F2 beats Chery Tiggo, sweeps Champions League
Kim Dy hailed as MVP
The F2 Logistics Cargo Movers remained undefeated and swept the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) Champions League to become its inaugural titlist at the Aquamarine Recreational Center Thursday, Nov. 25.
F2 hammered a 25-20, 25-20, 25-22 victory over the Chery Tiggo Crossovers in their much-awaited return in the volleyball scene.
Tied at 21-all in the third set, the Cargo Movers unloaded a quick 3-0 blitz capped by a solid combination play that led to a Kalei Mau kill to reach match point at 24-21.
Dindin Santiago-Manabat responded with an attack of her own to put a glimmer of hope for the Crossovers trailing 22-24.
But it was Mau, once again, who put the nail in the coffin with an off-the-block finisher as the Cargo Movers get the chance to represent the country in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in May next year.
Mau led F2’s offense with 16 kills and Aby Marano chipped in eight points while Santiago-Manabat paced Chery Tiggo with 17 points. Mylene Paat also added 14 points for the Crossovers.
“I am very happy because it’s a first-ever national volleyball tournament title,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus. “It feels so good. The players are crying because this is the first time they played as a team after two years due to pandemic.
“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.”
Meanwhile, F2 also hauled recognition as Kim Kianna Dy won the Most Valuable Player and Best Opposite Spiker Awards, Marano bagged the Best Middle Blocker honor, Iris Tonelada was named Best Setter, and Dawn Macandili was hailed Best Libero.
Ces Molina of Petro Gazz emerged as the first Best Outside Spiker while Santiago-Manabat followed suit.
Mika Ortiz of Chery Tiggo also took home the second Best Middle Blocker honor.