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After crashing out of semis, Rachel Daquis sets sight on bronze

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In the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference, the Cignal HD Spikers made their mark with exciting, down-to-the-wire matches.

The usually spunky HD Spikers, however, were lackluster in their semis meeting against top seed Petron. While the odds were against the HD Spikers as they faced the undefeated defending champs, they were still expected to at least put up a fight.

“May bagay na hindi namin na-execute kanina. Noong nagkakamali ‘yung mga players, lumabas ‘yung attitude nila na marami nang iniisip. Mahirap kasi kapag may ganoong pumasok na sa isip mo,” said Cignal HD head coach Edgar Barroga, as his squad bowed out in straight sets.

“Siguro kung nailaro namin ‘yung tulad ng nilalaro namin before, naka-isang set man lang kami. Pero hindi kami talaga nakalaro ng consistent today.”

The only bright spot for the HD Spikers was captain Rachel Daquis. The nine-year veteran proved reliable, scoring 18 points, but was the only HD Spiker in double-digits.

For now, Daquis just wants to move on and focus on their bronze medal match against the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers.

“Siguro sa part ng Cignal move on and focus na lang kami sa next goal namin,” said the FEU standout.

“Siyempre nandoon ‘yun (disappointment) pero bakit ka magde-dwell sa past? Gawin mo na lang siyang lesson. Kailangan na lang namin tumingin sa future na kalaban. Hindi mo naman alam kasi bilog ang bola. Hindi naman lahat pabor sa amin,” the 2018 Invitational Cup 1st Best Outside Spiker added.

“Sabi ko nga sa mga kasamahan ko, ‘Lalabas tayo ng court na hindi ka magsisisi kasi binigay mo ‘yung best mo’. Talagang kinulang kami, so kailangan pang mag-imrpove.”

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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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