PSL All-Filipino: HD Spikers scrape past Asset Managers in nail-biter

Rachel Ann Daquis and Mylene Paat connived yet again but had tense moments against Cocolife Saturday night. Nina Carezon/ Dugout Philippines 

By Ricky Manliguis

MANILA—Cignal HD notched its first win, but had a tough customer in Cocolife for a 20-25, 25-13, 25-14,24-26,17-15 win in the last game of Saturday action of the 2018 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City.

Eager to bounce back from its opening-day setback, the HD Spikers survived a wild wind-up in the fifth set against a determined Cocolife squad to improve to an even 1-1 card.

The Asset Managers managed to mount a rally bridging the fourth and fifth sets and even held two match points in the decider, the last being 15-14 on Kalei Mau’s crosscourt hit.

That set the HD Spikers’ uprising, with Rose Doria and team captain Rachel Ann Daquis scoring consecutive points to snatch match point, 16-15.

Justine Tiu went on for one final assault for Cocolife, but her attack went wide, sending the Cignal faithful to a celebration.

Mylene Paat joined forces with newly-minted league Ambassador Daquis anew as the former fired 17 points spiked on 15 attacks, while the latter compiled 12 on 10 hits.

Mau finished the match with a game-best 20 markers on 16 spikes and four blocks for Cocolife, which fell to a 0-2 record. Gyra Barroga added 11, while Tiu notched 10.

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