MANILA, Philippines — Choco Mucho recovered from a first-set loss to knock out F2 Logistics in the semifinals, 19-25, 25-8, 25-17, 25-19, for its seventh straight victory in Premier Volleyball League 2023 (PVL) second All-Filipino Convention on Tuesday at Philsports Area.
After a numb opening, Sisi Rondina and the Flying Titans caught fire in the second set. They scored 14 of the last 15 points, where they outscored the Cargo Movers by 17 points to tie the match at one set apiece.
Choco Mucho carried his momentum for the rest of the match as Rondina unloaded 21 points and 12 nice receptions to move closer to the semi-final with a 7-1 record tied with Chery Tiggo, behind undefeated leader Creamline (7 -0).
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“We found our rhythm in second, third and fourth. That’s what I needed from them and what made me successful in this sport,” said Choco Mucho coach Dante Alinsunurin.
F2 Logistics, who lost Jolina Dela Cruz midway through the third set after injuring her left leg, bowed out of the semifinal rivalry with a 4-5 record. With three straight match losses, he fell short of fourth-placer Cignal (6-3) with 19 points, holding just 12 points with two more matches to play.
Isa Molde also starred in the Flying Titans’ balanced attack with 13 points including two blocks to go along with 14 digs. Cherry Nunag and Kat Tolentino each had 10 points. Caitlin Viray and Maddie Madayag added eight and seven points, respectively.
“I am extremely grateful for the trust of my coaches. We are proving that we finally have the system of our coaches,” Molde said in Filipino.
Viray agreed with Molde: The crew is doing well. We will respect our agreement by being very consistent.
Setter Deanna Wong had another day at the office with 24 superb three-pointers, while libero Thang Ponce protected her floor with 23 digs and nine receptions.
No Cargo Movers scored in double figures with Aby Maraño leading the way with nine points including two aces. Ivy Lacsina scored eight points. Ara Galang had seven points, 13 receptions and nine digs, while Dela Cruz, Myla Pablo and Majoy Baron added six points each.
F2 Logistics takes on Chery Tiggo on Saturday before finishing its campaign against PLDT on Thursday next week.