RI­VALS F2 LO­GIS­TICS, PETRON CROSS PATHS IN CRU­CIAL CLASH

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS -

It’s go­ing to be an ac­tion-packed dou­ble­header as un­scathed teams F2 Lo­gis­tics and Cig­nal gun for sweeps in their re­spec­tive pools to claim the two outright semi­fi­nal berths in the last day of the pre­lim­i­nar­ies of the Chooks to Go-Philip­pine Superliga In­vi­ta­tional Con­fer­ence on Satur­day at Muntinlupa Sports Cen­ter.

Sport­ing a clean 3-0 win-loss record in Pool A, the Cargo Movers re­new their ri­valry with Petron in a ti­tanic clash at 7 p.m.

The HD Spik­ers, also hold­ing a per­fect 3-0 slate in Pool B, seek to clinch the other outright semi­fi­nal ticket as they clash with Co­co­l­ife at 4 p.m.

Led by resur­gent vet­eran Rachel Anne Daquis, de­fend­ing cham­pion Cig­nal tries to make a re­turn trip to the semi­fi­nals, which will leave Smart-Army and Sta. Lu­cia Realty in the cross­over quar­ter­fi­nals against the No. 3 and No. 2 teams in Pool A, re­spec­tively.

But all eyes will be on the much-an­tic­i­pated bat­tle be­tween F2 Lo­gis­tics and Petron, who have been clash­ing for the past three fi­nals series.

F2 Lo­gis­tics is just a win from reach­ing the Final Four af­ter rout­ing Univer­sity of the Philip­pines-United Auc­tion­eers Inc. in straight sets, 25-13, 25-22, 25-16, late Wed­nes­day.

F2 Lo­gis­tics head coach Ramil De Je­sus is con­fi­dent with the hunger and ea­ger­ness of his wards in beat­ing Petron, the squad that de­throned them in the pre­vi­ous Grand Prix.

“Ev­ery time we have a great matchup like Petron, I don’t have to re­mind my play­ers be­cause they are pre­par­ing hard and ea­ger to win this kind of games,” De Je­sus said.

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