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Arellano U dethrones CSB, sets up Finals showdown against Perpetual

Arellano University clinched the a championship berth after dethroning College of St. Benilde, 25-22, 28-26, 25-23, Tuesday in the 93rd NCAA men’s volleyball stepladder semifinals at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Chiefs set up a best-of-three championship showdown against unbeaten University of Perpetual Help starting Friday. Christian dela Paz and Kevin Liberato combined for 27 points to help lift the Arellano U. Meanwhile, reigning titlist Perpetual Help downed Arellano U, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-17, to clinch the first finals berth in juniors’ play. Noel Michael Kampton led the way with 20 points including 15 on kills to help power the Junior Altas back into the best-of-three finale against the winner of the other Final Four match pitting Emilio Aguinaldo and Letran. The Las Pinas-based school is gunning a fourth straight crown and 11th overall, which would put it the second most titled team in NCAA high school volleyball behind Letran, which has a league-best 14 championships. The Squires, seeded fourth, spoiled a Perpetual-EAC title showdown, after it pulled off a shock 21-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-13 win over the top-seeded Brigadiers to force a knockout duel for the last championship berth scheduled Friday. It was the second straight win of a do-or-die game for Letran, which also edged San Beda, 25-16, 24-26, 25-19, 20-25, 20-18, Friday to clinch the last spot to the Final Four. Christian Wilsan dela Cruz led a balanced attack with 15 hits while Mark Denver Omega, John Paulo Lorenzo and Mhel Gabuyo chipped in 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively, to help the Squires to snatch the win. EAC, which clinched the top seeding entering the Final Four, will have another chance to make a return trip to the finals as it hopes to stop Letran......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnFeb 13th, 2018

Arellano U begins title defense against hungry San Beda

Games Friday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 10:00 a.m. –- Letran vs. EAC (jrs. semis) 1:30 p.m. –- Arellano U vs Perpetual (m) 3:30 p.m. –- awarding ceremonies 4:00 p.m. –- Arellano U vs. San Beda (w)   Experience versus hunger, dynasty against destiny. Reigning champion Arellano University begins its title defense on Friday when the Lady Chiefs clash with first-time finalist San Beda University in Game 1 of the best-of-three 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. after the individual awards rites at 3:30 p.m. The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. Arellano U is on its third Finals appearance after stints in Season 90 and 92. The Lady Chiefs went on to win it all on both championship trips. The Legarda-based squad closed the eliminations with an 8-1 win-loss record tied with the Lady Red Spikers. Arellano U swept first-time semifinalists and Season Most Valuable Player Shola Alvarez-led Jose Rizal University, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17, in their sixth Final Four appearance. “Ni-remind ko lang sa mga players ko na ibigay na natin ang dapat nating ibigay pagdating sa Finals kasi ito na ‘yun eh, dumaan na tayo sa mahirap na mahirap na sitwasyon ‘wag na natin bigyan ng pagkakataon na maisahan tayo ng kalaban,” said Lady Chiefs coach Obet Javier. Arellano U will parade a solid roster led by graduating hitter Jovielyn Prado, Regine Arocha, Mary Anne Esguerra, Andrea Marzan and Rookie of the Year winner Necole Ebuen. The Lady Chiefs dominated San Beda in their elimination round meeting, 25-17, 25-10, 25-17, on Jan. 26 with Lady Red Spikers top hitter Cesca Racraquin limited to a season-low six points. But San Beda, which made history with a historic first championship appearance, is playing with nothing to lose and believes that the pressure is on the Lady Chiefs side as they try to avoid an upset against an upstart team. The Lady Red Spikers downed the Perpetual Help Lady Altas, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23, to book a championship berth. “I think kasi sa amin no pressure naman kasi ano pa lang naman kami, kami ang challenger,” said Racraquin. “So kailangan laruin lang namin (ang laro namin), relax lang kami and then sila nasa kanila ang pressure kasi sila gusto nila mag-back-to-back.” “Basta ‘yun lang relax lang kami, play our game and si God na ang bahala,” added Racraquin, who will be backed by the Viray twins Nieza and Jiezela, setter Rebecca Cuevas and Satrianni Espiritu. Game 2 is on Monday. Meanwhile, the unbeaten Altas begin their campaign to regain the crown they lost last year at the hands of College of St. Benilde in a best-of-three Finals showdown with the Chiefs. Perpetual, in search of its 11th title, swept the nine-game elims and earned an outright Finals berth while Arellano U dethroned the Blazers, 25-22, 28-26, 25-23, in the stepladder semis Tuesday. In juniors play, Emilio Aguinaldo College and Letran dispute the last Finals berth to challenge four-peat-seeking Perpetual Help at 10:00 a.m.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

Perpetual Help, EAC seek NC volley finals

Defending champion Perpetual Help and Emilio Aguinaldo try to arrange a title showdown as they take on Arellano U and Letran, respectively, in the Final Four of the NCAA juniors volleyball tournament at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan today......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Sobrang hindi ko ma-explain, euphoric ang feeling -- Cesca Racraquin on San Beda earning first Finals trip

