Cignal HD Spikers in the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference. –PVL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Cignal swept the elimination round for the fifth time after dominating Maverick, 25-20, 25-9, 25-12, in the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference on Friday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The HD Spikers completed an eight-game sweep before heading to the semifinals, marking their fifth time to have a perfect record in the elims including the 2016, 2019 Open, and 2023 Open Conferences as well as last year’s Invitationals, where they lost the winner-take-all title match against the Sta. Elena-National University.

“This is a great motivation for us because we have a high momentum and morale going to the semis. But in the semis, everything is back to zero. This 8-0 will be useless if we won’t be able to perform,” Cignal coach Dexter Clamor said in Filipino.

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Bryan Bagunas returned to action with 10 points in two sets played after missing Cignal’s last two games due to his commitments with WinStreak club in Taiwan.

Clamor, who banked on his second stringers in their hard-earned five-set win over VNS-Nasty two days ago, allowed the same group to make up for their previous lapses as Mark Calado led the way with 13 points.

Lloyd Josafat also played two sets and chipped in nine points, while Wendel Miguel, JP Bugaoan, and Alfred Valbuena added six points each.

“During our last game, our second six didn’t perform well. Today, I allowed them to bounce back and they were able to perform better than our last game,” said the Cignal coach.

The Maverick Hard Hitters dropped to a 1-6 record with Razzel Palisoc and Jerome Cordez carrying the team with eight and six points, respectively.

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