F2 Logistics tries to get back on winning track and formalize its claim of the top spot when it battles Iriga City in the penultimate day of eliminations of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix today at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Action kicks off at 6 pm with the Cargo Movers looking for an impressive win that will serve as motivation in the quarterfinals of this prestigious club tourney bankrolled by Mikasa, Grand Sport, Senoh, Mueller, Island Rose, Cloudfone and UCPB Gen.
Also gunning for an important victory is Cignal who will collide with lowly Victoria Sports-UST in the 4 pm appetizer of this tourney that also has Gerflor and Gold’s Gym as technical sponsors and ESPN5 as broadcast partner.
The HD Spikers are at fourth spot with a 3-5 win-loss card, but prevailing over the Tigresses will be a major challenge especially with top hitters Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis at the sidelines.
Gonzaga suffered a knee injury while Daquis was diagnosed with dengue.
Two-time champion Foton and Petron are still sitting on top of the leaderboard after finishing the single-round eliminations with a 7-1 win-loss card, but F2 Logistics is still tipped to gain the top spot provided that it prevails over the Lady Oragons after posting superior quotient.
Should it happen, the Cargo Movers will clash with eighth-seeded Lady Oragons anew in the sudden-death quarterfinals for a chance to advance to the semifinals.
The Blaze Spikers will take the second seed while the Tornadoes will be third in the quarterfinal showdown that starts on Tuesday.
The Cargo Movers are expected to be in fighting form against the Lady Oragons in a bid to score a major rebound following a heart-crushing five-set loss to the Tornadoes in Batangas City over the weekend.
Imports Maria Jose Perez of Venezuela and Kennedy Bryan of United States did their best, but the powerful attacks of Sara Klisura were simply too tough to handle, prompting the Serbian sensation to torch them for a league-high 41 points.
F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus said that forgettable match is now a thing of the past and they should now set their sights at coming up with a morale-boosting win.
“We’re looking for a convincing win,” said de Jesus, adding that the setback should bring the best out of local stars Aby Maraño, Dawn Macandili, Kim Fajardo, Kim Dy and Majoy Baron.
“That loss should serve as a wakeup call. I want to see the character of my team. I want to see how they will bounce back from a loss.”
The Lady Oragons vowed to fight back.
Iriga City coach Parley Tupaz said they have nothing to lose and they would throw everything at F2 Logistics to somehow move up in the quarterfinal ladder.
“Laban lang,” said Tupaz, who will bank on imports Tamara Kmezic of Serbia and Saama Miyagawa of Japan anew. “We have nothing to lose. We will just play our best and hopefully score an upset.”
F2 Logistics 6-1
Sta. Lucia 3-5
Iriga City 2-5
Victoria Sports-UST 0-7
Filoil Flying V Centre P100 at the gate good for all games. Present your Cloudfone device and enter free!
4:00 pm – Cignal vs Victoria Sports-UST
6:00 pm – Iriga City vs F2 Logistics