by Kristel Satumbaga
Defending champion F2 Logistics rallied from a six-point deficit in the second set before turning back Generika-Ayala, 25-14, 25-19, 25-17, yesterday to book the first semifinals berth in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference quarterfinals at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Cargo Movers scored eight straight points to turn a 15-9 deficit into a 17-15 lead in the second set, a run that they used as a springboard to score their fifth straight win after starting the conference with two straight defeats.
Ara Galang had 12 points highlighted by 10 kills to pace F2, which will face either Invitational champion Cignal or Cocolife in the semis.
The second quarterfinal match between Cignal and Cocolife was being played at presstime.
Generika tried to extend the match in the third set, leading 12-10. But plagued by errors throughout the game, the Lifesavers allowed the Cargo Movers to score six straight points to take the lead and never looked back.
Kim Dy also stepped up for F2 Logistics with 10 points built on seven hits and three aces, even as Kim Fajardo contributed seven points apart from having 21 excellent sets.
Skipper Gen Casugod scored 11 points for Generika-Ayala, but the team’s 32 errors proved crucial in closing out its campaign in its favor.
Angeli Araneta and Fiola Ceballos were also limited to six and four points, respectively.
F2 Logistics attacked the net by firing 32 kills, destroying Generika-Ayala’s weak net defense as the Lifesavers only managed two successful blocks – all from Chloe Cortez.
The Cargo Movers also relied on their strong serves by posting eight service aces – three each from Dy and Fajardo.
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