Cignal HD B regained its strength down the stretch to eke out a pulsating 25-10, 24-26, 15-10 victory over F2 Logistics B and stay alive in the 2017 Belo Philippine Superliga (PSL) Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup yesterday at the SM By the Bay in Mall of Asia.
Composed of Mylene Paat and Janine Marciano, the HD Spikers unleashed their deadly form in the third set to stun the Cargo Movers’ pair of Aby Maraño and Cha Cruz and move on the verge of advancing to the quarterfinals of this annual tourney bankrolled by Stoked, Mikasa, Senoh, Mizuno, Rebisco and SM By the Bay.
Paat took charge of defending the net while Marciano attacked the defense with full authority as they turned a 3-3 deadlock into a comfortable 11-5 lead in the third set to book the victory.
“Nung third set, nag-usap na talaga kami. Iniisip namin na simula ulit kami kaya sinubukan talaga namin na i-lessen ang mga errors namin,” said Marciano, admitting that they failed to handle the strength of the Cargo Movers in the second set following a strong start in the opening canto.
“Hindi naman sa nag-relax kami nung second set, pero lumaban talaga ang F2 (Logistics) nung first set. Gusto din talaga nilang makabawi. Mabuti na lang at gumanda ang inilaro namin nung third set at nakuha namin ang panalo.”
The HD Spikers, who lost to the powerhouse tandem of Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain of Generika-Ayala A in the opening day late Thursday, are hoping that the Cargo Movers succumb in their final match of the preliminaries against the Lifesavers to formally make it to the next round.
F2 Logistics B and Generika-Ayala A are still playing at press time.
“Natuto na kami sa yesterday’s game na pagkatalo namin. So nag-stick na lang kami sa game plan namin at itinama lahat ng mga naging pagkakamali namin nung first game namin,” added Marciano, who teamed up with Frances Molina for San Beda College in the NCAA beach volleyball tournament.
In other results, Cignal HD formally moved to the next round of the men’s division after dominating Wayuk, 21-9, 21-10, while IEM B clobbered TVM, 22-20, 21-16; Generika-Ayala crushed Perpetual B, 21-13, 21-8; Cignal HD smothered IEM A, 21-14, 21-11; Perpetual Help A bombed TVM, 21-16, 21-11; Perpetual Help B zapped Wayuk, 21-6, 21-12; Generika Ayala escaped Cignal HD, 21-14, 29-31, 15-7; and SM By the Bay downed Perpetual Help A, 21-20, 21-14.
Joining Cignal HD to the next round of this tourney that also has TV5 as official broadcast partner are unbeaten Generika Ayala, SM By the Bay and Perpetual Help A.