San Beda University skipper Cesca Racraquin rehearsed in her mind Thursday how she would react if the Lady Red Spikers booked a historic first Finals ticket in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition. The Season 92 Rookie of the Year could only bellow a loud shout, shed tears, and cover her face as teammate Joycee Baluarte ran towards her for a tight hug after University of Perpetual Help hitter Jowie Albert Verzosa sent her attack straight to the net. The Mendiola-based squad wrote history Friday when it booted the Lady Altas out of the Final Four in dominating fashion, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.  The best-of-three Finals series between San Beda and defending champions Arellano will begin on February 16. “Ecstatic, ecstatic talaga. Kagabi pa lang iniisip ko na anong magigig reaction ko kapag nanalo kami parang kagabi pa lang, actually buong araw kahapon, mina-mindset ko talaga ang game today,” said Racraquin, who scored all but one of her points off attacks while adding 12 excellent receptions. “Sobrang hindi ko ma-explain, euphoric ang feeling sobrang ‘Ahhh, di ako makapaniwala!’ Naiyak nga ako kanina,” added Racraquin, who led San Beda to its first championship stint since its volleyball program started back in 2007. Racraquin proved her leadership inside the court when she rallied her team from a 16-19 deficit to tie the frame at 21.  Nieza Viray, who finished with 16 points, put San Beda up with a through-the-block kill followed by an error by Perpetual that pushed the Lady Red Spikers’ lead to 23-21. The Lady Altas tied the frame at 23 before Satrianni Espiritu scored on a quick kill to put San Beda at match point. The Lady Red Spikers claimed the first championship seat when Verzosa’s attack went low. “Sa amin naman sa loob ng court, hindi na kami bago sa mga crucial na situations kapag naglalaro. So thankful ako na lumabas lahat ng maturity naming, lahat kami,” said Racraquin. “Ang sabi ko lang sa kanila, ‘Guys one at a time lang, kailangan aggressive pa rin tayo hindi porket nanalo tayo sa two sets ibibigay na natin sa kanila ang third,” she added. “Kailangan receive pa rin tayo and depensa, block, lahat. Kailangan maging aggressive pa rin tayo sa lahat ng gagawin natin, hindi pa to tapos meron pa tayong isa pang set."   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

CSB keeps title-retention bid alive, boots out San Beda

Repeat-seeking College of St. Benilde needed the late game heroics of Isaah Arda to survive the claws of San Beda University, 25-16, 24-26, 25-19, 20-25, 20-18, Friday in the first phase of the knockout stepladder semifinals of the 93rd NCAA men’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Hanging by their fingernails in their breakthrough crown they won via series sweep last year, the Blazers showed grit in the closing stretch of the fifth frame to save six match points before Arda took matters on his own hands with the closing off the block kill over Red Spikers’ Mark Enciso and John Carlo Santos. “Ipinakita namin yung mental toughness namin na kapag tumutok talaga kami sa game makukuha talaga namin yung goal namin. At the same time ipinakita rin namin ang heart of the champion,” said CSB coach Arnold Lanios, whose wards will take on Arellano University on Tuesday in a sudden death for the right to challenge unbeaten Perpetual Help in the best-of-three Finals. Arda scored all but one of his 23 points off attacks while Francis Basilan and Mark Orian added 19 and 16 markers, respectively, for the Taft-based squad. Setter Kevin Magsino had 51 excellent sets while birthday boy Aljan Dy had 22 excellent receptions and 14 digs, including the save on Adrian Viray’s attack that led to Arda’s winner. CSB squandered an 8-5 lead in the fifth set as San Beda University pushed at match point, 14-12. Orian scored on a runner before Basilan scored an ace to tie the frame at 14. The Red Spikers pushed at match point advantage five more times with their last at 18-17 on a kill by Enciso. Basilan tied it on an attack before Enciso committed a crucial attack error when he sent his kill wide to give CSB the match point advantage. Arda sealed it with his off the block hit. Enciso finished with 22 points all coming of kills, Limuel Patenio got 14 while Santos had 13 for the Mendiola-based squad. Meanwhile, Letran defeated CSB-La Salle Greenhills, 13-25, 25-23, 25-23, 20-25, 15-12, in their playoff match for the no. 4 spot. The Squires will face top seed and twice-to-beat defending champion Perpetual in the Final Four. No. 2 seed Emilio Aguinaldo College and Arellano U will meet in the other semis pairing.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

