Solid and systematic: Reviewing F2 Logistics’ AFC campaign

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In an all-too familiar ending against their perennial rivals, the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers fell short of securing the championship with another bridesmaid finish in the 2018 PSL All-Filipino Conference.

Meeting for the fifth consecutive time in the championship series, the Cargo Movers successfully forced a third game before being swept by the Blaze Spikers to settle for second best.

Under the tutelage of head coach Ramil de Jesus, F2 Logistics displayed a solid and systematic game all throughout the conference. 13 out of its 14 players in the lineup previously played and are currently playing for the De La Salle University Lady Spikers — one of the strongest collegiate teams in the country.

In terms of offense, the Cargo Movers fared well as they placed fourth in the conference with 40.47 kills per game and a 28.61 percent efficiency.

Middle blocker Majoy Baron headlined F2 Logistics’ offensive arsenal as she finished as the team’s best scorer, tallying 166 points overall and averaging 11.07 points per game.

With a system well-known for its blocking prowess, the Cargo Movers excelled as they averaged 7.8 blocks per game, second highest in the league.

Middle blockers Baron and team captain Aby Maraño spearheaded their team’s net defense, but they also enjoyed help from their wing spikers to keep the attacks at bay.

F2 Logistics also proved to be a good serving team as they placed second in the conference, registering 6.27 aces per game. Heavy servers from the team include Conference Best Setter Kim Fajardo and wing spiker Ara Galang.

The Cargo Movers also killed it with their splendid floor defense all throughout the tournament.

Multi-awarded libero Dawn Macandili and national team mainstay Cha Cruz-Behag led their team as they recorded 77.47 successful digs per game, the best in the tournament. They also fared well in the receiving department–while they placed fifth with 26.13 successful receives per game, their 44.04 percent efficiency placed third in the conference.

This solid floor defense led to amazing playmaking by setters Fajardo and Michelle Cobb, with the team recording 32.07 successful sets per game and a 25.13 percent efficiency, third best in the league.

With a systematic game that imposes fear on their opponents, the Cargo Movers are perhaps the only team right now who could give the five-time champions Blaze Spikers a run for their money.

The team has already tapped the services of American players Rebecca Perry and Lindsay Stalzer to bolster their lineup for their campaign.

F2 Logistics hope to enter the championship round once again in the upcoming PSL Grand Prix as they look for their fourth championship in the league.

(Statistics from VBall DB)

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