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Alyssa Valdez-Myla Pablo duel up as Creamline, Motolite clash

A fired-up Alyssa Valdez and a healthy Myla Pablo brace for a power duel as Creamline shoots for a second straight victory and Motolite tries to kick off its campaign right in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan today......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarAug 14th, 2019

Valdez-Pablo duel up as Creamline, Motolite collide

A fired-up Alyssa Valdez and a healthy Myla Pablo brace for a power duel as Creamline shoots for a second straight victory and Motolite tries to kick off its campaign right in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers eye back-to-back wins

Alyssa Valdez and the rest of defending champion Creamline brace for a tough battle against Motolite on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers cruised past returning Philippine Air Force in straight sets last Sunday. But this time, Creamline knows that Motolite poses a tougher challenge considering the recruitment it did during the preseason when it tapped Fil-American setter Iris Tolenada. “Ako, ang masasabi ko lang. Ang Motolite, mag-iiba siguro ang rotation,” said Valdez. Tolenada, who helped Pocari Sweat alongside Myla Pablo rule the defunct V-League in 2016, will make her long-awaited return in the 4:00 p.m. match that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. “It's going to be an interesting game kasi for the longest time, si Iris yung nakikita natin na setter na medyo mas matangkad sa most na setters na nakikita natin. So, it's going to be an interesting match on Wednesday,” said Valdez. The Tolenada-Pablo tandem will be backed by a very young core led by Isa Molde, Tots Carlos, Thang Ponce and Marist Layug all raring to bounce back from a forgettable fifth place finish in the six-team Reinforced Conference. However, the Cool Smashers aside from parading a star-studded lineup will bring in the momentum of their emphatic, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, win in the conference opener. Michele Gumabao hopes to sustain her fine form after scoring 14 points the last time out along with Valdez, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and top setter Jia Morado.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

PVL: Creamline, eight other teams battle for crown and glory in Open Conference

Star-studded Creamline will face a tough field in its title-retention bid with eight other squads including three newcomers raring to knock the crown off the Cool Smashers’ heads when the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference begins on August 11. The season-ending tournament will feature nine teams with the return of Philippine Air Force, which skipped the Reinforced Conference, and the introduction of two new squads in ChocoMucho and Chef’s Classics. The Cool Smashers, who are bannered by three-time conference Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez and top setter Jia Morado, are expected to go all-out to protect their throne after relinquishing the Reinforced conference title to PetroGazz weeks back. Creamline will have redemption as its motivation in the tournament that will open earlier than its usual schedule in deference to the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games in November. “Babawi talaga kami,” vowed Valdez. “Going to the second conference, all-Filipino, hindi ko sinasabi na we’re all equal but ang sinasabi ko lahat ng locals magtatrabaho kasi gusto naming manalo,” added the Cool Smashers team captain. “I think that’s the beauty of all-Filipino talaga makikita natin ang talent ng kapwa nating mga Filipino.” But the road won’t be an easy one for the Creamline. Back to complete a season sweep are the Angels led by solid middle Jeanette Panaga and Cherry Nunag with hitters Jonah Sabete, Paneng Mercado and playmaker Djanel Cheng. Fresh from a bronze medal finish in its maiden campaign, veteran-laden PacificTown Army is a considered as one of the top contenders so does BanKo, which will parade power-hitters Nicole Tiamzon and Dzi Gervacio. With a healthy Myla Pablo back to lead a young and dynamic Motolite side, the Air Padda-mentored squad could finally break out from its shell to surprise the lead just like BaliPure, which is looking to improve from its last place finish in the season-opening tournament.    Back in the fold are the Jet Spikers, bringing their veterans back after a one-conference hiatus. ChocoMucho, Creamline’s sister team, will try to live up to its pre-conference hype as Flyin Titans march into battle with former Ateneo de Manila University stars Kat Tolentino, Bea de Leon and Maddie Madayag leading the way while another expansion team Chef’s Classics is out to make its mark in the league. Meanwhile, the league will also hold the Collegiate Conference with more than 10 teams expressing their intentions to participate.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

