CIGNAL exacted sweet revenge on Foton, 25-23, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21, for its third consecutive victory in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on Tuesday at the Arena in San Juan City.
Alohi Robins-Hardy utilized the collective effort of the HD Spikers and kept her team afloat in the fourth frame nailing clutch spikes to beat the Tornadoes in two hours and five minutes.
Robins-Hardy dished out 24 excellent sets and delivered 15 points as she played as opposite spiker in the fourth set. Team captain Rachel Anne Daquis nailed the back-to-back match-winning hits finishing with 18 points laced with 25 digs, while Mylene Paat added 17 markers.
“Sabi ko kay Alohi, ‘wag lang isang tao ang bibigyan ng bola, pagkatiwalaan mo ‘yung naroon sa loob ng court,” said Cignal head coach Edgar Barroga as his wards bounced back from their first-round loss to Foton last July 9 in Bacoor City.
Cignal improved with a 6-5 win-loss record forcing a tie with current fourth placer Generika-Ayala and just half a game behind No.3 Foton, which slid to 7-5 record.
The HD Spikers caught fire in the third set unleashing seven unanswered points for an 11-4 start, ballooned into a 21-9 spread from Daquis’s three straight hits never looking back to take the 2-1 match advantage.
Cignal squandered a 19-16 lead in the fourth frame as Dindin Santiago-Manabat scored back-to-back hits followed by Robins-Hardy’s attack error to tie the set. But the 6-foot-2 setter, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Paat restored the order for a 23-20 breather before Daquis nailed the finishing touches.
Manabat erupted with 25 points only for Foton to absorb its second straight defeat. Mina Aganon had 11, while Jaja Santiago, who tallied 29 points in the first round against Cignal, was limited to just 10 markers.