AU shoots for semis bonus, SSC-R fights for dear life

Games Thursday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 8:00 a.m. –- Arellano U vs SSC-R (jrs) 9:30 a.m. –- Arellano U vs. SSC-R (m) 11:00 a.m. –- Arellano U vs. SSC-R (w) 12:30 p.m. –- CSB vs. Mapua (w) 2:00 p.m. –- CSB vs. Mapua (m)   Defending champion and semifinals-bound Arellano University shoots for a bounce back win and a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage when the Lady Chiefs take on San Sebastian College on Thursday in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Opening serve of the rematch of last year's championship showdown is at 11:00 a.m. followed by the College of St. Benilde and Mapua University tussle at 12:30 p.m. The Lady Chiefs saw its 19-game winning streak that started in the elimination round of Season 92 stop to a screeching halt at the hands of the Lady Blazers, 21-25, 20-25, 25-19, 12-25, last Monday. Despite the loss, Arellano U still sits on top of standings alongside San Beda College with identical 7-1 win-loss records. A win by the Lady Chiefs will secure them the semis incentive while handing the other twice-to-beat advantage to the Lady Red Spikers. But it won’t be an easy task for the Obet Javier-mentored team. The Lady Stags are going to throw everything they got to avoid elimination and avenge their Finals loss last year when the Legarda-based squad swept the then thrice-to-beat SSC-R in three games. SSC-R sports a 5-3 slate tied with Jose Rizal University. The Lady Stags are coming off a 14-25, 22-25, 25-22, 18-25, defeat on Tuesday against San Beda. Another loss will put the Lady Stags’ semis hopes in a dangerous position and out of their hands. If SSC-R drops its last elims game, it must hope that JRU, University of Perpetual Help and CSB won’t reach six wins to force a playoff for the last semis berth. Meanwhile, the Lady Blazers try to solidify their Final Four bid with a good follow up win after their upset against the Lady Chiefs. CSB holds a 4-3 card and is heavily favored to win against the Lady Cardinals, who are winless in eight games and are on a 17-game skid.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Arellano U, San Beda College dispute first Final Four berth

Games Friday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 8:00 a.m. –- Arellano U vs San Beda (jrs) 9:30 a.m. –- Arellano U vs. San Beda (m) 11:00 a.m. –- Arellano U vs. San Beda (w)   Defending champion Arellano University and San Beda College put their pristine records on the line when they clash for the first Final Four berth in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Friday. Game time is at 11:00 a.m. The Lady Chiefs and Lady Red Spikers share the lead after hurdling their first six opponents heading into the marquee match that could serve as a preview of a possible Finals showdown. Arellano U is fresh from a character-building five-set win over University of Perpetual Help, 22-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-5, last Tuesday. The win pushed the Legarda-based squad’s winning streak to 18 straight since last season. The Obet Javier-mentored squad will bank on veterans Regine Arocha and Jovielyn Prado who are averaging 12.1 and 11 points per game, respectively. Arellano U will also pin its hopes on a crack support crew led by Andrea Marzan, Mary Anne Esguerra, setter Sarah Verutiao and rookie Necole Ebuen.   “’Yung game namin sa San Beda ay napakaimportante kasi puwede nating masabi kung sino ‘yung makaka-sweep,” said Javier. The Lady Red Spikers are riding the crest of their best start in recent years. And SBC will be carrying the momentum of their great escape against the upset-conscious Lyceum of the Philippines University, 22-25, 19-25, 25-11, 25-17, 15-7, on Wednesday. Season 92 Rookie of the Year Cesca Racraquin, who is averaging 17.5 points per game and Nieza Viray, who normed with 15.5 markers per outing, will banner the Mendiola-based squad. Meanwhile, the Chiefs and Red Spikers, who share the second to fourth spots with defending champion College of St. Benilde with 5-1 slates, clash at 9:30 a.m. in the lone men’s match. In the juniors division, the Braves (1-3) challenge the winless Red Cubs (0-4) at 8:00 a.m.   ---           Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles               .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

Arellano U out to secure at least a semis spot playoff

Games Tuesday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 9:30 a.m. – SSC-R vs. Mapua (m) 11:00 a.m. –- SSC-R vs. Mapua (w) 12:30 p.m. –- Arellano U vs. Perpetual (w) 2:00 p.m. –- Arellano U vs. Perpetual (m) 3:30 p.m. –- Arellano U vs. Perpetual (jrs)   Defending champion Arellano University shoots to secure at least a semifinals spot playoff in a showdown with University of Perpetual Help Tuesday in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 12:30 p.m. The Lady Chiefs are unbeaten in five games and share the hold of the lead with San Beda College. The Obet Javier-mentored squad is on a 17-game winning roll since last season. Behind the troika of Jovielyn Prado, Regine Arocha and rookie Necole Ebuen, Arellano U made short work of Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11, last Sunday. But the Lady Chiefs are expected to have a tougher time against the Lady Altas, who are looking for their fourth straight win. The Las Pinas-based squad is currently at solo third spot with a 4-1 win-loss slate. After absorbing a straight sets defeat at the hands of San Beda College, Perpetual crushed their next three opponents including a 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 25-21, demolition of Jose Rizal University last Sunday.  Meanwhile, San Sebastian College seeks to score its second straight win and improve its 2-2 slate  The Lady Stags are favored to win against the Lady Cardinals, who are winless in four outings. Mapua absorbed a 23-25, 14-25, 25-22, 15-25, defeat at the hands of the Lady Red Spikers last Friday. The Lady Cardinals are now on a 13-game losing slump. In men’s play, Perpetual and Arellano U put their unblemished record and hold of the lead on the line in their 2:00 p.m. tussle with the winner securing at least a semifinals berth playoff. The Altas and Chiefs share the lead with 5-0 cards. The Stags (1-3) and Cardinals (2-2) clash in the curtain-raiser at 9:30 a.m. In the lone juniors match, the Junior Altas eye to bounce back from a straight sets setback the last time out against Emilio Aguinaldo College in their 3:30 p.m. match with the Braves. Perpetual sports a 3-1 card while Arellano only has one win in three outings.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

