F2 Logistics defeated Foton, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20, 25-16, on Saturday to tighten its grip on second spot in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.
The Cargo Movers scored their fifth win in six matches, behind Petron, unbeaten in seven matches.
Venezuelan Maria Jose Perez, the reigning Most Valuable Player, sizzled with 22 kills and two blocks to finish with 25 points, while American Kennedy Bryan had a 17-hit effort for the Cargo Movers, who asserted their dominance early on with Kim Fajardo unloading bombs from the service box.
A former UAAP Best Server awardee, Fajardo tallied six of the Cargo Movers’ 13 total aces, a fitting follow up to her five-ace output when they clobbered Cignal last Thursday.
“We know that they (Foton) are tall, so to take away that advantage and force them to work for their first ball, we have to come up with strong services,” said F2 Logistics coach Arnold Laniog, who is subbing in for 10-time UAAP champion coach Ramil de Jesus.
“Our target going into this game is to have a strong start. I’m glad that we managed to accomplish that and get this important victory.”
The Cargo Movers face Generika-Ayala in their last assignment in the first round on Tuesday, looking to take a win to securetheir hold on the second spot and avoid a second-round collision with powerhouse Petron.
“We’re improving every game. Our performance as a team is getting more fluid. But this is a long tourney, we still to work hard because other teams are also preparing,” said Laniog.
Brooke Kranda and Elizabeth Wendel had 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Tornadoes, who suffered their fourth setback in six matches.