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Umandal, Casana carry Navy over Army; Cignal sweeps VNS to stay unbeaten

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Umandal, Casana carry Navy over Army; Cignal sweeps VNS to stay unbeaten

Jao Umandal leads the Navy's offense at the 2022 Spikers' Turf Open Conference

PVL Media Bureau

Jao Umandal erupts for 29 points as EJ Casana tallies 33 excellent sets in the Navy's four-set win over the Army, while Cignal cruises to its ninth straight set win at the 2022 Spikers' Turf Open Conference

MANILA, Philippines – PGJC Navy banked on top stars Jao Umandal and EJ Casana in its four-set win over winless Army, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-18, in the 2022 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference at the Paco Arena on Thursday, September 8.

Umandal erupted for a conference-high 29 points on 26 attacks, 2 aces, and 1 block, while Casana directed the offense with a masterful 33-excellent set showing to push the Sealions up to a 2-1 record.

Benjaylo Labide and Patrick John Rojas paced the Troopers’ third straight loss to start the conference with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, in the first game of the double-header, the defending champion Cignal HD Spikers earned a 25-22, 25-20, 26-24 sweep over the VNS One-Alicia Griffins to stay unbeaten in the conference without a single set dropped so far.

Ysay Marasigan led the way with 14 points off 12 attacks, 1 block, and 1 ace, while Marck Espejo scored 8 in another limited run.

Kevin Montemayor topscored for VNS in its first loss for a 2-1 slate with 13 points, while Ben San Andres got checked to just 9 points.

Cignal has its sights set next on Tuesday, September 13, with a 5:30 pm match against the Navy, while the bounce-back-seeking VNS faces the undefeated NU Sta. Elena Nationals that same day at the 2:30 pm curtain-raiser.

The Army, meanwhile, can get a much-needed breakthrough on Saturday, September 10, 5:30 pm, against an Ateneo-Fudgee Barr side also seeking its first win after three tries. –

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