Cignal arrests slide, PLDT takes win no. 7

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 21, 2019 09:36 PM
Cignal arrests slide, PLDT takes win no. 7
Cignal snapped a three-game slide at the expense of skidding Foton.

Cignal recovered from a first set setback before booking a scary 15-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-20 win over Foton in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Erica Wilson dropped 26 kills, four blocks and three aces to finish with 33 points for the HD Spikers, who arrested their three-game losing slide.

Ana Artemeva chipped in 14 points while skipper Rachel Anne Daquis also stepped up with nine markers for Cignal, which failed to draw quality minutes from Mylene Paat who remains under the weather.

With the win, Cignal improved to 6-6 win-loss slate to climb at fifth place.

Milagros Collar and Courtney Felinski had 25 and 21 points, respectively, for Foton, which absorbed its ninth loss in 10 matches in the preliminaries.

Meanwhile, PLDT Home Fibr moved to solo third spot after a quick work of Sta. Lucia Realtors, 25-15, 24-26, 25-13, to improve to 7-5 slate.

American imports Grace Lazard and Kendra Dahlke scored 19 and 15 points, respectively, for the Power Hitters. Shola Alvarez played an all-around game with eight markers, 14 digs and six excellent receptions for PLDT.

The Lady Realtors slid to 2-8 slate.    

Casey Schoenlein finished with 12 points with all but one coming off attacks while Rachel Austero got 10 for SLR.

In the first game, Generika-Ayala survived a furious performance from Filipino-American star Kalei Mau to score a come-from-behind 25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 27-25, 15-12 victory over United VC.

Import Kanjana Kuthaisong and skipper Angeli Araneta came to the rescue for the Lifesavers, who hung tough down the stretch to eke out the thrilling win.

Kuthaisong finished with 19 points, including the match-clinching kill, while Araneta had only eight points but provided tons of leadership down the stretch for the Lifesavers, who lost middle blocker Marivic Meneses to an ankle injury.

More than that, the Lifesavers survived the 33-point performance of Mau to improve to 3-7 mark.

Spiker Fiola Ceballos was also instrumental with 16 hits while Mikaela Lopez chipped in nine markers for Generika-Ayala, which drew impressive performance from libero Bia General who had 33 digs and 20 excellent receptions.

With the match extending to five sets, Kuthaisong and Araneta delivered the crucial hits that put the Lifesavers ahead, 10-6.

Although Mau, Alohi Robins-Hardy and Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani tied the decider at 12-all, back-to-back crucial miscues from Mau and Bedart-Ghani’s gave the Lifesavers the match point, 14-12.

Then, Kuthaisong unleashed a booming kill for the match point.

Aside from Mau, Bedart-Ghani also shone with 25 markers while Robins-Hardy tallied 28 excellent sets and nine markers for United VC, which missed the services of import Tai Manu-Olevao, who flew to Hawaii for an important family matter.

United VC fell to 5-6.

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