Joevelyn Gonzaga smiles after scoring a point for Cignal HD as they beat Foton in 5 sets (Photo by Jamil Buergo)
With the massive changes and high-profile player acquisitions both these teams had in the off-season, it was expected that it will be a great match when these two teams clash. And they did not disappoint.
Cignal HD survived a gritty Foton team in 5 sets, 26-24, 20-25, 26-24, 13-25, 15-9, Saturday evening at the Belo Philippine Superliga Invitational at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
After languishing at the bottom of the standings in the previous PSL Grand Prix conference, Cignal HD recruited former Petron Spiker Maica Morada and RC Cola Army players Jovelyn Gonzaga, Rachele Anne Daquis and Royse Tubino to beef up their offense. That proved to be fruitful for Cignal as they we re able to get 17 points on attacks from Gonzaga and 10 points from Daquis on their first game as HD spikers.
Foton on the other hand got 21 points on 16 kills, 3 service aces annd 2 blocks from Dindin Santiago-Manabat. Foton’s top recruit in the off-season Gretchcel Soltones added 15 points.