Cig­nal KOs Fo­ton in SLiga; UP in Col­le­giate fi­nals

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By OLMIN LEYBA

Cig­nal set a semi­fi­nal duel with un­beaten de­fend­ing cham­pion Petron af­ter top­pling higher-ranked Fo­ton, 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18, in last night’s Philip­pine Su­perliga All-Filipino Con­fer­ence knock­out quar­ter­fi­nals at Filoil Fly­ing V Cen­ter.

Rachel Ann Daquis and My­lene Paat took charge anew as the HD Spik­ers re­cov­ered from a slow start to beat the Tor­na­does for the right to meet the Blaze Spik­ers in the Last-4 on Tues­day at Muntinlupa Sports Cen­ter.

“Kumpleto na kami kaya ang ganda ng ki­nal­abasan, sa la­hat ng as­pect, na­pakita namin yung mga naen­sayo,” said Daquis, who punched in 21 at­tacks, two aces and one block plus 13 ex­cel­lent re­cep­tions.

Paat, the other half of Cig­nal’s 1-2 punch, dished out an 18-hit, three-block, one-ace ef­fort that went with 12 digs even as Royse Tu­bino con­trib­uted 13 to com­ple­ment Daquis.

“So­brang saya kasi la­hat ng pinaghi­ra­pan at sakrip­isyo ng bawat isa sa ami nag­bunga,” said Paat.

Mina Aganon (16 points, 17 digs and 10 ex­cel­lent re­cep­tions), CJ Rosario (12) and Shaya Ado­rador (11), who came back af­ter miss­ing sev­eral games due to tooth in­fec­tion, showed the way for a Fo­ton crew that won six of its 10 elims as­sign­ment and took fourth seed­ing in quater­fi­nals de­spite the ab­sence of stal­warts Jaja San­ti­ago and Dindin Man­abat and other in­jury prob­lems.

Sec­ond ranked F2 Lo­gis­tics claimed the last semis ticket af­ter shel­lack­ing No. 7 Co­co­l­ife, 25-12, 25-22, 25-20.

The Cargo Movers meet No. 3 Gener­ika-Ayala in the Last-4.

Mean­while, Univer­sity of the Philip­pines stamped its class on De La Salle-Das­mar­iñas, 25-21, 25-12, 25-22, to take the first fi­nals seat in the in­au­gu­ral Philip­pine Su­perliga Col­le­giate Grand Slam yes­ter­day.

The Lady Ma­roons, who were aim­ing for bounce back af­ter a straight-set loss to Santo To­mas last time, dom­i­nated the Lady Pa­tri­ots de­spite the ab­sence of star Tots Car­los and com­mit­ting a whop­ping 33 er­rors.

Caryl San­doval posted 11 and Jessma Ramos and Ni­cole Magsar­ile de­liv­ered eight apiece as the Lady Ma­roons ended their elims cam­paign with 4-1 and a guar­an­teed spot in the gold medal match, where they’re likely to face the idle Ti­gresses (3-0), who need only one more win in their last two out­ings to ad­vance.

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