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PSL: HD Spikers frustrate Giga Hitters.

by Jerome Lagunzad

Games Tuesday (Cadiz Arena, Negros Occidental)

4:15 p.m. -- Cignal vs Sta. Lucia

7 p.m. -- Petron vs Foton

Cignal sent Smart-Army crashing back to earth with a comprehensive 25-10, 26-24, 25-18 victory last night for a provisional hold of the Group B lead in the 2018 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference at the Strike Gym in Bacoor City, Cavite.

Skipper Rachel Anne Daquis finished with 13 points, built around seven kills, four blocks and two service aces, while Mylene Paat added 12 points as the HD Spikers needed just an hour and 32 minutes to get the job done over the erratic Giga Hitters.

"I'm very satisfied with how the girls played. This is what I've been expecting from them since our opening game," said Cignal coach Edgar Barroga, pleased no end with the HD Spikers' solid net defense that prevented 13 attacks from the Giga Hitters.

Veteran Nene Bautista tallied just six points while University of Santo Tomas stalwarts Dimdim Pacres and Tin Francisco tallied five points each off the bench but Smart simply could not shatter Cignal's vastly improved defense, leading to its first loss after two tries.

After taking the opening set with ease, the HD Spikers endured tough stretches in the second half before they regained their confidence in the decisive set, jumping to a quick 16-5 advantage.

However, the Giga Hitters refused to easily roll down and die as Bautista teamed up with their new recruits and threatened to the closest to within four, the last at 18-22. But Janine Navarro rose to the occasion for the HD Spikers, scoring the final three points.


Janine Navarro and Rachel Ann Daqiuis defend against Caitlin Viray of Smart.

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Date:Jun 29, 2018
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