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Alyssa Valdez reflects on her career before Taiwan stint

MANILA, Philippines — In a few weeks’ time, Alyssa Valdez will be a rookie — for a third time.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 14th, 2017

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Kiefer Ravena s Christmas Day debut was made even more special with Alyssa Valdez watching

On Christmas Day, PBA rookie and emerging NLEX Road Warriors star Kiefer Ravena put on a show at the Philippine Arena, putting up 20 points to go along with five assists and four steals and a W over Globalport. It was Ravena’s second-straight impressive outing as he helped lead the Road Warriors to a 2-0 start to the 43rd PBA season, and it earned him Player of the Week honors. Being that it was his first Christmas Day game at the Philippine Arena, it was already set to be a special night for the second-overall pick, but it became even more special with a special someone in sitting in the crowd. In attendance was Ravena’s girlfriend, Philippine volleyball star Alyssa Valdez, who was home for the holidays from her stint in Taiwan with club team Attack Line. “It feels nice to have her around. It’s always like that whenever she’s here.” Ravena said. And by home for the holidays, we mean three days. Valdez landed on Christmas Eve and then flew back out to Taiwan on December 26th. While her time with Attack Line is coming to an end and Valdez heading back to Philippine soil to play for the Premier Volleyball League's Creamline club in 2018, Ravena knows that it still won’t be a given that Valdez will be at all his games. “Being a professional, it comes with a lot of responsibilities, and knowing that sometimes, she’s not gonna be around with games, but we both know how to handle it.” “Ito na yung buhay namin eh.” Ravena added. While it surely won’t be the last time that Valdez gets to see Ravena play in the PBA, it was still a special moment for the former Ateneo Blue Eagle to have his special someone around for his best performance in the pros so far. “For now, having her around, it’s always nice to play when she’s watching, when your family and your loved ones are around supporting you.”  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

