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Best yet to come for Eagles after dominant win over Maroons

MANILA, Philippines — Two games. Two blowout wins......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 14th, 2017

DOC VOLLEYBALL: Halfway to Greatness

UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball continues to prove itself as the most unpredictable season in recent history. With a good mix of key losses as well as additions across the board for all competitors, the league is at an all out rock-paper-scissors slugfest. Though the current standings clearly represent a quintessential Bell Curve, Season 80 maintains its unpredictability as evidenced by teams upsetting each other. In addition, the sheer number of five-set matches so far is an indication how tight the competition is this season. UE Lady Warriors: 1 - 6 Despite initial concerns about the leave of head coach Francis Vicente, the UE Lady Warriors surprised the league with their maiden win at the expense of the season’s Dark Horse, the Adamson Lady Falcons. Under the mentorship of multi-awarded UE High School coach Rod Roque, the Lady Warriors were able to play their best game so far this season. For that particular win against the Lady Falcons, Coach Roque’s game plan was just to encourage the team to play carefree and enjoy as he is just taking over a team he has never handled. It is a given that UE is a team brimming with potential. They have decent size as well as a good number of seasoned veterans in Shaya Adorador and Kat Arado, who have not been maximized unfortunately. The handover to Coach Roque might just be the much-needed break for UE as they have found new confidence moving on to the second round making them more threatening to upset more teams. UST Golden Tigresses: 2 - 5 Considered to be one of the main contenders based on their pre-season performance, the UST Golden Tigresses have fallen short of expectations as a series of early key injuries has prevented the team from playing to full capability. Ending the first round with two successive disheartening losses against the UP Lady Maroons and old time rivals FEU Lady Tamaraws, UST is pressed to turn around their performance to keep their Final Four dreams alive. UST’s offensive threat from the wings cannot be underestimated as they have league top scorer Cherry Rondina from the left and power player Dim Pacres from the right. However, what the team still lacks is the offensive and defensive threats from the middle reminiscent of the days of Mary Jean Balse and Maika Ortiz. As long as the middles are not generating enough points off the quick or slide attack, the team is expected to continue struggling against better blocking teams through the second round as Rondina continues to be in the spotlight. UP Lady Maroons: 2 - 5 All hopes were high for the UP Lady Maroons to finally break in once again to the Final Four this season under new foreign coach Godfrey Okumu. The squad however kicked off season 80 disappointingly far from their stellar 4-0 run last season. Despite setter Ayel Estranero showing more mastery over shoot sets to the wings and Tots Carlos sporting more power in her attacks, the team has struggled with their floor passing to severely limit their offense set up. Much like UST, UP has yet to show breakout performances from the middles as they continue to struggle getting the first pass consistently to the setter. Much to their credit though, Coach Okumu has adjusted to their struggles by utilizing different patterns for their passing system as well as even going for a 6-2 set-up just to tap into Estranero’s floor play. The gamble proved successful with their win over UST and this system might be their solution to bounce back this second round. Adamson Lady Falcons: 3 - 4 The return of veterans Mylene Paat and Fhem Emnas as well as the addition of transferee Eli Soyud were clear indications that the Lady Falcons this season won't be their former pushover status. True enough, the team started the season strong with massive victories against top seeded teams such as FEU and DLSU as well as trouncing UP in straight sets. Given that head coach Air Padda has much more utility with addition of new seasoned players, the team still lacks consistency as evidenced by their poor passing performance in their game against UST and the error-laden upset by UE to end the first round. Technically, Padda’s passing and transition defense patterns are the most efficient but a lack of more aggressive serving (i.e. fast, flat, well-placed floaters) as well as their tendency to commit individual unforced errors limit the team from winning more games they are undeniably capable of. Ateneo Lady Eagles: 4 - 3 After a concerning opening for the second-seeded team, the Ateneo Lady Eagles managed to go on a four-game win streak midway to still maintain a spot in the top four so far. The team’s three losses were notably against the three tough-serving teams: FEU, DLSU, and NU. The glaring inefficiency in the passing department has been the Lady Eagles’ exploited weakness as evidenced by the barrage of aces DLSU let out in their recent match. Relative to other teams, Ateneo’s offense is not composed of power hitters. As such, the team runs fast and well-placed attacks that heavily rely on efficient first ball to circumvent the opposing block and floor defense. Unless the team manages to remedy their passing and defense patterns, setter Deanna Wong would continue to be forced to do bump sets that are not ideal for non-power hitters making it harder for the team to run the offense. FEU Lady Tamaraws: 5 - 2 The FEU Lady Tamaraws continue to live up to pre-season expectations as one of the top contenders this season. Despite early expectations that Queen Tamaraw Bernadette Pons will have the spotlight in the scoring department, the squad has proven that it's not a one- woman show through commendable ball distribution by setter Kyle Negrito. The team has also proven to be dominant in the serving department as evidenced by their dismantling of weaker passing teams NU, Ateneo, and UST. The combination X-play continues to be the team’s bread and butter offense but its reliance on consistent excellent passing might be a concern against better serving teams like La Salle moving forward to the second round. De La Salle Lady Spikers: 5 - 2 The Lady Spikers continue to prove their defending champion status despite the loss to current top seed NU and the upset by league dark horse Adamson. Despite not being considered as crafty as her predecessor Kim Fajardo, setter Michelle Cobb does her job well in running the offensive set-up for basic plays. Perhaps where the setting falls short is the lack of maximization of Queen Spiker Majoy Baron as she has yet to produce outputs comparable to last season. In line with that, the defending champions have yet to be seen utilizing more back row attacks as added offensive options on transition defense since the left wing is almost always their option on a sub-optimal first ball. NU Lady Bulldogs: 6 - 1 The long developmental process of the Lady Bulldogs is coming into fruition under the new mentorship of coach Babes Castillo. With a roster of seasoned veterans and decent size, the Lady Bulldogs have all the artillery to finally claim the crown. Their lone loss under the hands of the Lady Tamaraws could be well attributed to the fact that Queen Bulldog Jaja Santiago could be mitigated in the middle with well placed aggressive serves. The challenge then for NU moving on to the second round is how to be able to still maximize Santiago in the frontline in the onset that she is relegated to mere decoy status due to a sub-optimal first ball.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football: UP, UST look to remain unbeaten