Arellano U eyes solo lead; Perpetual, LPU begin quest

Games Sunday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 8:00 a.m. –- LPU vs. Perpetual (jrs) 9:30 a.m. -- LPU vs. Perpetual (m) 11 a.m. –- LPU vs. Perpetual (w) 12:30 p.m. -- EAC vs. Arellano (w) 2:00 p.m. -- EAC vs Arellano (m) 3:30 p.m. – EAC vs. Arellano (jrs)   After a dominating win to open its title-retention bid, Arellano University looks to take an early solo lead on Sunday when the Lady Chiefs take on Emilio Aguinaldo College in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition. Game time is at 12:30 p.m. at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Behind Regine Arocha’s 12-point outing and superb debut of transferee setter Sarah Verutiao, the Lady Chiefs easily hurdled Mapua University, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13, Thursday that extended Arellano U’s winning streak to 13 since their championship run last season.    Although the Lady Chiefs are heavily favored to prevail over the Lady Generals, who lost to an eight-woman San Sebastian College, 16-25, 19-25, 16-25, in the season-opener, head coach Obet Javier is not taking EAC lightly. “Sa EAC ganoon din bago ang coach nakita ko medyo may konting adjustments sila. Kasi nakita ko noong liga namin sa Founder’s Cup, nakita ko na rin ang position ng player,” said Javier, who steered Arellano to its second title in three years last season in a Finals sweep of the thrice-to-beat Grethcel Soltones-led Lady Stags. “Nakita ko kanina (against San Sebastian College) na mayroon silang kaunting adjustments ng player so sinabi ko sa team na kailangang paghandaan namin,” he added. Verutiao, who had 28 excellent sets as backup to injured playmaker Rhea Ramirez, is expected to deliver the same numbers to utilize the firepower of Arocha, Jovelyn Prado, Mary Anne Esguerra and middle Andrea Marzan. The Lady Generals will pin their hopes on Ladeisheen Magbanua, Jaylene Lumbo and Yvette Tongco. Meanwhile, Perpetual Help will try to give new coach Macky Carino a good welcome gift when the Lady Altas clash with Lyceum of the Philippines University at 11:00 a.m. Carino, who resigned from his post as College of St. Benilde coach a few months back, will bank on Lourdes Clemente, Cindy Imbo and setter Necelle Gual. The Lady Pirates will have to look for other scoring options with top hitter Cherilyn Sindayen skipping this season because of academics.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

