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Big guns take PVL semis seat foothold


Three teams looked headed to the next phase just a week into the compact Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference elimination round.

Defending champion Creamline is sharp as ever, its sister club Choco Mucho behind the veteran presence of Sisi Rondina has turned into a legitimate title contender while F2 Logistics continues to impress with its mix of seasoned and veteran players.

All three teams have collected back-to-back wins in their respective pools as the mid-season tournament wrapped its opening week.

The league takes a break to give way to the country’s hosting of the Men’s Volleyball Nations League Week 3 and will resume hostilities on 11 July with a quadruple-bill playdate.

The Cool Smashers posted a pair of straight sets romps in Pool A over Chery Tiggo and newcomer Gerflor to kick-start their title-retention drive.

Shutting down the debuting Farm Fresh and trouncing Cignal in four, the Cargo Movers, with a souped-up roster, underscored their readiness to go all the way to the championship after placing third in the recent All-Filipino Conference.

With former middle Ivy Lacsina appearing to thrive as an open spiker and their three rookies showing great potential, observers fear F2 Logistics coach Regine Diego might be soon fretting over not where to find talents but who to go to at crunch time.

“I’m happy we have a lot of options now but I have to make sure that they gel in together,” Diego said of her squad’s deep bench which includes Kim Kianna Dy, Aby Maraño, Myla Pablo, Major Baron, Ara Galang, Elaine Kasilag, Shola Alvarez, Elaine Kasilag, playmaker Kim Fajardo and liberos Dawn Macandili.

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