TITLEHOLDER F2 Logistics and Petron begin their Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference finals showdown on Tuesday at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.
Cignal and Foton battle for third at 5 p.m. before the opener of the best-of-three title series at 7 o’clock.
Petron defeated F2 in five sets in the preliminaries and the Cargo Movers are raring to even things.
Former F2 Logistics star Mika Reyes is anchoring the Petron defense at the net together with collegiate stars Marivic Meneses of University of Sto. Tomas and Remy Palma of Far Eastern University.
High-flying Bernadeth Pons, Carmela Tunay and Sisi Rondina as well as mainstays Frances Molina and Mina Aganon are taking charge on offense for the team that also has Rhea Dimaculangan and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas.
But head coach Shaq Delos Santos says overcoming a disciplined team like F2 is easier said than done.
“Having a strong lineup alone is not the key to winning a title,” said Delos Santos.
“We still have to work hard and prepare. It’s going to be an exciting battle.”
The Cargo Movers enter the series on a five-match win streak, including straight-set victories over Generika-Ayala in the quarterfinals and Cignal in the semifinals.
UAAP Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron has been leading the squad while Kim Fajardo, Aby Marano, Kim Dy and Ara Galang have also been impressive.
“Majoy got a break when Mika left,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus.
“She’s now more confident, especially after being named season MVP of the UAAP. Her confidence level was so high right at the start of the season.”
“We always play our best coming off a loss,” he said. “We’ll surely use our previous loss to Petron as a motivation. So let’s see. I hope our services and floor defense work again in Game One.”