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Jho Maraguinot

Perlas Spikers routs Baguio City to stay in title contention

Jho Maraguinot showcased her diverse skills to help lead the Tuguegarao Perlas Spikers to a dominant 25-10, 25-5, 25-14 romp over the Baguio City Highlanders in the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Champions League on Monday at the Aquamarine Recreational Center.

Maraguinot, who railed in six aces, had 10 points as the Perlas Spikers grabbed their second straight win after losing to Chery Tiggo during opening day.

Afterward, coach Rei Diaz was satisfied with the way the Perlas Spikers performed in the 68-minute contest.

“The most important thing is helping one another. And for everyone to be committed,” Diaz said. “So far, everyone is sticking to our goal. So far, so good.”

The Perlas Spikers displayed a balanced attack with Cza Carandang contributing nine points, Roma Joy Doromal adding eight points and Norielle Ipac drilling in six.

Nicole Tiamzon chipped in four points to go with eight digs, Jules Samonte scored all of her three points from the service area while setter Fen Emnas tossed in 16 excellent sets and also scored three points.

For Maraguinot, who was acquired by the Perlas Spikers earlier this year, the Champions League will serve as a confidence builder for her. “I’m taking it one day at a time. There are still a lot of be fixed but I’m grateful that my teammates are helping me,” she said.

Up next for the Perlas Spikers is a Tuesday showdown with F2 Logistics that could be the team’s turning point in the tournament.

“We will give them a good fight,” said skipper Michelle Morente against her former club composed mostly of De La Salle stars.

Baguio City dropped to 0-3 won-lost and has yet to win a set.

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