PRAISED for her fine performance in the endgame, Rachel Anne Daquis deflected credit as Cignal overcame Petron to force a rubber match in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino semifinals.
“Teamwork makes the dream work,” said Daquis, who nailed the back-to-back winning attacks that capped their come-from-behind victory on Tuesday night at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.
Daquis tagged Jovelyn Gonzaga as one of Cignal’s heroes in the win, while lauding the rest of the squad for a fine job.
“Buong team talaga ang nagtrabaho, hindi lang kami ni Jovs (Gonzaga), from coaches to all players to second stringers,” said Daquis, who finished with 21 points built on 14 kills, five blocks and a pair of aces.
Gonzaga helped sparked Cignal’s comeback, while Alohi Robins-Hardy, Mylene Paat, Roselyn Doria, Ranya Musa, Janine Navarro and Jheck Dionela also played crucial roles.
“Saludo ako sa team ngayon talagang lumaban hanggang dulo,” Daquis added.
“Naniwala na lang kami at nagpepray lang talaga ako na, ‘Lord alam kong kaya mong mapabago ito basta’t magtatrabaho lang kami tulungan mo kami,’” she shared. “‘Lord tulungan mo ko, kailangan ko tulungan yung team ko.’
The decider is set on Thursday at the Arena in San Juan City, and Daquis has warned the HD Spikers it could be even tougher.
“For us back to zero siya, kalimutan na yung nangyari nung preliminaries and quarterfinals at itong game na ito,” Daquis said. “Ang sa amin lang, nakita mo naman talaga yung hungriness ng team na gusto talagang manalo. Kailangan namin maniwala sa sarili namin na kaya namin.”