After an impressive run last conference, Cignal marches back to warzone as it battles PLDT Home Fibr in the opening salvo of the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Tuesday at the Bacoor STRIKE gym here.
Action starts at 6 p.m. with the HD Spikers riding the crest of its championship run in the All-Filipino Conference of this prestigious women’s club league.
Also seeing action are Marinerang Pilipina, which takes on Generika-Ayala at 2 p.m., and Foton, which collides with Sta. Lucia in the 4 p.m. second game of this explosive opening triple-header.
Opening ceremonies, meanwhile, are set on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
With a powerful roster composed of Filipino-American setter Alohi Robins-Hardy and veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga, Rachel Anne Daquis, Mylene Paat and Jheck Dionela, the HD Spikers made heads turn when they dethroned Petron and coasted all the way to the finals of the All-Filipino Conference last month.
Although it fell prey to a more seasoned, more fluid F2 Logistics squad, Cignal still made a strong statement that it is ripe to finally with the title.
And Daquis admitted that there is pressure entering this brand-new conference.
“Yes, there is pressure. It will always be there,” said the comely skipper, who also serves as league ambassador.
“But we’re not letting that pressure get into our heads. We’re just focused on one goal and that is to win the championship.”
PLDT coach Roger Gorayeb admitted that they would be cautious against the HD Spikers as well as other league heavyweights like Petron and F2 Logistics.
“Petron and F2 Logistics have always been consistent, but you can never underestimate other teams, especially Cignal,” said the seasoned tactician.
“They (HD Spikers) can pull off a surprise. We have to be at our best every time we play against them.”