MATCHES ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 (Rizal Memorial Football Stadium) 9:00 AM - NU vs. Adamson (Men’s) 1:30 PM - UST vs. NU (Men’s) 4:00 PM - UST vs. Atene (Men’s)   League-leading University of the Philippines tries to keep their spotless record intact when they take on Far Eastern University when the UAAP Season 80 Men’ Football tournament continues on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Coming off a dominant 4-1 win over Adamson University last Thursday, the surging fighting Maroons are looking to make it four for four against FEU on Sunday. King Miyagi and JB Borlongan have been the go-to-guys for the Maroons this season, each with four goals in their first three matches. After back-to-back losses to UST and DLSU, Season 79 runners-up FEU finally got their first point of the season a week ago when they managed to hold University of the East to a scoreless draw. It hasn’t been an easy start for the Tamaraws, who have been plagued with injuries and are trying to get back on track after making the finals last season. There will be a hint of revenge on the Maroons’ minds in this matchup, given that the last time UP and FEU shared the pitch, the Tams eliminated UP in the Season 79 semifinals. UP and FEU kick off at 1:30 PM.   Also looking to remain unbeaten this season are the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, who’ll be facing a tough test when they take on the surging defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles. After picking up back-to-back wins in their first two matches against FEU and Adamson, the Growling Tigers figured in their first draw of the season against National University. On the opposite end, the Blue Eagles have bounced back from their opening day loss by winning back-to-back matches, most recently against collegiate rivals DLSU, Thursday. Much like the UP-FEU matchup, the Espanya-based side will try to get a measure of revenge on Ateneo, having been eliminated by the Blue Eagles in last season’s semifinals. UST and Ateneo kick off at 4:00 PM.   In the first match of the day, two sides looking for their first wins of the season collide, as NU meets Adamson. After losing back-to-back contests, the a more aggressive NU side managed to hold UST to a draw for their first point of the season. They’ll be looking to carry that momentum as they take on a struggling Adamson side, who remains as the only team without points this season. NU and Adamson kick off at 9:00 AM......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2018

Best yet to come for Eagles after dominant win over Maroons

MANILA, Philippines — Two games. Two blowout wins......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017

UP Fighting Maroons cap dominant season with UAAP crown

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The crown returned to the University of the Philippines (UP) as the Fighting Maroons turned back the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Booters, 1-0, on Thursday, May 3, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.  UP bagged its 18th UAAP men's football championship, which they relinquished last ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2018

Ateneo crushes UP by 28 in Filoil battle of Katipunan

  MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) stretched its unbeaten run as the Blue Eagles drubbed the retooled but winless University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 100-72, in the FilOil Flying V Preaseason Cup at the San Juan Arena on Sunday, April 29. Ateneo marksman Adrian Wong, who ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

Eagles thump Maroons; Cards, Blazers triumph

Ateneo cruised to its third straight victory while dealing UP its third straight setback via a 100-72 romp in the Filoil Preseason Cup at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan last night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

