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Daquis, Robins-Hardy star as Cignal halts losing skid

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BINAN CITY – Cignal finally arrested its four-game losing streak when it defeated Marinerang Pilipina, 25-14, 25-22, 27-25, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Alonte Sports Arena.

Rachel Anne Daquis and Alohi Robins-Hardy led the way for the HD Spikers, who barged back on the winning track in this prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Team Rebel Sports, SOGO, Eurotel, PCSO, Cocolife, UCPB Gen, Mueller, Senoh, Asics, Bizooku and One Sport.

The HD Spikers now fashion a 3-4 win-loss mark, one game behind fourth-placer Foton.

Daquis finished with 14 points and 15 digs while Robins-Hardy had eight kills, four blocks, two aces and eight excellent sets in an all-around display of volleyball brilliance.

“We needed this win. We needed a morale-boosting win to get us back on track,” said Cignal coach Edgar Barroga.

“We went through a difficult phase when we lost four straight matches. I must admit that it wasn’t easy. It’s hard to get to the gym to train. But now, I’m happy that we’re finally back.”

Cignal will open its second-round campaign against mighty Petron on Thursday next week, but Barroga declared readiness to go all out.

“Well take it. We will celebrate this win, but we will get back on training immediately after,” said Barroga. “After going through that losing streak, we learned a valuable lesson and we don’t want that to happen again.”

Judith Abil, who finished with 11 points, was the lone player to reach double digits for Marinerang Pilipina, who finished the first round without a single win to show.