F2 Logistics survives gutsy Generika, secures solo second-seed

Even with one more game left, F2 Logistics secured the solo second-seed heading into the quarterfinals of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix 2019 as it survived the gutsy Generika-Ayala in four sets, 25-12, 25-27, 26-24, 25-12, on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Much like their first-round encounter, the Cargo Movers weathered the grit and grind of the Lifesavers to re-assert their mastery and grab a second-best win-loss 10-3 card.

F2 Logistics’ MJ Perez led all scorers with 25 hits built on 23 kills and a pair of blocks while Lindsay Stalzer chipped in 14 spikes and two blocks for 16 points.

Aby Marano finished with a 14-point output off 12 kills and two blocks, with most of her points coming off a fourth set explosion.

“Siguro ‘yung nag-relax kami ng second and third. Nawala ‘yung aggressiveness sa floor defense, first ball, receive and blockings. Pagdating ng fourth set, sabi ko sa labas hindi talga p’wede, hindi talga ‘to pepwede,” said Marano, who sparked a 10-point run in the fourth set with her running hits.

 

“Nag-usap kami ng team. Sabi namin an we are better than this. Better than the second and third set. We can do more. So come fourth set talagang beast mode. Ako personally hinadi ako papaya na ganiyon na lang ‘yung nangyayari sa team so kailangang mag-spark e,” she added.

After a blazing start, the Ramil de Jesus-mentored spikers slowed down a bit in the second and third, allowing Generika to put up a fight before maintaining their dominance anew in the final frame with Marano on the lead.

F2 Logistics had an edge in all scoring departments, producing more attacks (6-53) and blocks (11-5) while tying in aces (4-4). The Cargo Movers also committed fewer errors (15-26).

Song Kuthaisong tallied 20 markers all from spikes on a losing effort for Generika, who absorbed its ninth loss in 13 outings to remain at no. 6 in the rankings.

F2 Logistics takes on Cignal while Generika faces Foton on Thursday for their final prelims assignment.

(Image from Facebook/Philippine Superliga)

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