Defending champ Cignal routs Cherrylume in opening game
The collegiate team remains winless in the 2018 PSL Invitational

TITLE DEFENSE. The Cignal HD Spikers begin their title defense in the 2018 PSL Invitational. Photo from Philippine Superliga

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational defending champions Cignal HD Spikers earned their first win and handed the Cherrylume Lady Warriors their second loss in 4 sets, 19-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-22 , on Tuesday, June 26 at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Mylene Paat’s crucial ace sent her team to match point in the 4th set. Team captain Rachel Ann Daquis’ easy tap led to the HD Spikers’ first win in the PSL. 

Paat led the HD Spikers with 20 points off 13 attacks. Daquis contributed 14 points from 11 attacks and two blocks.

Me-an Mendrez led the Lady Warriors with 18 points built from 16 attacks and an ace. Judith Abil chipped in 14 points all from attacks. 

Cignal stands at 1-0 while the Lady Warriors fall to a 0-2 record.

Cherrylume got the early advantage in first set powered by attacks from Mary Anne Mendrez and Judith Abil. The Lady Warriors pulled away their one-point lead, 20-19, with a 5-0 run to end the first set in their favor. 

Actually, nagulat ako sa naging attitude nila sa loob ng court. Parang nagulat sila eh – nanibago kami actually. Yung attitude nila, parang hindi sila palaban kanina,” said Cignal HD Spikers head coach Edgar Barroga about the HD Spikers’ numerous errors.

(Actually, I was shocked about their attitude inside the court. They seemed shocked too – we were getting used to it. They were not in their fighting attitude a while ago.)

After an exchange of attacks in the second set, an easy push from Shirley Salamagos brought Cignal to set point, 24-23. Lhara Clavano managed to extend the set, but Daquis’ attack and Cherrylume’s reception error surrendered the set to Cignal. 

The HD Spikers rode on their second set momentum to nab the 3rd set, powered by attacks from Salamagos and Daquis. – with reports from Carla Molina/