Spiker’s Turf: HD Spikers turn back PCG to stay unblemished

Cignal made quick work of the Philippine Coast Guard, winning 25-18, 25-16, 25-17, to maintain an unbeaten record in the Spikers’ Turf Invitational Conference at the Paco Arena in Manila.

The HD Spikers wasted no time dispatching the Lifesavers, concluding the game in just an hour and 17 minutes, pulling ahead of the 2-0 Adamson-Davies Paints and claiming the top spot in Pool C with a 3-0 record.

PCG v CHD [photo credit: PVL]
PCG v CHD [photo credit: PVL]

“They performed very well. In our past three games here in the Spikers’ Turf, we’ve consistently had strong lineups for the first and second sets, and then in the third set, we’ve used the second unit, which made us a bit shaky in the first three games,” said Cignal head coach Dexter Clamor.

“Now, I think we’ve adapted, and the second unit has also adapted to the need to always be ready when they’re sent into the court to perform well,” he added.

The HD Spikers led by as much as nine points in the third set, 23-14, following an attack error by Coast Guard before eventually closing out the game.

Vince Abrot led Cignal with 10 points from 10 successful attacks, while Peter Torres contributed seven points, including two kill blocks. Jau Umandal and Alfred Valbuena each added six markers in the victory.

The HD Spikers dominated at the net, recording a total of nine kill blocks in the game, while the Lifesavers managed only one.

On the other hand, Aidam Adam and Rudy Gatdula each scored eight points for Coast Guard, which fell to a 0-3 record, tying with Santa Rosa at the bottom of the group.

Cignal’s next match is against St. Gerard Construction-Benilde on November 17 at 5:00 p.m. at the same venue, while Coast Guard looks to bounce back against Sta. Rosa on November 22 at 5:00 p.m. at the same venue.

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