With Kalei Mau’s return date still uncertain, Kim Dy said F2 Logistics will make do with what they have for their title defense campaign.
Dy and the Cargo Movers just came off a scintillating three-set routing of Marinerang Pilipina, 25-14, 25-17, 25-11, earlier in the 2019 Philippine SuperLiga (PSL) Invitationals Cup at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.
It marked the first time the defending champions won a match without Mau — who is recovering from an Achilles pain following her 2019 ASEAN Grand Prix stint with the national team last month — dating back to their opener win against Generika Ayala during the All Filipino Conference in June 15.
This, after Ramil de Jesus and his wards kicked off their bid with a straight-set beating from bitter rival Petron last weekend.
Sans the prolific outside hitter’s 18.24 average points per match, F2 Logistics fell prey to Petron’s relentless offense and defense en route to dropping its opening game — a first in the franchise’s history.
With this, Dy said F2 Logistics just has to cope with the situation as there are still no certain return date for Mau.
“Sabi ni coach, ‘wag na namin hanapin ang wala so kung anong meron kami, we’ll work with it,” the opposite spiker said.
True enough, the Cargo Movers went back to their old life without Mau, leaning on the scoring team effort from Ara Galang, Majoy Baron, Des Cheng and Dy.
Making up for their single-digit outing the last timeout, Galang scattered 16 markers as Dy, Baron and Cheng uncorked 12, 11 and nine, respectively.
Kim Fajardo had a hand in F2 Logistics’ 42-point attack production as she dished out 22 excellent sets to go with two aces.
Going back to their bread and butter, the ladies in yellow put on a strong net defense with 10 blocks while firing six hits from the service line.
With the win, Dy is hoping the team finally got its confidence back as it try to defend its title — a feat they have yet to achieve.
“Coming from a loss, kailangan talaga namin ibalik ‘yung confidence namin. So coming from this game, dito kami kukuha ng kumpyansa for the rest of the tournament hopefully,” she said.
Up next for Dy and F2 Logistics is Generika Ayala tomorrow at the Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Sports for Mau.
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