PVL: Kailangan talaga siya ng Motolite – Valdez on Pablo

Creamline stars Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado have nothing but high respect for veteran Motolite ace Myla Pablo. Just like the Motolite fans and supporters of Pablo, the Cool Smashers duo are glad to see the two-time Most Valuable Player back in action after a long layoff in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. Pablo started for Motolite in her debut for her new team after missing the squad’s first six games. “Parating sa atin [Creamline] ‘yung may surprise player e. But more than anything, I'm really happy she's back,” said Morado, who tallied 26 excellent sets in the Cool Smashers’ 25-15, 25-20, 25-23, win over Motolite on Wednesday. “It's about time na nakabalik na si bagyong Myla Pablo,” added Morado. Pablo, who was acquired by Motolite in a buyout with Pocari Sweat last year, missed the whole first round and the start of the second round because of a lower back injury. She scored three points in two sets of action, starting in both. Pablo got the green light from her doctors to play days back, but was benched by head coach Air Padda in Motolite’s five-set win over PacificTown Army last Sunday as precautionary measure. “We know Ate Myla, kahit kailan siya gamitin, she'll deliver,” said Valdez, also a two-time conference MVP. “Not only contributing in terms of points but also the leadership.” Valdez added that Pablo’s return is a big boost for Motolite’s campaign for one of the last two semifinals seats. “I think she's one of the veterans in the team na kailangan talaga ng Motolite para mas magkaroon sila ng communication as a team,” Valdez said. Motolite is tied at no. 4 and no. 5 spots with Banko. Unbeaten PetroGazz (7-0) and Creamline are through to the Final Four while PacificTown Army (4-3) is at third.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 19th, 2019

Motolite s Myla Pablo relishes return from injury

In Motolite's clash with the Creamline Cool Smashers yesterday, Pablo saw action for the first time this season......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 20th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers battle Water Defenders to end first round

Streaking defending champion Creamline looks to end the first round in solo second place when the Cool Smashers clash with winless BaliPure on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The match starts at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Cool Smashers won three straight games after dropping their conference opener in straight sets at the hands of league-leading and unbeaten PetroGazz. Creamline welcomed the return of Thai coach Tai Bundit, who replaced fired Chinese mentor Huanning Li after just one game, with a 13-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23, win over Motolite last Saturday. The Cool Smashers are facing a team that has yet to win a game but Creamline knows that the Water Defenders will come prepared and hungry to end their skid.    “Paghahandaan namin sila like how they’ll prepare for us and we can’t sleep on their imports, we can’t sleep on their locals. Kasi kapag pinagsamsa-sama sila at nag-click silang lahat mahirap silang pigilan,” said Cool Smashers setter Jia Morado. “So I think we just to have to work on a stronger start, be more consistent and be more efficient and smarter when we play,” added Morado, who is backed by a solid crew led by Alyssa Valdez, Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato and imports Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand and Venezuelan Ale Blanco. BaliPure remains in search for the elusive win after failing in its first four tries. Montenegrin Danijela Dzakovic and Alexandra Vajdova of Slovenia will need all the help they could get from locals Grazielle Bombita, Satrianni Espiritu and Menchie Tubiera to end the first round on a high note.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

