PSL Grand Prix Finals: Petron blasts F2 in straight sets to open series

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Petron Blaze Spikers got off to a dream start against the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers after a sweep, 25-14, 25-21, 25-16, in Game 1 of the Philippines SuperLiga (PSL) Grand Prix Finals on Tuesday at the Fil Oil Flying V Centre.

The victory puts the Blaze Spikers one win away from ending a dry spell in the Grand Prix since 2014.

Imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley each paced Petron with 20 markers each, while Remy Palma chipped in with 7 to lead the team's locals.

There was little doubt the Blaze Spikers' dominance in the series opener, taking it to the Cargo Movers as early as the first set with a 19-12 advantage.

Petron would take the first set, 25-14, before showcasing their superiority with a 17-13 and 19-12 cushion in the second and third sets, respectively.

There was not much F2 could do as they failed to stifle the streaking Blaze Spikers.

It was a dominant victory, but Stalzer knows that F2 will fight tooth and nail in their second meeting.

"I don't think it's going to be quite as easy in Game 2," Stalzar admitted. "They're definitely going to go and think of everything they can do to stop us."

Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos echoed his player's sentiments, and hopes his team can keep a cool head in what could be a title-clinching match.

"Kailangan talaga ma-maintain namin na ganun ka relax maglaro," Delos Santos explained. "Kasi yung past few games namin, yung quarterfinals at yung semifinals, medyo stiff yung galaw namin."

[Translation: We really need to maintain playing relaxed. Because in our quarterfinals and semifinals games, our movements are somewhat stiff.]

F2 will get the chance to battle for survival in Game 2 of their best-of-three series on Thursday at the same venue.