• Perpetual Help stars shine as Cignal outlasts PLDT in Super Liga volleyball

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    The Team Cignal HD Spikers ended their elimination round campaign with a 21-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-22 win against PLDT MyDSL Speed Boosters as Honey Royce Tubino and Arianne Argarin showed the way on Wednesday in the Pilipinas Super Liga Invitationals at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig city.
    The Perpetual Help teammates kept the HD Spikers in the fight after dropping the initial set, with Argarin delivering 39 sets from which Tubino hammered in 23 points including 21 spikes and two blocks.
    “I did my best to help the team,” Tubino said in Filipino.
    Former UAAP MVP Venus Bernal had a hard time against the Speed Boosters’ defense but was still able to contribute 14 markers. Danika Gendrauli added 13 points.
    Team Cignal had trouble closing out the first set and had to go through three tight sets before ending their single round robin campaign with a three wins and two losses.
    May Macatuno shone in PLDT’s offense with 47 excellent sets but the lack of targets spelled the difference for the Speed Boosters.
    Angela Benting played well on both end for the Speed Boosters with 17 points and 15 digs and Adamson teammate Pau Soriano added 17 markers only to come up short.
    With the win, Team Cignal is at 3-2 and can advance to the semis outright if Army loses to PCSO Bingo Milyonaryo.
    PLDT meanwhile slid to the sixth spot with a1-4 card and will battle the eventual third placer in a do-or-die game for a spot in the final four.

    JIM WILSON

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