RC Cola Army put newcomer F2 Logistics in its place on Saturday, running away with a 25-22, 25-12, 25-19 win to stay unbeaten in the Philippine Super Liga Invitational Conference at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center.
Returning Rachel Anne Daquis led the team with 17 points while Honey Royse Tubino and skipper Jovelyn Gonzaga added 13 and 11 markers, respectively, as Army put a fitting follow-up to its opening-game victory over Foton, 25-17, 25-9, 25-22.
The veteran-laden squad, whose age avanerage is 28, proved they can be fine even without head coach Kungfu Reyes, who is with the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses for their match in the UAAP.
“So far nagawa namin (ang game plan), na-apply namin ang pinractice namin kahapon, ‘yung scrimmage kung paano kami maghahanda sa F2 kasi alam namin na malakas sa sila sa opensa at depensa,” said Army assistant coach Rico de Guzman.
Although the Lady Troopers were not as solid up front as the Cargo Movers registered more blocks (10-4), the duo of Daquis, 28, and Gonzaga, 24, led the attack as Army rained down more spikes (51-27) in a match that took an hour and 23 minutes to finish.
“So far wala ako masabi, masaya ako kasi maganda tinatakbo ng team, sila (younger players) ‘yung pumapalit doon sa mga beterano namin. Nadadala na nila ang pagiging sundalo nila, kung anong trabaho ginagawa araw-araw,” said de Guzman.
Pau Soriano and former Petron star Aby Marano each had nine points for F2 Logistics, while Cebuana spiker Danika Gendrauli and Therese Veronas added seven markers apiece.
The Cargo Movers fell to 1-1 (win-loss).