F2 LOGISTICS topped the inaugural Philippine National Volleyball Federation Champions League with a flourish on Thursday, beating Chery Tiggo, 25-20, 25-20, 25-22, at the Aquamarine Recreational Center in Lipa City.

The Cargo Movers won all their five matches without dropping a set, a feat that delighted Head Coach Ramil de Jesus.

“I am very happy because it’s a first ever national volleyball tournament title,” De Jesus said. “It feels so good.”

Playing for the first time since March 2020, the Cargo Movers hardly missed a beat, displaying the form that made them one of the most successful clubs in the country.

“The players are crying because this is the first time they played as a team after two years due to pandemic,” De Jesus said. “The advantage is that they have been together for a long time. Some of them also played in Thailand as part of the Philippine team.”

Earlier on Thursday, Petro Gazz rebounded from a stunning loss to a team of high schoolers a day before by slipping past Tuguegarao-Perlas Spikers, 25-11, 26-24, 19-25, 25-20, to secure the bronze medal.

Chery Tiggo, which missed Jaja Santiago who is currently playing in the Japan V.League, failed to follow up its Premiere Volleyball League Open Conference championship run and settled for the silver medal.

Kalei Mau came through with 16 kills, 19 receptions and nine digs, while Iris Tolenada, who was acquired by F2 Logistics only last month as first-choice setter Kim Fajardo is recovering from injury, tossed 17 excellent sets to go with four service aces and a block.

The Cargo Movers’ net defense was rock-solid in the one-hour and 29-minute match with their nine blocks—three each from Majoy Baron and Kim Kianna Dy.

Dy was named the Most Valuable Player and Best Opposite Hitter to lead F2 Logistics’ “Dream Team” awardees in the week-long tournament that has Rebisco, Pitmaster Foundation Inc., Top Speed, 1Pacman Partylist, Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Olympic Committee as platinum sponsors and F2 Logistics, Asics, PLDT, MVP Sports Foundation and Mikasa as gold sponsors and BCDA, Philippine Red Cross, Lipa City, Davis Paint and Emerald PVC Pipes, Fittings and Doors as silver sponsors with PNVF godfather, Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the Champions League, giving his full support.

Aby Maraño, who contributed eight points, bagged the First Best Middle Blocker honors, Tolenada took the Best Setter plum and Dawn Macandili, who collected 13 digs on Thursday, was the competition’s Best Libero.

The Cargo Movers already clinched the gold medal after claiming the second set but still pressed on with their usual game to shut out the Crossovers to complete the perfect championship run.

Dindin Santiago-Manabat had 17 points for the Crossovers while Mylene Paat added 14 points and eight digs.

Manabat and Maika Ortiz were named the Second Best Outside Hitter and Second Best Middle Blocker, respectively.

Petro Gazz’s Ces Molina completes the “Dream Team” by capturing the First Best Outside Hitter award.

Josef Ramos





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