F2 LOGISTICS was all business in a game it didn't need to win, sweeping Cignal, 25-19, 25-20, 26-24, on Thursday to end its preliminary-round campaign on a high note in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at The Arena in San Juan.
Already assured of the No. 2 seed and the twice-to-beat advantage that goes with it, the Cargo Movers still showed their top form and kept the HD Spikers from stealing the third seed from idle PLDT Home Fibr (8-6).
Imports MJ Perez and Lindsay Stalzer and local star Ara Galang showed the way with 13 points each as F2 finish the prelims with an 11-3 win-loss record to secure a twice-to-beat incentive against No. 7 Foton on Saturday.
“Mahirap kasi 'yung manggagaling ka sa talo going to quarterfinals,” Cargo Movers coach Ramil De Jesus said. “Sabi ko sa kanila na mas maganda kung kumuha tayo ng kumpiyansa para lahat ng ginagawa namin sa training mailabas natin sa game.”
After convincingly taking the first two sets, F2 Logistics came on the brink of losing the third as import Ana Artemeva nailed a clutch service ace to put Cignal at set point, 24-23.
But Perez came to the rescue on back-to-back spikes to turn the match around before Galang delivered the game-winning ace.
The HD Spikers, who were led by Ana Artemeva (19 points), Erica Wilson (13) and Rachel Anne Daquis (12), finished in fourth place with a 7-7 card and will have twice-to-beat advantage over United Volleyball Club in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.