9 a.m. – PLDT vs Army
11 a.m. – Champion Infinity vs IEM
Cagayan 4 0
PLDT 2 1
Cignal 2 2
Army 2 2
Champion 1 1
Air Force 1 1
Instituto 0 2
Cavite 0 3
Cignal kept the momentum of its three-set romp over Instituto Estetico Manila as it swamped another title contender in Army, 25-21, 27-25, 25-21, to firm up its semifinal bid in the Spikers’ Turf Season I Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan Sunday.
The HD Spikers flaunted their blocking prowess to frustrate a number of Army attacks, finishing with 13 blocks with Reyson Fuentes coming through with seven and Edmar Bonono adding three.
It was a big comeback for Cignal, which dropped a pair of 1-3 setbacks to Air Force and PLDT Home Ultera before thumping the Volley Masters, who ruled the 2014 Shakey’s men’s tournament, last Thursday.
Fuentes went on to pile up 14 hits while Lorenzo Capate Jr. and Bonono combined for 25 hits for the surging HD Spikers. Herschel Ramos likewise turned in an impressive seven-hit output in a one-a-half set stint while Jeffrey Lansangan and Bonjomar Castel added five points apiece.
Patrick Rojas fired 15 hits while Edmar Oxciano and Greg Dolor combined for 21 points for the Troopers, who went win-loss-win-loss in their first four games in the inaugural staging of the league presented by PLDT Home Ultera.
Cignal thus tied its victim at third behind the unbeaten Cagayan Valley (4-0) and PLDT (2-1) while Champion Infinity and Air Force tote identical 1-1 cards, ensuring a wide open battle for the last berths in the semis of the tournament backed by Mikasa.
Meanwhile, the Cignal-Army duel will be aired at 10 tonight on PTV 4 while the Air Force-Champion Infinity clash will be shown tomorrow (Tuesday), according to the organizing Sports Vision.