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Cignal pounces on dazed Philips Gold for first victory

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The Cignal HD Spikers claimed their first victory in the PSL after quickly disposing of the lackadaisical Philips Gold Lady Slammers in three sets, 25-18, 25-16, 25-15 at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The Lady Slammers were tripping over themselves the entire match, coughing up 26 errors while putting up a lazy effort on their overall defense. Cignal took full advantage of their foe’s futility, piling up 35 attacks to Philips’ 19.

Philips struggled to get in the game as Cignal easily pounced on them at the start of every set. UE’s Shaya Adorador scored for the Slammers with eight markers. While the team’s prized offensive acquisitions, Myla Pablo and Michelle Gumabao stumbled into just five markers apiece. Cignal veteran Jeanine Navarro, led all scorers with 14 markers while UST’s Mela Tunay churned out a season-high 11 points.

“I just told the team to take a break during the Lenten season,” said Cignal Head Coach Sam Acaylar. “I told them to think about their match and concentrate on getting rest, buti na lang gumana at nainspire ‘yung mga bata,” he continued.

“Hindi ko in-expect na straight sets. Pero nung nakita naming medyo mababa ‘yung laro ng kalaban, inatake na namin,” answered Acaylar when asked about the surprising result.

Cignal is now fourth in the standings with a 1-2 record while Philips Gold is tied with sister company, Mane ‘n Tail, at the bottom rankings.

The Scores:

Cignal (3) – Navarro 14, Tunay 11, Nepomuceno 9, Panaga 8, Clemente 5, Ancheta 1, Mangui 1, Enclona (L), Dionela (L)

Philips Gold (0) – Adorador 8, Pablo 5, Gumabao 5, Loren 3, Dadang 2, Tolenada 1, Mea 1, Loren 1, Malaluan 0, Espelita 0, Gohing (L), Crisostomo (L)

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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