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    Kobe Shinwa downs Petron in four to complete three-match sweep and claim PSL Invitational crown

    Apr 1, 2017
    Mariko Fujiwara of Kobe Shinwa gets the ball past Rhea Dumaculangan.

    KOBE Shinwa Women’s University recovered from a third-set meltdown to register a 25-17, 25-19, 21-25, 25-18 victory over Petron on Saturday and claim the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference title at The Arena in San Juan.

    Cignal was named co-champion following an emphatic 25-20, 25-18, 25-22 win over Foton.

    Petron which went unbeaten in the preliminaries, wound up third.

    Jovelyn Gonzaga of Cignal was given the Most Valuable Player title, while Frances Molina of Petron and Rachel Anne Daquis of Cignal were named Best Outside Hitters.

    Chichiro Fujiwara of Kobe Shinwa and Maica Morada of Cignal were the Best Middle Blockers, while Mary Grace Berte of Foton was awarded Best Opposite Spiker.

    Chie Saet of Cignal was given the Best Setter award, while Jheck Dionela of Cignal was named Best Libero.

    Mariko Fujiwara delivered 13 kills and finished with 14 points, while Kana Edamatsu had 13 hits for the Japanese squad.

    “We had fun facing your team,” said Japanese coach Kiyokazu Yamamoto. “We hope you learned something from us the same way we learned something from you.”

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    Mariko Fujiwara of Kobe Shinwa gets the ball past Rhea Dumaculangan.
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