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    Venus Bernal makes comeback with Cignal after being out for six conferences

    Sep 19, 2016
    Coach Sammy Acaylar is confident Venus Bernal will be a major boost for Cignal on and off the court. Dante Peralta

    OUT for six conferences, Venus Bernal is back with Cignal for the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix opening on October 1.

    The former HD Spikers skipper joins Puerto Rican import Lynda Morales and American reinforcement Laura Schaudt as Cignal looks to bounce back after a dismal sixth place finish in the All Filipino Conference.

    “I decided to bring back Venus kasi I like her attitude and discipline on the court,” said Cignal coach Sammy Acaylar. “Noong All Filipino kinakausap ko na siya pero she begged off kasi may injury daw siya.”

    “This Grand Prix, she hesitated again but I assured her na aalagaan ko siya and hindi ko siya bibiglain sa mga plays and practice,” added the veteran mentor.

    Bernal played for University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP with Mary Jean Balse, Aiza Maizo and Ange Tabaquero. She led Cignal to a runner-up finish behind Philippine Army in the PSL Inaugural Conference in 2013.

    “Sa totoo lang nakaka-two weeks na siyang practice sa amin pero sobrang hanga ako sa kanya kasi nakikipagsabayan siya sa lakas ng mga palo sa mga bata,” said Acaylar.

    “For someone na wala sa kundisyon pero ganyan ang pinapakita na dedication sa game, she is very coachable, she will do what she is told, I wish na lahat ng players ganyan sa kanya,” he added.

    “Ang iba kasi ngayon nalulunod na sa mga papuri ng fans and sa publicity ng media, when in fact hindi naman sila magaling, dapat humble lang, dapat susunod sa coach.”

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    Acaylar added that what could hamper the 31-year-old Bernal from making a strong start is her long layoff, not her age.

    “Ay nako, wala ’yan. Sumasabay siya sa paluan, ayaw magpahuli sa mga bata,” said Acaylar. “Sabi nga sa akin ng isang Russian coach, ang babae habang tumatanda lalong lumalakas.”

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    Coach Sammy Acaylar is confident Venus Bernal will be a major boost for Cignal on and off the court. Dante Peralta
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