Six standout local volleybelles of 2017

We’ve seen them shine this year whether in the collegiate stage, in the club leagues or even in the international scene. These six Pinay volleyball players took the sport’s limelight in the year that’s about to end.     DESIREE CHENG Desiree Cheng came into De La Salle University during the time bitter rival Ateneo de Manila University got the Lady Spikers’ number. From Seasons 76 to 77, Cheng saw her team fall prey to the might of the Lady Eagles in the UAAP Finals. Then redemption came in Season 78. Unfortunately, the 5-foot-8 spiker was forced to watch from the sidelines with an ACL tear as her crew reclaimed the crown. A year after, Cheng got her biggest break. DLSU lost most of its veteran core after Season 78 and needed another scoring option. Cheng heeded the call. Though Cheng struggled at the start of the eliminations, the hitter slowly got her groove back and delivered when DLSU needed offense in their sixth straight championship showdown against Ateneo. Cheng was the X-factor for the Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad during the series. Her contributions both on offense and floor defense played a huge part in the Lady Spikers’ series sweep of the Lady Eagles for the school’s 10th title. Cheng also helped F2 Logistics claim the Cargo Movers’ breakthrough Philippine Superliga Grand Prix title and a runner-up finish in the All-Filipino Conference.   ALYSSA VALDEZ Although Alyssa Valdez failed to claim a crown in the Premier Volleyball League this year and a continued title drought since 2016, the Phenom’s magic remains. She can still fill up game venues whenever she takes the court and 2017 proved as the former Queen Eagles’ biggest year in terms of her flourishing volleyball career. Valdez brought her talents abroad, landing a stint with 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai League and in the Thai-Denmark Superleague where her team finished third in both tournaments. After her appearance in Thailand, Valdez donned the Creamline jersey and led the Rebisco franchise to a bronze medal finish both in the PVL Reinforced and Open conferences. Valdez also had another tour of duty, playing for the national team in the AVC Asian Women’s Senior Volleyball Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 24-year old hitter got another international gig when she was tapped by Attack Line to play in the Chinese-Taipei Volleyball League.          Outside volleyball, Valdez has a blooming relationship with basketball star Kiefer Ravena. If she’s not busy with her volleyball and other commitments, Valdez also drew attention as one of the newest member of the so-called PBA players’ WAGS (wives and girlfriends) cheering for Ravena and the NLEX Road Warriors.      DAWN MACANDILI She may be only 5-foot tall but Dawn Macandili stood alongside Asia’s volleyball giants this year. The De La Salle University libero was the catalyst in the Lady Spikers’ back-to-back UAAP championship run. Her pesky floor defense frustrated DLSU’s rivals while giving her teammates a good first ball to operate their lethal offense.  But her biggest showing was when she landed a spot in the national team that competed in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship and in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. A first-timer donning the national colors, Macandili did not disappoint as she earned the respect and admiration of Japanese coaches and trainers during the Nationals’ training camp in Japan. She performed even better when the PHI hosted the AVC Asian Seniors. Ms. Everywhere gave teams like Asian powerhouse Vietnam, Kazakhstan, South Korea and Thailand a hard time with her floor defense. All her efforts caught the eyes of the AVC tournament officials and she was rewarded with the historic 2nd Best Libero award. She made the final list of in the national team that participated in the SEA Games. Back in the local scene, Macandili helped F2 Logistics to runner-up finish in the PSL All-Filipino Conference and a breakthrough crown in the Grand Prix.    JAJA SANTIAGO Tall, powerful and versatile, Jaja Santiago is a force to reckon with.  At 6-foot-5, Santiago dominated the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference as she led the National University Lady Bulldogs to a perfect championship run. She also bagged the conference’s Most Valuable Player award. Though NU failed to make it in the Final Four of UAAP for the second straight year, Santiago’s effort for the Lady Bulldogs was rewarded with a third straight Best Attacker award to go with the Best Scorer and Best Blocker recognitions. In the PSL, Santiago was a consistent scorer for the Foton Tornadoes in the All-Filipino Conference and the Grand Prix. Under the tutelage of Serbian import Moro Branislav, Santiago became an even more dangerous and versatile player. Aside from her natural position as a middle blocker, she can now wreak havoc on both wings the puts her height advantage to good use. She made it into the national team that competed in the AVC Asian Seniors and SEA Games and was the Nationals’ scoring ace. Santiago received an offer from Thai powerhouse Bangkok Glass but declined the offer to play in her last year with the Lady Bulldogs.             KIM FAJARDO Setter Kim Fajardo left winning legacy when she played her swan song for DLSU. It took her a few months to decide to play her fifth year with the Lady Spikers. Leading a young crew after the departure of the core of the Season 78 championship squad, Fajardo faced a tough challenge in the Taft-based squad’s title-retention bid. But the Batanguena proved her worth as a leader and the skipper rallied the Lady Spikers back into the Finals in a sixth straight collision against bitter rival Ateneo. Fajardo’s composure carried DLSU in a tough Game 1 match and again in the five-set title-clincher to complete the Lady Spikers’ series sweep of the Lady Eagles. She earned a spot in the national team as a starting setter. Fajardo steered F2 Logistics to its first PSL Grand Prix crown bagged the conference’s Best Setter award. She helped the Cargo Movers to a runner-up finish in the All-Filipino Conference.     JOVIELYN PRADO Silent but deadly. Jovielyn Prado may not be the typical vocal leader but her presence inside the court is enough to rally the Arellano University Lady Chiefs to meet their goals. The outside hitter proved her worth to the Lady Chiefs when she led the Legarda-based squad back on the NCAA women’s volleyball throne. A year removed from the title, Arellano U turned to Prado to provide the spark the Lady Chiefs needed to make another shot at the crown. Consistent, efficient and effective, Prado delivered for the Obet Javier-mentored squad. Arellano U advanced in the stepladder semifinals and dethroned College of St. Benilde to set up a date with thrice-to-beat, three-time Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones-led San Sebastian College. Undaunted even with a great series disadvantage, Prado played her best three games of the season to power the Lady Chiefs to an impressive sweep of the Lady Stags. Prado continued her great performance in the PVL Reinforced and Open Conference playing for the Power Smashers. She then bannered the Lady Chiefs to a bronze medal finish in the Collegiate Conference at the expense of UAAP team Adamson University.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

WATCH: Alyssa Valdez watches beau Kiefer Ravena s PBA game live for first time

MANILA, Philippines — Alyssa Valdez arrived from Taiwan last night. And she didn't waste the little reprieve from her overseas stint that she had......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 25th, 2017

