MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The F2 Logistics Cargo Movers delivered when it mattered most, securing a 25-20, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18 triumph over the Petron Blaze Spikers in a winner-take-all Game 3 to clinch their first Philippine Superliga Grand Prix title at the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, December 16.
F2 Logistics was ahead 20-13 in the fourth set before the Blaze Spikers scored 4 straight points to threaten a comeback and close the gap at 17-20.
However, an error virtually ended Petron’s chances of forcing a decider as Maria Jose Perez fired a kill that was followed by a Cha Cruz ace, 23-17.
Kim Fajardo and Perez’ back-to-back attacks served as the finishing blow for F2 Logistics’ assault.
Venezuelan import Perez, who was named tournament Most Valuable Player, starred for the Cargo Movers with a team-high 24 points, all coming from attacks, while Cruz played in her vintage form, scattering 16 points off 13 kills and 3 aces.
“Masaya kasi ito na lang naman ‘yung kulang e. Ito lang ‘yung hindi ko naachieve. Very happy,” said F2 Logistics head coach Ramil de Jesus, who has won an All-Filipino title last year and numerous UAAP plums.
(I am happy because this is the only thing I have not won, the only thing I have not achieved. I’m very happy.)
Kennedy Lynne Bryan and Majoy Baron scored 12 points apiece while Fajardo produced 30 excellent sets for F2 Logistics, which registered 60 attacks compared to Petron’s 46.
The Cargo Movers were looking to avenge their straight sets loss in Game 1 as they led 18-17 in the third set but the Blaze Spikers went on an 8-2 run, sparked by 3 straight hits from Hillary Hurley, to prevent the sweep.
Hurley was the lone Blaze Spiker in double figures with 25 points. High-scoring import Lindsay Stalzer was limited to just 9 points while Ces Molina added 8 in the loss. – Rappler.com
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