After kicking off the conference with a pair of setbacks, F2 Logistics finally found the right mix as it captured two consecutive wins to get back into the thick of things in the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix.
In their 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 victory over Generika, the Cargo Movers were impressive as 6-foot-7 import Hayley Spelman spewed fire with 23 points while locals Mika Reyes, Aby Marano and Ara Galang also came up with great effort to dominate the struggling Lifesavers.
Despite the back-to-back wins, F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus remains cautious, saying that they have to remain healthy for them to contend with league superpowers like reigning champion Foton and Petron.
Point of concern
De Jesus said while Spelman is doing wonders, her partner, Sydney Kemper, is still working to regain her strength following a shoulder injury she sustained from her previous league. And their chances this conference definitely hinge on the health status of her shoulder.
[quote]Kemper has minor shoulder injury when she arrived. She missed our training during the three-week break because she used it to recover from the injury.[/quote]
On the same note, star open spiker Galang remains away from her perfect shape, paving the way for skipper Cha Cruz to provide the firepower.
[quote]Ara, on the other hand, still has minor knee injury. She’s not yet fit to play.[/quote]
Room for improvement
De Jesus said there’s still a big room for improvement for his wards. For one, he noted that they have yet to fully develop their familiarity, something which they are now working on in order to come up with a great run down the crucial stretch of this tourney that stakes a ticket to the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Chinese Taipei next year.
Kim Fajardo, however, is already showing traces of chemistry with Spelman and Kemper as she distributed the ball perfectly and masterfully orchestrated the plays in their previous game against the Lifesavers.
[quote]At first, Kim did not know how to use both our imports and locals. So I told her to give our locals a chance to play and not rely at our imports at all time similar to what happened in our game against Cignal.[/quote]
Still, de Jesus sees a bright future ahead. But it needs a lot of hard work, a lot of patience to get there.
[quote]Hopefully, we can maintain the momentum because we’re not there yet.[/quote]