CIGNAL is off to a slow start in the Philippine Super Liga First Conference but veteran Jheck Dionela is confident the young squad can find its rhythm and vie a spot in the playoffs.
The HD Spikers, the second youngest team in the league, feature new faces in College of Saint Benilde libero Rica Enclona and 19-year-old Lady Blazer Jannine Navarro.
Getting the new-look Cignal squad to play as a solid unit has been tough, however, and the HD Spikers dropped their first two matches, both in straight sets.
But Dionela believes the team’s young age will also work to their advantage — the team has an average player age of 22.9.
“Stronger ’yung team dahil puro bata. Mas madali silang turuan at mas madali silang maka-adapt sa mga sinasabi ng mga coaches and players,” said Dionela.
The HD Spikers take on the league’s youngest squad in Philips Gold on Monday at the Cuneta Astrodome, then face a tough match against league leading Petron, unbeaten in two matches.
“Bakit hindi?” Dionela said when asked about their chances of winning against Petron on April 9 at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.
“Nag-tetraining din kami. ’Yung mga players, uhaw din sila makabuo ng pangalan at manalo.”