Archers-Maroons; Eagles-Gilas up in Filoil opener

La Salle tests a souped-up University of the Philippines side’s mettle while Ateneo faces Gilas Cadets in a pair of explosive matches kicking off the 12th Filoil Flying V Pre-season Cup at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan today......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: We need to work on our consistency -- Madayag

Ateneo de Manila University team captain Maddie Madayag pointed out that the Lady Eagles’ lack of communication inside the court did them in Saturday in the ‘Battle of Katipunan’ against University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena. Needing just a win to secure at least a playoff for a semifinals twice-to-beat advantage, the Lady Eagles’ miscues, miscommunication and lack of focus put them in a precarious position in the race for the top two seeds in the Final Four. Ateneo was hacked by the Lady Maroons’ upset ax in straight sets, 28-26, 25-23, 26-24, as the Lady Eagles absorbed its first loss in the second round after a five-game winning romp for a 9-4 win-loss slate.    “Parang it’s like the basic errors na nangyari,” said Madayag, who was held to only eight points. “Parang ‘yun nga no one was talking and then like I said before we need to work on our consistency kasi hahabol kami and then biglang may service error.” “Example, 19-all then magkakagulo kami tapos malalamangan kami ng UP,” she added. The Lady Eagles were in control early in the second and third sets but crumbled under pressure in crunch time with UP breathing life to its flickering semis hopes. Ateneo now must win against archrival two-time defending champion De La Salle University on April 15 to secure at least a playoff for a semis advantage.    “Kailangan lang talaga ng consistency and aggressiveness,” said Madayag. “We’re hoping for playoffs so we’re gonna work on it sa training and it’s a learning experience na ang dami naming errors and everything.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

U.P. Lady Maroons upset Ateneo with a sweep

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons earned their second sweep this season at the expense of the Ateneo Lady Eagles, 28-26, 25-23, 26-24, on Saturday, April 7, at the Mall of Asia Arena. Ateneo blew another lead in the 3rd set as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

UP stuns Ateneo to stay in Final Four race

University of the Philippines remained in the Final Four hunt after pulling off a stunner over semifinals-bound Ateneo, 28-26, 25-23, 26-24, in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Lady Maroons hiked their record to 5-8 and took sole possession of the sixth seed while the Lady Eagles saw their five-game winning streak snapped to settle for a 9-4 record. From a 19-14 deficit in the third set, the Lady Maroons stormed back to tie the set at the vital 24-24 score line after Marist Layug denied Jhoanna Maraguinot. UP then took the 25-24 match point after libero Ponggay Gaston and Kat Tolentino failed to get in tune on who will get ...Keep on reading: UP stuns Ateneo to stay in Final Four race.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

Crucial tiff for Ateneo, UP

    Ateneo tries to stay on track of a twice-to-beat edge in the semifinals and extinguish University of the Philippines' playoff hopes when they clash Saturday in the UAAP women's volleyball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. Running second with a 9-3 record, the Lady Eagles need a win in their 4 p.m. clash with the Lady Maroons to keep Far Eastern University, which is at 7-4, at bay. The Lady Tamaraws battle the Adamson Lady Falcons in the 2 p.m. game, with a win sealing their place in the semifinals while also keeping their twice-to-beat hopes alive. UP's only chance of marching on would depend on wins in its last two games and key losses by those in t...Keep on reading: Crucial tiff for Ateneo, UP.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Ateneo hunts for at least a Final Four twice-to-beat playoff

Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines rekindle the ‘Battle of Katipunan’ with an all-important showdown Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena. The duel begins at 4:00 p.m. with the semis-bound Lady Eagles hoping to solidify their bid for a twice-to-beat advantage against a Lady Maroons side fighting for survival. 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. A win by Ateneo, which holds a 9-3 win-loss card, will assure the Lady Eagles of at least a playoff for the Final Four incentive. After a slow start in the first round of eliminations, Ateneo is now on na five-game roll including back-to-back five-set victories over Adamson University and University of Sto. Tomas. The Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Maroons in straight sets in their first round meeting. UP sports a 4-8 slate tied with UST and has its back against the wall in the race for a semis spot. To force at least a playoff for a Final Four berth, the Lady Maroons need to sweep their remaining games and hope that Adamson University (5-6) and National University (6-6), which UP swept last Wednesday, won’t reach seven wins.     ---           Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

