon sila. Ngayon, mga simple lang na opensa, namamatay.”

Drawing strength from the playmaking of Kim Fajardo, the troika of Kim Kianna Dy, Kalei Mau and Majoy Baron pounced on the HD Spikers’ sloppy reception, powering the Cargo Movers to a 23-10 cushion in the opening salvo.

Picking up where they left off in the match opener, Mau led another offensive thrust for the F2 Logistics in the ensuing frame. From a slim 11-10 breather, the Cargo Movers unfurled a searing rally that widened the gap to a 23-16 spread after the 6-foot-2 Fil-Hawaiian detonated a back row bomb.

In the decisive third set, the Cargo Movers held a precarious edge yet again at 12-11. Ara Galang though nailed the momentum-swinging blow that catalyzed a 6-0 spurt, lifting the F2 Logistics to a commanding 18-11 cushion.

Though Ranya Musa stopped the bleeding for Cignal, Dy swiftly restored order for the Cargo Movers, who sprinted to a 23-18 advantage. Desiree Cheng then slammed the door shut at 24-19 before Mau locked the title for good with a haymaker from the back row.

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Mau was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the All-Filipino tourney. She hammered down 17 attacks and an ace en route to a game-high 19 points.

Dy supplied 13 markers — built on nine attacks and four kill blocks while Galang and Baron contributed six markers apiece. Dawn Macandili manned the floor with 20 excellent digs.

F2 Logistic playmaker Fajardo churned out the offense with 19 excellent sets for the Cargo Movers, who rained down 39 attacks. The product of De La Salle also had 10 excellent digs.

On the other hand, the prolific duo of Jovelyn Gonzaga and reigning Best Outside Spiker Rachel Daquis was limited to a combined 15 markers. The former had eight attacks and an ace for a team-high nine points while the latter managed six markers.

Alohi Robins-Hardy, who was hailed as the Best Setter of the conference, dished out 20 excellent sets laced with seven markers — off five attacks, a block and an ace. Four-time Best Libero Jheck Dionela collected 18 excellent digs and five excellent receptions.