Chery Tiggo, F2 off to strong starts in inaugural PH volleyball Champions League

The Chery Tiggo crossovers made a strong case for a second club volleyball title this year with a win over the Tuguegarao-Perlas Spikers, while F2 Logistics returned to action in the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) Champions League on Saturday, November 20, at the Aquamarine Recreational Center in Lipa, Batangas.

Chery Tiggo, which became the first professional Premier Volleyball League (PVL) winner, defeated the Perlas Spikers, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 25-23, by rallying from a 11-17 hole in the fourth set.

Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who last represented the Philippines in the Asian Club Volleyball championships, led the PVL champions with 17 points.

But she believes there's more room to improve on in the next five game days.

"Sa sobrang excited, hindi agad nagawa ang trabaho namin. Sa mga na-training namin in the past few days, may nagawa kami sa sobrang excitement namin, nara-rattle kami. Marami pa kaming kailangang pag-aralan pa," said Santiago-Manabat.

Mylene Paat, who like Manabat is also a part of the national team, contributed 11 points, including two blocks, while libero Buding Duremdes had 14 digs and 18 receptions for the Crossovers.

Chery Tiggo expects to play better when it takes on PetroGazz – which topped Baguio in straight sets, 25-10, 25-13, 25-10 – at 4pm Sunday, November 21.

Nicole Tiamzon paced the Perlas Spikers with 21 points while Michelle Morente had a solid all-around outing of 19 points, 14 digs and 12 receptions.

F2 Logistics marks volleyball return

F2 Logistics made its return to the court for the first time since March 2020 with a straight-set victory over the young California Precision Spikers (CPS),  25-21, 25-14, 25-19.

Kalei Mau led the Cargo Movers with 13 points, while Aby Maraño and Majoy Baron tallied 11 points apiece.

Baron scored four blocks, while Kim Dy came up with three blocks to go with her 10-point outing.

Iris Tolenada, another national team stalwart and F2’s newest acquisition, tossed in 16 excellent sets and produced five digs, while national libero Dawn Macandili had seven digs and five receptions.

Despite the convincing win, Mau praised CPS for its valiant effort as their opponents' average age is 16 years old.

"Awesome. I think they have bright future. I really thank them for coming out and giving their best because it actually helped bring us out of our two-year hiatus,” said. “They really put up some situations that we really have to come together as a team and be F2."

Casiey Dongalo led CPS with 13 points while Jelai Gajero added eight points to go with six receptions and five digs.

F2 will next face Baguio City, which looks to rebound from its opening loss against PetroGazz at 1:30pm on Sunday. – Rappler.com