Bryan Bagunas joins Cignal in the Spikers' Turf Open COnference shortly after his time in Taiwan. –PHOTO OF SPIKERS TURF

MANILA, Philippines – Fresh off his second championship in Taiwan, Bryan Bagunas made his debut for new local team Cignal in the Spikers' Turf Open Conference on Wednesday at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Three days after a successful title defense for WinStreak Club in the Top Volleyball League, Bagunas debuted as HD Spiker and defeated his former Philippine Air Force team 25-10, 25-21, 25-15.

The Philippine men's volleyball star played just one and a half sets but scored eight points despite a lack of practice with Cignal, who signed him last January.

“Of course I'm very happy because that's it, I was able to play again here in the Philippines and I'm happy to be very welcome at Cignal. I hope this program continues in the Philippines so I can play here longer,” Bagunas said.

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“Still I was impressed with Cignal because we can see their dedication to maintaining men's volleyball because they are really one of the stable clubs here in the Philippines. I’m really happy to be here with them and they’re willing to accept me and I’m here to help them.”

Bagunas is looking forward to sharing his learnings abroad with the HD Spikers, who won the Open Conference last year but settled for runner-up at the Invitationals after losing the winner-take-all final to his old school, National University.

“As for the Cignal team, we know the program is doing well. The only thing I will bring is experience, I will just share my experience because I have been playing internationally for five years, so maybe what I learned, I will try to share if possible. It's just to raise our level here,” said Bagunas, who also played in Japan's V.League before appearing in Taiwan.

Cignal coach Dexter Clamor is thrilled to have Bagunas, who just arrived in Manila on Tuesday.

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“We have a lot of adjustments because he couldn't train, he arrived yesterday, so we will work on how Bryan can adapt our system because of course the system is different in Taiwan,” Clamor said.

JP Bugaoan led the HD Spikers with 16 points, including five blocks, to remain undefeated in four games. Jau Umandal scored 11 points, while Mark Calado added nine.

But Clamor said Cignal still has a lot of work to do before his showdown with the powerful Criss Cross on April 14 at Philsports Arena.

“We still have lapses that still need to be worked on during training for the next game, we can improve on them well,” he added.

Air Force fell to a 1-3 record, with Bryan Jaleco and Wesley Cajolo leading the way with eight and seven points, respectively.

D'Navigators win for the third time in a row

Meanwhile, Francis Saura scored 15 points on 10 attacks and five blocks as D'Navigators defeated the Maverick Hard Hitters 25-16, 25-18, 25-17, extending their unbeaten streak to three games.

Jayvee Sumagaysay and Edward Camposano delivered 11 and 10 points, respectively. JM Apolinário played 11 excellent sets and 10 players scored at least one point.

“We are peaking in previous training because we are really preparing. We just need to have continuity in our training,” said D’Navigators coach Boyet Delmoro.


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Maverick remained without a win in three games, with Kim Tan scoring nine points in addition to six excellent receptions.



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