F2 moves closer to Finals after rout of PLDT, Stalzer drops 29

First blood.

F2 Logistics is on the brink of yet another Finals stint as they severed PLDT’s connection in four sets, 25-14, 18-25, 25-16, 25-22, on Tuesday during the best-of-three semifinals of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix 2019 at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.

The Cargo Movers bucked a second set meltdown and weathered the fourth set resistance of the Power Hitters to put themselves one win away from their sixth straight Finals appearance.

Lindsay Stalzer has had another monster outing as she registered 24 attacks, three aces, and two blocks for game-high 29 points as F2 Logistics avenged its second round defeat against PLDT.

“We knew that PLDT is gonna be a strong team. They beat us once before in regular season so we studied them hard. We knew we had to serve tough and put them out of their system and that’s what we did,” the reigning MVP said.

MJ Perez also came up big for the Cargo Movers with 19 points while Aby Marano, Ara Galang and Majoy Baron added 11, nine and seven, respectively.

F2 Logistics instantly assert control in the opening set as they loaded up their services to disarm PLDT for a commanding 22-11 bubble. Off to a hot start, Stalzer put on the finishing touches with two consecutive kills to hand the first frame to the Cargo Movers.

Springing back to life, the Power Hitters connected for a 16-8 lead in the second as they had steadier passes and attacks. The Cargo Movers fought back and cut the deficit to three, 21-18, before the wingers of PLDT went off to win the set.

F2 Logistics regained its usual pace in the third with Stalzer and Perez doing most of the damage. PLDT threatened to recover before Marano’s heroics fired up the Cargo Movers down the final stretch of the set.

The fourth set saw the two squads slugged it out with Grace Lazard keeping the fight alive for the Power Hitters until the 22-point mark before Stalzer unfurled three straight hits to seal the deal for the Cargo Movers.

Lazard led the scoring for PLDT with 21 points while Kendra Dahlke had 18.

Game 2 of the semis is on Thursday at 7 p.m.

(Image from Facebook/Philippine Superliga)


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