DOC VOLLEYBALL: FIVE FOR (FINAL FOUR) FIGHTING

A couple more games in and the elimination round will soon come to a close. Even up to this point, the women’s volleyball tournament of UAAP Season 80 continues to prove to be the most unpredictable year in recent UAAP history. While the top two seeds, the DLSU Lady Spikers and the Ateneo Lady Eagles have already secured spots in the Final Four, it’s still an on-going Battle Royale for the remaining two spots among teams gunning for a chance at either redemption or ascendancy.  With the FEU Lady Tamaraws, NU Lady Bulldogs, Adamson Lady Falcons, UP Lady Maroons, and the UST Golden Tigresses still slugging it out to prove their worth, the last few games of the eliminations couldn’t be more exciting and interesting at the same time. FEU Lady Tamaraws (7 – 4) Numerically speaking, the Lady Tamaraws have the best chances of booking the 3rd spot based on their team’s performance in the different skill departments. Despite being 7th overall in spiking, the Lady Tamaraws have shown consistency in the more crucial departments such as serve (2nd), receive (4th), and setting (3rd). At a relatively more comfortable standing of 7 – 4, FEU just needs one win to seal their Final Four spot or 2 to guarantee at least a 3rd rank finish. In their upcoming game against their 1st round tormentors, the Adamson Lady Falcons, the Lady Tamaraws’ services would definitely be challenged by the resurgent passing and commendable first point conversion of the Lady Falcons. Likewise, FEU would be expected to capitalize on the relatively less aggressive serving of Adamson to run their bread and butter combination plays. A revenge win against Adamson, avoiding an upset against a confident UE Lady Warriors squad and a repeat over skidding NU will enable the Lady Tamaraws to bag the best possible ranking at the end of eliminations. NU Lady Bulldogs (6 – 6) Despite the downward spiral that the Lady Bulldogs have found themselves in this second round, their stellar performance during the first round could still be enough of a cushion for them to keep their Final Four dreams alive. In their recent matchup with the Lady Maroons, Queen Bulldog Jaja Santiago was being maximized with her relatively more unstoppable attack from the right wing and back row. At times that the team was able to go for a high enough dig or pass, despite the location quality, a safety set to Santiago proved to be much needed relief. However, despite this dominance by Santiago, the team still sorely lacks output from the left wing as a much needed support. Had the left wing been more successful in attempt-to-point ratio, the match would have had a different tone. But moving forward, now that the team has had some positional adjustments that ensures libero Gayle Valdez’s stint is fully utilized, a few adjustments in passing formation is needed to ensure that Valdez has the best coverage. With the current struggles in their floor defense, the Lady Bulldogs will benefit more with slowing the rally down will high first balls regardless if on a perfect location just so setter Jasmine Nabor can better shoot to the wings. Adamson Lady Falcons (5 – 6) With a recent commanding win against the NU Lady Bulldogs and an almost statement win versus the Ateneo Lady Eagles, the Adamson Lady Falcons have found a much needed momentum boost amidst a slow second round start. In recent games, the Lady Falcons have seen a resurgence in their receiving prowess which has enabled them to beat powerhouses like DLSU and FEU in the first round. In their recent outings, the Lady Falcons have shown that they have superior side-out game as they have relatively higher first point conversion coming from a serve but have had some struggles in earning points off the transition. In addition, perhaps the most significant limiting factor for Adamson is their serving, which is notably the least aggressive in the league. Though successful in their first encounters against DLSU and FEU, the Lady Falcons’ upcoming rematch against these two teams would be their toughest challenge yet as they would heavily rely in their steady passing against the top two serving teams. To increase their chances of a first round repeat against these two teams, serving adjustments should also be made to ensure that they can limit the DLSU’s Majoy Baron from the middle as well as FEU setter Kyle Negrito from setting up their combination plays. UST Golden Tigresses (4 – 8) Despite a rough and disheartening initial run in this season, the UST Golden Tigresses have started to show what they are seriously capable of achieving. Albeit a too little too late with their current resurgence, a fully intact team is not to be discredited yet. Although much like the UP Lady Maroons in that their fate relies on the succeeding outcome for both NU and Adamson, UST still has a slightly better chance given that they can ensure a win against the Lady Falcons. Able to stretch out the Lady Eagles into a five-set thriller recently is much of a testament that UST is indeed final four material given a fully functioning roster. Much like how Adamson capitalized on Ateneo’s passing, UST proved to be one of the leagues better serving team, but also felt quite short when it came to transition play compared to the Lady Eagles. In line with that, the Golden Tigresses will also have to rely on their serving for their match against the Lady Spikers to ensure easier transition when the middle is eliminated from the attack. Interestingly enough, UST’s situation is mirrored by the Adamson Lady Falcons and their fate relies on each other as both teams are yet to face off against top seed DLSU and are set to face each other for their last elimination match. UP Lady Maroons (4 – 8) Despite a rough start early on in the league that casted some doubts on the inclusion of new coach Godfrey Okumu, the Lady Maroons have slowly found their groove as well as their identity. Though the hopes of a Final Four finish are not as feasible as their fate relies on the further performance of both NU and Adamson, the Lady Maroons are in a good position to prepare for the next season. With all the rotational adjustments Okumu has utilized throughout the season, the current setup is perhaps their best bet to build on. Perhaps the main challenge UP has faced the entire season is that with the short stint under a new coach, the tournament has been more of an unlearning process first before Okumu’s new system, a more scientific one as he claims, is infused. For their upcoming match against the Lady Eagles, the Lady Maroons will find much benefit in aggressive serving to take opportunity of the less threatening passing proficiency of their opponent but at the same time, the challenge is ensuring they convert every possession since the Ateneo has shown much skill in winning the point the longer the transition rally progresses. Final Four Probabilities As with the standings in UAAP History, the elusive 7th win is always the magic number to strive for to get an assurance of a Final Four spot. At this point, FEU is almost guaranteed of that spot given that they just win another game. Should NU finally get out of their slump and manage their first win in the second round, they can guarantee an extension in their stint which would be enough time to at least familiarize their new rotation. Adamson undeniably has the best chances based on numbers as they still have 3 more games but these last elimination games will be relatively challenging as they will have to perform a repeat of their first round win against the top seeded teams FEU and DLSU. Finally, both UP and UST should ensure a win for their last 2 games and hope for upsets against NU and Adamson to at least be within striking distance for the last Final Four spot.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

