Logistics F2 Logistics players, led by Kianna Dy celebrate after their inspiring but exhausting five-set win over Choco Mucho in the PVL Invitational Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig. F2 will take on PetroGazz in another crucial encounter today. Photo by Ernie Sarmiento

Big test for F2 Logistics

July 12, 2023 Theodore P. Jurado 314 views
Dy rejoices. Photo by Ernie Sarmiento

WITH a short recovery time from Tuesday night’s exhausting five-set win over Choco Mucho, F2 Logistics hopes to summon enough strength against PetroGazz as it tries to move on the cusp of nailing a semifinals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference at the Philsports Arena.

“Well, it’s good to celebrate kasi a win is a win and that win is amazing but siyempre, it’s not the end yet. All we have to do is remind these girls that we have to recover more because our next game is on Thursday. So recovery is everything,” said coach Regine Diego after the Cargo Movers, with two successful challenges late in the match saved them from the jaws of defeat, pulled off an epic 21-25, 25-17, 17-25, 25-21, 18-16 win over the Flying Titans.

F2 Logistics fought back from 11-14 deficit in the decider to snatch the win and eventually seize the solo lead in Pool B at 3-0.

Choco Mucho actually thought that it won the match after Kim Kianna Dy miscalculated her crosscourt attack, resulting in the ball sailing out. The Cargo Movers, however, managed to give the team a lifeline by initiating a net touch challenge, which was deemed successful, allowing them to stay in the match.

One of the young rising coaching stars, Diego praised her eagle-eyed coaching staff for spotting the Flying Titans’ violation.

“Our coaching staff actually has responsibilities and they have their own jobs inside the court. I’m coaching… well maybe I’m just the person standing up but we were working on it,” said Diego after the two-hour, 37-minute thriller.

“We talked about it, lahat halos ng rotation pinaguusapan namin ng coaching staff so it was really a teamwork thing kaya kudos to my coaching staff, you guys are the best,” she added.

Boasting one of the league’s strength and conditioning staff, F2 Logistics expects to recover quick through rest and proper nutrition as it faces another tough contender in pursuit of a coveted semifinal seat.

The Cargo Movers know that the Angels are no pushovers despite the loss of middle blocker MJ Phillips in the 12 noon match.

“I know these girls are not going to be overconfident for the next game. So we’re just going to celebrate for a second here and we’ll just move on and continue to work,” Diego said.

Grethcel Soltones-led PetroGazz is locked in a three-way tie at 2-1 with Choco Mucho and Cignal, which will face winless Farm Fresh at 6:30 p.m. in what looms to be a wild, furious chase for the two semis slots in Pool B.

In Pool A, defending champion Creamline also going all-out to nail the first semis spot against PLDT at 4 p.m., while Chery Tiggo and Gerflor kick off another four-match fixture at 9:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, the PVL on late Tuesday apologized for the inconvenience caused by the breakdown of the air-conditioning system due to the huge number of people watched the F2 Logistics-Choco Mucho match inside the Pasig arena that numbered to over 7,000.

The Philippine Sports Commission has already ordered the replacement of chiller No. 3 to ensure a more comfortable environment for the next gamedays, according to the organizing Sports Vision.

Des Cheng left in the fourth set due to exhaustion while Chery Nunag cramped out in the fifth set, hampering the Flying Titans’ offensive threat and defensive stance.

The Cool Smashers have been dominant as they have not yet dropped a set in two matches with Tots Carlos playing her usual best.

Health is a concern for the High Speed Hitters, as two of their players in the starting rotation missed the conference opener.

Mika Reyes and Mean Mendez, who didn’t see action in PLDT’s 25-15, 25-19, 25-22 romp over Akari last June 1, hope to get cleared against Creamline.