March 19, 2024

Cignal shoots for No. 3; PGJC-Navy seeks to sustain charge

Cignal faces Savouge Aesthetics on Wednesday, seeking their third straight victory in a match that holds personal significance for coach Dexter Clamor even as PGJC-Navy collides with Maverick in the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

The fancied HD Spikers are coming off back-to-back romps against the Navy Sealions and RichMarc Sports 3B side, but they approach their 6 p.m. match with caution, knowing they tangle with the Spin Doctors, handled by Clamor’s former mentor Sammy Acaylar.

“May extra motivation ako kapag si coach Sammy yung kalaban ko. Alam naman nila na mentor ko si coach Sammy, pero yun lagi akong may motivation,” said Clamor following Cignal’s 25-15, 25-20, 25-16 victory over RichMarc Sports 3B last Sunday.

“Lagi akong may extra, for preparation for him and his team Again, tapos na kami dito sa RichMark, focus na kami dito sa Savouge. Pagaaralan namin yung strength at weaknesses nila, pati yung lapses namin,” he added.

Jau Umandal, who delivered 12 points in a two-set stint in their previous game, will again take charge for the defending champioon while the Spin Doctors will be led by Norwel Sanama.

Meanwhile, the 1-1 Sealions look to sustain their momentum against the 0-1 Maverick Hard Hitters in the 4 p.m. encounter.

Navy head coach George Pascua emphasizes the need for improvement, particularly in serving, reception and defensive play, following their tough 25-21, 25-21, 25-18 win over Philippine Air Force side, also last Sunday.

“Kailangan mag-improve nung service at receive namin, so doon kami natalo doon sa Cignal saka yung floor defense namin. Sana next game, ma-improve na,” said Pascua.

Joeven Dela Vega, who scored 20 points the last time out, is expected to spearhead the Sealions’ bid against the Hard Hitters, who struggled against Criss Cross in their debut in the league organized by Sports Vision.