Blaze Spikers, Tornadoes seek PSL semis

The top-seeded Blaze Spikers, who finished the double-round elims with a 13-1 card, are heavily favored over the winless Lady Skippers in their 7 p.m. showdown with the winner facing the victor in the Generika Ayala-Cignal quarterfinal clash......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarAug 14th, 2019

Petron, Foton secure semis slots

Defending champion Petron breezed past Marinerang Pilipina, 25-18, 25-13, 25-11, to make its way to the semifinals of the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Aiza Maizo-Pontillas finally caught fire for the Blaze Spikers, who stretched their winning streak to 12. Maizo delivered 15 points on top of 12 digs while Bernadeth Pons and skipper Frances Molina combined for 24 markers for Petron, which need only one hour and 25 minutes to wrap up the contest. The Blaze Spikers will clash with the survivor in the other quarterfinal battle between Generika-Ayala and Cignal, who will clash on Saturday. "Siyempre sobrang laki kasi lahat naman ng teams ito yung goal makarating sa ganitong status,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Ngayon nandito na kami kailangan mas maging eager pa kami na pagandahin yung takbo ng team namin kasi siyempre pinaghirapan naman namin," he added. Meanwhile, Foton recovered from a set down to boot out PLDT Home Fibr, 16-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-12, in the other quarters pairing. Jaja Santiago dropped 20 points off 14 spikes, five kill blocks and an ace while Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Marian Buitre added 15 and 12 markers, respectively, for the Tornadoes, who will take on the winner between no. 2 seed F2 Logistics and Sta. Lucia Realty in the Final Four. The Power Hitters, who played sans Aiko Urdas because of a knee injury, got 22 points from Grethcel Soltones while Jerrili Malabanan and Shola Alvarez got 13 and 10, respectively. The Blaze Spikers had the game in full control that allowed Delos Santos to field in seldom-used players, including Mary Anne Esguerra, Mela Tunay and Toni Basas. Dimdim Pacres and Judith Abil finished with seven points apiece for Marinerang Pilipina, which ended its campaign without a single win to show.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

PLDT, Petron survive cliffhanger battles

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Fans inside the jampacked Corpus Christi Gym here were treated to a night of thrill and excitement as Petron and PLDT Home Fibr carved out amazing five-setter victories in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on Saturday. Sisi Rondina delivered a performance to remember after dropping 32 points in the defending champion Blaze Spikers’ 25-23, 24-26, 24-26, 25-22, 19-17, win over Foton to lock the no. 1 seeding in the quarterfinals. The 5-foot-6 hotshot towered over the giants of the Tornadoes to fill up the stats sheet with 27 attacks, a game-high four kill blocks and an ace laced with 20 digs and 10 excellent receptions for Petron’s 11th straight win to end preliminary round. The Blaze Spikers closed the round with a 13-1 record at the top spot. “Grabe! Grabe! Bilib ako sa puso ng team. Ramdam na namin yung pagod nila pero siyempre sabi ko nga sa kanila wag maggigive up,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Talagang grabe sila (Foton). Grabeng effort yung ginawa nila at yung eagerness nila na talunin kami.”         Foton controlled the fifth set early before Petron stepped on the gas to engage the Tornadoes in a mad dash to the finish. Rondina made amends on an earlier error with an off the block kill to put Petron at match point before Bernadeth Pons sealed the deal with a cross-court hit. Skipper Ces Molina and Mika Reyes finished with 13 points each while Pons had 12 markers all coming off attacks for Petron, which will take on Marinerang Pilipina in the knockout quarterfinals. Dindin Santiago-Manabat led Foton, which fell to 7-6 card tied with Cignal, with 31 points anchored on 28 kills and three kill blocks. Jaja Santiago had 26 markers while Elaine Kasilag had 11 for the Tornadoes. Meanwhile, Jerrili Malabanan and Grethcel Soltones rose to the occasion as PLDT Home Fibr shocked powerhouse F2 Logistics, 25-21, 26-28, 15-25, 25-19, 15-11, in the curtain-raiser. Down 1-2 in the match as the Cargo Movers dominated them in the resumption of the third set, the duo of Malabanan and Soltones lifted the Power Hitters to force a decider, where both squads fought toe-to-toe lasting for three hours and 31 minutes due to air-conditioning malfunction. Tied at nine in the fifth set, Malabanan scored three of the team’s four straight points to reach match point, 14-10, before Kalei Mau saved a point. But Soltones soared to close out the match and sent F2 Logistics to its second straight defeat. Malabanan and Soltones finished with 21 points apiece with the San Sebastian College standout also putting up 24 digs and 19 excellent receptions. PLDT finished the preliminary with a 6-9 win-loss card, locked in at No.6. Game officials decided to temporarily stop the match with F2 Logistics holding an 8-7 lead in the third frame. It took almost an hour for the venue to reach a cool temperature before referees resumed the game with the Cargo Movers blazing hot dominating the third set for a 2-1 match advantage. But the Power Hitters caught fire in the last two sets also drawing a great game from setter Jasmine Nabor, who had 31 excellent sets on top of six points, as well as Aiko Urdas adding 10 markers. Mau erupted with 28 points including 19 digs and 10 excellent receptions while Ara Galang and Majoy Baron had 19 and 18 points, respectively, for the Cargo Movers, who suffered their second straight setback. Aby Marano added 12 markers while Kim Fajardo returned to action from a fracture finger last conference with 15 excellent sets as F2 Logistics slid to No. 2 with an 11-2 card......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2019

