Muntinlupa Games: Cignal HD vs Petron; Foton vs PLDT Home Fibr

Team Standings

F2 Logistics 4-0
Cignal 2-0
Petron 2-1
Generika-Ayala 2-1
PLDT Home Fibr 2-2
Foton 1-3
Sta. Lucia 1-3
Marinerang Pilipina 0-4

Games today

Muntinlupa Sports Center, P150 at gate
2:30 p.m. — Cignal vs Petron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r5nwNcUMyo
4:30 p.m. — Foton vs PLDT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwM3ogDires

After losing to rival F2 Logistics, expect heavyweight Petron to come out firing when it tackles dangerous Cignal in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference today at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.

Action starts at 2:30 p.m. wit the Blaze Spikers looking to get back on winning track after suffering a sorry loss to the Cargo Movers in this prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Team Rebel Sports, SOGO, Eurotel, PCSO, Cocolife, UCPB Gen, Mueller, Senoh, Asics, Bizooku and One Sport.
Also seeking to regain its winning form is PLDT Home Fibr which faces Foton in the second game at 4:30 p.m.

The Power Hitters were on a roll but fell flat against the powerful performance of the HD Spikers in their previous match last Thursday.

Head coach Roger Gorayeb kept the Power Hitters inside the locker room for a post-game huddle for nearly two hours, sparking talks that they would come out firing when they battle the taller, more seasoned Tornadoes side in this tourney that also has ESPN5 and Kapatid TV5 as broadcast partners.

Still, all eyes will be on Petron.

Ranged against a souped-up F2 Logistics side, Petron huffed and puffed en route to a 21-25, 25-17, 25-27, 19-25 setback also late Thursday.

Filipino-American spiker Kalei Mau did damage erupting for 21 kills and two blocks to spearhead the Cargo Movers’ dominance at the attack zone, 49-25, and blocking department, 7-6.

But Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos is not yet ready to press the panic button.

“It’s all part of the game, part of our learning process,” said Delos Santos, who guided the Blaze Spikers to the All-Filipino crown for the past two years.

“Instead of pressing the panic button, we have to recover and go back to training. We need to plan our attacks and put everything into action on Saturday.”

Against the HD Spikers, the Blaze Spikers would surely have a tough time.

Cignal is coming in with a revamped roster after acquiring Filipino-American playmaker Alohi Robins-Hardy, Norielle Ipac and May Luna while welcoming Jovelyn Gonzaga and Janine Marciano from injuries.

They still have the powerhouse crew of Rachel Anne Daquis, Mylene Paat and Jheck Dionela, making the HD Spikers a team to beat this conference.

Cignal head coach Edgar Barroga reminded his team not to be complacent.

“We will prepare, we want to give them a good fight of course,” he said. “Our past two wins won’t matter if we will just waste the opportunity that we have right now.