F2, Stalzer move closer to title after Game 1 stunner over Petron

F2 Logistics is on the brink of winning the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix 2019 as it sent Petron crashing back to earth after a 25-20, 16-25, 25-23, 25-23, victory during the Game 1 of the best-of-three Finals on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

Winless in their head-to-head prelims matchup, the Cargo Movers finally cracked the code to hand the Blaze Spikers’ their first taste of defeat, which ended their unbeaten 17-game win streak.

MJ Perez and Lindsay Stalzer paired up for 43 big points as the Ramil de Jesus-mentored squad inched closer to its second Grand Prix title.

Game 2 of the Finals is on Thursday.

Petron looked disheveled at the early goings of the pilot set as F2’s imports came in swinging for a 10-15 cushion. The Cargo Movers maintained hold of the driver’s seat despite the Blaze Spikers’ late surge.

After dropping the opener, Kath Bell took matter in her own hands and led Petron’s second set demolition on the ladies in yellow.

It was Perez’ turn to catch fire as F2 zoomed to a 10-4 and 19-12 blitz in the third. Displaying resiliency, Petron trimmed the deficit to none and locked the set before Stalzer came through with back-to-back hits as the former went 2-1 in sets.

It was a nip-and-tuck affair in the fourth, but the Perez-Stalzer duo proved too hot to handle as the Cargo Movers resisted the Blaze Spikers down the stretch to take the Finals lead.

Bell and Stephanie Niemer exploded for 30 and 20 to no avail as Petron’s hopes of sweeping the tournaments ended.

(To be updated)

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