PETRON looks to finish off F2 Logistics on Thursday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix best-of-three finals series at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Blaze Spikers won the opener of the best-of-three title series in straight sets and look to complete the sweep at 7 p.m.
The Cargo Movers simply had no answer to American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley, as well as the powerful services and relentless attacks of the Blaze Spikers' crew.
Venezuelan Maria Jose Perez was the lone bright spot for the Cargo Movers, scoring 15 points while the presence of American Kennedy Bryan, Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron and Aby Marano was hardly felt.
Even star libero Dawn Macandili was heavily outplayed by the Blaze Spikers as she tallied only five excellent digs.
Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos still refuses to count the Cargo Movers out.
“F2 Logistics is such a tough team to deal with. I’m sure they will make a comeback,” said De los Santos, whose wards also beat the Cargo Movers in the finals of the All-Filipino Conference in July.
“We have to prepare hard and double our effort. Our good performance in Game One will be worthless if we won’t be prepared for Game Two. We have to maintain our good form from start to finish.”
De los Santos noted that F2 Logistics head coach Ramil de Jesus is a master tactician who is very good at making crucial adjustments.
“We failed our test in Game One. Now, we have to go back to the drawing board to pass Game Two and stay alive,” said de Jesus, adding that he just reminded the Cargo Movers to bounce back in his post-match speech.
“All I told them was that we need to bounce back and to give their 100 percent in Game Two. That’s it. We have to give our 100 percent for our next game.”