F2 Logistics stakes its unbeaten slate when it battles dangerous Generika-Ayala in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference today at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Opening serve is at 4 p.m. with the Cargo Movers tipped to go all out to capture their 10th straight victory in this prestigious women’s club tournament bankrolled by Team Rebel Sports, SOGO, Eurotel, PCSO, Cocolife, UCPB Gen, Mueller, Senoh, Asics, Bizooku and One Sport.
Meanwhile, Cignal seeks to tighten its hold on the fifth spot when it tackles listless Marinerang Pilipina in the 4 p.m. first game of this battle that also has ESPN5 and Kapatid TV5 as broadcast partners.
The HD Spikers are coming off a week-long break following a 25-8, 25-16, 25-22 rout of Sta. Lucia and a victory over the struggling Lady Skippers will definitely play a major role to their morale entering the crucial stretch of the tournament.
But all eyes will be on F2 Logistics.
After hiring prolific Filipino-American spiker Kalei Mau, the Cargo Movers have been invincible blazing through with nine consecutive wins to spark speculations that they are ready to reclaim the title that has been eluding them for the past two years.
Their latest victim was powerhouse Foton, which they clobbered in straight sets, 25-17, 25-12, 25-23, late Thursday, thanks to the troika of Mau, Aby Maraño and Ara Galang.
Mau, the former Arizona University star, knocked down 12 kills and two aces for 15 points while Maraño and Galang chipped in 11 and nine points, respectively, for the Cargo Movers, who are inching closer of sweeping the double-round preliminaries.
Still, F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus claimed that he’s not looking at the team standings.
“This conference is not about how many wins you got in the preliminaries. It’s about sustaining your confidence and condition until the end of the tournament,” said de Jesus, owner of 11 titles in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.
De Jesus said it’s going to be a team effort as Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron, Dawn Macandili and Michelle Cobb also have to step up to counter the vaunted defense of the Lifesavers.
“Generika is still a contender. Last conference they took us down so we have to prepare hard like what we’ve been doing against all the teams,” De Jesus said, wary of the Lifesavers’ lockdown defenders like Kath Arado, Bia General and Ria Meneses with the help of attackers Angeli Araneta, Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain.