F2 claims top spot as Petro Gazz downs Chery Tiggo

F2 Logistics took hold of the top spot with another straight-sets victory over Baguio City, while Petro Gazz stunned Premier Volleyball League champion Chery Tiggo on Sunday, November 21, in the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Champions League at the Aquamarine Recreational Center. 

F2 steamrolled past Baguio, 25-12, 25-10, 25-6, to remain undefeated in the tournament. Their second three-set victory gave them a total of six points to top the table. 

Kim Dy led the Cargo Movers with 13 points as head coach Ramil de Jesus allowed his bench players to see action and deliver on the court. 

"We gave the other players exposure just in case we'll need them in future matches," said De Jesus, whose team faces Petro Gazz on Monday, November 22. "At least I see who I can get to in certain times."

One of them was Ara Galang, who as a second-set starter produced two service aces that pushed the Cargo Movers to an 8-1 start.

"I know where Ara came from. If you don't know as a player, it's so hard for the coaches to know what to expect from her right now. Time will come when she'll show what she can offer," De Jesus said.

Galang, who finished with five points and two digs, is trying to bring the old form that made her a fan favorite at De La Salle University.

"I'm taking it one game at a time, day by day. I'm focused on what I can contribute to the team," Galang said. "I just stayed focused, not only every game day. I need to trust myself."

Though Petro Gazz scooped up back-to-back wins as well, the Angels trail second behind F2 as they dragged the match against Chery Tiggo to five sets, 22-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11. 

In the deciding set, the Angels went up 13-9 to have enough cushion in preventing the Crossovers' fightback. 

Petro Gazz now has five points behind F2 Logistics, while Chery Tiggo dropped to 1-1 and is now in third place.

Tuguegarao Perlas opened the day's campaign with a 25-20, 25-27, 25-15, 25-17 win over Precision Sports to also sport a 1-1 card.

F2 Logistics and Petro Gazz will battle it out on Monday at 4 pm in a decider for the top spot. – Rappler.com