Cignal punches a semis ticket

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 18, 2017 10:05 PM
Cignal punches a semis ticket
Cignal is through to the semifinals of the PSL Invitational Conference.

Cignal grabbed the second semifinal slot as it clobbered Cocolife, 25-15, 25-20, 25-16, Saturday in the Belo Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.

Jovelyn Gonzaga paced the assault as she finished with 10 kills and two aces for 13 points while Honey Royse Tubino and Rachel Anne Daquis chipped in nine markers apiece for the HD Spikers, who joined idle Petron in the next round.

With that, only one semifinal seat is up for grabs with Generika-Ayala and Foton tipped to engage in a full-blown war to conquer it.

Jovielyn Prado served as the lone bright spot on offense as she finished with six markers for the Asset Managers, who will be relegated to the classification battle for 4th to 6th places after finishing the eliminations with 1-4 win-loss slate.

The door of the semifinals remains slightly open for Generika-Ayala to enter as it destroyed Sta. Lucia, 25-21, 25-13, 25-16, in the other match.

After a sluggish start, the Lifesavers waxed hot in the second and third sets to blast the Lady Realtors and improve its chances in the next round.

The Lifesavers now fashion a 2-2 win-loss card and a victory over unbeaten Petron in the final playing day of the eliminations on Thursday will give them a fighting chance to make it to the next round.

Only the top three teams will advance to the semifinals where they will face a guest team from Japan in a single-round robin that will determine the victor.

“Although it would take a miracle for us to get in (the semifinals), we’re very optimistic we can make it,” said Generika-Ayala coach Francis Vicente, who is also the head coach of the national women’s team in the 29th Southeast Asian Games and the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship.

“Maganda ang inilalaro ng mga bata. Alam ko na gagawin nila para makapasok sa semis.”

Angeli Araneta spearheaded the attack as she finished with 11 kills and a block for 14 points while skipper Gen Casugod and Mikaela Lopez delivered nine markers apiece for the Lifesavers, who obviously banked on their vast experience in putting away the young Lady Realtors.

Generika-Ayala started out slow as Sta. Lucia knotted the count at 19 and threatened to steal the first set away.

But a pair of unforced errors followed by an ace from Casugod doomed the chances of the Lady Realtors, allowing the Lifesavers to book an easy 25-21 victory in the opening set.

It was all Generika-Ayala from there as Araneta and Casugod conspired to post a 20-12 lead in the second set en route to a 25-13 set win.

Ranya Musa, Janine Navarro and Rachel Austero tallied four markers apiece for Sta. Lucia, which remains at the bottom of the heap with a 0-4 mark.


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