PETRON turned back Cagayan Valley, 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, in a win that gave Cignal HD an outright berth in the semifinals of the Philippine Super Liga Wednesday at the Philsports Arena.
The undermanned Blaze Spikers ended their elimination-round campaign with a 3-2 (win-loss) slate in a tie with their victims and Cignal.
However, the HD Spikers booked the last semifinals slot as they beat both the Lady Rising Suns and Blaze Spikers in the elims.
Cignal joins Philippine Army in the semis, while the rest of the four teams battle each other out in the crossover quarterfinals.
Up by two sets, Petron failed to finish off Cagayan Valley right away after it collapsed in the third set, no thanks to back-to-back errors that allowed the Lady Rising Suns to claim the third.
But down by two in the fourth, 11-13, Maika Ortiz and Aiza Maizo took charge and capitalized on four errors by the Rising Suns to spark a 7-1 run and take the lead for good, 20-12.
“Slow start kami every set, mas lalo pa sa third set kasi we have to compensate doon sa mga wala,” said Petron coach Vilet Ponce de Leon.
Gretchen Ho and Roxanne Pimentel missed the game, while Maika Ortiz and Rhea Dimaculangan came in late.
“Yung mga players kasi kung hindi may trabaho, nag-aaral pa,” said Ponce de Leon. “Ayaw ko naman ma-compromise sila lalo na `yung mga nag-aaral.”
Maizo led the Blaze Spikers with 20 points, while Angge Tabaquero had 14.
Although Cagayan Valley came through with more blocks (10-2), it also gave away 33 team errors compared to the 23 of Petron.
Joy Cases came up with 14 and 12 markers, respectively, while Jen Manzano and Joy Benito added 11 each for Cagayan Valley, which lost for the second straight game after winning their first three outings.