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Reunited in Cignal are the Tamaraws, Chin Basas, and Gyzelle Sy while, Dante Alinsunurin is the new Choco Mucho Coach

Jan 10, 2023

Toni Rose Basas and Gyzelle Sy, both former Lady Tamaraws for Far Eastern University, are back together with the Cignal HD Spikers in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL).

After revealing the departure of six other players just a few days prior, Cignal unveiled the newest member of the HD Spikers on Monday.

Prior to the 2023 PVL Open Conference, which will take place on February 4, Basas and Sy are planning to pair up with colleagues Tamaraws Gel Cayuna, Jerrili Malabanan, Shaq Delos Santos, the squad’s head coach, and team captain Rachel Daquis.

Delos Santos, a former member of the FEU men’s volleyball team, led the Lady Tamaraws from 2011 to 2017.

In the 2022 Reinforced Conference, the opposite spiker Basas’ final conference with the High Speed Hitters, she scored 43 points on 33 attacks, had five blocks, and five aces. The 26-year-old Basas played with PLDT for two seasons.

After a season away from volleyball, Sy is making a comeback. The setter last represented Chery Tiggo during the Crossovers’ 2021 Open Conference championship run.

After the Cignal squad said goodbye to spikers Angeli Araneta, Klarisa Abriam, and Arianne Layug, middle blockers Joy Dacoron and Marist Layug, and setter Ayel Estraero last Friday, the pair is being considered to cover any voids in the lineup.

Meanwhile, Dante Alinsunurin Jr., the esteemed head coach of the men’s volleyball team, will now make his debut in the women’s division.

The multi-talented coach will make his Premier Volleyball League debut in the 2023 campaign as Choco Mucho’s head coach, the Flying Titans announced on Friday.

Dante Alinsunurin Jr. has been named the new head coach of the Flying Titans, which was a happy development.

The team firmly believes that Coach Dante will help Titans attain their full potential as he has for the other teams he has coached thanks to his experience, dedication, and program.

Oliver Almadro, the former head coach of the Ateneo women’s volleyball team and the Blue Eagles, is expected to be replaced by Alinsunurin. Almadro left his position mid-tournament in the 2022 PVL Reinforced Conference.

Alinsunurin has led the National University to four UAAP championships, four Spikers’ Turf titles, and one V-League trophy during his time as a collegiate coach.

At the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, he also guided the men’s national team to a record silver medal finish. 

Alinsunurin, who has a distinguished career in the men’s division, is the leader of the Flying Titans, a team that has not yet advanced to the PVL finals. He hopes to replicate his success in his first tenure in the women’s club.

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