F2 Logistics tries to capture the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference title as the Cargo Movers seek to sweep Petron Blaze Spikers in Game Two of their best-of-three Finals series on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
As the Cargo Movers eye the franchise’s third overall title and first Invitational championship in their 5 p.m. match, F2 Logistics Head Coach Ramil de Jesus is still calling out his wards to get their acts together after a shaky start in Game One when they fell into a 1-2 set deficit and committed 39 errors.
“‘Yung iba wala pa ring kumpiyansa, hindi buo ‘yung loob na lumaban ng finals kaya ni-reshuffle ko ‘yung tao,” said De Jesus, who needed to shuffle his roster before finding the right mix to complete a come-from-behind 18-25, 25-23, 20-25, 29-27, 18-16 victory over Petron on Thursday at the Arena in San Juan City.
“So kung nakita nila na ‘yung kasama nila nagpapakahirap sa loob siguro dapat na-realize nila na ako dapat ‘yung nasa loob na first six so dapat ako ang naglalaro. Then pagbalik nila medyo nakakarecover naman,” he added.
Despite drawing a great effort from Ara Galang’s 18 points and Majoy Baron’s two game-winning hits of her 15 points as well as other instrumental players Aby Maraño, Michelle Morente and Desiree Cheng, De Jesus is still not satisfied with their team chemistry for their past games.
The Cargo Movers coach is challenging the other national team players of his team -- Cha Cruz-Behag, Kianna Dy, setter Kim Fajardo, and libero Dawn Macandili to step up and prove their worth in this series.
“Sabi ko championship game ito, hindi pupwedeng hindi natin ibigay ang sarili natin lalo na hindi nagiging maganda ang tawag ng referee,” the 11-time UAAP champion coach said.
“Wala tayong kakampi kundi sarili lang natin, so asahan natin ang sarili natin. Kung kaya natin manalo kailangan sa sarili natin galing, hindi sa errors ng kalaban,” he added.
For Galang, there is nothing to worry for her struggling teammates as she believes that they will get through this and will step up in the much-important Game 2.
“Actually, kahit sinong ipasok sa amin, tiwala kami. Tiwala kami sa isa't isa na kahit sino gamitin sa amin, nothing to worry about,” said the former UAAP Most Valuable Player.
The F2 Logistics star open spiker, who has been regaining her top form since recovering from a recurring knee injury, wants to serve as an inspiration to her teammates as they try to bring back the glory to F2 Logistics.
“Better na 'yung knee ko, compared sa dati. Hindi ko na lang iniisip kung may masakit or kung mai-injure ako. Basta, igagalaw ko lang kung ano 'yung kaya ko. Ibibigay ko lang,” she said. “Ipapakita ko sa kanila sa galaw ko. Ipaparamdam ko sa kanila through sa mga gagawin ko sa loob ng court na ganito 'yung ilalabas ko kasi Finals na. Nasa aura 'yun na Finals na, hindi na basta-bastang game 'to.”
The Cargo Movers are trying to get their sweet revenge after losing the previous Grand Prix championship last May and equalize their Finals head-to-head with Petron with two titles apiece.