By Adrian Stewart Co
F2 Logistics Cargo Movers moved closer to Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) Champions League coronation after sweeping Tuguegarao-Perlas Spikers, 25-18, 25-18, 25-19, on Tuesday at the Aquamarine Recreational Center.
Kim Kianna Dy spearheaded the offense with 12 points while also displaying her much-improved floor defense for the Cargo Movers, which remained undefeated in four matches.
“I think that was one thing that I really worked on. I told myself that I have to improve my floor defense and that’s what I need to continue working on,” said the former De La Salle University Lady Spikers standout.
Setter Iris Tolenada chipped in double-double 10 points and 20 excellent sets, while Ilongga Abigail Maraño and Mary Joy Baron also had 10 markers each for the Cargo Movers.
The Cargo Movers displayed its dominance despite playing minus Filipina-Hawaiian star Kalei Mau with dominant first two sets and also building an 18-10 advantage in the third frame.
The Perlas Spikers, however, showed some fight in the third set as it trimmed the deficit to 19-24 before Cargo Movers wrapped up the victory with a conversion from Ernestine Tiamzon.
Nicole Tiamzon finished the game with nine kills, while Norielle Ipac had two blocks to finish with nine points for the Perlas Spikers, which dropped to 2-1 win-loss slate with the defeat.
The Cargo Movers can clinch the PNVF Champions League women’s division title when it defeats newly-crowned Premier Volleyball League (PVL) titlist Chery Tiggo Crossovers (3-1) at the close of the tournament tonight.
“Chery Tiggo is a tough team. Their morale is still high after winning the PVL. Good thing Jaja (Santiago) is not around,” said Cargo Movers head coach Ramil De Jesus. “We still have the same preparation. Hopefully, everyone will be healthy.”
The team with the best record after the competition will be crowned as champions and will represent the country in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in May 2022./ASC, WDJ