Madayag to Ateneo doubters: ‘Watch this season and see how we play’

After three-time UAAP MVP Alyssa Valdez graduated, there were doubts whether Ateneo would be as dominant as it was again. But for two straight seasons the girls in blue-and-white have continued to defy expectations and continued to waltz their way to the Final Four. First it was Jio Morado who led the tempo in Season 79 when the Lady Eagles finished with the best record in the eliminations but bowed in the finals against La Salle. Then Season 80 rolled along and it was under the leadership of Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino that Ateneo once more got their ticket to the big dance. Madayag said she's aware of the doubters that predicted Ateneo won't go anywhere without Mor...Keep on reading: Madayag to Ateneo doubters: ‘Watch this season and see how we play’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

DOC VOLLEYBALL: Breaking Down the Lady Bulldogs Struggles

From a 6 - 1 start in the first round to a current 0-4 record in the second round, the National University Lady Bulldogs are in peril of falling out of the Final Four. Ending the first round on a high note, but eventually struggling in the second round is not exclusive to the Lady Bulldogs in recent UAAP Volleyball history. Downward Spiral I remember quite well our very own journey way back in Season 70 when my team, the Ateneo Blue Eagles, also had what seemed to be a budding collapse after a stellar first round. It was the maiden year of current head coach Oliver Almadro and he had the gargantuan task of bringing a perennial cellar dweller team to the Final Four.   To everybody’s surprise, we steamrolled the first round, ending it at 6-1, second only to the former powerhouse line-up of the UST Growling Tigers. Not only we were gunning for the Final Four spot at this point, but we set up hopes of actually making the podium. The second round quelled those hopes as that 7th win which could assure us a Final Four spot proved too elusive until the latter part of the round. We finished the second round of the eliminations at 2-5, which still qualified us for the semi-finals but eventually bowed out to top-seeded UST, which we could have avoided if not for the second round collapse. Though exactly not the same, our scenario is highly comparable to the NU Lady Bulldogs currently as they struggle to beat the teams they have beaten in dominant fashion during the first round. The difference lies in the fact that NU has still three more games to turn things around while we didn’t make any adjustments during our time. Muffled Bark The Lady Bulldogs were suiting up for a sweep of the first round until they were silenced by the FEU Lady Tamaraws towards the mid-season break. Not only were the Lady Tamaraws responsible for the elimination of the step-ladder possibility, but they exposed one glaring weakness in the Lady Bulldogs as well as started the team’s current downward spiral. From the aforementioned match to the recent meltdown at the hands of the UST Golden Tigresses, one trend is highly noticeable which is the correlation between NU’s passing and scoring output most especially from Queen Bulldog Jaja Santiago. Team Passing Percentage Spiking Percentage (Team) Spiking Percentage (Santiago) FEU 22.35 25.79 27.78 DLSU 17.65 28.57 33.33 ADMU 16.42 25.23 38.24 ADU 38.20 24.48 40.48 UST 34.09 30.77 47.92 Fig 1.1 – NU correlation of Passing and Spiking efficiency Based on the numbers alone, it can easily be deduced that tough serving has been the crucial factor to limit Jaja from making significant output. Being a middle, a team passing efficiency below 30-40% would prove problematic as quick attacks rely heavily on consistent reception. Against the top 3 serving teams (FEU, DLSU, ADMU), it can be deduced that Santiago (and co-middle Rissa Sato) only had less than 20% chance to wind up for a quick attack. In most cases, NU’s middles are relegated to mere decoys which rarely prove threatening to opposing blockers.   