V-LEAGUE: Successful 13th season

Huge crowds, high TV ratings from the country's largest network, a two-title romp by Pocari Sweat and a National University repeat highlighted another banner year for the V-League, which continued to pack wallops, deliver top-notch matches and stay on top of the heap. With all matches shown live over ABS-CBN S+A and via livestrean through sports.abs-cbn.com/livestrean/vleague, the league had a very successful 13th season and reached broader audience nationwide and even abroad.    It was also a season of firsts and comebacks with Iriga City Mayor Madeleine Alfelor-Gazmen playing an actual game in the Open Conference and the Summer Spikers making their return after a one-year absence, shuttling from Baguio and Manila and back during games. Veering away from its regular opening conference fare, the league, where it all started, actually marked its 13th season with a fans’ day where they played with their favorite stars in a variety of game-related skills challenge and ended up mingling with their idols for photo-ops and autograph signing sessions during the All-Star. The league, in partnership with ABS-CBN, held its All-Star Game, along with that of the Spikers’ Turf, as part of its social commitment with proceeds, amounting to P200,000 going to the typhoon Lawin victims through ABS CBN Foundation. The All-Star was also staged to give something back to the league’s ever-loyal fans through the backing of Shakey’s, Mikasa, Accel, Pocari Sweat, BaliPure, the Philippine Sports Commission and ABS-CBN Sports + Action. Bannered by veterans Michele Gumabao, Melissa Gohing, Myla Pablo and Desiree Dadang, Pocari Sweat made sure to mark its maiden stint in the country’s premier volley league with a victory – grounding the Air Force Lady Jet Spikers in sudden death to snare the Open Conference crown before a huge crowd. Pocari Sweat also came into the season-ending Reinforced Conference armed to the teeth, tapping a pair of talented imports in Andrea Kacsits and Breanna Mackie and sweeping another Alyssa Valdez-led team, this time, the Bureau of Customs Transformers in the finals to complete the Lady Warriors’ remarkable two-title sweep before another banner crowd. Most marquee matches were beamed live over ABS-CBN Sports + Action Channel 23 with the championships aired on primetime, further adding to the popularity and following of the league which turned a once-dormant sport in 2004 into what it is today. Customs also toughened up in a bid to claim a V-League championship on its very first try, luring not only the high-flying, power-hitting Valdez but also tapping Thai imports Nic Jaisaen and Kanjana Kuthaisong, while BaliPure, raring to atone for its failed bid in the Open, also came in with reinforcements Kaylee Manns and Kate Morell. But both fell short against the Lady Warriors, so did the five other teams which showed up with an all-local crew with UST and UP dishing out solid games while underscoring their readiness for the UAAP wars. The Lady Bulldogs also proved they’re more than ready for the UAAP battle, beating the Ateneo Lady Eagles in a pair of five-setters to repeat as champions of the mid-season Collegiate Conference. MVP Jaja Santiago and former utility spiker-turned-setter Jasmine Nabor took charge for the Bustillos-based school, which actually notched its third V-League title, including its breakthrough in Season 10, also against Ateneo. Over in the men’s side, the second season of Spikers’ Turf also proved to be a big success with the Air Force Jet Spikers dispatching the Cignal HD Spikers in both the Open and Reinforced Conference finals. Air Force’s season-ending conference victory also served as a revenge of sorts as Cignal edged it in three matches to clinch last year’s Reinforced crown. Ateneo, on the other hand, got back at NU as the Eagles kept the Collegiate Championship for the second straight season. Both squads have figured in the last three UAAP finals as well as the first two V-League Collegiate Conference championships with the Katipunan-based squad lording it over NU, 4-1, in their head-to-head duel. With Sports Vision lining up a number of innovations to make the league more interesting and at the same time compete for media attention in mainstream sports, there’s no other way for Season 14 to go but up.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2016

Power Builders rebound, rip Red Spikers

Myla Pablo flashed top form as Motolite bounced back from a shutout loss to Creamline last Wednesday with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 victory over a debuting Chef’s Classic in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News3 hr. 0 min. ago

PVL: Motolite grabs first win

Motolite rediscovered its competitive form that was missing in its debut as the squad barged in the win column with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-19, drubbing of debuting Chef’s Classics on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Passing the ball better than in its straight sets loss to defending champion Creamline last Wednesday, setter Iris Tolenada steered Motolite on the right direction for a 1-1 win-loss record. Myla Pablo paced Motolite with game-high 20 points with 17 coming off attacks. Tots Carlos added nine markers while Tolenada tallied 15 of Motolite’s 25 excellent sets to erase the squad’s embarrassing total of four dishes the last time out. Although Motolite played better than in its opener, head coach Godfrey Okumu still saw flaws that they need to address. “Today’s game that was not good. We won, yes, but we are still slow on some things. The speed of the ball, the movement, we are still working on that. We’ve been training hard yesterday and I think that’s the only way,” he said. “We won, congratulations to my team, our opponents played well and they gave us something we can think about but we still need to work hard,” Okumu added. Motolite had shaky start as the Red Spikers kept the game close. Motolite mounted an 8-1 scoring blitz to turn a 9-12 deficit to a 17-13 lead and never looked back. Pablo sparked Motolite’s early separation in the third set to wrap up the match. Nieza Viray was the only Chef’s Classics player in double figures with 10 points. Skipper Justine Tiu and Cecilia Bangad combined for 14 markers in a lost cause for the Red Spikers, who played the first of their back-to-back weekend games. Chef’s Classics will take on Creamline on Sunday.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News9 hr. 13 min. ago

