MJ Perez is glad to be back in the groove and back in the semifinals with F2 Logistics after hitting a bump in the PSL Grand Prix showdown with Foton.
The twice-to-beat Cargo Movers were stunned by the Tornadoes in the quarterfinals before bouncing back with a four-set win on Thursday.
Perez said the five-set loss last week loss was a wake-up call and she is glad the Cargo Movers responded well.
“I think we all knew that we could win. Last game, gave us more passion and motivated us to win this game,” said Perez, a 31-year-old wing spiker who scored 21 points in the sudden-death.
“It's important for us to go to the semifinals because our goal is to get to the finals. We know that we could not let anyone just take it from us. We needed to fight.”
Now the former Grand Prix MVP, who was tapped only last month to replace Becky Perry, is back on track in her bid for a second title with F2 along with Ara Galang, Aby Marano, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili under Ramil de Jesus.
“I've been of part of the team for such a long time. Even though I came late now, I feel very much part of the team,” Perez said.
“When I talked to the management here, I said of course I wanted to come back. Everything went smoothly.”
Teaming up with former PSL rival Lindsay Stalzer has also been easy, Perez said, since they already previously joined forces in an Indonesian league.
“It's very easy to play with her. She's professional, she works hard. She's inspiring me inside the court,” Perez added.
The Cargo Movers take a break for the Holy Week before returning to action on April 23 in the best-of-three semifinals series against either PLDT and Generika-Ayala, who will clash in a do-or-die quarterfinals match on Saturday.
“I think after two challenging games, we got more confident because now we know that we can do more. We worked hard and we just need to keep doing that,” Perez said.