NCAA Season 93: women s volleyball preview

Exciting volleyball action starts early this year as NCAA opens its 93rd season on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Arellano University will try to retain its women’s crown against a field filled with squad’s raring to sit on the throne. Let’s take a quick peek at the competing teams.   MAPUA UNIVERSITY LADY CARDINALS   Winless last year, can Mapua University finally put a stop on their skid?  Season 92 record: 0-9 Titles: none  Key players: Danielle Ramilo, Shaira Hermano, Katrina Racelis, Dianne Latayan This team has nowhere to go but up after a forgettable season last year. The Lady Cardinals lost four of their games in straight sets, three in four frames and a couple of matches in five. Mapua’s last victory was against Letran in five sets back in Season 91 (January 7, 2016).   EMILIO AGUINALDO COLLEGE LADY GENERALS   Emilio Aguinaldo College needs to be consistent to add more Ws in their record this season.  Season 92 record: 1-8 Titles: none Players to watch: Iona Yongco and Yvette Tongco EAC’s lone win last season came at the expense of Mapua in straight sets before closing their campaign with a five-set loss against Letran.   LETRAN LADY KNIGHTS   Can Letran contend for a spot in the Final Four this year? Season 92 record: 2-7 Titles: 8 (last title: 1999) Players to watch: Glayssa Faith Torres and Jaymeleene Parin Letran finished at eighth spot last year. They won only two games, against Mapua and EAC, but gave Lyceum, College of St. Benilde and San Sebastian College a scare before bowing down to these powerhouse teams in five sets.   JOSE RIZAL U LADY BOMBERS   Shola Alvarez is expected to carry Jose Rizal University on her shoulders but will need to get support from her teammates. Season 92 record: 3-6 Titles: none Players to watch: Shola Alvarez, Dolly Versoza, Karen Montojo (Season 92 Best Opposite Spiker) JRU is a young and vertically challenged team, mostly banking on Shola Alvarez for point production. The Lady Bombers joined the PVL’s Collegiate Conference during the offseason but lost all of their five matches.    LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES U LADY PIRATES   Lyeum of the Philippines University is considered as a darkhorse this season.  Season 92 record: 5-4 Titles: none Players to watch: Cherilyn Sindayen, Christine Miralles, Bien Juanillo An intact and veteran-laden team. But will the Lady Pirates’ exposure in the PVL Collegiate Conference be enough for them to contend for a spot in the Final Four?     UNIVERSITY OF PERPETUAL HELP LADY ALTAS   Veteran Lourdes Clemente will be one of Perpetual Help's vital cogs in their campaign to reclaim the throne.   Season 92 record: 5-4 Titles: 3 (last title: 2014) Players to watch: Lourdes Clemente, Necelle Gual, Marijo Medalla Former CSB coach Macky Carino replaced long-time mentor Sammy Acaylar but the Lady Altas lost a solid middle in Coleen Bravo and hitter Jamela Suyat. After its three-peat (2012-14), Perpetual has yet to return to the Finals.     SAN BEDA COLLEGE LADY RED SPIKERS   All eyes will be on Cesca Racraquin when San Beda College makes a run for the crown. Season 92 record: 6-3 Titles: none Players to watch: Cesca Racraquin, Satrianni Espiritu, Nieza and Jiezela Viray Season 92 Rookie of the Year Cesca Racraquin will be the go-to guy of the Lady Red Spikers, who made it into the stepladder semis last year. SBC participated in the PVL Collegiate Conference while Racraquin had good stints in the PVL Reinforced and Open conferences for Creamline.      COLLEGE OF ST. BENILDE LADY BLAZERS   Ranya Musa (left) and Rachel Austero are the players to watch for a beefed up College of St. Benilde. Season 92 record: 6-3 Titles: 1 (2016) Players to watch: Ranya Musa, Rachel Austero, Maritess Pablo, Felicia Cui Expectations are high for this team with the arrival of transferees Maritess Pablo (NU) and Felicia Cui (Ateneo) to help Rachel Austero and graduating player Ranya Musa.     Leadership will be a tough challenge for this team after the departure of ace scorer Jeanette Panaga as well as adapting to a new system under interim head coach Arnold Laniog, who replaced Macky Carino.     SAN SEBASTIAN COLLEGE LADY STAGS   San Sebastian College is looking at a rough and bumpy road ahead this season. Season 92 record: 9-0 elims, defeated thrice in the Finals Titles: 23 (last title: 2011) Players to watch: Joyce Sta. Rita, Alyssa Eroa, Nikka Dalisay The most-decorated volleyball program in the NCAA will be facing its toughest season yet. If losing scorers three-time Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones and Kat Villegas weren’t enough, head coach Roger Goreyab will have at his disposal a very short rotation on nine players. But his available players could even go down entering the season after Julie Anne Tiangco suffered a knee injury recently. Scarcity of players even forced SSC-R to field a swimmer to fill in the required minimun of nine players to be able to participate in the tournament.       ARELLANO UNIVERSITY LADY CHIEFS   Who will stop Arellano University from its back-to-back bid? Season 92 record: 8-1, won thrice in a row in the Finals Titles: 2 (last title: 2017) Players to watch: Jovielyn Prado, Regine Arocha, Andrea Marzan The Lady Chiefs lost Rialen Sante and veteran libero Eunice Galang, who both graduated, after last season but will still parade a grizzled core. Fueled by their stints in the PVL including a third place finish in the Collegiate League at the expense of UAAP team Adamson University, Arellano U is expected to make a return trip into the Finals. With SSC-R, the only team to defeat the Obet Javier-mentored squad last year, weakened after the departure of Soltones, the only question now is who will stop the Lady Chiefs’ impending rampage?       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

