PVL: F2 Logistics rallies back to hand Creamline its first loss

Lindsay Stalzer carries F2 Logistics past Creamline in the PVL Reinforced Conference. –PVL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines —  In the first-ever duel of the two fan-favorites and most successful clubs, F2 Logistics got the better of Creamline, pulling off a 22-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19, 15-11 comeback win to boost its semifinal chances in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

American spiker Lindsay Stalzer and Kianna Dy rose to the occasion to lift the Cargo Movers from two sets down while other unsung heroes also emerged with Shola Alvarez nailing a clutch ace for a 13-10 lead in the fifth set and Elaine Kasilag delivering the match-clinching kill that handed the Cool Smashers’ first loss in six matches.

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Stalzer erupted with 27 points off 22 kills, three aces, and two blocks, while Dy led F2 Logistics’ block party, hitting six of their 14 blocks to finish with 18 points to extend their winning run to three matches for  a 3-2 record.

Dy also displayed flashes of her Season 78 Finals MVP, giving Alyssa Valdez a rude welcome in her first game back at the Big Dome since Ateneo lost to La Salle in Finals Game 3 in 2016.

Kalei Mau also shone with 11 points and 14 excellent receptions. Aby Marano also scored 11. Ivy Lacsina had three blocks to finish with eight markers, while setter Kim Fajardo made 24 excellent sets and fired four service aces as the Cargo Movers drilled 14 aces against the top receiving team of the conference.

“We have a good time preparing for Creamline but we started differently. Of course maybe the crowd, and the energy. Everyone’s so excited, all the players on both sides, they are giving the show, hitting, hitting, hitting, hitting! Exchanging strong spikes. But we changed our plan. Our service worked as the match went by,” said F2 Logistics coach Benson Bocboc.

“We committed a lot of errors but we got the points that we need for the break to get those wins every set and then eventually in the end game,” he added after his team overcame 30 errors.