Chargers yield to HD Spikers in four sets

SAN JUAN — The Akari Chargers were sent crashing back to earth with a four-set loss to the Cignal HD Spikers, 18-25, 25-19, 21-25, 20-25, in the PVL All-Filipino Conference at the FilOil EcoOil Centre, Tuesday.

After tying the match at 1 set apiece, the Chargers collapsed in the latter part of the third set as the HD Spikers capitalized on the crucial errors from the Akari side.

Akari kept in step with Cignal in the fourth frame, however, the former ran out of gas and went on a meltdown en route to the defeat.

Dindin Santiago-Manabat remained to be the leading scorer of the Chargers with 21 points composed of 20 attacks and one block. Erika Raagas picked up from where she left off with 16 points in 14 attacks and two blocks, while Faith Nisperos had her 10 markers.

Justine Jazareno and Bang Pineda once again tried their best to protect the floor with 17 and 10 excellent digs. Raagas also made a mark on defense as she tallied 11 excellent receptions.

On the other hand, Ces Molina and Vanie Gandler posted 14 points each, while Jovelyn Gonzaga and Riri Meneses chipped in 11 and nine points respectively.

Molina and Gandler were also solid on defense, posting 16 and 14 excellent digs separately. Playmaker Gel Cayuna did her magic as she distributed 21 excellent sets for Cignal.

Akari dropped to a 3-2 win-loss slate and will next face the Choco Mucho Flying Titans on November 11, 4pm at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.