Petron dethrones Foton, faces F2 Logistics in Finals

American imports Hillary Hurley and Lindsay Stalzer came out with all guns blazing as they led Petron to a return stint in the Finals. The duo delivered the goods to help the Blaze Spikers dethrone two-time champion Foton in a hard-earned 30-28, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21, win in the knockout Final Four of the of the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday. Petron set up a best-of-three Finals showdown against F2 Logistics starting Tuesday in a rematch of this season’s All-Filipino Conference championship won by the Cargo Movers. Stalzer pumped in 25 points while Hurley got 24 markers as the duo combined for 43 of the Blaze Spikers' 55 attacks in a win that served as a payback for Petron's Grand Prix losses in the previous two editions against Foton.  “Laging maganda 'yung laban, sobrang thankful talaga kami kasi nu’ng last year na first time ko nag-coach ng Grand Prix, sila rin 'yung kalaban namin sa finals and hindi kami nanalo sa kanila. Kung baga sa amin, parang napakalaking achievement ngayon na nag-knockout game kami and kami ‘yung nanalo,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos. Rhea Dimaculangan tallied 23 excellent sets whille Japanese libero Yuri Fukuda had 23 digs for the Blaze Spikers. Stalzer, who led Foton to back-to-back crowns before transferring to Petron, posted nine digs and six excellent receptions.              The Blaze Spikers went behind early in the first set before mounting a great comeback. Foton equalized in the second frame but Petron found second wind in the third and fourth.  The Tornadoes, which will take on Cocolife in a sudden death battle for bronze, made a final push in the fourth frame to close a 17-24 deficit to 21-24 but Dindin Santiago-Manabat overcooked her service to surrender the match and their throne. Jaja Santiago finished with 23 points off 17 kills, four kill blocks and a pair of aces while Serbian Sara Klisura had 22 for Foton. Montenegrin reinforcement Dragana Perunicic scored 13 markers while Maika Ortiz chipped in eight for the Tornadoes.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2017

Alvarez earns MVP as reward for hard work

From a new recruit struggling to keep pace with the team’s warm-up jog, Shola Alvarez changed the volleyball culture of Jose Rizal University. In her fifth and last season with the Lady Bombers all of Alvarez’s efforts and sacrifices for JRU paid off when she received the coveted Most Valuable Player award in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition Friday during the awarding rites at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The graduating open hitter averaged 21.3 points during the elimination round as she led the Kalentong-based squad to a first-ever Final Four appearance. JRU closed the elims with a 6-3 win-loss slate – the Lady Bombers’ best record since the return of its women’s volleyball program in 2008.   “(Ang MVP) kasi hindi po siya basta-bastang makukuha eh. Kailangan mo po siyang paghirapan. Ngayon po na last year ko na po, nakakatuwa na nakuha ko na po siya,” said Alvarez, whose squad fell prey to well-experienced defending champion Arellano University in straight sets in the semis.     Head coach Mia Tioseco could attest to all the hard work Alvarez put to hone and improve her game.    “Sobrang proud kami sa kanya dahil dumating siya sa amin after five minutes ayaw na mag-jog kasi hinihingal na, hinihika,” Tioseco recalled. “Now look where she is right now, as one of the top players sa NCAA. So we’re really proud of her.” Alvarez joined other standout volleybelles during the simple awarding ceremony held before Game 1 of the Finals between the Lady Chiefs and San Beda University. “Halu-halong emotion na po. Hindi ko na po alam kung ano ie-express ko, kung ano ang nararamdaman ko hindi ko na po alam. Sobrang saya ko,” said the bubbly Alvarez. “Sa limang taon na pinaghirapan ko, sa pinaghirapan namin ng teammates ko nakuha namin ang goal namin.” Alvarez and teammate Dolly Verzosa will represent JRU in the beach volleyball tournament slated late February.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2018

Arellano U moves closer to back-to-back titles

Defending champion Arellano University went through the wringer before eking out a thrilling 25-15, 25-16, 15-25, 22-25, 15-6, win over upset-conscious San Beda University in Game 1 of the best-of-three 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition Finals series Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Chiefs woke up just in time after squandering a two-set lead, blasting a 9-0 run to break a 6-6 deadlock in the fifth set capped by a heady drop by Sarah Verutiao towards an unmarked spot in the Lady Spikers’ front row for the win. Regine Arocha finished with 14 points with 10 coming off kills including the hit that pushed the Lady Chiefs at match point. Jovielyn Prado had an all-around game with 13 markers and a good defensive effort of 13 digs and eight excellent receptions for Arellano U, which closed in on claiming its third title in the last four years. Andrea Marzan had 11 points while Rookie of the Year Necole Ebuen and skipper Mary Anne Esguerra chipped in with 10 markers each for the Lady Chiefs.      Game 2 is on Monday. After struggling to get its rhythm going in the first two sets, San Beda breathed new life in their rematch against the same squad that swept them in the elims in the third. The Lady Red Spikers controlled the frame to extend the match. San Beda forced a decider after Season 92 Rookie of the Year Cesca Racraquin sparked the Lady Spikers’ 3-point blitz to break a 21-21 tie in the fourth frame off a service ace. Nieza Viray committed an error on the next play before San Beda put the match into a sudden death. Racraquin got 21 points on 16 attacks, four aces and a kill block while adding 23 excellent receptions and 21 digs for the Mendiola-based squad, who are on its first finals appearance.  Viray and Trisha Paras registered 14 and 11 markers, respectively, for the Lady Red Spikers.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2018

Altas, Chiefs clash in men’s volley finals opener

MANILA, Philippines — Perpetual Help sets out for the first of two wins it needs to complete a rare sweep of the NCAA men’s volleyball crown as it faces Arel.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

