HD Spikers claim second straight win
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 28, 2018 07:50 PM
Mylene Paat of Cignal tries an off speed tip to evade the blockers of Smart-Army.
(Cadiz Arena, Negros Occidental)
4:15 pm -- Cignal vs Sta. Lucia Realty
7:00 pm -- Foton vs Petron
BACOOR CITY – Reigning champion Cignal essayed a 25-10, 26-24, 25-18 victory over Smart-Army in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference Thursday at the STRIKE Gym here.
Rachel Anne Daquis led the HD Spikers to their second straight win with 13 points built on seven spikes, four blocks and a pair of service aces while anchoring the defense with five digs to put Cignal within two wins away from gaining an outright semifinals seat.
“As I’ve I said before, you’ll see a different Daquis. She rotates and spikes everywhere. She is really confident in everything she does,” said Cignal head coach Edgar Barroga.
"And I told her that this (Army) was her former team, they will target you so we practiced her reception.”
Mylene Paat was also instrumental with 12 points built on seven kills, four blocks and an ace while Rapril Aguilar and Janine Navarro added five markers apiece while providing the clutch points in the second and third sets, respectively.
"This is how I wanted them to play,” Barroga said. “I think they already adjusted, their trust in each other is back, and they’re confident.”
Meanwhile, Sta. Lucia Realty bounced back from an opening day setback with a 25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19 win over Cocolife in Pool B.
The Lady Realtors tied their victim with 1-1 slate behind MJ Phillips' 22-point explosion.
After a 15-point rout in the first set, the HD Spikers had to labor their way through the late rally of the Giga Hitters in the next two sets.
Cignal squandered a 17-12 spread as Smart rallied back to tie it to 20-all off an ace from Alina Bicar.
But Aguilar came to the rescue scoring back-to-back hits for a 23-20 cushion before Paat their team at set point, 24-22.
The Giga Hitters, however, forced a deuce, 24-all, through Tin Francisco’s quick attack and a crucial attack error of Daquis.
Aguilar put the HD Spikers ahead, 25-24, followed by a net fault by Smart that handed the two-set lead to Cignal.
Nene Bautista and Dimdim Pacres delivered six points apiece for the Giga Hitters, who absorbed their first defeat after two matches in Pool B.