MANILA, Philippines – Cignal is happy to start the semi-finals with a three-set victory over Chery Tiggo, hoping to finally overcome the odds in the enhanced Congress of the Premier League Volleyball League at the end of the season. prize.
Determined to reach the final this time after consecutively winning bronze medals in the first two congresses of the 2022 season, HD Spikers won the first semi-final spot after a year. 28-26, 25–17, 25-23 victory over Crossovers on Thursday at the Philsports Arena.
Tai Bierria came on from the bench and scored 21 points as Cignal took the lead in the semi-final against Creamline.
In previous games, Cignal had great knockout campaigns but always ended up failing to make it to the championship series.
In the Open Conference semi-finals, HD Spikers took a 1-0 lead after lost head-to-head games against Petro Gaz of their best trio. After that, Cignal lost three of the four semi-finals of the Invitationals.
“I think this year is the first time we have experienced such a big win in the semi-finals because in the last two games we played against the wall and couldn’t make it to the final. This time, we got off to a good start in the semifinals,” HD Spikers coach Shaq Delos Santos said in Filipino.
“We are here now. I hope we seize the opportunity. We have to do what needs to be done and keep improving.”
Cignal started after this congress with an even record of 3-3, needing to beat F2 Logistics and Choco Mucho in the last two knockouts to catch the final bus to the semi-finals.
In their previous three wins, Delos Santos’ new rotation with Bierria coming on from the bench worked wonders as the natives, including Angeli Araneta, unleashed a balanced attack. equal to their opponents.
“Tai has been more efficient in our new rotation. Because everyone on the team is ready to deliver. Delos Santos said whoever was called was ready to play and bring in quality minutes.
Araneta, HD Spikers’ local top scorer with 10 points, agreed with his coach that they are always ready to repay the team’s faith.
“I always make sure that I am ready for the team. Because each one of us really wants to give our best, once the coach decides to throw us on the field,” said Araneta, who has been instrumental in their three consecutive wins, where she He averaged 10.0 points per game, said. “The trust of my teammates is also a huge boost to my confidence.
Against the team that beat them in the knockout stages, Araneta said the HD Spikers were really determined to come back against Chery Tiggo in a more important game as only the top two teams with the best records made it through. into the top three. Final match.
“Honestly, we are all very excited to face Chery because we played against them in the second knockout. We want to show the adjustments we’ve made. We only had one day to recover from the game last Tuesday but that helped us maintain our momentum,” she said.
Delos Santos said whether Bierria will start or come on from the bench in the next match remains a secret. But one thing is for sure, they are eager to go further in this Augmented Conference by winning the last two games against Creamline on Sunday and Petro Gazz on Tuesday.
“Hopefully we can maintain this level because we still have a lot of work to do. Our first win [semis] Matching in consecutive sets doesn’t mean our last two matches will be easier,” coach Cignal said. “Our next game will be more difficult. But we will play one game at a time. We will prepare, recover, rest and study Creamline.”
Araneta doesn’t promise anything in the match against all-star Creamline but expects Cignal to put up a good fight.
“We both won in a row today. we shall see [who will remain unbeaten] on Sunday,” she said.
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