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Cignal eyes to snap skid

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Games Today

(Filoil Flying V Centre)

4:15 p.m. -- Iriga City vs. Victoria Sports-UST

7 p.m. -- Cignal vs. Sta. Lucia Realty

CIGNAL tries to check its skid when it battles Sta. Lucia Realty today in the Chooks to Go-Philippine
Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
    
Action erupts at 7 p.m. following the battle between struggling Iriga City and Victoria
Sports-UST in the 4:15 p.m. first match of this prestigious club tourney sponsored by Mikasa, Grand
Sport, Senoh, Mueller, Island Rose, Cloudfone and UCPB Gen.
    
Although armed with a loaded roster, things are looking gloomy for the HD Spikers in this
league that also has Gold’s Gym and Gerflor as technical sponsors and ESPN5 as broadcast partner.
    
They have lost three of their past four games, with the previous setback coming from F2
Logistics, 22-25, 13-25, 12-25, late Tuesday.
    
In that match, the HD Spikers came out firing in the first set, before wilting under the hot
defense of the Cargo Movers in the second and third sets en route to another painful setback.
    
F2 Logistics was so dominant defensively that nobody from Cignal emerged with double-digit
scoring. The Cargo Movers were more superior at the attack zone, 38-27, as well as in the blocking
(12-5) and service (6-3) departments.
    
Even worse, seasoned spiker Jovelyn Gonzaga crashed with a knee injury in the crucial stretch
of the second set, prompting league officials and medical staff to rush her to the nearest hospital
for immediate treatment.
    
Although doctors ruled out any fracture on her right knee, her health going into the match
against the Lady Realtors remains doubtful.
    
“This is major challenge for us,” said Pascua, who is tipped to deploy Mylene Paat to fill the
void created by Gonzaga’s injury. “This is the perfect time for us to step together and play as a
team. We know Jovelyn really wants to win. She’s a fighter.”
    
On the same note, the Lady Realtors will also be walking wounded.
    
Canadian import Marisa Field also suffered a knee injury in the third set of their match
against Victoria Sports-UST.
    
Field’s injury, however, is not serious as she just needs to rest for only two weeks,
including in their match against Foton over the weekend and against Cignal.
    
Sta. Lucia head coach Jerry Yee said Field’s absence is a major blow to the team, especially
now that they are trying to come up with a strong finish in the elimination round to avoid
heavyweights Petron, F2 Logistics and Foton in the sudden-death quarterfinals.