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PVL: Cignal claws back from two sets down, denies PLDT of bronze

Cignal came back from a 0-2 deficit to stun PLDT, 17-25, 20-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-5 and salvage a bronze finish in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference, Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The HD Spikers, who also finished third in the Open Conference, notched their second consecutive bronze medal of the season.

“Syempre una thank you kay Lord pero at syempre sa management namin sa support talaga. Pinaguusapan namin kanina, grabe, sumout kami sa butas ng karayom as in yung pinagdaanan namin kanina, napalitan namin ng magandang ending which is yun naman yung goal namin,” said Cignal head coach Shaq delos Santos.

“Sobrang slow start talaga kami and kung makikita natin talagang parang na-down talaga yung pakiramdam mo na parang tapos na talaga yung game. Sobrang proud ako doon sa team namin doon sa effort, talagang pinush nila yung sarili nila,” he added.

Carrying their momentum from the last two sets, the HD Spikers opened the fifth frame with 6-0 blast capped by a Mika Reyes attack that went out.

Jules Samonte and Erika Santos scored back-to-back hits to put the High Speed Hitters on the board but Cignal answered right back with a 7-3 rally that put them ahead by eight points, 13-5.

Jerrili Malabanan eventually placed the HD Spikers at match point before Rachel Daquis’ kill sealed the win.

Cignal played without the services of top spikers Ria Meneses and Ces Molina missed for the second consecutive game due to health and safety protocols.

A set loss away from elimination, the HD Spikers overcame a nine-point deficit in the third frame to win the extended third frame. Jacqueline Acuña and Rose Doria scored three consecutive points to turn a 24-25 disadvantage to a 27-25 win.

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In the fourth set, Cignal once again found itself trailing, 16-19, before Malabanan turned things around and ignited a 6-0 run that catapulted them to a 25-22 win that forced a deciding fifth set.

Rachel Daquis top scored for the HD Spikers with 16 points to go along with 14 excellent digs while Roselyn Doria nailed a game-high nine blocks to finish with 14 points. Malabanan chipped in 13 in the win.

Gel Cayuna, who played a huge role in the early fifth set run, dished 20 excellent sets to go along with seven points.

On the other hand, Reyes poured a game-high 19 points on 11 attacks, six blocks, and two aces while Dell Palomata delivered 17 points, all from attacks, in a losing effort.

Santos added 14 points off the bench while Chin Basas and Samonte had 12 and 11 markers, respectively.

Meanwhile, Creamline and KingWhale Taipei will fight for the championship later at 5:30 PM.

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