New recruit Kalei Mau wasn’t available but F2 Logistics still took care of business as it dominated Generika-Ayala in straight sets, 25-12, 25-21, 25-17, to kick off their bid in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on a high note yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Mau, prized Filipino-American spiker was limited into a cheerleader as the Cargo Movers crushed the Lifesavers in this prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by SOGO, Eurotel, PCSO, Cocolife, UCPB Gen, Mueller, Senoh, Asics, Bizooku and One Sport.
Team manager Hollie Reyes said they are giving Mau a little more time to adjust and study the system of head coach Ramil de Jesus.
Still, the connection of current De La Salle University stars worked as skipper Aby Maraño provided the defense with five of the Cargo Movers’ 11 blocks in this battle that has Team Rebel Sport as official outfitter and Mikasa as official ball.
Maraño delivered 15 points off nine spikes, five blocks and an ace, while Ara Galang nailed 10 kills for 11 points laced up with 11 digs.
Majoy Baron and Desiree Cheng were also instrumental with eight points apiece as well as Kianna Dy returning from knee injury with seven markers.
“The La Salle connection worked as our advantage,” said de Jesus.
“This is a good start for us. We took advantage of Generika’s first game jitters as they still lack in team gelling. Most of the teams in the first game won’t be on its top form due to jitters.”
After dominating the first set, the Cargo Movers needed to escape a neck-and-neck encounter late in the second set only holding a precarious 19-18 lead before Maraño and Galang towed their team for a two-set lead.
F2 Logistics caught fire in the third with a fiery 18-11 spread before Generika-Ayala scored four straight points to make it a three-point game.
But the Cargo Movers vaunted their killer instincts scoring seven of the last nine points with substitute Aduke Ogunsanya providing the back-to-back winning points, a quick attack and an ace.
Fiola Ceballos was the lone bright spot with 10 points while Libero Kath Arado had 17 digs and seven excellent receptions for the Lifesavers, who struggled in the opening salvo of this midseason conference that has ESPN5 and Kapatid TV5 as broadcast partners.
Meanwhile, Sta. Lucia spoiled the debut of Marinerang Pilipina, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23, to kick off its campaign on a high note.
Filipino-American MJ Philips provided the offense, delivering 22 points and 16 digs for the Lady Realtors.
Team captain Pam Lastimosa and Amanda Villanueva chipped in 11 points apiece while Rachel Austero added 10 markers on top of the game-winning attack.
After taking a two-set lead and holding a 19-14 cushion in the third set, the Lady Realtors flirted with disaster as the Lady Skippers uncorked a 9-1 run to take a 23-20 lead.
But the Lady Realtors fought back with five straight points with four coming from Phillips and Austero.
Cesca Racraquin had 12 points laced up with 21 digs and nine excellent receptions while Judith Abil and Dimdim Pacres added 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Lady Skippers.