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PVL: Cignal too strong for Sta. Elena

Game Tomorrow
(The Arena, San Juan City)
1 p.m. – Army vs IEM

Cignal went to Mark Gil Alfafara and Peter Torres at crunch time and turned back Sta. Elena, 25-14, 17-25, 25-19, 25-21, to clinch the No. 2 seeding in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League men’s tournament at The Arena yesterday in San Juan City.

Alfafara, a national pool member, walloped 13 kills, and produced three blocks and the same number of service aces to finish with 19 points for the HD Spikers, who finished the elimination round tied with league-leader Air Force at 4-1.

Cignal, however, finished at No. 2 for having an inferior quotient compared against Air Force.

Torres also took charge of the HD Spikers with 12 points, including 10 attacks, even as Lorenzo Capate contributed 11 points highlighted by two blocks.

Cignal dominated Sta. Elena on both ends by firing 52 spikes compared to its rival’s 45, and posting more blocks, 11-6.

Setter Vince Mangulabnan also shone, producing an array of combination plays that shattered Sta. Elena’s defense time and again. He finished with 31 excellent sets.

The loss put Sta. Elena at third place with a 3-2 card, despite Edward Camposano and Berlin Paglinawan leading the squad with identical 14 points.

Both teams, however, will clash in the crossover best-of-three semifinals, while Air Force awaits the winner of tomorrow’s playoff match between Instituto Estetico Manila and Army at 1 p.m.

Both IEM and Army are tied for fourth to fifth places with similar 2-3 cards.