CIGNAL leaned on the hard-spiking duo of Ysay Marasigan and Raymark Woo as it outhit Bounty Fresh in the decider to pull off a 25-18, 23-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-10 victory on Sunday to join Instituto Estetico Manila in the early lead of the Spiker's Turf Season 2 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.
Marasigan and Woo, former collegiate rivals for Ateneo and La Salle, respectively, took turns on the firing end and combined for 34 hits, 28 on kills, to help start the HD Spikers' bid for a second straight title after winning the Reinforced Conference late last year on a winning note.
Marasigan and Woo also anchored Cignal's net defense as they combined for six of the team's 12 blocks, four times more than their rivals.
"I'm happy they've played well together even though they were rivals in college," said Cignal coach Michael Carino, who also drew 13 and 11 points from Herschel Ramos and Edmar Bonono, respectively.
Carino also made mention of his squad's need to minimize their errors after the HD Spikers ended up with 41 miscues against the Fresh Spikers' 34.
"It almost cost us this game and we really need to do something about it," said Carino.
Four players also churned out double-digit scores for Bounty Fresh with Jason Sarabia and Romnick Rico putting in 15 hits apiece, and Jeric Gacutan and Michael Bagalay backing them up with 13 and 10 points, respectively.