CIGNAL leaned on the trio of Rachel Anne Daquis, Mylene Paat, and Royse Tubino to eliminate Foton, 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18, and book a semifinals ticket in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan City.
Daquis, Paat and Tubino powered the fifth-seeded HD Spikers to buck a lethargic start and upset the No. 4 Tornadoes in a two-hour battle.
Team skipper Daquis led the way with 24 off 21 spikes, a pair of service aces and a block and also took care the floor with 18 excellent receptions. Paat unleashed 22 hits and had 12 digs, while Tubino chipped in 13 markers.
Setter Acy Masangkay was also instrumental dishing out 32 excellent sets on top of four points as well as libero Jheck Dionela, who had 17 excellent receptions and 15 digs.
“Pinaghandaan kasi namin yung (Foton) hindi kami nagbakasyon, even si Tubino pinush ko siya nag deliver naman siya and at the same time si Rachel maganda nilaro niya,” Cignal head coach Edgar Barroga said.
Cignal forged a semifinals duel with undefeated and twice-to-beat Petron Blaze Spikers on Tuesday at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.
“Eto paghahandaan namin, sinabi ko sa kanila makapasok lang dito another story nanaman. Paghahandaan namin sila at aalamin namin ang weaknesses nila,“ Barroga added.
Cignal committed 31 errors unlike Foton, which only had 16 miscues but the HD Spikers dominated the Tornadoes in all scoring departments with a 67-45 differential in attacks, 11-6 edge in blocking and 7-2 advantage in service aces.
Mina Aganon did everything for the Tornadoes with 16 points including 17 digs and 10 excellent receptions, while CJ Rosario and returning Shaya Adorador, who came back after missing several games due to tooth infection, had 12 and 11 markers, respectively.
Foton had a promising season without Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat finishing fourth with a 6-4 record in the preliminary round only to end its campaign with a quarterfinals loss.