CIGNAL HD bucked the loss of its ace hitter Ces Molina in the fourth set to carve out a 25-14, 25-21, 19-25, 25-18 win over F2 Logistics and seize the Group A lead in the PVL Open Conference yesterday at the Paco Arena.
With the HD Spikers leading, 9-7, Molina rolled her right ankle and was not able still to return the match.
Still, Cignal HD displayed resiliency down the stretch to post its second straight victory, surpassing last year’s disastrous one-win campaign.
“Sobrang proud. Sobrang happy kasi nag-perform yung ibang players namin. Knowing yung naging preparation namin. Sabi ko sa kanila, pinaghahandaan namin ng mabuti but ang key doon ay dapat ma-execute namin sa mismong game,” said HD Spikers coach Shaq delos Santos.
Skipper Rachel Ann Daquis, showing her vintage form, had a solid all-around game of 13 points, including two blocks, 13 digs and eight receptions, while Molina also had 13 points before leaving the game due to injury.
Gel Cayuna, Cignal’s starting setter, was brilliant with three service aces to finish with seven points and tossed in 18 excellent sets.
“Before namin makuha si Angel, nag-usap kami. marami nang plano, kasi na-miss ko rin siya. Kasi naging player ko siya sa collegiate,” said Delos Santos on Cayuna, who played under him in Far Eastern University.
“Ang sabi ko, this is it. Maitutuloy natin kung anong magandang plano namin sa iyo, basta makinig lang. Nakakatuwa yung bata kasi grabe kasi yung sipag. Napakatahimik lang, walang complain.
Talagang gusto niyang matuto,” he added.
Ria Meneses and Roselyn Doria added 12 and nine points, respectively, for the HD Spikers.
The loss, the first in three matches, stalled the Cargo Movers’ march to the quarterfinals.
Tin Tiamzon led F2 Logistics with 15 points, 17 digs and five receptions while Kim Kianna Dy had 11 kills. Kim Fajardo came through with 16 excellent sets as Iris Tolenada struggling in orchestrating plays for the Cargo Movers.