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Cignal, Petro Gazz face off in PNVF Final

The stage is now set for the final showdown in the 2024 PNVF Champions League.


 


Cignal HD displayed resilience by clawing back from a two-set deficit to surpass College of St. Benilde, securing a hard-fought victory with a score of 23-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-10.


 


On the other hand, Petro Gazz dominated against Chery Tiggo with a convincing win of 25-21, 25-19, 25-14, setting the stage for an intense final clash scheduled for Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.


 


Drawing parallels to their earlier challenging triumph of 18-25, 25-21, 25-17, 17-25, 15-13 in the elimination round, the HD Spikers once again found themselves in a fierce battle after narrowly dropping the first two sets, 23-25, 22-25.


 


Coach Shaq Delos Santos attributed their success to maturity and experience, stating, “I think it's our maturity. Experience-wise, we have the edge. The momentum, perhaps, after securing the third set. That's a significant factor. Again, it's about trust in the team that I cannot take away. My trust in them will never waver.”


 


The HD Spikers secured a decisive 7-0 lead in the final set, with Glaudine Troncoso’s impressive performance being a key factor in their victory. Overcoming a 0-2 deficit, Cignal emerged triumphant over the Lady Blazers, earning their spot in the one-game championship on Saturday.


 


Troncoso contributed six of her 15 points in the decisive set, including a personal 4-0 blast.


 


Cignal extended their flawless run to five games, having dominated the elimination round to secure the top seeding in the Final Four.


 


Ces Molina, Ria Meneses, and Chin Basas added 13, 12, and 10 points, respectively, while Vanie Gandler's nine points, featuring crucial hits down the stretch, thwarted St. Benilde’s comeback attempt.


 


For the 2023 PNVF Challenge Cup champions, Gayle Pascual led with 18 points, supported by Zamantha Nolasco and Corrine Apostol with 11 and 10 points, respectively.


 


The Lady Blazers now aim to salvage the bronze medal in a face-off against Chery Tiggo.


 


In the other semis match, Jonah Sabete's outstanding performance, with 19 points built on 13 attacks, four blocks, and two aces, propelled Petro Gazz to victory.


 


Brooke Van Sickle continued to shine in her debut tournament in Manila, scoring 12 points and leading the team to eliminate Chery Tiggo in a swift one hour and 27 minutes.


 


Eya Laure stood out as the lone bright spot for the Crossovers, contributing 15 points in the game.

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