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Young F2 weathers RC Cola in Part One of epic weekend clash

The F2 Logistics Cargo Movers are undeniable.

After barely facing any resistance at the start of the season, F2 Logistics responded to extreme adversity and kept their undefeated record, surviving the RC Cola-Army Lady Troopera 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, 26-28, 15-10 at the end of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

F2’s Aby Maraño starred in the early goings of the match, dominating tge action at net and allowing her team to sprint ahead 19-11. Army sued for a comeback through steady floor defense. An ace from Jovelyn Gonzaga brought Army within two, 22-24, but Maraño doused the run with a soft hit that slipped past two blockers and ended the set.

The Cargo Movers’ tough serving broke the Lady Troopers in the second frame. F2 transitioned swiftly after every defensive play and buried Army in a 22-11 hole, putting Army in a 0-2 hole.

The third set was close throughout until Army broke away with a 5-0 run, 22-16, thanks to Tina Salak’s playmaking. F2 inched closer after two Amry errors brought the deficit down to three, 22-19, but Salak kept Army head eventually towing Army to the set win with her signature drop ball.

Army established an early two-point lead in the fourth set, maintaining it until Maraño and Ara Galang converted kills to tie te set at 22. They dragged each other to a deuce until Rachel Daquis hit the service line and won Army the set through a perfectly-placed serve then an ace.

Knackered, Army tried to put up a fight in the fifth set but F2’s young legs prevailed in the end. F2 turned a one-point lead, 8-7, into a six-point advantage, 14-8, eventually waltzing out of the match after an exchange of errors.

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“Siguro factor na rin na pagod na sila,” said F2 Logistics head coach Ramil De Jesus. “Sabi ko lang sa team na kailangan maka-receive kami. Nawala kasi ‘yun noong third and fourth set.”

Galang led four F2 players who scored in double-digits with 18 points, Maraño added 13, Kim Dy managed 11, while Kim Fajardo went for 10 points with 41 excellent sets.

Jovelyn Gonzaga finished the match with a game-high 19 points while Daquis added 14.

The teams again face off tomorrow 6:00 pm at the FilOil Flying V Centre at to start the second round.

The Scores

F2 Logistics (3) – Galang 18, Maraño 13, Dy 11, Fajardo 10, Reyes 7, Cruz 5, Baron 5, Mercado 4, Gendrauli 0, Macandili (L)

RC Cola (2) – Gonzaga 19, Daquis 14, Bunag 9, Sabas 9, Tubino 8, Salak 6, Bautista 5, De Los Reyes 2, Carolino 1, Bunag 0, Gonzales 0, Torres (L), Agno (L)

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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