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Spikers' Turf: D’Navigators-Iloilo prevails over Army, clinches solo lead

D'Navigators-Iloilo stays undefeated. Spikers' Turf
By Stewart Tan

MANILA—D’Navigators-Iloilo survived every challenge brought to it by Philippine Army Troopers to take a dominant 17-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-18 victory in the 2023 Spikers' Turf Open Conference on Sunday at the Paco Arena.

Jade Disquitado, a member of the Philippine national volleyball team pool, anchored the offense with 19 points, including 18 attacks, while Jerome Cordez chipped in 14 markers for the Iloilo City-based spikers.

Setter JM Apolinario controlled the game with 27 excellent sets and two blocks, while Neil De Pedro showcased his versatility with nine points and 14 excellent receptions as D’Navigators moved up to solo first place with 4-0 slate.

After dropping the opening set, D’Navigators-Iloilo bounced back in the second set with a 25-20 victory and a close third set 26-24, thanks to clutch hits from Cordez and middle blocker Nas Gwaza.

The D'Navigators-Iloilo did not let go of the momentum since then as they finished the game with a lopsided fourth set with Rash Nursiddik, Disquitado, and Cordez taking turns to seal the win.

"I told them they were lacking in their work. They needed to work harder and do their part. This can't happen or we'll lose. I'm glad they listened." D'Navigators' head coach John Kenneth Panes recalled on what he told his players after the first set defeat.

Kevin Liberato had 19 points, Benjaylo Labide scored 13 points.

PJ Rojas and Mark Enciso each scored 10 points, with Rojas adding 9 excellent receptions as the Troopers dropped to 2-2.

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