RACHEL Anne Daquis is glad that Cignal has finally discovered a new weapon after setting a season-high 27 blocks in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.
The HD Spikers hosted a block party with 27 kill blocks to beat PLDT Home Fibr, 23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 23-25, 15-9, last Tuesday at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.
Daquis, who led the block party with seven blocks, and the whole Cignal team were surprised when they learned that they dominated the blocking department with 27-4 advantage over PLDT.
“Actually pagpasok namin ng court binibigay lang namin yung best namin. Hindi lang namin minamind kung ano yung score namin individually basta manalo lang kami masaya na kami,” said Daquis, who finished with 21 points and 12 excellent receptions. “Nagugulat na lang kami yung finish na ng game ay ang dami pala naming blocks.”
Besides Daquis, Janine Navarro and Jovelyn Gonzaga had five blocks apiece, while middle blockers Ranya Musa and Roselyn Doria as well as 6-foot-2 setter Alohi Robins-Hardy also conspired in the block party.
For the former Far Eastern University superstar, it goes to show the new-look of HD Spikers, who are all willing to contribute for the team when they enter the court.
“Para sa amin yung team namin kahit papaano fresh team pa kami. Andyan sila Jov, (Mylene) Paat, bago si Alohi siya yung driver ng teAm namin at andaming bago,” Daquis said. “Hindi mo pa kami nakikitaan ng solid na anim, iniikot ikot kami. Sa amin pag pinasok kami lahat hindi na namin tinitignan yung score hindi namin minamind kung sinong gusto magbest player.”
The Cignal skipper believes that their accolade in blocking will bring out the best in them for the remainder of the conference, where they have one last preliminary game against F2 Logistics next week at the Malolos Sports Complex before heading into the knockout quarterfinals.
“Mas nakakamotivate. At least may nadiscover kami na strength namin,” said Daquis, whose team currently ranks at fifth place with a 7-6 win-loss record.
“Ngayon nagkaroon kami ng proof na magaling pala tayo magblock. Isa pala tayo sa mataas yung percentage sa block,” she added. “So from doon na nadiscover namin siya, mas lalo namin siyang ifofocus kasi nakita namin na effective.”