March 10, 2023

Cignal moves on verge of elims sweep

Cignal moved on the verge of an elimination round sweep of the 2023 Spikers' Turf Open Conference after dealing Iloilo a straight-sets beating, 25-19, 25-22, 25-15, Friday at Paco Arena.

The HD Spikers improved to 9-0 and have kept their record spotless to a tee, yet to drop a single set in the tournament.

Meanwhile, the D'Navigators dropped their second straight game to fall to 6-2, still at third spot.

After a close second frame that JP Bugaoan, Marck Espejo, and Chu Njigha salvage the win for Cignal, the HD Spikers did not leave anything to chance in the third and routed Iloilo, 25-15, to finish the game in just one hour and 15 minutes.

"All I can say is maganda yung performance ng team yan ang gusto namin talagang makita na kahit pasok na sa semifinals, kailangan talaga makagain kami ng respect sa kalaban lalo na yan Iloilo possible na makasama sila sa semis," said head coach Dexter Clamor.

Espejo made 16 points on 12 attacks, two blocks, and two aces, while JP Bugaoan and Wendel Miguel got 11 apiece with the latter adding nine excellent receptions and seven digs.

Manuel Sumanguid also delivered on the defensive end with 14 excellent receptions and 11 digs as EJ Casaña tossed 16 excellent sets.

D'Navigators Jerome Cordez produced 16 points while Jade Disquitado had 10.

Earlier, AMC-Cotabato scored a 25-22, 23-25, 25-15, 25-20 win over PGJC-Navy to bolster its semis drive.