No Lindsay Stalzer, no problem.
The F2 Logistics Cargo Movers were off to a good start as they held off Cignal HD Spikers, 26-24, 21-25, 25-21, 25-14, in their debut match in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix 2019, Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Arena.
The Cargo Movers showed grit and grind during their four-set affair against the HD Spikers to kick off their campaign on a high note despite missing the services of Stalzer.
With Stalzer—who was still in Indonesia—out, Rebecca Perry took over and dropped 22 markers off 17 kills, three blocks and two aces in her rousing debut in the league.
Michelle Morente and Majoy Baron provided the local support as they tallied 15 and 12 points, respectively, for the reigning silver medalists.
Cignal had a strong start in the opening set as they zoomed to a 18-15 cushion before falling into a string of errors. Perry came alive as F2 Logistics found their groove late to win the set.
The Ramil de Jesus-backed squad erased a four-point deficit and picked up a 20-19 lead before the Rachel Ann Daquis-led team made a 5-0 run. Cignal took advantage of F2 Logistics’ melt down in the latter part of the frame and tied the match at one set apiece.
Down by three in the third, 11-8, Erika Wilson ignited a 4-0 run from the service deck to put the Edgar Barroga-mentored troop ahead by three, 13-16. The Cargo Movers fought back, tying the match at 19 before taking the driver’s seat at 20-21 mark and never looked back.
F2 Logistics bared its championship form in the fourth frame, displaying their patented defense and well-oiled offense to control the pace and bag the win.
With a slight slim advantage in spikes, 47-43, the Cargo Movers attacked the HD Spikers from the service line as they fired off 12 aces compared to the losing team’s six.
Cignal had two more blocks, 10-8, but they also registered more errors, 30-24, to absorb their first loss of the season.
Wilson starred for the HD Spikers with 23 kills, five aces and two blocks for a career-high 30-point output on a losing efforr.
Cignal tussles with PLDT at 2 p.m. while F2 Logistics lock horns with Sta. Lucia at 4 p.m. on Thursday for their second assignments.