PVL: Cignal on top of the final breakthrough, top of Creamline

Cignal Tai Bierria PVL

Cignal’s Tai Bierria. PVL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Cignal outplayed Creamline in the first three sets back and forth before dominating the fourth to take a 23-25, 25-23, 28-26, 25-18 win and move closer to its goal. The finals first appeared in the 2022 Premier League Volleyball League Enhanced Congress on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Tai Bierria continued to be Cignal’s bright spot when coming on from the bench with 21 points from 17 spikes, 3 saves and 1 trump card when HD Spikers took a 2-0 lead in the semi-finals.

“I just try to get out there and do my thing. I think having a team like mine would make it really easy for me to do my job, you know what I mean? Bierria, who came on from the bench in the latter part of the knockout round, said. “My weakness is their strength. So my performance is really an indication of the teamwork we have and the chemistry we all share.”

Cignal won tickets to the semi-finals and final against Petro Gazz on Tuesday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

After the HD Spikers failed to make a comeback in the first set, both teams continued to play even in the second and third sets with Bierria scoring the last two points of both frames to lead her team with score 2-1 match advantage.

Bierria and the locals took complete control of the fourth set, where they led to eight, 20-12, and never looked back to put a dent in Creamline’s Grand Slam bid as it dropped to the record lows. record 1-1.

Ria Meneses also leads Cignal by 11 points, including the last two in the fourth set. Angeli Araneta continued to play well with 10 points, while Ces Molina and Rose Doria scored 8 and 7 points respectively.

Cignal coach Shaq Delos Santos, who is looking to overcome difficulties after consecutively finishing bronze in the past two tournaments, enjoyed a big win over powerhouse Creamline.

“We are very happy with this win because we all know that Creamline is not a team that is easy to beat. You really have to work hard and give them high respect. I am proud of our team from coach to player as it was the first time to beat Creamline in the semi-finals,” Delos Santos said in Filipino. “This is a big opportunity for us to be better for the next game.”

“We still have to practice more and study Petro Gazz. This victory does not mean we have to be complacent. We have to give our best because we are just getting started,” he added.

Creamline dominated offensively with a score of 61-49, but they made 33 errors in the game, forced to win against Chery Tiggo on Tuesday to reach the final for the eighth time in a row.

Cool Smashers were two points away from taking a two-set lead after Alyssa Valdez’s attack, 23-22, but serve expert Fille Cayetano made a costly service mistake that forced the goal before Bierria scored the equalizer for the game. One set each.

Yeliz Basa also brought in Creamline on the scoreline in the third inning but another serve error from Jeanette Panaga allowed Bierria to lose once again, again, taking the shots.

Valdez assisted Cool Smashers with 20 points from 17 attacks and three aces for a total of 22 diggings. Turkish Basa had 17 points, Jema Galanza scored 13 points and 12 hits, and Jeanette Panaga added 10 points.

Jia De Guzman made an excellent 22 sets on two blocks but Creamline suffered its second loss in the grandstand and second defeat to Cignal since the Invitationals knockout.


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