Cignal inches closer to a fifth place finish

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 30, 2016 07:30 PM
Cignal inches closer to a fifth place finish
Cignal survived a four-set challenge against Standard Insurance-Navy to move closer to a fifth place finish.

Cignal finally flaunted its strength as it registered an easy 25-15, 25-22, 25-18 win over Standard Insurance-Navy in the second round of the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

Middle blocker Jeanette Panaga did the damage for the HD Spikers, who finally discovered their deadly form after finishing way below expectation in the first round.

Panaga, one of the prized defenders of reigning NCAA champion College of Saint Benilde, delivered 12 kills and three blocks to finish with 16 points while Janine Navarro and Michelle Laborte submitted 11 and 10 points, respectively, to give Cignal its second win after three outings in the second round.

The HD Spikers are at the second spot in Group B, trailing Generika, who ran away with a 24-26, 25-13, 25-19, 25-14 win over Amy’s in the first game.

“Ibig sabihin nito na-a-absorb na nila mga tinuturo ko,” said Cignal coach Sammy Acaylar. “Sa mga practice nila hindi ko na sila pine-pressure, ‘di ko na sila binibigyan ng mga strenuous activities kasi that’s my approach now. I want them to enjoy na lang the game.”

Florence Madulid made eight points for Standard Insurance Navy, which carry a 1-1 card.

Jonah Sabete and Pau Soriano nailed seven points apiece for the Corvettes.

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