F2 remains undefeated, Cignal sends Iriga to third straight loss

November 11, 2017

by: Charmie Lising

F2 Logistics' Aby Marano (Photo courtsey of the PSL Instagram page)
F2 Logistics’ Aby Marano (Photo courtsey of the PSL Instagram page)

 

The F2 Logistics Cargo Movers retained their unblemished record in the Chooks-to-Go PSL Grand Prix 2017 as they halted the Cocolife Asset Managers’ two-game streak, 26-24, 25-21, 25-21, on Saturday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan.

“Tulad naman ng ibang mga teams hindi naman madaling kalaban ang Cocolife,” head coach Ramil de Jesus said. “Nakita ko na nagpanalo sa amin ay yung determination ng mga players ko. Wala pa kaming talo so yun ang gusto naming i-maintain.”

Maria Jose Perez was hailed MVP of the Match with 14 attacks, two aces, and a block for 17 points. Kennedy Bryan and Kim Kianna Dy contributed ten points apiece.

The Asset Managers attempted to recover and come back from a two-set deficit. Taylor Milton tied the score at 16-all in the third period but Aby Marano’s timely blocks and a service ace put F2 on top by three, 20-17.

The American import tried to keep Cocolife alive and managed to bring them within a point, 22-21. The Cargo Movers, however, held on and scored three straight markers to complete the sweep.

Milton’s 21-point outing was all for naught as the Asset Managers fell to a three-way tie for fourth place with Cignal and Generika, all sporting 2-3 cards.

In the first match, Jovelyn Gonzaga propelled the Cignal HD Spikers to a hard-fought three-set victory over the Iriga City Oragons, 26-24, 25-23, 25-17.

Cignal managed to close out the tightly-contested first two sets, thanks to clutch plays by Gonzaga, who top-scored for her team with 15 kills. She also had four excellent receptions and three digs. Foreign reinforcements Beth Carey and Alexis Matthews finished with ten markers apiece.

“Overwhelming (yung panalo) dahil galing din kami sa ilang talo,” head coach George Pascua said about their second win in the conference. “Hopefully, ma-sustain namin yung winning character ng mga players.”

The Oragons put up a huge fight especially in the opening sets with Serbian reinforcement Tamara Kmezic displaying her aggressiveness from the get-go. Determined to regain their winning form, the HD Spikers managed to make runs and completely pull away in the third period.

Kmezic was responsible for 22 of Iriga’s 42 attacks, but her efforts were simply not enough to tow her squad to a win. Fellow import Saam Miyagawa added 12 kills and two service aces in the loss.

Cignal improved to a 2-3 slate, while Iriga absorbed their third straight defeat in four games.

 

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