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PVL: Lindsey Vander Weide, Petro Gazz overcome Cignal in finals opener

Petro Gazz Angels celebrate a point in Game 1 of the PVL Reinforced Conference Finals against the Cignal HD Spikers. PVL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Defending champion Petro Gazz swept Cignal, 25-21, 27-25, 37-35, to take Game 1 of the best-of-three and move on the cusp of claiming its second straight Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Lindsey Vander Weide led the Angels’ onslaught with 34 points to beat the first-time PVL finalists, HD Spikers in straight sets. 

The American import out of University of Oregon nailed the last three points in the extended third set to deny Cignal from forcing another set.

Locals Myla Pablo, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, and MJ Phillips also provided enough firepower for their team with setter Djanel Cheng distributing the goods to inch a win closer to a golden repeat import-laden tournament, which they earned three years ago with a different roster.

The Angels try to clinch the franchise’s second straight championship in Game 2 on Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., at Philsports Arena.

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