Gonzaga back for Cignal after ACL recovery

JOVELYN Gonzaga is set to return to action when Cignal makes its debut in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference. (Roman Prospero)

After more than a year of absence, Jovelyn Gonzaga will be finally making a return to Cignal HD in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.

Head coach Edgar Barroga broke the news, saying that Gonzaga had already recovered from the anterior cruciate ligament injury she suffered at the tailend of the 2017 season.

The hard-hitting lefty, in fact, is already seeing action for Pacifictown-Army in the Reinforced Conference of the Premier Volleyball League.

She scored eight points with six excellent receptions in the Lady Troopers’ 25-20, 25-16, 24-26, 25-23 win over BaliPure in her first taste of competitive action last 26 May.

But Barroga doesn’t see any conflict with Gonzaga’s decision to suit up for Army and Cignal at the same time.

“They allowed her to play in the PSL despite competing in the PVL,” said Barroga, explaining that Army is her mother team being enlisted personnel while Cignal is her club.

“Like Jaja Santiago before; she was allowed to play for her university team in th PVL while playing for Foton in the PSL. I think that was the basis on Jovelyn’s case.”

Gonzaga could be a force for the HD Spikers.

The former Central Philippines University star is regarded as one of the best opposites in the country for her deadly brew of skills, power and experience.

She has the ability to carry Cignal on her back together with fellow former national team star Rachel Anne Daquis, Mylene Paat, Janine Navarro and new recruits Alohi Robbins-Hardy, Norielle Ipac and May Luna.

Barroga, however, has other plans.

“There’s no need for Jov to play heavy minutes,” said Barroga, saying that a player like Gonzaga can still contribute despite seeing very limited action.

“She’s a leader and a very experienced player. Her leadership and experience are more than enough to help us get where we want to be.”

Cignal opens its campaign against Sta. Lucia on 25 June at the Filoil Flying V Centre.