MALOLOS CITY — Powerhouse RC Cola Army cruised to solo top spot after an easy win over newcomer F2 Logistics, 25-22, 25-12, 25-19, in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference women’s volleyball tournament at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center on Saturday.
Rachel Anne Daquis finished with 17 points for the Lady Troopers who now hold a 2-0 win-loss card in this prestigious inter-club tournament bankrolled by Asics, Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller and Grand Sports with TV5 as official broadcast partner.
Former three-time champion Army also got an extra boost from Honey Royse Tubino and skipper Jovelyn Gonzaga who added 13 and 11 markers respectively.
Lady Troopers assistant coach Rico de Guzman was pleased to see his veteran-laden squad step up and apply their game plan smoothly even without the presence of head coach Kungfu Reyes, who was calling the shots for University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP.
“So far nagawa namin (ang game plan), na-apply namin ang pina-practice namin kahapon. Yung scrimmage kung paano kami maghahanda sa F2 kasi alam namin na malakas sa sila sa opensa at depensa,” de Guzman said.
Although the Lady Troopers showed their weakness at the net with only four blocks against 10 of the Cargo Movers, Daquis and Gonzaga dominated offensively as they led the attack department (51-27).
“So far wala ako masabi, masaya ako kasi maganda tinatakbo ng team,” said de Guzman.
“Sila (younger players) ‘yung pumapalit doon sa mga beterano namin. Nadadala na nila ang pagiging sundalo nila, kung anong trabaho ang kailangan ginagawa nila araw-araw.”
Adamson alum Pau Soriano and former Petron star Aby Marano each had nine points for F2 Logistics while Cebuana spiker Danika Gendrauli and Therese Veronas added seven markers apiece.
The Cargo Movers evened their card (1-1) after an easy win over New San Jose Builders, 25-23, 25-10, 25-4, on Thursday.
Feb 23 at the Alonte Sports Arena, Laguna
4 pm — New San Jose Builders vs RC Cola-Army (Live on TV5)
6 pm — F2 Logistics vs Foton