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    Super Liga Grand Prix leader F2 stakes unblemished slate against Cignal

    Nov 20, 2017
    The Cargo Movers look to stretch their unbeaten run to six matches. Dante Peralta

    F2 Logistics stakes its unblemished record when it battles Cignal in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

    The match starts at 7 p.m., with the Cargo Movers looking to stretch its winning run to five and stay on top of the nine-team tournament.

    Generika-Ayala faces winless Victoria Sports-UST in the 4:15 p.m. match.

    The Cargo Movers started the tournament with a four-set win over powerhouse Petron before crushing Sta. Lucia, Cocolife, Generika-Ayala and Victoria Sports-UST in straight sets.

    Coach Ramil de Jesus reminds the players tough battles await as they take on n Cignal and reigning champion Foton.

    “It’s still a long way to go,” said the 10-time champion coach in the UAAP.

    “While sweeping the eliminations is our main goal, we know that we still have a lot of things to work on and improve. This is a tough league. You really have to work hard if you want to win.”

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    Bannered by a pair of strong middle blockers in Beth Carey of Australia and Alexis Matthews of United States with Japanese libero Mami Miyashita, the HD Spikers have the height and power.

    Unfortunately, they suffered a pair of setbacks to Petron and Cocolife before recovering with a straight-sets conquest of Iriga City last week for a 2-3 win-loss card.

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    In the match against the Lady Oragons, star spiker Rachel Anne Daquis sat out but Jovelyn Gonzaga, Paneng Mercado and Royse Tubino stepped up to help Carey and Matthews in asserting their dominance.

    “Hopefully, we can sustain our winning character,” said Cignal coach George Pascua, adding that Daquis will be back in harness.

    “I always tell the team that we are a champion team. We’re being expected to play like one. So we have to work hard every game and live above those expectations.”

    Pascua noted that for them to pull the rug from under the Cargo Movers, they have to stop Aby Marano and Majoy Baron and imports Kennedy Bryan and Maria Jose Perez.

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    “We need to take away their middle game and attacks through effective blocking and floor defense. F2 (Logistics) is a very good team. You have to be at your best defensively for you to win.”

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    The Cargo Movers look to stretch their unbeaten run to six matches. Dante Peralta
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