Santiago gets an offer to play for Bangkok Glass

National University star Jaja Santiago could be heading to a stint in the Thailand Volleyball League, following the footsteps of Alyssa Valdez.   Top club team Bangkok Glass offered the 6-foot-5 versatile hitter a lucrative deal as an import, where she will be playing alongside Thailand stars team captain Pleumjit Thinkaow, Pornpun Guedpard and Sutadta Chuewulim. Somchai Donpraiyod of the Thailand Volleyball Association sent an e-mail to Philippine Superliga (PSL) president Ramon Suzara Thursday afternoon, inquiring about the availability of Santiago to play for Bangkok Glass, which is looking to reclaim the title it lost to Supreme Chonburi. Ashley Frazier and Jordanne Scott of the United States, and Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa of Vietnam were Bangkok Glass’ imports last season. The team is offering Santiago a six-month contract worth $4000 per month and an apartment for the duration of her stint. “The offer is USD 4,000 per month (for a) six-month contract (with) apartment. If she agrees, they would want her to travel (here) ASAP,” according to the email. “The problem is they have to apply O-2 (final lineup) by Saturday morning. So whether it’s a yes or a no, can she give us the answer by Saturday?” Santiago is yet to give an answer considering that the Thai League runs from the end of October to late May which collides with the UAAP volleyball season where she will play her final year.    If Santiago accepts the offer, she will become the second Pinay player to see action in the Thai League after Valdez donned the 3BB Nakornnont jersey last season. Valdez is currently in Taiwan to suit up for Attack Line. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2017

Kiefer Ravena: Alab Pilipinas will only get better with new imports

Before joining the PBA, Kiefer Ravena made his shoes wet by getting some of his feeling and experience of professional basketball with Alab Pilipinas.  With a solid start to his PBA career, it seems that playing for Alab did wonders for his preparation for the first pay-for-play league in Asia. Ravena, who only played for two games in Alab Pilipinas' playoff series with the Singapore Slingers due to his commitment with the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League, went to the San Juan Arena and supported his former team along with Alyssa Valdez. "It's nice to watch the team. I've played for Alab before, it was one big experience for me, knowing that the ABL is good competition, and really prepared me in going to the pros, and helped me prepare my game. It's nice seeing this guys battle it out," Ravena said after Alab's 90-80 loss to the Slingers. As for who is the NLEX rookie is supporting in the game, he did not name particular players, but of head coach Jimmy Alapag, who is one of the coaches with Gilas Pilipinas, and Alab Pilipinas co-owner Charlie Dy, who is a close Ravena family friend. For Alab, who rode on a three-game win streak after introducing new imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman, the former Blue Eagle said that the team will only get better as the team's chemistry improves along with time. "That's the most adjustment they could do, they prepared very well. In face, they beat us, the Gilas team in the preseason, so I don't think, adjustment-wise they'll be a big issue, but I guess the matter of team chemistry with the two new imports who just came in but already gave wins for Alab. " ---   follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Cross Court: Basketball-volleyball power couples

