Jema Galanza against F2 Logistics’ wall of blockers. –PVL PHOTO
Years of playing—and carrying majority of the following—in different leagues, F2 Logistics and Creamline finally crossed paths on Tuesday night and gave the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) and its fans what to expect from this brewing rivalry moving forward.
And as far as that rivalry is concerned, it’s 1-0 for the Cargo Movers, who established themselves as legitimate threats to the Cool Smashers’ Triple Crown bid.
Dusting off tough losses in the first two sets, the Cargo Movers held it together to carve out a 22-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19, 15-11 victory over the Cool Smashers, dealing Creamline its first Reinforced Conference loss before close to 10,000 raucous, animated souls at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
Lindsay Stalzer, Kim Kianna Dy and Kalei Mau never lost the fight and desire to carry the Cargo Movers to a win in the first meeting between these two storied and proud franchises, stepping up in the final three sets that were nothing less than a classic as F2 won for the third straight time after opening with two defeats because of manpower problems.
The two teams had always been the subject of hypothetical showdowns when both were headliners for different leagues. When all club teams came under the PVL banner, the two teams never got the chance to slug it out either due to the Cargo Movers’ leave of absence or both squads being lodged in different brackets.The first clash between the two squads proved worth the wait.
“Everyone was so excited, all the players on both sides, they were [putting on a] show, hitting, hitting, hitting, hitting, exchanging strong spikes,” said F2 Logistics coach Benson Bocboc.