Queen Bomber Alvarez seals swan song with MVP award

Shola Alvarez sealed her swan song with Jose Rizal University by bagging the Most Valuable Player award in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition. In her fifth year with the Lady Bombers, Alvarez led the team to a historic first-ever Final Four appearance. Though JRU short against a well-experienced and grizzled veteran-laden defending champion Arellano University in the semis, Alvarez’s effort brought the once cellar-dwelling squad into an unchartered territory. The Queen Bomber averaged 21.3 points per game during the elimination round and she also led the team in floor defense with her digs and reception. “Isa siya sa nasa top sa stats and very deserving siya roon sa MVP,” said JRU coach Mia Tioseco. “Sobrang proud kami sa kanya dahil dumating siya sa amin after five minutes ayaw na mag-jog kasi hinihingal na, hinihika. Now look where she is right now, as one of the top players sa NCAA. So we’re really proud of her.” Alvarez is set to receive her award on Friday before the women’s Finals between Arellano U and San Beda College at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Jovielyn Prado of the Lady Chiefs was named 1st Best Outside Spiker while Dolly Versoza of JRU pocketed the 2nd Best Outside Spiker award. Wrapping up the women’s awardees were Lourdes Clemente of University of Perpetual Help (1st Best Middle Blocker), Joyce Sta. Rita (2nd Best Middle Blocker), Alyssa Eroa (Best Libero) and Vira Guillema (Best Setter) of San Sebastian College and Regine Arocha (Best Opposite Hitter) of Arellano U. Lady Chiefs freshman Necole Ebuen was named Rookie of the Year. In men’s division, Jobert Almodiel of Perpetual scooped three awards including the Rookie of the Year and MVP recognitions. Almodiel, also the 1st Best Outside Hitter, led the Altas to an elimination round sweep to advance outright into the best-of-three Finals against the Chiefs. Christian Dela Paz of Arellano U took the 2nd Best Outside Spiker award while teammate Kevin Liberato got 1st Best Middle Blocker diadem. Perpetual Help’s Jack Kalingking (Best Libero) and Warren Catipay (Best Setter) and San Beda’s Limuel Patenio (2nd Best Middle Blocker) and Mark Enciso (Best Opposite Hitter) round up the list of awardees. Kirth Rosos of defending juniors champion Perpetual earned the MVP honor while teammate Noel Kampton bagged the 1st Best Open Spiker. Rounding up the awardees were Juvic Colonia (2nd Best Outside Spiker) of Lyceum, Raliuz Cantos (1st Best Middle Blocker) and Arnel Aguilar (Rookie of the Year) of CSB-LSGH, Gideon Guadalupe (2nd Best Middle Blocker) of Arellano U, Letran’s Raxel Catris (Best Libero) and John Paulo Lorenzo (Best Opposite Spiker) and Michael Imperial (Best Setter) of Emilio Aguinaldo College.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

CSB, Arellano U dispute the last Finals berth

Games Tuesday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 10:00 a.m. –- EAC vs. Letran (jrs) 12:00 noon –- Perpetual vs. AU (jrs) 2:00 p.m. –- CSB U vs. AU (m)   Defending champion College of St. Benilde is just a step away from a return stint into the Finals. But for the Blazers to continue with their title-retention bid, CSB will need to go through another knockout game Tuesday in the last phase of the 93rd NCAA men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Taft-based squad hopes to carry the momentum of its grueling five-set sudden death match survival against San Beda University last Friday to book the last best-of-three Finals ticket and set a championship rematch with unbeaten University of Perpetual Help. Game time is at 2:00 p.m.      Down 12-14 in the fifth set, the Blazers unearthed the same fire that brought them to the throne last year as they saved six match points before pulling off an amazing 25-16, 24-26, 25-19, 20-25, 20-18 comeback.   “Sa panalo namin against Beda doon ko naramdaman na gusto nilang manalo, gusto nilang mai-defend ang title,” said CSB coach Arnold Laniog. The mentor will pin his hopes of Isaah Arda, who scored 23 points in their thrilling win, Francis Basilan and Mark Orian. CSB dropped a five-set battle against the Chiefs in the elimination round last January 29. Arellano U’s lone loss was against Perpetual. The championship round will start on Friday. Meanwhile, twice-to-beat defending champion Perpetual Help battles Arellano U at 12:00 noon in juniors Final Four. Twice-to-beat Emilio Aguinaldo College clashes with Letran in the other semis pairing.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2018

Target kong mag-Finals ng beach volley -- JRU hitter Alvarez after falling short in women s indoor volleyball Final Four