Aside from titles won, awards garnered and lessons learned this year, a handful of Filipino athletes have found, and nurtured love between another fellow sports star. One could just imagine how two hearts meet in the harsh battlefield of sports especially coming from different fronts. Fate led some of the stars from the country’s top two sports – basketball and volleyball – to cross paths and develop a blooming romance. Here are some of the power couples coming from the said sports.   Bong and Mozzy Ravena The perfect example in this list. Bong was a successful basketball star during his UAAP days with University of the East, the PBA and MBA while Mozzy donned the University of Sto. Tomas jersey as a volleyball varsity player. The union produced three kids who followed their footsteps. Kiefer and Thirdy are making their own mark as basketball standouts while their sister Dani has a budding career as a rookie setter for Ateneo de Manila University.         Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez What is a King Phenom without a Queen Phenom? Arguably, the most popular sports couple of this generation, former Ateneo de Manila University King Eagle Kiefer Ravena and ex-Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez are the equivalent of the country’s best teleserye loveteams.       LA Revilla and Denden Lazaro   I love you past the moon and beyond the stars, baby ❤️ Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️ . @larevilla A post shared by Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) on Feb 14, 2017 at 4:05am PST Whoever said that blue and green won’t mix has been living under a rock. Say that to this sweet couple of ex-De La Salle University and current Kia guard LA Revilla and former Ateneo de Manila University and current Cocolife libero Denden Lazaro.   Philip Manalang and Cesca Racraquin   Walo ❤️ A post shared by Cesca Racraquin (@cescarac) on Aug 25, 2017 at 11:17pm PDT Red is the color of love. Well, at least for this couple Cesca Racraquin of San Beda College Lady Red Spikers and University of the East Red Warrior Philip Manalang.   Alfren Gayosa and Grethcel Soltones Home 🏡 bound with this one ❤🌹👑💏💍👣 @ladybeast05 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/Kq0un7HjkM — Alfren Gayosa (@eeeeerjordan15) June 24, 2017 Fun, bubbly, sweet and chill. San Sebastian College cager Alfren Gayosa and former Lady Stags spiker and three-time NCAA MVP Grethcel Soltones’ relationship is simply described that way.   Myla Pablo and Patrick Aquino As the old saying goes, in love ‘age doesn’t matter.’ National University women’s basketball team coach Patrick Aquino and former Lady Bulldogs spiker Myla Pablo proved that. Some say that it is a May-December love affair but hey who are we to judge? Oh by the way, we’ll be hearing wedding bells soon.   Aby Marano and Robert Bolick The last time Aby Marano visited ABS-CBN Sports’ Down the Line, the former De La Salle University middle readily answered that if her boyfriend Robert Bolick of San Beda College asks her hand right that very moment, without second thought, she’ll say ‘yes’.   Kib Montalbo and Desiree Cheng   ❤️ A post shared by Kib Montalbo (@kibmontalbo) on Aug 20, 2017 at 6:12am PDT Is KibRee for real? Let’s just hope that the De La Salle University Green Archers’ ‘man of steal’ will capture the heart of Lady Spiker and UAAP Season 79 Finals MVP Desiree Cheng to officially put that question to rest.   Arvin Tolentino and Brandy Kramer   There's no place I'd rather be A post shared by Arvin Tolentino (@arvintolentino5) on Jul 5, 2017 at 3:43am PDT Three years and counting. Judging from this picture, there’s no letting go between Far Eastern University cager Arvin Tolentino and former San Beda College Lady Red Spiker Brandy Kramer, who is the younger sister of cager Doug.   Chico Manabat and Dindin Santiago - Manabat   First!🤗🤣 A post shared by Dindin Santiago Manabat (@dindinquickermanabat) on Aug 14, 2017 at 8:41am PDT Two years of marriage and an adorable daughter, National University Bullpups assistant coach Chico Manabat and Foton middle Dindin are a picture of a happy family.     Junemar Fajardo and Aeriael Patnongon Saturdate ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pniFpWnEC2 — Aerieal Patnongon (@iamaeriealituh) April 8, 2017 San Miguel Beer center Junemar Fajaro is one big, tall and tough man. Only Creamline middle Aerieal Patnongon can make this big, tall and tough man’s heart skip a beat.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Alyssa Valdez returns from Taiwan to attend Kiefer Ravena s Christmas game

BOCAUE, Philippines - Alyssa Valdez only had one fully day to spend back here in the Philippines, and as fate would have it, that day came during beau Kiefer Ravena’s Christmas Day game in the PBA. Valdez, who serves as an import for Attackline in the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 25th, 2017

Alyssa proud to see Kiefer thrive in PBA

BOCAUE --- Alyssa Valdez couldn't be more proud her boyfriend Kiefer Ravena, who is off to a torrid start in his PBA career. Valdez, the volleyball superstar, shared that she's happy to see Ravena thrive in this new endeavor. "We're all proud of Kiefer," she said after Ravena led the Road Warriors to a 115-104 win over the GlobalPort Batang Pier on Monday. "I'm excited for him because I know that he's waited to play in the PBA for so long, so we're just really happy. He's really working hard to be consistent on his performance in the PBA and Kief is very focused on what he wants to accomplish," Valdez said. "He did so well and I'm excited on what he still can show in the com...Keep on reading: Alyssa proud to see Kiefer thrive in PBA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 25th, 2017

Alyssa Valdez on volleyball career in 2017: Life-changing

MANILA, Philippines — A dream come true.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

