MANILA, Philippines – Ces Molina, who faced his former team, was encouraged to supply products for Signal to draw the first blood in the top-three semifinal series of the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.
Molina teamed up with former teammate Angel Rhea Menezes to torment their former team as they returned to Signal Petro Gaz, 25-21, 25-23, 25-23 on Friday at the San Juan Arena.
“For me, it was a special game because it was my former team. I was proud to beat my old team and help my new team win the match, “said Molina, who posted nine points, 12 receptions and 10 digs in their 1 game win.
“Since it was a special game for me, I really told my teammates that we had to win this game.”
The spokeswoman for the Philippine women’s volleyball team, who signed with Signal in the offseason after not renewing with Petro Gaz, said she used her acquaintance about Angels.
“It really helped us because we (Menezes and I) know their movements and systems after playing for them last year. We really study their game, every movement. We have trained with our assistant coaches, pretending to be Petro Gaz players, “said Molina.
But more than her acquaintance, Molina said the HD Spykers were really keen to beat Angels in front of 4,567 volleyball fans.
“We are here to win. We all know that Petro Gaz will not go down without a fight and they are a champion team. This Game 1 win is a huge boost to our momentum in Game 2, ”he said.
Signal, unbeaten in six matches, attempted to end the series at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday.
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