MANILA — No team has ever won a championship in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) when it dropped Game 1 of the Finals, ever since the Best-of-Three series was implemented a few years ago.
This statement was true until the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers powered their way to a historic Finals series come-from-behind victory against the Petron Blaze Spikers in four competitive sets in Game 3 of the PSL Grand Prix on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena, 25-20, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18.
As the confetti fell down on the court, a teary-eyed Cha Cruz gathered the team and hugged her teammates as part of their celebration for pulling the once elusive feat that they just achieved.
Many heroes emerged for the Cargo Movers, but no one stood out more than Maria Jose Perez and Cruz.
Perez, who recorded a total of 24 points in the match, was relentless ever since the get-go. Whenever F2 Logistics needed points, the newly awarded Most Valuable Player of the tournament delivered from all cylinders of the taraflex court.
Seasoned veteran ’Ms. Everything’ Cha Cruz once again lived up to her monicker as she provided not only the leadership expected from her, but also crucial points all throughout the match.
Fresh from her heroic performance in Game 2 of the series, the 29-year old F2 Logistics team skipper turned back the time and dug deep from her bag of tricks en route to 16 points, eight digs, and 12 excellent receptions, which especially proved crucial in the fourth set as she and Perez ended every attempt of Petron to rally their way back into the game.
On the other hand, First Best Outside Spiker Hillary Hurley played her heart out for the Blaze Spikers with 25 points and eight excellent receptions. The tournament’s Second Best Outside Spiker Lindsay Stalzer tallied nine points and seven excellent receptions.
The championship marks the first Grand Prix title of the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers.