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Paat, Robins-Hardy tow HD Spikers back to win column

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Cignal added to Sta. Lucia’s misery after hammering an impressive 25-8, 25-16, 25-22 victory in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Opposite Mylene Paat and setter Alohi Robins-Hardy led the way for the HD Spikers, who captured their fourth win in five games 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.

Paat had nine attacks to finish with 12 points while Robins-Hardy chipped in 10 markers laced with four aces and eight excellent sets for the HD Spikers, who turned the match into a rout in the first set.

“Our players did a good job, we are very pleased that everybody stepped up especially our second stringers,” said Cignal assistant coach Rico de Guzman, who called the shots for head coach Edgar Barroga.

“I told them (second stringers) not to doubt themselves because I believe in them and they did not disappoint.”

Janine Marciano and May Luna combined for 17 points for the HD Spikers in the match that took an hour and 24 minutes to finish.

After two lopsided sets, Sta. Lucia tried to give Cignal a scare in the third as Amanda Villanueva kept the Lady Realtors at bay, 16-16, before Robins-Hardy took over for the HD Spikers and hand her team a 21-18 breather.

Cignal looked to end the match after reaching match point, 24-19, before Sta. Lucia saved three match points, 22-24, but Paat sealed the win for the HD Spikers.

Roselle Baliton, Joy Dacoron and MJ Philips each had six markers for Sta. Lucia, which slid to 1-9.