MANILA, Philippines – Lindsay Stalzer finally made her debut and towed F2 Logistics to a hard-earned 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-22 triumph over United VC in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Tuesday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
The 30-year old spiker from Illinois was worth the wait as she wreaked havoc at the firing end to keep the Cargo Movers unbeaten in the Grand Prix at 3-0.
Stalzer had missed F2 Logistics' first two games to fulfill a commitment in Indonesia. But she made an immediate impact for the Cargo Movers, firing 25 kills and five blocks to finish with 30 points.
Becky Perry chipped in 16 points for F2 Logistics.
F2 Logistics head coach Ramil de Jesus said Stalzer's presence was a game-changer against a UVC squad that features US NCAA Division 1 standouts like Fil-Ams Kalei Mau and Alohi Robins-Hardy, as well as imports Tai Manu-Olevao and Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani.
"If Lindsay wasn't here, we would have probably lost," said de Jesus.
"UVC is really a strong team that is only starting to know each other. Stalzer had practiced with us only twice, but she's really a great leader inside the court. We're going to need more form her as the season progresses," he added.
After knotting the count at one-set apiece, the Cargo Movers caught fire in the third set with Stalzer and Majoy Baron conniving to erect a 23-19 lead.
Setter Kim Fajardo then found an open Stalzer who connected a kill from the right wing.
UVC tried to fight back in the fourth set with Bedart-Ghani leading the way. But Stalzer used her vast experience to the hilt to turn a 9-13 deficit into a 20-20 deadlock en route to the victory.
Mau spearheaded the attack with 22 points while Bedart-Ghani and Manu-Olevao delivered 18 and 14 points, respectively, for UVC, which suffered their second setback in three matches.
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