“Having a strong lineup alone is not the key to winning a title,” said Delos Santos, adding that it’s quite difficult to stop the rampaging F2 Logistics squad. “We still have to work hard and prepare. It’s going to be an exciting battle.”
True enough, F2 Logistics wouldn’t go down without putting up a fight.
After a couple of early setbacks to Petron and Cignal, the Cargo Movers were unstoppable as they prevailed in their next five assignments, including straight-set victories over Generika-Ayala in the quarterfinals and Cignal in the semifinals.
“This time I go for Petron,” said Reyes shortly after steering the Asset Managers to an impressive fifth-place finish.
“They have deeper bench, more matured players, efficient setter, effective opposites, stable blocking and good rotation. Aside from that, their middle blockers can stop the middles of F2 Logistics. So it’s going to be a very interesting series.”
Cignal coach George Pascua begs to disagree.
“Pride na namin ang nakataya. Ayaw namin na tumapos kami na nasa huli,” said Ceballos, a noted beach volley specialist who is making heads turn with her strong performance this conference.
The Lifesavers dominated the Iron Lady Warriors at the attack zone, 56-31, and service box, 10-7, but yielded 30 extra points off turnovers.
“We want to finish on a high note,” said Reyes, who was part of the coaching staff when RC Cola-Army dominated the league with three straight titles four years ago. “Our pride is at stake. We will prepare hard against Sta. Lucia and make sure that we will bring home the 5th place trophy.”