PSL: F2 Logistics stomps PLDT as Cignal, Chery Tiggo score wins

Leigh Nald Cabildo
F2 Logistics, Cignal, and Chery Tiggo prove that they are the favorites in the 2020 PSL Grand Prix tournament

KEY PLAYER. Kalei Mau remains to be one of the players to watch out for in F2 Logistics. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – F2 Logistics, Cignal, and Chery Tiggo kicked off their campaign on a high note in the 2020 Philippine SuperLiga Grand Prix tournament on Tuesday, March 3, at Bacoor Strike Gym in Bacoor, Cavite.

F2 delivered a statement in their debut and stomped PLDT Home Fibr in straight sets, 25-21, 25-15, 25-13.

Import Lindsay Stalzer unleashed 22 points off 19 kills, while Fil-Hawaiian skipper Kalei Mau tallied 14 markers and 15 excellent receptions.

Majoy Baron, 2020 PSL ambassador, chipped in 10 points, 4 coming from block kills as libero Dawn Macandili had 22 receptions.

PLDT held on to a slim two point lead late in the opening set before Mau and Alex Cabanos paired up for 3 straight points to take a 20-19 advantage. 

F2, then, never looked back since as the Power Spikers handed the set win to the Cargo Movers through their back-to-back errors.

Stalzer took charge in the second set and gave her squad an early six-point separation, 7-1 that eventually led to a 10-point set victory.

More of the same happened in the final set as the Cargo Movers found themselves on top by 13 by the end of the set, all thanks to the firepower from the trio of Baron, Mau, and Stalzer.

Import Maeva Orle had 19 points and had 15 receptions for PLDT, who dropped to 0-2.

Cignal survives Generika

Cignal banked on their import Liannes Castañeda Simon and star setter Alohi Robins-Hardy to shake-off opening set loss and snatch a four-set win over Generika-Ayala Lifesavers, 19-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-20.

Simon fired 29 points, 24 coming from attacks, while Robins-Hardy came up big in the second set and added 14 points. Libero Jheck Dionela manned the floor defense and tallied 26 excellent receptions.

After dropping the first set, Cignal quickly recovered in the second frame and unleashed 5 straight unanswered points anchored on Robins-Hardy to secure a 24-17 lead.

Generika, though, came up with a 10-4 advantage in the third set, all thanks to their import Elizabeth Vicet Campos and Eli Soyud, but the HD Spikers banked on Roselyn Doria to retake the driver’s seat, 16-11.

Simon, then, broke loose in the final set and delivered 3 of the last 4 points of Cignal to hand the Lifesavers a 0-2 start for its Grand Prix campaign.

Vicet Campos led the scoring for Generika with 21 points while Soyud chipped in 13.

Chery Tiggo rallies past Marinerang Filipina

Import Tatjana Bokan exploded 33 points off 27 kills, 5 aces, and a block to lead Chery Tiggo past Marinerang Filipina in 4 sets, 25-20, 27-29, 25-21, 25-21.

Bokan, who also had 17 excellent receptions, overshadowed the 36-point performance of Lady Skippers reinforcement Hana Cutura.

National team member Mylene Paat contributed 17 markers and 12 receptions, while Shaya Adorador and Rachel Austero scored 9 points apiece for the Chery Tiggo, formerly known as Foton Tornadoes.

The two squads figured on a rubber match, but Bokan and Paat found ways in the end game to give the Crossovers a winning start to their campaign.

Marinerang Filipina, on the other hand, averted a 3-0 sweep and took an extended win all thanks to Cutura and Nica Guliman’s heroics.

Aside from her offensive load, Cutura also chipped in 23 receptions, while Souzan Raslan added 12 points for the Lady Skippers. – Rappler.com