CIGNAL tries to check its skid when it battles Sta. Lucia Realty today in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The HD Spikers and Lady Realtors clash at 7 p.m. following the battle between struggling Iriga City and Victoria Sports-UST at 4:15.
Things are looking gloomy for the HD Spikers, who have dropped three of their past four matches and lost Jovelyn Gonzaga to injury.
Although doctors ruled out structural damage to the knee, Gonzaga will be out at least two weeks.
“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. We have to help her emotionally by winning this match for her.”
The Lady Realtors are also walking wounded.
Canadian import Marisa Field also suffered a knee injury in the third set of their match against Victoria Sports-UST last week, has sat out one match and expected to miss at least two weeks.
Sta. Lucia head coach Jerry Yee said Field’s absence is a major blow as they try to come up with a strong finish in the elimination round to avoid heavyweights Petron, F2 Logistics and Foton in the quarterfinals.
“We will definitely miss Marisa’s presence,” said Yee, who is tipped to assign either Shirley Salamagos or Janine Navarro at the middle blocker spot, together with Filipino-American MJ Philips.
“But we have to move on and focus on our match against Cignal. Our locals have to step up if we want to get this victory.”