Due to low output from middle attacks, an adjustment employed is to leave Santiago attacking from zone 6 at the expense of the utilization of their libero Gayle Valdez. In some instances, Sato also doesn’t get switched out due to her reliable floor defense. Though this adjustment has contributed to Santiago providing output from the pipe attack, her position in the back proves to have more costs than benefits. Since Santiago is not switched out, their best passer (Valdez) is underutilized. In addition, instead of just focusing on the back row attack, Santiago is also burdened with passing responsibilities which significantly hamper her capability to wind up for the perfect approach. In certain instances as well, Santiago takes the second ball during transition coverage instead of just focusing on approaching for the attack. Last Minute Adjustments Going by the numbers alone, perhaps the best adjustment the Lady Bulldogs can utilize is to fully commit Santiago in the opposite position. In terms of passing and digging, this rotation would ensure that Valdez is still fully utilized as a defense specialist at the same time still enabling Santiago to contribute from the back row. In line with that, a shift into the opposite position would eliminate any passing burden for Santiago, letting her just focus on approaching for the attack. With regards to attack, a concern perhaps is if the shift to opposite would still provide the same output for Santiago. With the current disposition in the Lady Bulldogs’ floor efficiency, the shift would definitely be beneficial more than costly. First off, a middle attack relies heavily on several interlinked factors such as the pass consistency, the speed of the toss, the location of the attacker, and the height of the ball. On the other hand, attacks from the right wing, be it from the front or back row, relies less on pass consistency and attacker position. Santiago committing to the right wing would ensure that NU Setter Jasmine Nabor will always have a threatening safety net regardless of the quality of the pass. In addition, attacks from the wings would be easier for Nabor to exploit Santiago’s high attack reach as compared to quick hits. Another concern perhaps would be the trade off for blocking since Santiago would be focused on one area. Going by the numbers once more, the six leading scorers in the league (excluding Santiago) are open hitters. It would definitely prove beneficial to pit the team’s best blocker against the position with the highest scorers in the league. Though it may not guarantee kill blocks all the time, the towering presence of Santiago from the right wing would significantly alter the spiking tendencies of open hitters from other teams. In terms of a replacement blocker to fill in Santiago’s spot, NU need not be concerned with making kill blocks as well. As exemplified by Adamson’s middle Lea Ann Perez, a decent sized middle with good lateral movement can significantly contribute to the rotation through one-touch blocks that slow the ball’s momentum. High Risk High Reward Though the numbers right now logically point to the aforementioned adjustment, a practical application of such strategy is a whole different story. Perhaps the best testament of this strategy would be the masterful risk by Russian men’s volleyball coach Vladimir Alekno in none other than the Gold Medal Match of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Severely struggling in passing and defense against the Brazilian assault, the Russians’ backs were up against the wall 0 sets to 2 as they failed to utilize their strongest asset, the 7’2” giant Dimitriy Muserskiy from the middle. With Muserskiy out of the attacking equation in most cases, Brazil was able to close in on their block to the wings. With what could be considered as the riskiest yet smartest adjustment in volleyball history, Alekno fielded in Muserskiy as the opposite while putting his ace opposite Maxim Mikhaylov in the open position. Russian setter Sergey Grankin just went all out in feeding Muserskiy from the right wing with high and off the net tosses. The switch proved to be a masterstroke as the towering Muserskiy just went all out with height and strength to plow through the Brazilian net and floor defense. In addition, the adjustment did not only alter the defense dynamic of Brazil but the attack as well with Brazilian setter Bruno Rezende setting the right side more to avoid Muserskiy’s wall in the left. The last minute adjustment by the Russians caught the Brazilians off guard as they stretch out the match to a decider and eventually dealt a disheartening loss to their opponents. Going back, with Jaja Santiago inarguably comparable to Muserskiy in terms of capability to attack high from the wings, a shift into the opposite position would be a noteworthy consideration. Not only will it maximize and put more value on Santiago, such a shift can also contribute significantly in the passing woes of the Lady Bulldogs as it will ensure that their best passer will still be fielded in and utilized more. With three more upcoming matches to try out a new strategy, all might not be too late for the Lady Bulldogs to get back on the right path to the crown.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 29th, 2018

