Cargo Movers beat Foxies in PVL Invitational opener


IVY Lacsina played her new role to the hilt and F2 Logistics used its deep bench to scuttle newcomer Farm Fresh side, 25-22, 25-20, 25-23, in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Invitational Conference on Tuesday at the Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan City.

From her previous task in the middle, Lacsina went full blast in the Open wing, firing away 12 attack points, including a set-clinching kill in the opening set. Seasoned middle blocker Aby Maraño and Kim Dy added 10 and nine points, respectively, to anchor their one-hour and 22-minute romp in Group B play.

“It wasn’t easy [switching from the middle to an Open spiker] but I kept on going,” Lacsina said. “With the help of my coaches and teammates, I have learned to embrace my new position.”

But the win didn’t come easy. That was particularly in trying to close out their rivals in the third frame as the Foxies, behind Jhasmin Pascual and Zamantha Nolasco, fought back and forced the Cargo Movers to four deadlocks, the last at 23 on a Nolasco ace that had looked like a long serve.

Maraño shattered the count with a hit after the Foxies foiled Jolina dela Cruz’s attempt before the latter, one of F2 Logistics’ three rookies, blasted in an ace to an unguarded spot in the middle of Farm Fresh’s defense.

Dela Cruz finished with seven points, the same output put in by Majoy Baron. Marionne Alba marked her pro debut with five points while starting out as the team’s playmaker.

“We’re happy to win but we still have to learn more. We have to make better connections with each other, especially with Marionne as our setter,” F2 coach Regine Diego said. Diego had the luxury of shuffling and mixing her veterans with her prized rookies during the entire encounter ushering in the mid-season conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.

Alba produced 14 of the team’s 18 excellent sets while sneaking in solid attacking points.

“I’m overwhelmed and so happy to win my first game [in the pros],” said Alba, who took over the role normally reserved for veteran and multi-titled setter Kim Fajardo

“I knew her [Alba] and I trust here and Kim [Fajardo] is there to support her,” Diego said.

Pascual top-scored for Farm Fresh with 10 points while Wielyn Estoque finished with eight markers and Kate Santiago and Nolasco added seven and six points, respectively, for the Foxies, who showed a lot promise with their will power, quickness and superb blocking.

One of the three newcomers in the league—the two others being Gerflor and Foton—backed by BingoPlus, ArenaPlus, Mikasa, SMART, Rebisco, Kumu, Asics and SportRadar, Farm Fresh expects to come up with the necessary adjustments when they set out against the tall Choco Mucho Flying Titans tomorrow (June 29).

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