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    Tough task for Cignal as HD Spikers need to beat Petron in four sets to gain PSL quarterfinals

    Jul 8, 2014

    CIGNAL HD fights for life as it faces suddenly skidding Petron on Wednesday in the Philippine Super Liga All Filipino Conference at Cuneta Astrodome.

    It is the final match in the elimination round of the women’s division and the HD Spikers, at the bottom with a 1-4 win-loss card, need to beat Petron in four sets or less to get past PLDT in the standings and advance to the next round.

    The match starts at 4 p.m.

    Generika-Army and RC Cola Air Force won four of six elimination-round matches to secure outright semifinal berths, while AirAsia also finished with a 4-2 record but fell to No. 3 with an inferior winning quotient and will have to play in the quarterfinals. Petron (3-2) and Cagayan Valley (2-4) have also clinched spots in the next phase of the tournament.

    Cignal HD beat PLDT Home TVolution in four sets for its first win after four losses.

    If Cignal loses to Petron, PLDT Home TVolution (2-4) will move on to the next round.

    “Never say die lang, as a leader ng team kailangan ko ipakita sa mga teammates ko ang positive outlook, ako ang dapat magdala sa kanila,” said Cignal ace hitter Royse Tubino.

    “Ibibigay namin ang best namin para manalo.”

    The Dindin Santiago-powered Petron squad won its first three matches before falling to two-time champion Generika Army in three sets followed by a four-set loss to AirAsia.

    In men’s play Systema (3-3) and Instituto Estetico Manila (1-4) battle at 6 p.m. before Cignal (4-2) and Via Mare (0-5) clash at 8 p.m.

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