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Cignal can’t afford to be complacent

‘I really don’t like that kind of mindset of players.’

Games today:
(Paco Arena)
3 p.m. — Navy vs Air Force
5:30 p.m. — Cignal vs VNS

Cignal, with an undefeated run after four games, faces an adversary much bigger than its assignment today in the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference at the Paco Arena.

Head coach Dexter Clamor reminds his star-studded crew not to fall victim to complacency when the HD Spikers take on dangerous VNS as they shoot for the solo lead.

The mentor does not want to see a repeat of Cignal’s previous performance in the scheduled 5:30 p.m. showdown.

Clamor was far from impressed with the HD Spikers’ 26-24, 25-21, 25-17, victory over Navy last Thursday that jacked their win-loss record to 4-0 for a tie at the top spot with Iloilo.

He particularly rued Cignal’s lack of discipline in the opening set as he felt his squad relaxed knowing that the Sea Lions were missing a key player.

“I really don’t like that kind of mindset of players. You can’t be complacent even if you think you’re stronger than your opponent,” he said.

Clamor knows that if his team puts its guard down, teams like the Griffins could find an opening to pull an upset.

So, he needs his stars Marck Espejo, who dropped 19 points last game, Wendel Miguel, JP Bugaoan and Ysay Marasigan to remain focused.

VNS is riding on the crest of a two-game winning streak for a 3-2 slate.

The Griffins beat Air Force, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-23, last Thursday with four players finishing in double figures.

Philip Bagalay, Jeremy Pedrosa, Ron Medalla and Russel Fronda are expected to bring out the same performance they displayed in their last game to deliver VNS to its third straight win.

Meanwhile, squaring off at 3 p.m. are Navy and Air Force.

The Sea Lions carry a 1-3 record while the Jet Spikers are tied with Vanguard with 1-4 cards.

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