Wrecking Balls go 2-0, HD Spikers open bid on high note

Mark Escarlote on May 04, 2017 03:45 PM
Wrecking Balls go 2-0, HD Spikers open bid on high note
Cignal setter Vince Mangulabnan tallied 28 excellent sets to lead the HD Spikers' 45-kill barrage to silence Instituto Estetico Manila.

Berlin Paglinawan picked up from where he left off the last time out as Sta. Elena grounded the undermanned Philippine Air Force, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22, and kept its tight grip of the early lead Thursday in the Premier Volleyball League men’s tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. 

The former National University standout dropped 16 points to lead the Wrecking Balls to their second straight victory in as many outings.

Paglinawan, who scored all of his 11 markers from spikes in Sta. Elena’s five-set win over Café Lupe last Tuesday, unleashed 14 attacks and had a pair of aces.

Meanwhile, powerhouse Cignal opened its campaign on a high note after a cakewalk, 25-19, 25-16, 25-22, win over the struggling Instituto Estetico Manila.

Mark Alfafara and Lorenzo Capate scored 12 points each for the HD Spikers, who dealt the Phoenix Volley Masters their second loss in as many outings. Cignal setter Vince Mangulabnan tallied 28 excellent sets in the HD Spikers' 45-attack barrage to easily submit IEM.  

"I didn't expect na magiging dominant 'yung win namin today because it's just our first game and naka-focus pa rin ako sa Ateneo. Good thing na may mga players ako na nag-cocoach na rin kaya nagtutulungan sila kanina," said Cignal coach Oliver Almadro, who is also coaching the UAAP three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles. "They are mature enough kung paano sila mag-prepare. 'Yung sistema lang talaga 'yung kailangan namin hasain. The talent is there at 'yung cohesiveness na lang 'yung kailangan namin i-work out." 

"Rex Intal and Josh Villanueva will be coming in pa. Josh will be doing a different job here while si Rex same pa rin (as middle)," added Almadro. "It's a good thing na 'yung Cignal is open for young talents." 

Evan Raymundo and Edward Camposano scored seven and six points, respectively, for the Wrecking Balls, who took advantage of the Jet Spikers side missing the services of NU players Bryan Bagunas, Fauzi Ismail and Kim Malabunga who are all still playing in the UAAP Finals.

"Sabihin natin na kahit hindi sila kumpleto at kundisyon, Air Force pa rin is Air Force. Makakatulong ito sa amin sa mga susunod na game," said Sta. Elena coach Arnold Laniog. "Eventually sana ma-polish pa namin yung mga kailangan pa namin ayusin for next game."

Ranran Abdilla was the only Air Force player in double figures with 18 markers. The Jet Spikers are also missing the services of Howard Mojica, who is undergoing basic military training.     



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