Chery Tiggo did not waste time as it finished off Cignal HD in straight sets, 25-16, 25-13, 25-19, cruising to an early solo lead in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference on Monday evening at the PCV Socio-Civic and Cultural Center.

/ 20 July 2021

Chery Tiggo went to a pretty strong start to bag the sets early, which saw Jaja Santiago and Arianne Layug top-scoring for the team with 15 points apiece, having the same stat-line of 11 attacks, three aces, and a block to defeat Cignal in one hour and 13 minutes.

“We just want to thank God that we’re still healthy and strong despite the adjustments that we have to do,” Chery Tiggo head coach Aaron Velez said after the game.

After two slow starts, Cignal gave everything to keep the match close trailing just two, 7-9, after the first technical timeout.

But from there, the Crossovers racked up a 13-3 impressive run for a 22-10 advantage.

This was trimmed by Cignal with only four points after a 9-1 blast, 19-23, that was pulled off by Rachel Daquis and Janine Marciano, however, it was too late as Elaine Kasilag wrapped up the match with an attack and the game-winning ace.

Every player contributed to the game which also saw Dindin Santiago-Manabat with seven points, and Mylene Paat added five points, nine excellent digs, and three excellent receptions.

For Coach Velez, he believed that the squad still has a lot to improve.

“Second, definitely we still have to work on a lot of things. We played quite sluggish but still, I’m happy that the players were able to execute what they’re expected to execute,” he acknowledged.

No other double-digit scorer for Cignal as only Marciano finished with 12 points off 10 attacks and a pair of aces, while Rachel Anne Daquis struggled offensively with only six markers.

Chery Tiggo looks to extend its streak to three games against BaliPure on Thursday at 6:00 PM while Cignal hopes for its first win against Sta. Lucia on Wednesday at 3:00 PM.