Lifesavers eye Number 3 vs Cargo Movers

MANILA, Philippines — Generika-Ayala tries to zero in on an outright semifinal berth as it guns for a third straight win against F2 Logistics as action in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference shifts to the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan today.

The Lifesavers are coming into their 4:15 p.m. match brimming with confidence following back-to-back victories over the Foton and United Auctioneers-UP sides in Pool A although the Cargo Movers are also riding the momentum of their straight-set victory over the Foton Tornadoes and their fourth-place finish in the 2018 Sealect Tuna Women’s Volleyball Championship in Sisaket, Thailand.

Meanwhile, Petron crushed Foton, 27-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17, late Tuesday at the Cadiz Arena in Negros Occidental, also in Pool A.

National team mainstay Ces Molina fired 15 points while Mika Reyes and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas chipped in 13 and 12 hits, respectively, for the Blaze Spikers, who are coming off a victory in the PSL Grand Prix last May.

But focus will be on the Lifesavers, who will again bank on Angeli Araneta, Bang Pineda, Patty Orendain, Ria Meneses and Kat Arado in their attempt to stretch their hot start to three.

But they remain wary of the Cargo Movers.

“F2 Logistics is a very solid team. Even if you’re playing their second unit, it’s like facing the starters,” said Generika-Ayala coach Sherwin Meneses. “But I think we are capable of pulling an upset because my players are all working hard.”

Meanwhile, Smart-Army and Cocolife dispute solo second in Pool B as they shoot for their second win in three starts in their 7 p.m. encounter in the event bankrolled by Isuzu, UCPB Gen and SOGO Hotel with ESPN5, Hyper HD and Aksyon TV as official broadcast partners.