PVL: Cignal blanks Petro Gazz to close in on finals berth
MANILA, Philippines–Cignal HD displayed its calmness and composure in each of the tight three sets to frustrate PetroGazz, 25-21, 25-23, 25-23, Friday and move just a win away from making the finals of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Arena.
Defying the fact that the franchise got a massive overhaul in the off-season, the HD Spikers played like one unstoppable unit under Gel Cayuna’s orchestration to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three semis. They go for the championship spot in Sunday’s Game 2.
Cayuna acted like the leader among her all-star teammates that include Rachel Anne Daquis, Ria Meneses, Roselyn Doria, Jheck Dionela and Ces Molina. They ran away with their five straight victories in as many games.
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The Angels would always make a run for it late in each frame, taking the lead, 22-21, in the third on a Jonah Sabete ace. But The HD Spikers would always have an answer to yank off the win.
In the first period, Petrogazz was leading, 21-19, only to suffer a meltdown on reception, allowing Cayuna to dropp successive aces to help finish the set.
The same thing happened in the next set when the Angels stormed down the stretch with a 23-21 lead, but saw Doria destroying them with kill-blocks and consecutive forays.
Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Grethcel Soltones tried to keep PetroGazz abreast but the rest of the Angels could not catch-up especially with star-player Myla Pablo spending most of her time on the bench.