The rich just got richer.
That is the case for Cignal in the Spikers’ Turf after locking the services of three of the country’s top collegiate players, Sunday.
Cignal, who dominated both the 2019 Open and Reinforced Conferences, signed Ateneo’s Chumason Njigha, National University’s Edward Camposano, and Perpetual’s Louie Ramirez for the next Spikers’ Turf tournament.
“Recruiting three of the best collegiate players is one of our big steps in preparing the team para sa mga upcoming leagues,” said Cignal head coach Dexter Clamor.
All three players suited up for their respective schools in 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic halted what was supposed to be a redemption season for them.
Camposano waited for two years for his NU debut only to find himself in limbo while Njigha was supposed to be the star of Ateneo’s comeback in UAAP Season 82.
Meanwhile, Ramirez emerged as Perpetual’s breakout star in NCAA Season 95, leading the team to an outright finals berth after going 9-0 in the elimination round – two wins shy of their coveted three-peat.
Both Camposano and Njigha have exhausted their college eligibilities while Ramirez remains committed with Perpetual.
The three will be joining a star-studded squad that has Marck Espejo, Ysay Marasigan, Rex Intal, Vince Mangulabnan, Manuel Sumanguid, and JP Bugaoan.
“It’s really a good problem for me kasi puro talented mga nakuha kong players. It’s up to them nalang to step up and do their job well para makita ko kung sino ang gagamitin ko every game,” said the two-time champion coach.
“Maganda rin yung may healthy competition kaming nakikita between our players at malaking bagay yun for the team kasi lahat gustong magpakitang gilas,” he added.
Cignal was among the invited teams in the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Champion’s League slated this November.