After falling short in the Final Four in her last stint in indoor volleyball, Jose Rizal University top hitter Shola Alvarez sets her sights on the Lady Bombers’ campaign in the 93rd NCAA women’s beach volleyball competition starting February 27 in Subic. Alvarez was emotional in her last game for JRU after the Lady Bombers absorbed a 13-25, 20-25, 17-25, loss to defending champion Arellano University in the semifinals of the indoor volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Wednesday. “Noong after ng game wala pa eh, noong nagkamayan, OK pa ako eh,” said the fifth year Alvarez. “Tapos nu’ng pinatugtog na yung himno, parang ito na ‘yung last ko na nakatayo sa court na ito na kinakanta ‘yung himno. “Parang nag-flashback na po lahat ng pinaghirapan ko simula ng pumasok ako ng JRU,” she added. Averaging 21.3 points per game in the elimination round, Alvarez was silenced to only seven points – her lowest this season. The hitter admitted that the team was overwhelmed with excitement and emotion in the school’s first-ever semis stint. JRU finished the elims at fourth spot with a 6-3 win-loss record. “Ano po eh parang masyado po kaming na-excite. Nanggigil din kaming lahat kasi alam kasi namin sa sarili namin na kaya naming lumaban tapos nanggigigil po kami, gusto po naming pumuntos agad,” she said. Pero dahil po doon sa mindset namin, yun po ang naging dahilan kung bakit error po kami ng error, kaya kami natatalo.” With her indoor career with JRU finished, Alvarez is now looking to leave a winning legacy at least in beach volleyball.  “Hindi rin po ako masyado naging emotional, hindi pa po yun kasi naisip ko may beach volley pa eh,” she said. “Sabi ko kayang-kaya naming bumawi roon.” Alvarez will team up with Dolly Verzosa this season. Alvarez and Rosalie Pepito powered JRU to Final Four stint in beach volleyball last year.    “Ngayon ako po sa sarili ko target kong mag-Finals ng beach volley. Kasi ang pinakamahigpit naming kalaban ay yung Beda kasi mga lumaki sa buhangin mga yun eh. Para po silang mga talangka sa buhangin na hindi ko po alam kung bakit kami hirap na hirap tapos sila po hindi,” said Alvarez. “Ang pinakatina-target ko ngayon ay Finals sa beach volley.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Arellano ousts JRU, returns to NCAA volleyball Finals

Arellano University took the easy route to return to the championship round, taking down Jose Rizal University, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17,in the Final Four of the NCAA Season 93 women's volleyball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. The only hurdle the Lady Chiefs had to overcome in the third set was the 3-0 deficit but the defending champions proved to the Lady Heavy Bombers they were in a class of their own. "I told my players that we still don't have the right to celebrate because we only won two sets," said Arellano head coach Obet Javier in Filipino. "I told them to not let JRU go up to 4-0." Andrea Marzan gave Arellano a 16-10 lead heading into the final third of th...Keep on reading: Arellano ousts JRU, returns to NCAA volleyball Finals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Arellano, San Beda eye Finals slots

Arellano University and San Beda try to forge a title duel while Jose Rizal and Perpetual Help seek to spoil that bid when the Final Four of the 93rd NCAA women's volleyball tournament fires off Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. Assured of a twice-to-beat incentive after ending the elimination round tied on top with 8-1 (win-loss) slates, the Lady Chiefs and the Lady Red Spikers hope to finish off their foes in the doubleheader that kicks off 2 p.m. San Beda takes the court first, battling Perpetual in an expectedly tough duel while Arellano shoots for its goal against JRU's Lady Bombers at 4. Arellano is eyeing a second straight finals appearance where it h...Keep on reading: Arellano, San Beda eye Finals slots.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

Lady Chiefs, Spikers try to seal title duel

MANILA, Philippines — Arellano University and San Beda seek to arrange a showdown for the crown as they face Jose Rizal U and Perpetual Help, respectively, i.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

SSC-R, San Beda College out to strengthen Final Four bids

Games Tuesday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 8:00 a.m. –- San Beda vs SSC-R (jrs) 9:30 a.m. –- San Beda vs. SSC-R (m) 11:00 a.m. –- San Beda vs. SSC-R (w) 12:30 p.m. –- Mapua vs. Perpetual (w) 2:00 p.m. –- Mapua vs. Perpetual (m)   San Beda College sets its eyes on booking a Final Four seat against San Sebastian College which seeks to secure at least a playoff for a semis berth on Tuesday in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Opening serve of the marquee match is at 11:00 a.m. The Lady Red Spikers absorbed their first setback in the tournament, losing in straight sets, 17-25, 10-25, 17-25, at the hands of semifinals-bound defending champion Arellano University on Friday. San Beda is currently at second spot with a 6-1 win-loss record. But bouncing back from the loss will be a tough challenge for Lady Red Spikers as they will face a team riding the crest of a four-game winning streak. The Lady Stags after losing suffering back-to-back losses in their first three outings are now on a roll to move at solo third with a 5-2 slate. Meanwhile, University of Perpetual Help challenge the winless Mapua University at 12:30 p.m. The Lady Altas sport a 4-2 mark while the Lady Cardinals are listless in seven outings and are on a 16-game skid since last season.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018