PVL on Tour: Valdez visits home province

Alyssa Valdez returns to her home province as the second leg of the Premier Volleyball League’s “PVL on Tour” visits Batangas City on Sunday. The former three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player will banner Creamline when the Cool Smashers face BanKo-Perlas at 6:00 p.m. at the Batangas City Sports Complex. Valdez will take a break from her stint as an import of Chinese Taipei club team Attack Line to participate in three legs of the PVL on Tour. She will also see action in the exhibition matches at the Iloilo Sports Complex on Oct. 17 and La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod the next day. “She (Valdez) will play in Batangas, Iloilo and Bacolod,” said Charo Soriano, whose group Grid Athletic Sports is co-organizing the PVL on Tour with the PVL. Pocari Sweat and BaliPure will collide in the second game at 7:30 p.m. Valdez skipped the Cool Smashers’ win over the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors, 25-19, 29-27, 23-25, 25-22, win in the PVL on Tour’s first leg at the People’s Gym in Tuguegarao last Saturday. Perlas-Banko defeated the Grethcel Soltones-led Bali Pure in a come-from-behind 25-27, 22-25, 25-16, 25-19, 16-14 win in the other match.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2017

Santiago turns down Bangkok Glass offer

National University star Jaja Santiago courteously declined the lucrative offer of club team Bangkok Glass to play in the Thailand Volleyball League citing that she wants to finish her studies first and honor her previous commitments. The 6-foot-5 versatile hitter was eyed by the Thai powerhouse club to join their squad as an import for the coming season, which will run from end of October to end of May. But the schedule collides directly with Santiago’s stint with the Foton Tornadoes in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix and in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament opening early February. The team is offering Santiago a six-month contract worth $4000 per month and an apartment for the duration of her stint. Foton team manager Diane Santiago forwarded her sister’s official statement of Jaja’s decision. “If I will think only about myself, definitely yes! I will grab the opportunity,” said Santiago, who received the offer from Somchai Donpraiyod of the Thailand Volleyball Association Thursday. “It’s a big offer at the same time it’s a great opportunity for me as a Filipino athlete to represent our country in international leagues but, I have to prioritize things,” she added. Santiago is expected to graduate this school year and will be in her fifth and last playing year for the Lady Bulldogs. “First of all, I wanted to finish my studies and I am already expecting it this year,” she said. “This is the only gift I will have na kahit sinuman hindi makukuha sakin.” “Second, I am a person that honor my commitments,” Santiago added. “Yes for sure, my school NU and my club team Foton will support me in every decisions na gagawin ko, but for me I made commitments ahead of time and I just can’t leave everyone hanging because of a sudden offer.” “I hope everyone will understand.” Bangkok Glass gave Santiago until Saturday morning to decide in time for the final submission of the team’s O-2 (final lineup).  Santiago could’ve been the second Pinay spiker to play in the Thai League after Alyssa Valdez suited up for 3BB Nakornnont last season. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2017

Alyssa Valdez takes her talents to Taiwan

Alyssa Valdez takes her talents to Taiwan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 6th, 2017

Alyssa Valdez to co-host ‘UAAP Greats’ TV show

MANILA, Philippines — Alyssa Valdez's hosting career is in full swing......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 8th, 2017

Creamline to rest Valdez for SEAG stint

MANILA, Philippines — Alyssa Valdez will be at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan when her team faces the BaliPure Water Defenders in the Premier Volleyb.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2017

Valdez to apply lessons from Thailand stint to PVL bid

MANILA, Philippines — Alyssa Valdez hopes to bring international experience to the local scene......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 18th, 2017

Alyssa Valdez eyes SEAG stint

MANILA, Philippines – Alyssa Valdez, the best player in the country today, said she will go.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017

