Air Force, Cignal look to play better defense in Spikers Turf title decider
Herschel Ramos and the HD Spikers hope to score a follow-up to their big win in the second match of the series. Dante Peralta

AIR Force and Cignal face off one last time in the Spikers' Turf Season 1-Reinforced Conference title decider on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan City.

Both teams have emphasized the need to improve their defense given both sides’ spiking prowess.

The HD Spikers won in three sets to tie the series after the Airmen took the opener in four.

“We really need to improve more on our defense since we’ve been relying too much on our libero (Sandy Montero),” said Cignal HD coach Michael Carino.

The Airmen’s Jeffry Malabanan wound up with just 10 points after scoring 17 in the opener.

Cignal HD also held Rodolfo Labrador, Reyson Fuentes and Ruben Inaudito to a combined 18-point output after the three earlier scored a total of 34.

Herschel Ramos bounced back from a dismal four-hit performance in the opener with an 11-point effort in the second match, registering six blocks to underscore the HD Spikers’ solid net defense.

“We’re a bit lousy in Game One that’s why we made some adjustments in our attacks and blocking,” said Carino.

The long break should give Air Force coach Rhovyl Verayo and his wards enough time to make their own adjustments, particularly in quick sets, combination plays and blocking.

Gametime is at 5 p.m. following the second match of the PLDT -Army title duel in the Shakey’s V-League.

The Ultra Fast Hitters rallied to edge the Lady Troopers five sets last Saturday to take the series lead in the tournament presented by PLDT Home Ultera.

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