They lost, but not really.
F2 Logistics Cargo Movers may have lost the bronze medal match today, but they definitely won the hearts of the Filipino volleyball community yet again after their gallant stand in the recently concluded 2018 Sealect Tuna Women’s Volleyball Championship in Sisaket, Thailand.
Expectations were quite high for them.
Compared to the previous two PSL representatives who represented the country in the invitationals tourney, F2 Logistics is more jelled as they have been playing under the tutelage of seasoned mentor Ramil de Jesus for years.
They paraded six national team members and the core of the Lady Spiker squad who was recently crowned three-peat champs in the UAAP.
Before the squad flew to Thailand, de Jesus expressed that they’re only after the experience the invitationals tourney will surely give. Winning a medal only comes second.
The moment they stepped on the court, though, they did more than look for experience.
The Cargo Movers dropped their opening match to Khonkaen All Stars Volleyball Club in four sets, 25-22, 15-25, 23-22, 16-25.
They bounced back in their second match, dismantling a much taller Australian women’s national volleyball squad in four sets, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 25-16, en route to a semifinals appearance.
The Cargo Movers, then, became the second team from the Philippines to advance in the crossover semifinals following PSL All Stars’ third place finish last year.
Their semifinals game was a tall order. After all, PEA Sisaket, winners of Pool A, is bannered by Thai national team players in Pleumjit Thinkaow, Nootsara Tomkom and Ajcharaporn Kongyot.
F2 Logistics surrendered the Finals berth to the Thai giants in straight sets, 18-25, 12-25, 18-25. Though disheartening, the result was genuinely expected.
The Cha Cruz-skippered squad started their podium campaign strong, pocketing the first two sets only to surrender the next three.
The Cargo Movers lost the match and the bronze medal in five sets, 25-12, 25-22, 19-25, 16-25, 17-19, to Khonkaen, whom the PSL All Stars defeated last year in the same medal battle.
Despite the bitter ending, the Filipino faithfuls were still proud and happy of how f2 Logistics fared in the tourney.
NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF
— Karl DC (@karldc_) July 1, 2018
A SYSTEM THAT CAN WITHSTAND TIME
Khonkaen VC won but, what an intense match and performance by F2 Logistics-Philippines! COACH RDJ’s systems esp the blockings can really work! Salamat, F2 for putting up a great show for our country! #sealect #F2 #LabanPilipinas
— chardie casiguran (@crazychardieC) July 1, 2018
SHORT OF WORDS TO DESCRIBE THEIR ADMIRATION
Kulang ang isan-daang salita para sabihin ko kung gaano ako kaproud sa F2 Logistics! What an experience to compete in Thailan and battle againts the best!!!💘
— F2CARGOMOVERS (@F2Ofc) July 1, 2018
THE THAI FANS CHEERED
RealTalk: At the end of the game, the Thai fans cheered for F2! U can see real appreciation from them. It was a good display of what our athletes are doing for our country! Ang tunay na Pinoy, susuporta sa atletang dala ang watawat ng Pilipinas!Mabuhay ang atletang Pilipino!🇵🇭
— Meg (@bluegemist) July 1, 2018
LESSONS ARE LEARNED
ANG MAHALAGA YUNG EXPERIENCE AT YUNG ARAL NA NATUTUNAN NILA PARA SA NEXT LEAGUE MAILALABAS!!!!! CONGRATS PARIN F2LOGISTICS! 💛 #LabanPilipinas
— WAIT (@JericDel) July 1, 2018
EYES ON THE NEXT TARGET
What a fight F2Logistics Philippines. Specially in that 5th set (17-19) but fell short. Nothing to be ashamed of!!! Congratulations Ladies! Now come home and win the PSL Invitationals 2018!! #SupportF2LogisticsPilipinas #F2LogisticsCargoMovers
— Russel (@talan_elton) July 1, 2018