Cignal connects third straight win, seals semis spot
Mark Escarlote on Jun 06, 2016 03:26 PM
Lorenzo Capate Jr. of Cignal hammers a spike through the defense of Philippine Navy.
Powerhouse team Cignal secured a spot in the semifinals after a quick demolition of Philippine Navy, 25-22, 25-13, 25-15, Monday for its third straight win in the 2nd Spikers’ Turf Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The HD Spikers uncorked 43 attacks with former Ateneo de Manila star Ysay Marasigan hitting seven kills in his 11-point output to lead Cignal, which remained undefeated on top of the standings with a 3-0 win-loss record. Marasigan had three kill blocks and a service ace.
“Medyo umaangat ang performcance ng team ko compared sa nilaro namin noong first game,” said HD Spikers coach Michael Carino.
Cignal’s remaining assignments are against Instituto Estetico Manila on June 20 before winding up the eliminations against Sta. Elena Construction on June 29.
“Ang goal naming sa elims na makatapos kami na may magandang record. Unti-unti nakukuha na namin,” Carino added.
Lorenzo Capate Jr. and Raymark Woo finished with seven markers each while setter Glacy Ralph Diezmo had 26 of Cignal’s 42 excellent sets off the bench.
Navy dropped to 0-2 slate and are in danger of losing the race for the top four spots in the 6-team field that will advance in the best-of-three Final Four.
Ruzzel Palisoc led the Sailors with seven points while Michael Zamora and Nur Amin Madsairi scored six each.
Kurl Rosete, who got his left brow bloodied after getting hit by the antenna that flew off the net when hit by the ball in his spike attempt, finished with four markers for Navy.
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