February 25, 2018, 9:50 am
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F2 Logistics puts win skein on the line

F2 Logistics stakes its immaculate record when it battles another contender in Cignal today in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at The Arena in San Juan.

The game is set at 7 p.m. with the Cargo Movers looking to stretch their five-game winning run in the club tourney sponsored by Mikasa, Grand Sport, Senoh, Mueller, Island Rose, Cloudfone and UCPB Gen.

Generika-Ayala is out to improve its standing when it collides with lowly Victoria Sports-UST in the 4:15 p.m. curtain-raiser.

After opening their campaign with a big win over Petron, the Cargo Movers humbled Sta. Lucia, Cocolife, Generika-Ayala and Victoria Sports-UST in straight sets, raising hopes the team is capable of sweeping the eliminations.

Coach Ramil de Jesus remained grounded, however, saying their coming battles against Cignal and reigning champion Foton will test their character.

“While sweeping the eliminations is our main goal, we know that we still have a lot of things to work and improve on. This is a tough league. You really have to work hard if you want to win,” he said.

De Jesus also stressed that Cignal won’t be an easy opponent.

Bannered by a pair of strong middle blockers in Beth Carey of Australia and Alexis Matthews of United States with Japanese libero Mami Miyashita at the backline, the HD Spikers have the height, talent and power to contend.

They lost to Petron and Cocolife before recovering with a straight-sets conquest of Iriga City last week for a 2-3 card going into the crucial stretch of eliminations.

Against the Lady Oragons, star spiker Rachel Anne Daquis sat out, but Jovelyn Gonzaga, Paneng Mercado and Royse Tubino stepped up to help Carey and Matthews.

“Hopefully, we can sustain our winning ways,” said Cignal coach George Pascua, adding that Daquis will be back in harness after missing a couple of games to rest.

“I always tell the team that we are a champion team. We’re being expected to play like one. So we have to work hard every game and live above those expectations.”

Pascua said that for them to pull the rug from under the Cargo Movers, they have to stop the effective middle game of Aby Marano and Majoy Baron as well as the attacking prowess of imports Kennedy Bryan and Maria Jose Perez, who was named as the PSL Press Corps’ Chooks to Go Player of the Week over the weekend.

“We need to take away their middle game and attacks through effective blocking and floor defense. F2 (Logistics) is a very good team. You have to be at your best defensively for you to win.”
 
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