Cignal looking to regain top form in Malolos game against struggling RC Cola
RC Cola-Air Force takes on Cignal in a Super Liga game in Malolos. Dante Peralta

THE historic city of Malolos in Bulacan becomes a volleyball battlefield as Cignal tackles a struggling RC Cola-Air Force in a bid to secure the second semifinal slot of the 2015 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix women's volleyball tournament on Saturday at the Malolos Convention Center.

Action starts at 3 p.m. following the collision between Philips Gold and Meralco in the 1 p.m. first game of the league's first "Spike on Tour" this conference after making stops in Cebu City, Ilocos Sur, Muntinlupa City, Binan City, Imus and Quezon Province.

"This is part of our mission of bringing world-class volleyball action closer to the fans," said PSL president Ramon "Tats" Suzara, adding that the next Spike on Tour will be held in Lipa City in Batangas next weekend.

"Rest assured that we will continue to hold our Spike on Tour program and live up to our goal of inspiring fans, especially aspiring players from the provinces, to reach their dreams through volleyball."

Tickets are still on sale at the venue.

After coming up with a five-game sweep of the first round, Cignal was billed as the league's heaviest contender.

But the HD Spikers have since suffered a pair of sorry setbacks at the hands of reigning champion Petron and darkhorse Foton before the league took a seven-day break last week.

Cignal consequently fell to the second spot with a 5-2 win-loss card while reigning champion Petron went on to clinch the first semifinal seat with a 6-2 slate by virtue of its straight-set win over Meralco late Thursday, 27-25, 25-20, 25-21.

Not far behind is Philips Gold, which is also looking to inch closer to a spot in the next round with a 4-2 mark, as well as surging Foton with 4-3.

"We may have peaked early, but it's still a long way to go," said Cignal coach Sammy Acaylar. "We just have to rediscover our focus and trust each other both inside and outside the court. All teams are strong. We have to bring our A-game if we really want to reach the championship."

Acaylar said his imports Ariel Usher and Amanda Anderson are refreshed after a break while locals Cherry Mae Vivas, Michelle Laborte, Fritz Gallenero and setter April Ross Hingpit continue to play impressively.

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