Creamline too hot for Motolite; Choco Mucho in grand debut

Creamline pummeled Motolite, 25-14, 25-15, 25-14, on Wednesday for a second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City. The defending champions waxed hot throughout the 69-minute match in a follow up to their straight-set victory over Air Force last Saturday. Alyssa Valdez helped power Creamline once […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers snatch back-to-back wins

Defending champion Creamline displayed its firepower anew as the Cool Smashers spoiled the debut of Motolite, 25-14, 25-15, 25-14, on Wednesday for their second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Veterans Michele Gumabao and Alyssa Valdez picked up from where they left off as they paced Creamline in its clinical beating of Motolite to climb at solo top spot. The Cool Smashers buckled down to business right from the opening serve for a fitting follow up to their straight sets drubbing of Philippine Air Force last Sunday.     (To be updated) --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

PVL: Valdez sees fierce Game 2 duel

Creamline skipper Alyssa Valdez expects a much intense match against PetroGazz on Saturday in Game 2 of their best-of-three finals series in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers seek win no. 8; Lady Troopers try to secure semis spot

Defending champion Creamline eyes to keep its hot streak going as it takes on PacificTown Army on Wednesday in the penultimate elimination round playdate of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The semifinals-bound Cool Smashers are riding the crest of their seven-game winning romp including a 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 26-24, victory over first round tormentor PetroGazz on Saturday. Creamline marches back into action at 3:00 p.m. with hopes of taking a slice of the lead with the Angels (8-1 win-loss record). The match will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Imports Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand and Venezuelan Ale Blanco, who showed the way for the Cool Smashers in their rousing win over the erstwhile unbeaten PetroGazz, will again be at the helm of Creamline’s charge together with locals Alyssa Valdez, setter Jia Morado, Michele Gumabao and Risa Sato. Meanwhile, the Lady Troopers try to seal the third Final Four seat to join Creamline and PetroGazz. PacificTown Army holds a 4-4 slate and still in a precarious position in the race for the last two Final Four seats with BanKo (3-5) and Motolite (3-6) still in the thick of the battle. The Lady Troopers are coming off a 27-29, 20-25, 14-25, loss to the Angels last Sunday in Binan, Laguna. PacificTown Army will pin its hopes on Ukrainian Lena Lymareva-Flink, American Jenelle Jordan, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Jem Gutierrez, Royse Tubino and setter Alina Bicar.     ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

PVL: Nasa 60 percent pa lang ako ngayon -- Pablo

Myla Pablo is far from her old, dangerous self, but the Motolite star is just happy to be back in action. The two-time conference Most Valuable Player debuted for Motolite on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference weeks after injuring her lower back. “Happy kasi ilang weeks din ako hindi nakapag-training, almost three weeks din hindi nakapag-practice. Tapos ngayon bumalik ako one week lang ‘yung practice ko so medyo naninibago ako sa loob ng court parang konting galaw mo sasakit pero hindi ko naramdaman kanina, hindi ko naisip,” said Pablo, who missed six games. “Sa sarili ko lang gusto ko maglaro, ‘yun lang para pagdating ko sa court ayoko yung maiilang ako,” she added. Pablo started for Motolite and played only in the first two sets in Motolite’s 15-25, 20-25, 23-25, loss to defending champion and Final Four-bound Creamline.  Pablo scored three points for 2-5 Motolite. The open spiker actually got the green light from her doctors to play days back but was benched by head coach Air Padda in Motlite’s five-set win over PacificTown Army last Sunday as a precautionary measure. “Kinausap naman ako kahapon [ni coach] na mag-ready for today so yun prepared naman ako today,” said Pablo. “Siguro kahit papaano natulungan ko ‘yung team ko at least nabigay ko yung best ko but I think kulang pa.” Pablo said that she’s still working her way back to her old form. “Hindi ko masabi kasi nasa 60 percent pa lang ako ngayon,” she said. “Sinabi naman ni coach sa amin bago mag-game na ‘mag-ready ka, Isa Molde, Tots Carlos. Siyempre ako naman hindi pwedeng laging babad mamaya sumakit yung back ko baka nag-iingat lang si Coach Air,” Pablo said.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 19th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers out to end out-of-town skid vs. Perlas Spikers

