Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

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MANILA, Philippines — Ces Molina and Angeli Araneta teamed up as Cignal reached the top of the semi-finals, leading F2 Logistics 25-21, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20 out of contention in 2022 Premier Volleyball. League-Powered Conference at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.

American import Tai Bierria played limited action, while Molina put out the conference best 20 points with 17 attacks. Araneta also shone with 15 points over 11 digs in the Big Dome.

Mid-blockers Ria Meneses and Rose Doria scored nine points to secure four of the team’s five blocks, while HD Spikers advanced to a 4-3 record, while Bierria scored just six.

Cignal’s win over Choco Mucho on Tuesday rounded out the semi-finals, joining the top three teams Creamline (7-1), Chery Tiggo (6-2) and Petro Gazz (5-2).

“Our mentality was to perform well, fight like there was no tomorrow and seize this opportunity,” said Cignal coach Shaq Delos Santos, who relied entirely on a Filipino six for most of the game. “It was our strategy to focus entirely on Filipinos because when we get to know them, they will communicate and communicate better.”

F2 Logistics was eliminated with a record of 3-4 as they could only collect eight points. Whatever the outcome between Cignal and Choco Mucho, regardless of whether he wiped out Petro Gazz on Tuesday.

In the event of a 4-4 triple draw, Cargo Movers will not have enough points to win the final semi-final berth after losing back-to-back games.

Lindsay Stalzer was the only bright spot for F2 Logistics with 26 points, while Kalei Mau was back in action, but 9 out of 29.

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