Lacsina Ivy Lacsina (right) celebrate F2 Logistics’ point against Creamline with Kim Kianna Dy. PVL photo

Lacsina shines for F2

February 20, 2023 Theodore P. Jurado 640 views

INFRONT of 6,765 fans at the Philsports Arena, F2 Logistics middle blocker Ivy Lacsina capitalized on an opportunity to show her composure and maturity.

With the game hanging in the balance at 14-14 in the fifth set, Lacsina was placed in a nerve-wracking situation where one misstep could spell doom for the Cargo Movers.

But the 23-year old Lacsina, showing steely resolve from the service line, was determined to help F2 Logistics in beating fancied Creamline.

Her first attempt proved to be a success, landing a heavy serve that resulted in a Kim Kianna Dy block on Cool Smashers open spiler Tots Carlos, putting the Cargo Movers at a match-point advantage after trailing by 12-14.

Lacsina then got the job done with a perfectly-calculated service ace that completed F2 Logistics’ dramatic 23-25, 25-18, 16-25, 25-23, 16-14 victory Creamline to regain its winning ways in the Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference.

The Cargo Movers tied their victims in second place at 2-1 and have won two in a row against the Cool Smashers since the Reinforced Conference, where the country’s decorated clubs first met.

F2 Logistics coach Regine Diego praised Lacsina’s composure and maturity in probably her biggest game as a pro.

“She’s maturing. Ever since, she wasn’t really the type of player who could really score an ace, but now she’s maturing, she’s growing up into a lady who can carry herself and can also lead the team,” said Diego, who had previously handled Lacsina at Nazareth School of National University.

Team captain Aby Maraño, also praised Lacsina for stepping up to the challenge and delivered.

“All that was in our minds, Ara [Galang] and I, was telling Ivy that in the most important moment, she should make an ace, and she delivered,” said Maraño, who finished with 14 points in the win.

Lacsina finished with seven points, including two service aces, for the Cargo Movers.

The victory helped F2 Logistics bounce back from its disappointing straight-set loss to Chery Tiggo, which took the solo lead at 3-0.

“Creamline’s fans are so many. I respect you guys, the way you support your team. To the F2 supporters, you might not be as many as the Creamline supporters, but you really pushed and it’s really something that we can be proud of,” said Diego.

“It was a very fun game because it’s really hard to coach when the opponent is good. It’s so satisfying to play against a good opponent. Maybe the game was just meant to be for us. The breaks of the game, and even if you turned it upside down, it would still be us winning. We couldn’t get this win of course without hard work but our opponents also worked hard so I respect them for that. But maybe this time, we just wanted it more,” the rookie female coach added.