Tigresses win, give Lady Eagles automatic spot in UAAP 80 Tennis Finals

The University of Santo Tomas shut the door of University of the Philippines, 4-1, giving Ateneo a free ride into the women's Finals of the UAAP Season 80 lawn tennis tournament Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center. The Lady Eagles blew their chance of making it right away after De La Salle University scored a 3-2 victory in the morning tie, needing some help from the Tigresses to formalize their entry. UST extended its unbeaten run to five ties, while Ateneo now holds a 3-2 record. The Tigresses, last season's runner-up, will secure the twice-to-beat advantage in the championship tie if they beat the Lady Eagles in the final day of eliminations at 8 a.m. on Sunday at the same Malate venue. A victory by Ateneo over UST will make the Finals a best-of-three series. The Lady Maroons and the Lady Netters fell at 1-4 and will face off for third place at 12 noon on Sunday. In the men's division, defending champion University of the East remained undefeated in seven ties as it trounced UP, 4-1. The Red Warriors go for the twice-to-beat incentive against the Blue Eagles in a Finals preview at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Ateneo, which has a 5-2 record, is eyeing for a victory to make the championship tie a best-of-three showdown. De La Salle University turned back UST, 3-2, to secure third place, ending its men's division stint with a 4-4 slate.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 5th, 2018

UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football: Ateneo, FEU face off in rematch of Season 79 Finals

MATCHES on SUNDAY, MARCH 4 (Rizal Memorial Stadium) 9:00 AM - UP vs. UST (Men’s) 1:30 PM - Ateneo vs. FEU (Men’s) 4:00 PM - UE vs. Adamson (Men’s)   Last season’s finalists meet on the pitch for the first time in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament, as defending champions Ateneo de Manila try to string together three straight wins when they take on Season 79 runners-up Far Eastern University, Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Coming off back-to-back wins against UE and Adamson, the Blue Eagles look to close out the first round of action on a three-game winning streak. While the Blue Eagles are very much in the upper half of the standings, currently at third place, it has been a very different season this year, as they’ve already doubled their loss total from their one-loss campaign a season ago. Speaking of completely different seasons, last year’s runners-up have gotten off to a rocky first round. Left depleted by a handful of injuries, the Tamaraws have yet to find their groove and are sitting in sixth place with just one win in their first six outings. An upset over the defending champions could very well spark a change as they head into the second round of action. Ateneo and FEU kick off at 1:30 PM.   In the first contest of the day, the top-two seeds collide as unbeaten University of the Philippines try to end the first round without a loss when they take on second-seeded University of Santo Tomas. The departure of key players such as Daniel Gadia, Patxi Santos, and Ace Villanueva seem to have done little to derail the Fighting Maroons, as they’ve continued to dominate the field, only dropping points once in their first six outings. Third-year stars King Miyagi and JB Borlongan have paced the league-leading Maroons so far, and will look to do the same to end the first round on a high note. Heading into their round-ending matchup against UP, the Growling Tigers had the chance to keep their unbeaten slate alive as well. Unfortunately for the Espanya-based side, they ran into a motivated University of the East squad that handed them their first loss of the season. Still, a win over the Maroons will put UST at level with UP for the top spot after the first round. UP and UST kick off at 9:00 AM.   In the final match of the first round, UE looks to string together back-to-back wins when they meet hapless Adamson University. Coming off arguably their biggest win of the season, the motivated Red Warriors have a golden opportunity to end the first round with three wins, something that they haven’t done in quite a while. It won’t come easy though, as they’ll be taking on a hungry Adamson side still looking for win number one. Against defending champions Ateneo, Adamson may have taken a 2-0 loss, but if anything, it was a promising display from the cellar-dwellers, as they played their best football this season. Aggressive both on offense and defense, the Soaring Falcons came close to holding Ateneo to a draw, or even pulling off the massive upset. Should Adamson come into their final match of the first round with the same intensity and hunger, they head into round two on a high note. UE and Adamson kick off at 4:00 PM......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2018

