Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024

Cigna HD Spikers’ Ces Molina. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

MANILA, Philippines — Ces Molina lifted the shorthanded Cignal previous sister staff PLDT, 25-16, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, to jumpstart its 2023 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) All-Filipino Convention bid on a excessive observe on Sunday at Good Araneta Coliseum.

Lacking veteran spikers Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga, new staff captain Molina took issues into her personal arms as she dropped 20 factors all from assaults on prime of 11 digs and 5 wonderful receptions.

“I’m not gonna lie however my mindset at the moment was we are able to’t lose this primary sport as a result of it’s a chance for us to construct momentum,” stated Molina in Filipino. “It’s a staff effort and I’m very pleased with my teammates as a result of they stepped up and crammed within the spots of our lacking gamers.”

The reigning Invitational Convention Most Useful Participant additionally nailed the ending touches within the final two units as she capped Cignal’s comeback from a 20-21 deficit within the third, scoring a pair of spikes to cap their 5-0 run and regain the match lead, two units to 1.

The HD Spikers blew a 20-14 lead within the fourth set after back-to-back errors from Molina and Vanie Gandler permitting the Excessive Velocity Hitters to chop it down to 1, 20-19. However Ria Meneses’ ace and a spike from setter Gel Cayuna introduced again the momentum on their facet earlier than Molina dropped two consecutive clutch hits to finish the sport.

Cignal coach Shaq Delos Santos stated Gonzaga and libero Angela Nunag are nonetheless fixing their papers with Military as they didn’t get a clearance from the army. Daquis is in a training camp in america and her return remains to be unsure.

Gandler stepped up for Cignal with 12 factors on 11 assaults. Chinchin Basas additionally scored 12 and had 4 receptions. Cayuna dished out 13 wonderful units on prime of 4 factors, as libero Bia Basic protected the ground with 33 digs and 15 receptions.

PLDT’s new recruit Savannah Davison was good as marketed with 17 factors and 11 digs just for Cignal to spoil her PVL debut. Erika Santos shone as a starter with 11 factors, whereas Royse Tubino offered the prompt the bench with 10 markers.

Cignal weapons for its second win in opposition to defending champion Creamline on Saturday subsequent week in Batangas, whereas PLDT takes on Akari on Thursday at FilOil EcoOil Centre in San Juan Metropolis.

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