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F2 Logistics, Petron build up hype for first meeting

/ 05:15 AM March 01, 2019

Petron’s Katherine Bell dwarfs the wall put up by (from left) Sta. Lucia’s Souzan Raslan, Molly Lohman and Casey Schoenlein during yesterday’s Grand Prix game. —Sherwin Vardeleon

F2 Logistics and Petron are too good, they make the rest of the field look bad.

The league’s super teams, with their big-named rosters, blasted their respective opponents on Thursday night and built up momentum for their inevitable title collision.

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F2 Logistics drubbed Foton, 25-20, 25-20, 26-24, while Petron routed Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-8, 25-8, 25-18, as both teams stayed unbeaten at the top with four wins each in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.

The way they have gobbled up foes thus far has created intense anticipation for their first meeting this conference on March 7.

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Alex Cabanos did a superb relief job setting for F2 Logistics, making 20 excellent sets in subbing for ailing Kim Fajardo.

“I didn’t know I would start until just before the game started but coach said we always have to be prepared, and I’m very grateful the team supported me and got my back,” Cabanos said.

Former MVP Lindsay Stalzer scored 18 points to lead the Cargo Movers.

“We just have to take care of the little things, focus on passing and trusting each other,” Stalzer said.

Earlier, the Blaze Spikers have not lost a set in four matches but they scored their biggest win so far in disposing off the Lady Realtors.

Stephanie Niemer and Katherine Bell starred for the defending champion, scoring 24 and 17 points, respectively.

But Petron coach Shaq delos Santos said it wasn’t the true measure of their strength.

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“We’ve been seeing the improvement of the team but we can never be contented on what we have right now,” he said. “We have to maintain this kind of performance or even level it up for us to reach our goal.”

The Lady Realtors dropped to 1-4 as they struggled in matching up to the level their imports were playing—a problem that seems to plague the rest of the teams.

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