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Rachel Daquis powers Cignal to 3-0, holds off Sta. Lucia


Buoyed by a fiery start to their 2019 PSL Invitational campaign, the Cignal HD Spikers stretched their unbeaten run to three, throttling the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors, 25-18, 25-23, 25-14, Tuesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.

Cignal skipper Rachel Daquis steered her team with 10 points built on nine attacks and an ace, to go along with 16 excellent digs. She showed the way for the HD Spikers, who were mired in a precarious deficit in the second set.

When Pam Lastimosa gave the Lady Realtors a 22-16 edge in the said frame, Daquis responded with the momentum-swinging hit that incited a blistering 9-1 stampede en route to a commanding two-set buffer.

The HD Spikers then sustained momentum, building an insurmountable 24-9 advantage in the decisive third set. Though Sta. Lucia saved five match points to slice the deficit, Daquis delivered yet again as she nailed the finishing blow.

“Yung second set namin kasi sabi naming lahat hindi kami pwede maging complacent kasi lahat ng kalaban namin magagaling,” Daquis said.

“So ayun, doon nagising na hindi kami pwede matalo kasi every game sobrang importante so kumbaga ‘yung motivation namin kung kaya namin i-straight sets. Kung hindi naman, basta gawin namin ‘yung best namin,” the product of FEU continued.

While Daquis provided the differential hits for Cignal, Mylene Paat gave her team the extra nudge to pull away. She hammered down nine kills, a pair of aces and a block for 12 points.

Roselyn Doria chipped in eight markers, while Jovelyn Gonzaga supplied six points. Cignal playmaker Alohi Robins-Hardy dished out 14 excellent sets on top of eight markers.

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On the other hand, Lastimosa finished with 14 points and was the lone twin-digit scorer for the Lady Realtors, who fell to 1-2.

Amy Ahomiro managed eight markers laced with 11 excellent digs, while Rebecca Rivera dispersed nine excellent sets and 11 excellent digs.

Cignal will try to stretch its unbeaten streak to four when it faces Marinerang Pilipina on October 8, Tuesday at the Bacoor Strike Gym. Sta. Lucia, on the other hand, seeks to get back on winning track against Generika-Ayala on the same day.

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