Streaking defending champion Creamline will have an extra motivation when the Cool Smashers face BanKo in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference’s out-of-town game on Saturday at the University of San Agustin gym in Iloilo City. “Alam niyo, statistics wise, 0-2 kami sa BanKo whenever we play out of town,” said Creamline star player Alyssa Valdez. That losing head-to-head record is enough to fuel the Cool Smashers when they march into the 4:00 p.m. duel that is set to air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Creamline finished the first round with a straight sets win over listless BaliPure for a 4-1 win-loss record at solo second spot behind unbeaten league-leading PetroGazz (6-0). The Cool Smashers defeated the Perlas Spikers in their first meeting, 23-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-23, but Valdez and the rest of Creamline know that when it comes to out-of-town games, BanKo has the psychological advantage.        The Perlas Spikers defeated Creamline in Tuguegarao in the import-laden conference and in Cagayan de Oro City in the Open Conference last year – both in five sets. “So this time, siyempre andoon pa rin 'yung nerves namin, if it's against BanKo, all the time, it's gonna be a great game talaga kasi we're really fighting to win,” said Valdez. “Knowing that at the back of our minds, siyempre magpu-push kami talaga to win this time and to play better as a team din.” Meanwhile, BanKo is down with back-to-back losses for a 2-4 slate. The Perlas Spikers bowed down to the Angels 23-25, 11-25, 25-22, 20-25, last Wednesday in a match that saw American import Kia Bright and Turkish reinforcement Yasemin Yildirim play limited minutes. BanKo head coach Apichat Kongsawat decided to utilize his locals for most of the match with Nicole Tiamzon, Dzi Gervacio, Kathy Bersola and Sue Roces playing well on both offense and defense albeit in a losing cause. The Perlas Spikers locals and imports are expected to play better this time against the star-studded Cool Smashers lead by Valdez, Thai import Kuttika Kaepwin, Ale Blanco of Venezuela, Risa Sato, Michele Gumabao and setter Jia Morado.     ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

'ChalkChallenge: PVL Stars Reveal The Most Competitive Player On The Court!

PVL stars Myla Pablo, Alyssa Valdez, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Jessey De Leon, Mae Tajima, and Kat Racelis spilled some court secrets!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

PVL: Bundit happy to be back

Thai coach Tai Bundit made his return on Creamline’s bench on Saturday and the mentor was just glad to once again call the shots for the repeat-seeking Cool Smashers. “I’m happy because Creamline is my team,” said Bundit after winning his debut in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference over listless Motolite, 13-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The mentor, who steered the Cool Smashers to last year’s import-laden and Open Conference titles, was re-signed by the team’s management six months since parting ways. He replaced Chinese coach Huanning Li after the star-studded Creamline squad suffered a straight sets loss to PetroGazz in its debut. Bundit, who left the team six months ago, flew in last Monday. “Six months ago I went back to fix everything and my son he (took) an exam to go to high school. That high school is Top 5 in Thailand and my wife says, ‘OK. {Our] son is in high school so you can go [back] to Philippines,’” said Bundit. He was welcomed by top local hitter Alyssa Valdez and the rest of the Cool Smashers with their third straight win. “Knowing Coach Tai’s program, most of us na nasa team niya na-mentor na niya eh, napagdaanan na ‘yun,” said Valdez. “I guess we’re trying to adapt sa pagbabalik niya, sa system.” “More than ever we have to bring back the happy and heartstrong mantra of coach Tai,” added Valdez, who has been under Bundit’s guidance since 2013. “I think ‘yun ang pinaka-crucial at key this season kasi nga lahat ng teams malalakas.” The Cool Smashers are at solo second spot with a 3-1 win-loss slate behind unbeaten league-leading PetroGazz. Creamline will close the first round on Wednesday against BaliPure.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers gun for win no. 3 vs. Motolite

