By Lance Agcaoili
F2 Logistics swept erstwhile unbeaten Cignal, 25-22, 25-15, 25-19, to clinch the last Finals berth in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference on Saturday at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.
Marching to their fifth finals appearance, the Cargo Movers set another epic championship duel with the Petron Blaze Spikers for the Invitational supremacy this time, starting on Thursday.
Ara Galang provided the firepower for the Cargo Movers, finishing with 12 points off nine kills, a pair of blocks, and an ace.
Tied at 19 in the third set, Galang made two in the last six-point rally of F2 Logistics.
Majoy Baron was also instrumental with nine hits, as well as Michelle Morente and Cha Cruz-Behag, adding six and five markers, respectively.
“Tayo nabigyan ng chance na makapunta ng Finals, ibig sabihin gusto ng mga bata makabalik ng Finals,” said F2 Logistics Head Coach Ramil De Jesus.
De Jesus, however, rued his playmaker Kim Fajardo’s unconvincing performance, especially in the first set.
“Slow start lalo na setter ko halos walang nagawa si Fajardo so nag-step up ‘yung second setter ko na si (Michelle) Cobb,” De Jesus said, referring to Fajardo, who only had 15 excellent sets on top of eight digs and two markers.
“Hindi ko alam kung may masakit or ano nararamdaman ni Kim ngayon pero hindi ko nakita sa kanya ‘yung gusto kong makita parang hindi si Kim Fajardo ‘yung naglaro,” he added.
The HD Spikers had 30 errors in the game and made three miscues in the Cargo Movers’ last six straight points, ending their unbeaten run - as well as their campaign altogether.
Rachel Anne Daquis had 10 points as Cignal, which swept the four-game preliminary round in Pool B for the outright semifinals, will be relegated in the battle for bronze against Smart-Army.