LIPA CITY – F2 Logistics pulled off a dominant 25-12, 25-10, 25-6 win over Baguio to remain unbeaten in the PNVF Champions League yesterday at the Aquamarine Recreational Center here.
Kim Kianna Dy took the scoring mantle with 13 points as the Cargo Movers needed only 72 minutes to improve to 2-0, while pinning the Lady Highlanders their second straight loss.
Earlier, Tuguegarao Perlas allowed California Precision Sports to snatch a set but was still able to enter the win column via a 25-20, 25-27, 25-15, 25-17 decision.
Baguio could not find an antidote in neutralizing F2 Logistics’ strong start in every set, allowing coach Ramil de Jesus to shuffle his vastly-talented roster.
“Binigyan namin ng exposure yung iba just in case na kailangan namin sa susunod namin na laro. At least nakita ko na kung sino yung puwede mahugot,” said De Jesus, as his troops enter a tough stretch starting with PetroGazz today.
One of them was Ara Galang, who as a second set starter produced two service aces spearheaded the Cargo Movers’ 8-1 start.
“Alam naman natin yung pinaggalingan ni Ara. Kung hindi mo siya kilala as a player, mahirap para sa mga coaches na i-expect sa kanya yung sobrang taas na mahirap naman niya ibigay para sa ngayon. Pero darating din yung panahon na mabibigay niya yung kaya niyang gawin,” said De Jesus.
Galang, who eventually finished with five points and collected two digs, is making the most out of bringing back her old form that made her a fan favorite.
“Tine-take ko lang one game at a time, day-by-day. Nagfo-focus lang ako sa macocontribute ko at matutulong ko sa team,” said Galang.
“Yung focus, hindi ko puwede alisin at yung mindset. Hindi lang every gameday, kailangan pagtiwalaan ko pa rin yung sarili ko,” she added.
“Kailangan ko bigay yung kumpyansa sa sarili ko tulad ng kumpyansa na binibigay sa akin ng coaches at mga kasama ko. Ginagampanan ko lang yung pinapagawa sa akin.”
F2 raced to a 14-0 lead in the third set before handing Baguio its first point after substitute setter Rem Cailing committed a service error.
Cailing scored all of her seven points from the service zone while Majoy Baron chipped in six points for the Cargo Movers.
CPS took the second set to level, but the Perlas Spikers were able to dominate the next two behind Nicole Tiamzon and Michelle Morente to rebound from a four-set loss to reigning PVL Open Conference champion Chery Tiggo in the opener.
Tiamzon had another solid outing of 18 points, including two service aces, and 12 digs while Morente had two blocks to finish with 11 points for the Perlas Spikers.
Aware of what CPS could offer, coach Rei Diaz reminded his troops to deliver their A-game.
“Kami, to give respect sa kalaban namin, hindi namin tinitignan kung sinong team. Kami, nakamindset kami all out kami. Every game namin championship game. Nakakahanga yung pinakita nung California,” said Diaz.
CPS was on the cusp of winning its first set in the tournament in the second when the Perlas Spikers saved three set points courtesy of Tiamzon and Morente to make it a 24-24 tie.
But the Antipolo-based CPS was able to pull through in the extended second set, 27-25, with Casiey Dongallo delivering the key hits.
The Perlas Spikers regrouped in the next two, as the young CPS crew crumbled under intense pressure.
Up next for the Perlas Spikers is another morning match-up with Baguio at 10 a.m. on Monday, hoping to score another victory to stay in the hunt in the short tournament that has Rebisco, Pitmaster Foundation Inc., Top Speed, 1Pacman Partylist, Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Olympic Committee as platinum sponsors and F2 Logistics, Asics, PLDT, MVP Sports Foundation and Mikasa as gold sponsors and BCDA, Philippine Red Cross, Lipa City, Davies Paints and Emerald PVC Pipes, Fittings and Doors as silver sponsors with PNVF godfather, Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the Champions League, giving his full support.
“Magandang opportunity siya e. Kami gra-grab lang namin yung opportunity. Ang goal namin is to give our best every game,” said Diaz.
“Marami pa kami dapat ensayuhin pero yung sa ngayon, kung ano yung kaya namin kontrolin, yun ang gagawin namin. Like yung pattern namin, ifi-fix namin iyon,” he added.
CPS, which also put up a gallant stand against F2 Logistics in last Sunday’s inaugurals, fell to its second straight defeat alongside Baguio at the bottom of the standings.
CPS saved two set points courtesy of Jelai Gajero to threaten at 20-24 but the Perlas Spikers emerged triumphant in the opening set courtesy of a kill by substitute Cherilyn Sindayen.
“It’s teamwork kasi at nakita namin gumawa ang lahat including the second six,” said Tiamzon, who followed up her 21-point showing in the Perlas Spikers’ 22-25, 25-20, 14-25, 23-25 defeat to the Crossovers.
Catmon, Cebu native Dongallo led CPS with 18 points while Gajero added nine points, including two service aces, 12 digs and eight receptions.