In the second game, Cignal crushed Foton 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 to remain in contention for the final round of this highly-competitive tourney that serves as appetizer for the All-Filipino Conference and imports-flavored Grand Prix.
Jeanette Panaga had an all-around performance as she tallied 12 kills, four blocks and five aces to finish with 21 points while Janine Navarro churned 11 markers for the HD Spikers who are overflowing with pride and confidence after downing two-time champion Petron Tuesday at the Imus Sports Complex in Imus, Cavite.
But the job is not yet done.
The HD Spikers need to win its final assignment against another powerhouse in RC Cola-Army to clinch the remaining berth in the final round. Should they fall short, idle F2 Logistics will take the last seat after the Lady Troopers and Tri-Activ Spikers formally joined Est Cola of Thailand in the final four.
It’s a mission which Cignal coach Sammy Acaylar believes is very doable.
“Whatever happens, gusto talaga namin manalo,” he said. “We will analyze the strong and weak points of RC Cola-Army. Alam naman natin na they are one of the winningest teams, kahit anong mangyari, ammbisyunin talaga namin na talunin sila.”
Angeli Araneta tallied 11 points while Patty Orendain, Maika Ortiz and Danna Henson combined for 21 points for Foton, which bombed out of contention shortly after winning the Grand Prix title with Americans Lindsay Stalzer and Katie Messing on board.
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Saturday, March 19 (FilOil Flying V Center)
1 pm — Foton vs Petron (Live on AksyonTV, Delayed on Monday 4:15pm TV5)
3 pm — RC Cola-Army vs Cignal (Live on AksyonTV)