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PSL: Petron, F2 in game of death

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Game Today (The Arena, San Juan City)
7 p.m. – Petron vs F2 Logistics

Only the strongest and bravest of heart will remain standing when two of the best club teams in the country – Petron and F2 Logistics – clash in the rubber match of their Philippine Superliga Grand Prix best-of-three finals series today at The Arena in San Juan City.

Match is at 7 p.m. with both the Blaze Spikers and Cargo Movers tipped to give everything they have in their chase for the prestigious crown in the event that has ESPN5 and 5Plus as broadcast partners.

American Stephanie Niemer tries to score against F2 Logistics’ Majoy Baron and Lindsay Stalzer during Game 2 of their best-of-three title series. The Blaze Spikers won, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-19, to force a rubber match. (PSL images)

American Stephanie Niemer tries to score against F2 Logistics’ Majoy Baron and Lindsay Stalzer during Game 2 of their best-of-three title series. The Blaze Spikers won, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-19, to force a rubber match. (PSL images)

The Cargo Movers drew the first blood in the sixth chapter of their storied rivalry in this league that also has Asics, Mueller, Mikasa, Senoh, Team Rebel Sports, Bizooku, UCPB Gen, Cocolife, Hotel Sogo and Data Project as major backers.

F2 Logistics posted an impressive 25-20, 16-25, 25-23, 25-23, in Game 1 late Tuesday, snapping Petron’s 17-game winning streak and stepping a win away from winning the title.

But the Blaze Spikers refused to surrender the title.

Behind another powerful performance from Americans Stephanie Niemer and Katherine Bell, Petron knotted the series with a 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-19 victory in Game 2 to set the stage for a kill-or-be-killed battle.

The hard-hitting Bell delivered 25 points and 24 digs while Niemer chipped in 23 hits for the Blaze Spikers, who finally drew impressive numbers from their local crew of Mika Reyes, Rhea Dimaculangan and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas.

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