Cignal Outduels RC, Enters Semifinals

MALOLOS CITY — Cignal finally regained its full strength and clobbered RC Cola-Air Force, 25-19, 20-25, 25-10, 25-19, to formalize its entry to the semifinals of the 2015 Philippine Superliga (PSL) women’s volleyball tournament Saturday before a jampacked crowd at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center here.

After slowing down in the past couple of games, the HD Spikers were again relentless as they pounced on the sluggish Raiders in the last two sets to capture the victory in this prestigious inter-club tourney presented by Asics and backed by Milo with Senoh, Mueller and Mikasa as technical partners and TV5 as official broadcaster.

With American imports Ariel Usher and Amanda Anderson unleashing their firepower, Cignal was unstoppable in the last two sets, leaving the Raiders struggling for form.

Usher, the former University of Portland star, registered 20 kills for a total of 22 points while Anderson 10 kills and four aces to finish with 15 points for the HD Spikers, who joins reigning champion Petron on top of the team standing with a 6-2 win-loss mark.

More than anything else, Cignal formalized its entry to the semis after falling short the in previous conference.

“Making it to the semifinals has been our goal,” said Cignal coach Sammy Acaylar. “I’m glad that the team responded to our previous losses with an impressive performance. The confidence of the team is back, but we still have to work hard to come up with a much better finish.”

Puerto Rican star Lynda Morales had 15 points built on 10 kills and five blocks while Sarah McClinton chipped in 12 markers for RC Cola-Air Force, which remains at the cellar with 1-6.
The Raiders, however, have to pull off a miracle and win their last three matches to advance to the next round.