DLSU, Ateneo grouped together in first-ever UAAP 3x3

The fiercest foes in the UAAP have been lumped together for the elimination round of the inaugural 3x3 Tournament in Season 80. De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University will be jostling for the top two spots in Group A along with Adamson University and University of the East on Sunday at the SM MOA Music Hall in Pasay. The Green Archers boast of one of the more stacked lineups in the tournament with former Rookies of the Year Andrei Caracut and Aljun Melecio, Justine Baltazar, and Santi Santillan. Meanwhile, the Blue Eagles will be bannered by QJ Banzon, Rodney Manuel, Gabe Natividad, and Dan Wong. Over in Group B, the University of the Philippines is poised to lord over with a roster of Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan, Jun Manzo, and Gelo Vito. Still, Far Eastern University and National University are all set to put up a fight against the Maroons. University of Sto. Tomas decided against fielding a team in the Men's division. The top two teams from each group will move on to the semifinals where the top-seed in one group will be pitted against the second-seed in the other. The winners there will then move on to the Finals where the first-ever 3x3 Men’s champion will be crowned. While competition will not be count in the general championship, league executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag expects all member-schools to go all-out for bragging rights. “We’re going back to our roots because even before I played five-on-five basketball, tatluhan lang naman ang laro e. Ice tubig, Coke litro lang ang panalo dati,” he said. He then continued, “Dito, school pride naman ang paglalabanan.” Of course, all of the action will be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on livestream starting at 9:00 AM. Here is the full schedule of games: This is the schedule for the #UAAP3x3 on Sunday in MOA. UP, DLSU teams to watch for Men’s. NU, UST teams to watch for Women’s. pic.twitter.com/tTTkfSY0mq — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Marso 1, 2018 In the Women’s division, top teams NU and UST have been grouped together in Group B together with FEU and UP. Just like in the Men’s, the Women’s Group A will consist of Adamson, Ateneo, DLSU, and UE. Here is the full list of participants: Men’s 3x3 Adamson June Rey Buenaventura. Lenda Douanga. Brendan Espeleta. Jasper Longalong. Ateneo QJ Banzon. Rodney Manuel. Gabe Natividad. Dan Wong. DLSU Justine Baltazar. Andrei Caracut. Aljun Melecio. Santi Santillan. FEU Michael John Casino. Wendell Comboy. Richard Escoto. Kenneth Tuffin. NU JP Cauilan. Chammy Diputado. Theo Fores. Anthony Sistoza. UE Mark Maloles. Philip Manalang. Alvin Pasaol. Jason Varilla. UP Javi Gomez de Liano. Juan Gomez de Liano. Jun Manzo. Gelo Vito. Women’s 3x3 Adamson Jamie Alcoy. April Cabug. Jonalyn Lacson. Nathalia Prado. Ateneo Nicole Cancio. Katrina Guytingco. Jhazmine Jason. Johanne Nimes. DLSU Lauryn Del Campo. Angel Figueroa. Marja Jimenez. Vea Malarde. FEU Claire Castro. Princess Jumuad. Valerie Mamaril. Fatima Quiapo. NU Jack Danielle Animam. Afril Bernardino. Ria Nabalan. Annick Tiky. UE Christine Cortizano. Joyce Francisco. Princess Pedregosa. Anna Requiron. UP Carmela Bascon. Justine Domingo. Christine Isip. Lourdes Ordoveza. UST Jhenn Angeles. Angel Anies. Karla Manuel. Maria Sangalang. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 1st, 2018

Ateneo s Deanna Wong playing own game despite comparisons to Cobb of DLSU

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Ateneo Lady Eagles continue their race back to the top as they earned their 4th straight win and first sweep of the season over the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons on Sunday, February 25.  Starting setter Deanna Wong is among the Lady Eagles ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Ateneo escapes gutsy UP challenge

Ateneo de Manila University’s winning run extended to four straight Sunday after surviving a gutsy effort by University of the Philippines, 25-20, 25-22, 28-26, in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Eagles improved to 4-2 win-loss record tied with archrival two-time defending champion De La Salle University. Ateneo once again prevailed in the Battle of Katipunan as the Lady Eagles sent their neighbors reeling to their fourth straight sets defeat to slide to 1-4 slate. But the Lady Maroons gave the Lady Eagles a hard time closing down the match. UP held a 23-22 lead after making a run in the third set, using as rallying point the loss of Jesma Ramos who tweaked her right ankle after stepping on the foot of Ateneo hitter Kat Tolentino after a block attempt early in frame, to take a 23-22 lead. Jho Maraguinot and Jules Samonte scored on back-to-back kills to put the Lady Eagles at match point but Diana Carlos was there to equalize. Ateneo again went ahead on the next play only to see Carlos tie it again at 25. Tolentino gave the Lady Maroons a taste of set point in an attack error but Rose Cailing made a costly service error – UP’s 11th from the service line. Carlos tried to save UP once again but committed two straight errors on spike attempts that went wide.   (To be updated) ---         Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2018