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Cignal cruises to 3rd win at undermanned Navy’s expense


The Cignal HD Spikers managed to give everyone on its roster playing time in a quick 25-22, 25-13, 25-15 win over the Philippine Navy Sailors and a prestine 3-0 record in the 2016 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Cignal only faced resistance late in the first set, as they saw the five-point lead they had built early in the set tumble down. Navy came within two points, 24-22, before Cignal’s Herschel Ramos threw down a thunderous running hit to end the set. The following sets turned into rout early. Cignal went up 15-7 in the second set, then erected an insurmountable 18-8 lead in the third frame.

Out of the Cignal’s 12 offensive players, 11 scored, towed by Ysay Marasigan’s 11 points, seven from spikes, three from blocks, and an ace. Open hitters Saku Capate and Raymark Woo each tallied seven markers.

“Ang goal talaga namin is to reach the Top 4 with a good record,” said Cignal head coach Michael Cariño. “Magandang confidence booster ito para sa amin na nakatatlong panalo na kami agad.”

“At the same time, kailangan pa rin namin magtrabaho sa ensayo kasi may dalawa pa kaming laban.”

Ruzzel Palisoc hopped off the bench for Navy and tallied seven points, while Nur Madsairi and Michael Zamora each had six points. Navy were still without Adamsonian recruits Mike Sudaria and Dave Pletado. Both just played in the Inter Collegiate Tournament in Baguio.

Cignal (3-0) will have two weeks to rest before their next match, when they face the IEM Volley Masters (1-0) on June 20, Monday, at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Navy (0-2) will play the Sta. Elena Wrecking Balls (0-1) on June 13, Monday.

Asked about their long layoff, Cariño says his players are ready with a program to keep in shape within season.

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“Marami kaming types ng training na ginagawa tuwing season,” Carino closed. “Nag-weweights pa rin kami and Aqua training among others. Kailangan talaga mataas pa rin ang conditioning ng team sa break.”

The Scores:

Cignal (3) – Marasigan 11, Capate 7, Woo 7, Faytaren 6, Ramos 5, Bonono 4, Lansangan 4, Castel 3, Dela Cruz 3, Mangulabnan 1, Diezmo 0, Baroy (L), Montero (L)

Navy (0) – Palisoc 7, Madsairi 6, Zamora 6, Rosete 4, Sapida 4, Medino 3, Cacayuran 2, Premaylon 2, Macalima 1, Encisa 0, Almario (L), Chua (L)

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.


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