Defending champion Creamline is back in it’s old ‘happy-happy, heartstrong mantra’ days as Thai coach Tai Bundit makes his return as the Cool Smashers’ tactician on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Bundit, who steered Creamline to the import-laden and Open Conference titles last year, arrived Monday. Assistant coach Ed Ortega took over the spot left by sacked Chinese coach Huanning Li after Creamline lost its debut game in straight sets to league-leading PetroGazz. Under Ortega’s watch the Cool Smashers won two straight games. The Cool Smashers look to make it three in a row when they face winless Motolite at 4:00 p.m. in a match that will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Creamline is tied with PacificTown Army at second and third with 2-1 win-loss record. The Cool Smashers will pin their hopes on their star-studded roster led by Thai Kuttika Kaewpin, Venezuelan Ale Blanco, Alyssa Valdez, Michel Gumabao, Risa Sato, setter Jia Morado and libero Mel Gohing. Motolite, on the other hand, hunts for the elusive first win after dropping their first three games. Trinidad and Tobago’s Channon Thompson and Krystel Esdelle, Isa Molde, Tots Carlos, Eli Soyud and Marist Layug need to get their acts together to claw their way out of the cellar.   ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

PVL: Pablo remains game time decision

Myla Pablo’s availability to see action for Motolite’s back-to-back weekend schedule remains up in the air depending on head coach Air Padda. The hitter, who has yet to see action in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference because of a lower back injury, said that she’s ready to play. But all will depend on Padda’s decision. “Pero depende pa kay coach kasi maganda naman nilalaro ni Isa (Molde) eh,” said the two-time conference Most Valuable Player. Motolite has yet to win a game after dropping its first three games. The squad also replaced injured Bosnian import Edina Selimovic with Krystel Esdelle of Trinidad and Tobago last Wednesday.        Motolite is taking Pablo’s condition day-to-day.    “Because we don’t want her to go back to her same recurring injury, we want her to heal,” said Motolite assistant coach Godfrey Okumu. “Because she has a very bright future with the team, we really need her.” Motolite has a young and athletic core of players coming from University of the Philippines and Adamson University but is missing the veteran presence of Pablo. “If she was there, she’s the only person with a lot of experience so we need her and we are praying for her to recover quickly so she can finally play for the team,” said Okumu. Motolite will take on defending champion Creamline on Saturday and BaliPure on Sunday.   ---- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2019

PVL: Lady Troopers spoil Motolite s debut

PacificTown Army returned in the win column after giving newcomer Motolite a rude welcome, 25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Troopers weathered Motolite’s late fourth set rally to seal their second victory in three games. Royse Tubino finished with 18 points off 16 attacks, an ace and a kill block with 15 digs for an all-around game for PacificTown Army. Ukrainian import Lena Lymareva-Flink led the Lady Troopers with 25 points built on 22 attacks and three aces with 12 excellent receptioons while American reinforcement Jenelle Jordan posted nine markers.     “Magandang turning point tong panalo namin so maganda start nag2-1 agad kami,” said Pacifictown Army coach Kungfu Reyes. “Natuto kami nung Game 2 namin against kasi we have more errors sa creamline. Sa dami ng tapon ngayon nag siguro kami sa service namin.” PacificTown Army pushed at match point, 24-17, but Motolite charged back, saving four match points before Lymareva-Flink finished off their opponents with a hit. The Lady Troopers chipped off Motolite's 21-16  lead in the third frame to 23-22 after a mounting a 6-2 counterattack. Tubino committed a service error on the next play but Lymareva-Flink saved a set point off a crosscourt kill before Bosnian import Edina Selimovic blocked Jordan as Motolite prevented a shutout. Motolite, which sat out top hitter Myla Pablo due to a strained back muscle, will play league-leading PetroGazz on Sunday. Channon Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago posted 22 points off 18 spikes, two aces and two kill blocks with 10 digs for Motolite, which gave away 37 points off their miscues. Selimovic had 15 markers while Eli Soyud added 10 for Motolite.      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 1st, 2019