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Cignal left no room for Amy’s to recover and won convincingly, 25-21, 25-12, 25-21, yesterday in the Philippine Super Liga All Filipino Conference yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.
Jeannette Panaga the NCAA’s best blocker out of College of St. Benilde had 12 hits in all her 18 points and got ample support from Cherry May Vivas who had 10 points as the DH Spikers notched only its second win in seven matches to end the preliminaries with their heads up.
HD Spikers coach Sammy Acaylar, however, made known he was not satisfied with his wards’ performance despite dealing Amy’s its seventh straight defeat in as many games in this prestigious club tournament bankrolled by KLab Cyscorpions, Mikasa, Mueller and Asics with TV5 as official broadcast partner.
“Kahit nanalo kami hindi ako satisfied kasi as I said before, ‘yung ipinapakita nila sa ensayo hindi ganoon kaganda sa actual game,” said the veteran mentor.
“Maybe there’s something wrong psychologically with my players kasi napapansin ko sa kanila na kapag nauunahan biglang nada-down. Hindi nila alam kung paano i-recover ang sarili nila,” he added.
Despite the triumph, Cignal join its victim Amy’s, Generika and Standard Insurance Navy Group B for the second round of the classification phase.
They will play another round robin for their placings.
“In-accept ko naman ang mga talo namin and hindi kami nakapasok sa top four. But still it’s a lesson learned para sa amin,” said Acaylar.
Cignal had two straight runner up finishes in the inaugural season of the PSL, but Acaylar would rather focus on his next job before eyeing for the big rebound.
“Now we’re focusing sa Goup B, doon kami napunta. Sabi ko sa kanila na ipakita sa mga tao at management na kahit ganoon ang nangyari, we have to bounce back and give our best sa PSL,” he added.