Cignal shuts down Amy's Kitchen
Mark Escarlote on Jul 28, 2016 05:20 PM
Cignal clinched its first win in Group B second round preliminary phase.
LIPA CITY, Batangas --- Cignal woke up from a sluggish start to connect its first win in Group B second round preliminary phase at the expense of Amy’s Kitchen-Perpetual Spikers, 14-25, 25-17, 25-13, 25-14, Thursday in the 2016 Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at De La Salle-Lipa Sentrum here.
The HD Spikers found themselves in an early hole against a team that has yet to win a match in the tournament before regrouping to rebound from their previous setback against Generika. Cignal improved to 1-1 record in the round robin stage to determine their final seeding heading to the classification phase.
Cherry Vivas finished with 10 points all coming off spike while Jannine Navarro, Jeannette Panaga and Carmela Tunay scored nine markers each for Cignal, which pounded 42 attack kills.
“Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila na kahit sino ang kalaban respetuhin nila, mahina man yan o malakas,” said HD Spikers coach Sammy Acaylar.
“I told them na kailangan may pride kayo. Sinabihan ko sila na, “Alam n’yo ba ang word na “pride”? Sabi nila, “Yes coach.” O ayun naman pala eh ipakita n’yo. Show them kung ano ang pride at laro ng Cignal,” added Acaylar, who is also the mentor of Perpetual Help which composed the core of Amy’s.
Cignal will close the round on Saturday against Standard Insurance-Navy while Amy’s last assignment is Generika.
The Spikers dropped to 0-2 in the second round and are now on a nine-game losing streak in the tournament.
Cindy Imbo had 12 points while Jowie Versoza and Maribeth Lara posted nine and eight points, respectively, for Amy’s Kitchen.
The teams that will land at nos. 5 and 6 after the round will face off in a knockout classification match to determine who will finish fifth while the seventh and eighth teams will play for the seventh spot.
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