F2 Logistics Cargo Movers will go home sans a medal as they bowed to Khonkaen All Stars Volleyball Club in the nail-biting five set thriller during the bronze medal match of the 2018 Sealect Tuna Women’s Volleyball Championship, Sunday afternoon at Sisaket, Thailand.
Following the semifinals loss against PEA Sisaket, the Ramil de Jesus-mentored squad squandered a two set edge as they surrender the bronze medal to Khonkaen, 25-12, 25-22, 19-25, 16-25, 17-19.
After a dominating opening frame, the two-time PSL champions found themselves trailing in the second set as Khonkaen rallied behind Kannika Thipachot, former Thai import in the Philippines.
Down by three, Kim Dy tied the set at 21 all via three consecutive kills to propel F2’s comeback win in the second set.
With their backs against the wall, Thipachot and Khathalee Pinsuwan conspired as Khonkaen took the next two frames to force a rubber set.
Ara Galang waxed hot in the decider set, firing two kills and a block to put F2 at 4-1. The Thais made a 4-0 run to steal the lead.
The two squads traded points before a Des Cheng ace and a Kim Fajardo drop gave F2 a two-point blitz, 10-8. The lead bubbled to three until Thipachot stopped Khonkaen’s bleeding to cut the deficit to one, 12-11.
Despite their gallant stand, the Cargo Movers committed three costly service errors throughout the final tick of the extended match, enough to give a much-experienced Khonkaen squad a boost as the Thai club claim the bronze medal.
F2 Logistics, composed of six national team campaigners, settled for fourth place.
This marks the second time a Philippine delegation reached the semifinals in the tournament after the third place finish last year of PSL All Stars composed of Maraño, Rhea Dimaculangan and MJ Phillips.
The Cha Cruz-skippered squad opened their campaign with a four-set loss from Khonkaen before they booked a semifinals appearance off a four-set conquest of the Australian women’s national volleyball team.
The Cargo Movers will be back on local soil to continue their 2018 Chooks-to-Go Philippine Superliga Invitationals Cup campaign on July 5 against streaking Generika Ayala Life Savers.