WATCH: Alyssa Valdez ready to play, learn alongside “champions” Gumabao, Gohing

Filipino volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez can’t wait to play with the Creamline Cool Smashers’ newest additions, opposite spiker Michele Gumabao, and libero Melissa Gohing. In an exclusive video interview with ABS-CBN Sports, Valdez revealed that playing with the veteran duo of Gumabao and Gohing, a tandem she used to play against, is an enticing idea, as they can add experience and a winning mentality to a stacked team that has star setter Jia Morado. “Sobrang nakakaexcite at the same time siyempre parang bago samin lahat kasi sabi mo nga, first time ko magiging teammates yung dalawang MG na very well-known sa UAAP also and sa ibang professional league, commercial league sa natin dito sa Pilipinas,” Valdez said. “I’m really excited to team up with them kasi alam natin yung talent and alam natin din talaga yung madadala nila sa team namin,” she continued. Valdez is quick to ensure fans, however, that even with the bevy of go-to stars now on the stacked team, everyone in the squad still has equal footing, and should learn from one another to be successful in the PVL. “Pinaniniwalaan ko talaga na everyone is really equal inside and outside of the court and marami rin experiences si Michele and Mel na siyempre hindi ko rin napagdaanan, and sila lang din nakakaalam kung pano,” Valdez said. “We’re really happy na sana, matutunan namin and makuha namin yung madaming learnings also from them,” she continued. Valdez touches upon Morado and Gohing's pivotral roles on the team, Gumabao's championship experience, and more in the FULL VIDEO below:  The inclusion of Gumabao and Gohing creates an interesting mix, as they will team up with Valdez and another former Ateneo star in setter Jia Morado in Creamline. #PVLonABSCBN pic.twitter.com/yF0lBai4ip — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) January 20, 2018.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News17 hr. 51 min. ago

Gumabao announces official transfer to Creamline

Michele Gumabao officially announced her commitment with Creamline on her Instagram post Thursday evening.   2018 just got a whole lot sweeter ♥️ playing for Creamline Cool Smashers, plus reunited with lil mg once again! Happy New Year everybody!!! @gohingmelissa @coolsmashers_ A post shared by Michele Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) on Jan 11, 2018 at 4:41am PST The opposite spiker’s post came hours after the Rebisco franchise revealed on their Facebook page the addition of Gumabao and another De La Salle University product libero Melissa Gohing as the Cool Smashers shore up their roster to capture the elusive Premier Volleyball League crown. This will mark the return of Gumabao, a three-time UAAP champion, to the Sports Vision-organized volleyball league after bolting out of Pocari Sweat following the Lady Warriors’ victorious campaign in the V-League that saw them capture the Open and Reinforced conferences back in 2016. She transferred to Cocolife in the Philippine Superliga the following year before deciding to return in the PVL under the Creamline banner. Gumabao, who is also a 2018 Binibining Pilipinas aspirant, joined a stacked Cool Smashers lineup where she will team up for the first time in a commercial squad with Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado. Creamline settled for bronze medal finishes in the Open and Reinforced conferences of PVL's inaugural season last year. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Raiders officially announce hiring of Gruden as coach

By Josh Dubow, Associated Press ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have officially hired Jon Gruden as their coach. The team announced the move Saturday as soon as Gruden finished his final broadcast as an announcer for ESPN. Gruden will be formally introduced at a news conference Tuesday. Gruden is returning for a second stint as coach of the Raiders after being traded to Tampa Bay following the 2001 season. He led the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl title over Oakland the following season. He has been out of coaching since being fired by Tampa Bay after the 2008 season. The Raiders fired Jack Del Rio following the end of a disappointing six-win season. Oakland won 12 games in 2016 to earn Del Rio a four-year extension but the team fell flat this season. The offense regressed after the decision to fire coordinator Bill Musgrave and replace him with untested Todd Downing. The defense struggled mightily before a late-season switch from fired coordinator Ken Norton Jr. to play-caller John Pagano. That led to the decision to fire Del Rio following his third season and go hard after Gruden, who reportedly will get a 10-year contract worth an estimated $100 million. Gruden spent four seasons as coach in Oakland from 1998-2001. After leading the Raiders to 8-8 records his first two years, Gruden helped the team reach the AFC title game following the 2000 season and got Oakland back into the playoffs the following season. His tenure ended shortly after the “Tuck Rule” loss to the New England Patriots when he was traded the following month to Tampa Bay for two first-round draft picks, two second-rounders and $8 million. Gruden beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers but didn’t win another playoff game for Tampa Bay in his final six seasons. He has a 95-81 career record. This would not mark the first time the Raiders brought back a coach for a second stint. Late owner Al Davis hired Art Shell in 2006, 11 years after firing him the first time. Shell went 2-14 that season and was fired after one year. Other teams have also done it, with one of the most recent notable coaching hires being Joe Gibbs in Washington. Gibbs stepped away following the 1992 season with three Super Bowl titles in his career. He came back in 2004 and had a 30-34 record in four seasons, leading Washington to two playoff berths......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018