Rondina, Blaze Spikers end Cargo Movers’ winning run
Petron displayed the heart of a champion as it fought its way back from a two-set deficit before ending F2 Logistics’ 11-game unbeaten run with a thrilling 26-28, 27-29, 25-19, 25-20, 15-6 victory in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Arena in San Juan City.
The Blaze Spikers were on the brink of getting swept by the Cargo Movers when they lost the first two sets, but they never wavered, forcing the match into a deciding set to wrap up the classic showdown in two hours and 41 minutes of action.
“When we went down, of course, we were disappointed, but in both sets, we’re just short of two points,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos following an impressive win that gave them the lead 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.
“But I told them not to give up and take it one set at a time.”
Down 0-2, Sisi Rondina led the comeback as she caught fire in the third set and her tandem with Bernadeth Pons worked wonders in the fourth frame to force a decider.
The defending champions waxed hot in the fifth set as Rhea Dimaculangan’s fine setting embarked a strong start while the Cargo Movers committed four straight miscues giving Petron a formidable 10-0 spread.
“The momentum was already on our side. I just told them to give their hundred percent and worked hard for every point because the fifth set is just 1-15,” Delos Santos said.
Kalei Mau kept F2 Logistics afloat scoring three of the team’s six points in the frame, 14-6, but Pons scored an off the block hit to deal their foes’ first defeat in 12 games.
Rondina, who missed the first round of the rivalry battle, unleashed 22 points off 21 kills. Molina had 20 points, while Bernadeth Pons put up 16 points on top of 22 digs.
Mika Reyes was also instrumental with 10 markers. Dimaculangan dished out 32 excellent sets on top of four markers, while Denden Lazaro was tremendous defensively with 29 digs and excellent receptions.
Petron stole the solo first place with an improved 12-1 win-loss record, winning its 10th straight match.
Mau had 25 points laced with 22 digs and 10 excellent receptions while Majoy Baron delivered 15 points and Ara Galang had 14 markers, including 12 receives as F2 Logistics suffered its first loss in 12 outings sliding to No. 2.