HD Spikers best Lady Realtors for third win
Honey Royse Tubino scored 15 points to lead Cignal to a four-set win against Sta. Lucia Realty.
(Batangas City Sports Center)
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Cignal rediscovered its winning ways despite playing without injured hitter Jovelyn Gonzaga after turning back Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-19, 22-25, 25-15, 25-17, Thursday in the 2017 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Local hitter Honey Royse Tubino led the HD Spikers with 15 points anchored on 12 attacks including the match-clinching kill to end the one-hour, 51-minute duel.
American import Alexis Mathews scored 14 markers off 10 kills and four kill blocks while Rachel Anne Daquis and Australian Beth Carey scored 13 and 11 points for Cignal, which improved to 3-4 win-loss slate.
The HD Spikers bounced back from a straight sets loss to F2 Logistics last Tuesday where they lost Gonzaga to a right knee injury (strained muscle) in the second set. Gonzaga is out of commission for at least two weeks.
“Yung skill nila nandoon na eh so motivation na lang ang ginawa ko lalo na’t nawala si Jovy,” said Cignal coach George Pascua. “Sabi ko sa kanila na kailangan step up, yung kakulangan ni Jovelyn punuan natin.”
Mylene Paat stepped up to replace Gonzaga at the opposite with eight points.
The Lady Realtors were able to equalize in the second set after an anemic opening frame, banking on the duo of Ukrainian reinforcement Bohdana Anisova and local hitters Pam Lastimosa and Rialen Sante.
But the HD Spikers regrouped in the third to control the set early before cruising in the fourth with Tubino closing her night with an exclamation crosscourt missile.
Anisova had 17 points including 14 off attacks got nine points Lastimosa while Sante and Fil-Am Mar-Jana Philips scored eight each for SLR, which dropped to 1-5 record with its second straight defeat.
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