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Ria Meneses comes by means of in clutch for Cignal HD Spikers within the PVL All-Filipino Convention semifinals. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

MANILA, Philippines — Cignal stole Recreation 1 of the semifinals because it snapped Choco Mucho’s 10-game win streak with a come-from-behind 18-25, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19, 15-10 victory within the 2023 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) second All-Filipino Convention on Thursday.

Down two units, the HD Spikers by no means wavered even when the Flying Titans regained their momentum within the fifth set as they moved nearer to a first-ever All-Filipino finals look — second since final yr’s Strengthened Convention.

Choco Mucho managed to regain the 10-9 lead within the decider, however  Jovelyn Gonzaga and Ces Molina restored the order for an 11-10 breather. Ria Meneses, who was enjoying by means of cramps, nailed a clutch fast assault adopted by Vanie Gandler’s ace and Isa Molde’s assault error to succeed in match level, 14-10.

Meneses accomplished Cignal’s comeback with the game-winning block on Kat Tolentino to finish the two-hour and 25-match.

“I’m pleased together with her efficiency. She actually confirmed her eagerness to win. She did every thing her operating spike and drop ball or what. I admire her effort in addition to my senior gamers,” stated Cignal coach Shaq Delos Santos of Meneses, who scored 4 of her 9 factors within the fifth set.

Cignal HD Spikers’ Jovelyn Gonzaga. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

Molina, the Invitational Most Useful Participant, powered the HD Spikers with 23 factors constructed on 20 assaults, two blocks, and an ace to go together with 19 digs and 16 glorious receptions. Gandler chipped in 17 factors, whereas Gonzaga had 16 factors.

Setter Gel Cayuna dished out 29 glorious units and scored 9 factors together with a game-high 4 aces.

Cignal tries to comb the collection in Recreation 2 on Saturday.

Choco Mucho’s 10-game profitable streak was snapped with its fifth straight defeat within the semis courting again to the 2021 PVL Bacarra bubble, the place it blew its Recreation 1 win to eventual champion Chery Tiggo, and final yr’s Open Convention to Creamline.

Sisi Rondina led the Flying Titans with 19 factors and 15 glorious receptions. Tolentino delivered 16 factors from 12 assaults, two blocks, and two aces. Molde had 11 factors and 11 digs, whereas Maddie Madayag and Cherry Nunag added 10 factors every with Deanna Wong pacing her teammates with 25 glorious units.

Cignal coach Shaq Delos Santos, Jovelyn Gonzaga, and Ces Molina after stealing Recreation 1. #PVL2023

Posted by Inquirer Sports activities on Thursday, December 7, 2023

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