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Superliga: Cignal, Petron gun for Invitational Conference finals tickets

Four remaining teams clash for the finals seat in the sudden-death semis of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference Saturday at the Muntinlupa Sports Center in Muntinlupa City.

Cignal, the lone unbeaten side, seeks to a return to the finals as it takes on F2 Logistics at 6 p.m., while Grand Prix champion Petron squares off against overachieving Smart-Army at 4 p.m. in the other last-4 clash.

The winners will advance to the best-of-3 title series starting Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The losers will clash in a one-game battle for bronze.

Smart-Army booked the last semis ticket after surviving Generika-Ayala in straight sets 25-19, 25-22, 25-21 in a knockout quarterfinal showdown late Thursday.

The Blaze Spikers, on the other hand, are seeking to sustain their momentum at this venue, where they dominated erstwhile-unbeaten F2 Logistics 25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 26-24 to steal the outright semifinal berth in Pool A.

Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos hopes that his team's one-week rest would be an advantage for his wards led by skipper Ces Molina, Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Bernadeth Pons, Sisi Rondina and Rhea Dimaculangan.

All eyes will also be on the Cignal-F2 Logistics showdown.

Resurgent superstar Rachel Anne Daquis has been the main factor in the four-game run of the HD Spikers, who were surprisingly on top despite losing a majority of their core in last year’s Invitational co-championship run with Japan’s Kobe Shinwa University.

She will be tested against a powerhouse F2 Logistics squad that has Aby Marano, Kianna Dy, Kim Fajardo and Dawn Macandili at the helm.

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