After 2 wins, Sammy Acaylar still unhappy with Cignal’s mental toughness

Cignal scored its second victory in the PSL All-Filipino Conference, but coach Sammy Acaylar was far from satisfied.

The HD Spikers sweat out a 25-21, 25-12, 25-21 decision over lowly Amy’s Kitchen Saturday to lift their record to 2-5 at the end of the first round.

Jeannete Panaga led all players with 18 points while Cherry May Vivas added 10 for Cignal, which started the season on a sour note.

“Kahit nanalo kami hindi ako satisfied,” said Acaylar. “As I’ve said before yung ensayo namin na pinapakita namin kapag katune-up game kami hindi ganun kaganda yung ginagawa sa actual game.”

“Maybe may something wrong with the psychological (toughness) of my players kasi sometimes napansin ko sa kanila kapag naunahan nado-down
hindi nila alam pano i-recover yung sarili nila,” he added.

With their championship hopes all dashed, Acaylar and his wards would have to focus on the second round, where they will have a chance to bag fifth place by winning the round-robin battles with Amy’s, Standard Insurance-Navy and Generika.

The veteran coach says they have something to prove in the nexst round.

“It’s a learning lesson sa amin yun and now we’re focusing on the Group B na dun kami napunta,” he said. “Ang sabi ko sa kanila well just play, pakita lang natin sa mga tao at sa management natin na kahit ganun nangyari we have to bounce back. Maglaro lang talaga tayo at ipakita natin yung best natin sa PSL.”

And while he is disappointed with his club team, Acaylar says the PSL stint has benefited his college squad, Perpetual Help, which makes up the core of Amy’s Kitchen.

“Ang laki ng tulong. Wag nating pag-usapan yung skills, yung skills madaling ituro, ang importante yung confidence nila sa sarili nila, yung belief nila sa sarili nila na meron silang ilalabas yun yung nakita ko sa kanila ngayon,” he said.

“How to develop a team is not easy na isang tournament lang sasalihan o ilang exposure lang,it needs so many exposure and tournament kasi they’re young yun ang gusto naming madevelop.” — By John Chester Fajardo

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