F2 sets record vs. Sta. Lucia, Petron survives Cignal

F2 still perfect at Philippine Superliga (1:47)

The F2 Logistics Cargo Movers recovered from a slow start to maul the Sta. Lucia Realtors in straight sets. (1:47)

F2 Logistics brushed off a rusty start before catching fire in the second set to massacre Sta. Lucia, 25-22, 25-3, 25-12, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

With Kalei Mau anchoring the offense, the Cargo Movers turned a 10-19 deficit in the first set into a rout to remain flawless 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.

Mau finished with 13 points while Ara Galang had 11 points and 15 digs and Majoy Baron asserted her might at the defensive end with five blocks for nine markers for the Cargo Movers, who have yet to lose in eight matches.

Dawn Macandili was also instrumental with 24 digs and seven excellent receptions for F2 Logistics, which committed only four errors in the entire ballgame.

After trailing by nine, 10-19, F2 Logistics stepped on the gas and captured the first set at 25-22.

Then, it was all Cargo Movers from there as they destroyed the sluggish Lady Realtors on both ends to finish the second set with 25-3 count - the biggest margin ever tallied in the six-year history of this tourney that also has ESPN5 and Kapatid TV5 as broadcast partners.

Sta. Lucia's three points in the second set came from an ace by Andrea Marzan, a successful challenge by head coach Babes Castillo and an attack from skipper Pam Lastimosa.

"I was surprised. I didn't expect that huge rout in the second set," said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, whose wards turned the second set into a virtual workout against the lowly, uninspired Lady Realtors.

"We didn't have a service error in the second set and Sta. Lucia failed to pass the ball."

From trailing 10-19 in the opening set, F2 Logistics unloaded a 12-2 run capped by Aby Maraño's back-to-back aces. Them Galang delivered two consecutive attacks to take the 22-21 lead before Amanda Villanueva stopped the bleeding.

But the Cargo Movers completed the first set comeback with a service error from Rebecca Rivera followed by a block from Majoy Baron and Galang's kill.

"All of them were waiting Sta. Lucia to commit an error in the first set that's why I told them we can't play like that. We should be aggressive," De Jesus said.

"We cannot rely on Kalei alone, everyone should be reliable. Luckily, the lead was not that huge and eventually we got it sparked by Aby."

Andrea Marzan and Roselle Baliton came through with eight and seven points, respectively, for the Lady Realtors, whose lone win in nine matches came from rookie team Marinerang Pilipina.

Meanwhile, Sisi Rondina came up big, delivering back-to-back hits to power Petron to a come-from-behind 17-25, 21-25, 25-11, 25-17, 15-10 win over Cignal.

After missing their previous game against Generika-Ayala, Rondina went full blast as she lit the scoreboard with 23 kills, two blocks and ace off the bench to lift Petron to its eighth win in nine games.

Remy Palma chipped in 12 points while Bernadeth Pons put up 10 markers and 22 digs as the Blaze Spikers avoided the upset ax of the HD Spikers after losing the first two sets.

Then, they stepped on the gas late in the fifth set with a 13-9 lead from Ces Molina's kill and Aiza Maizo Pontillas block on Mylene Paat before Rondina delivered.

Paat and Jovelyn Gonzaga tallied 17 points apiece while Rachel Anne Daquis had 12 markers for Cignal, which fell to 3-5.