MANILA, Philippines — Cignal made fast work of Iloilo, 25-19, 25-22, 25-15, to cruise to its ninth straight win and transfer to the cusp of an elimination spherical sweep of the 2023 Spikers’ Turf Open Convention on Friday at Paco Enviornment.
The HD Spikers remained unstoppable with an immaculate 9-0 report with out dropping a single set within the event, as Marck Espejo led the dispatching of D’Navigators in simply 81 minutes.
Espejo delivered the products with 16 factors constructed on 12 assaults, two blocks, and two aces, whereas JP Bugaoan and Wendel Miguel chipped in 11 markers apiece with the latter including 9 wonderful receptions and 7 digs.
Libero Manuel Sumanguid protected the ground with 14 wonderful receptions and 11 digs, as setter EJ Casaña paced Cignal with 16 wonderful units.
“All I can say is the crew carried out properly. That’s what we wished to see from them although we’re already by the semifinals,” stated Cignal coach Dexter Clamor in Filipino. “We wish to acquire the respect of our opponent since we’re going through Iloilo, which we may battle once more within the semis.”
Cignal, which settled for a runner-up end final yr, tries to brush the elimination spherical towards the PGJC-Navy on March 19 earlier than enjoying within the round-robin semifinals.
The D’Navigators suffered their second straight loss, falling to a 6-2 card with Jerome Cordez and Jade Disquitado main the best way with 16 and 10 factors, respectively.
In the meantime, Jau Umandal fired 27 factors to spice up AMC-Cotabato’s semis drive with a 25-22, 23-25, 25-15, 25-20 win over PGJC-Navy.
Umandal was almost unstoppable with 23 kills, three blocks, and an ace to go together with 15 wonderful receptions, whereas Wewe Medina and Jayvee Sumagaysay added 13 and 9 factors, respectively.
“My concern is their jelling, cohesion, and mastery of the system. Right now, they did properly in attacking however we had lapses on protection,” stated Cotabato coach Odjie Mamon as they improved to a 6-1 report within the second place.
Navy dropped to a 3-5 report with Christian Marcelino and Wilbert Sapida carrying the cudgels with 15 and 11 factors, respectively.
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