Petron wins fifth straight; Foton escapes in five

BACOOR CITY --- Petron brushed off a sluggish start before completing a sweep of Generika-Ayala, 26-24, 25-12, 25-19, on Tuesday in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Strike Gym here. The Blaze Spikers started out flat, falling behind, 11-17, in the opening frame before sparking a huge run to turn the tables around. “Slow start lang talaga siguro yung receive at attack namin nagstruggle kami,” Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos said. “Kahit malaki yung lamang nakakatuwa kasi hinabol talaga ng team hanggang sa naipanalo namin.” The Blaze Spikers capitalize on their first set comeback to take the fight out of the Lifesavers for their fifth straight win for a 7-1 win-loss slate. “Malaking bagay sa akin yan dahil ang Generika halos lahat ng team kaya nilang i-beat, siyempre kami din kaya rin nila kami,” added Delos Santos. “Pero siyempre pinaghandaan talaga namin sila mabuti dahil alam naming pag gumana yung team nila, mahihirapan kami.” Bernadeth Pons scored all but one of her 18 points off attacks and added nine excellent receptions for the Blaze Spikers. Ces Molina finishwd with 12 points and displayed great floor defense with 21 digs and three excellent receptions while Remy Palma got 13 markers for Petron. Angeli Araneta was the only Generika-Ayala player in double figures with 10 points. Fiola Ceballos had nine markers for the Lifesavers, who dropped to 5-3 card. Meanwhile, Foton completed a come-from-behind 18-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-15, 15-4 win over Sta. Lucia for a 5-3 mark. Jaja Santiago, substitute spiker Marian Buitre and Dindin Santiago-Manabat powered the Tornadoes to kick off their second-round campaign.  Santiago delivered 22 points built on 14 kills, six blocks and two service aces while Buitre, who was fielded in the third set, showed her worth with 15 points off eight attacks, five aces and two blocks. Manabat, for her part, added 13 markers. Foton tightened its hold of the solo fourth place with its fourth straight victory. Pam Lastimosa put up 13 points and 15 digs for Sta. Lucia. Rachel Austero had 11, while Amanda Villanueva added 10 markers including 12 excellent receptions as their team dropped to 1-7 card. Sta. Lucia head coach Babes Castillo didn’t field MJ Phillips while libero Alex Bollier is out for at least a week for a week due to patellar tendinitis on her left knee......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019

Blaze Spikers rally to notch win No. 2 vs Tornadoes

Reigning titlist Petron showed its championship heart as the Blaze Spikers overcame the Foton Tornadoes, 22-25, 16-25, 25-16, 25-17, 15-12, in a five-set grind in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday night at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

Blaze Spikers wary of Tornadoes strength

Petron expects a tough outing following a straight-set romp the first time out as it faces a souped-up Foton side in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference today at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Tornadoes seek Superliga crown vs Tri-Activ Spikers

MANILA, Philippines - Foton hopes to ride the momentum of its stirring come-from-behind victory in Game One as it shoots for the clincher against embattled P.....»»

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PVL: Cool Smashers keep unbeaten slate intact

Defending champion Creamline recovered from a third set meltdown as the Cool Smashers grabbed their fourth straight victory, 25-10, 25-19, 17-25, 25-23, over BanKo on Wednesday to remain undefeated in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Alyssa Valdez led four Creamline players in double figures with 26 points built on 18 kills, six service aces and two kill blocks. The Cool Smashers kept a tight grip of the solo lead after a hard-fought game that started two hours late after the first two games in the triple-bill playdate went into five sets.   “We have a lot of histories with Banko every time since the first season, lagi kaming nagtatapat sa semis tapos maglalaglagan kami. I guess kilala na namin isa’t isa, yung mga tendencies, capabilites, abilities, more than the skills,” said Valdez, who added 15 digs. “May puso talaga [ang BanKo]. They play with heart, mahirap talunin ang ganung klaseng team,” she added. Jema Galanza posted 16 points, Michele Gumabao got 12 while Risa Sato chipped in 11 markers for Creamline, which pounded 54 attack points behind Jia Morado’s 22 excellent sets. The Cool Smashers had a chance to close the match in the third set when they built an 11-3 lead before the Perlas Spikers got their momentum back, sparking a 10-0 assault to take a 13-11 advantage on their way to handing Creamline its first set loss of the conference. The Cool Smashers again got a scare from BanKo early in the fourth set before tying the frame at 14. The two squads engaged in a seesaw battle with Perlas Spikers veteran Sue Roces tying it at 21. Creamline answered with three straight points to move at match point before BanKo threatened to extend the set with the Cool Smashers committing consecutive errors, 23-24. Gumabao ended the match with a kill block on Nicole Tiamzon.          Dzi Gervacio led the Perlas Spikers, who fell to 2-2 slate, with 16 points with all but one coming off spikes while Kathy Bersola and Tiamzon had 13 and 10, respectively.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 21st, 2019

Cignal scores sweet revenge over Generika, advances to PSL semis

Cignal leaned on its rock-solid defense to beat Generika-Ayala, 25-15, 17-25, 25-18, 25-22, on Saturday and book a semifinal berth in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City. The fifth-seeded HD Spikers produced 16 blocks, including seven from Alohi Robins-Hardy and four from Jovelyn Gonzaga in knocking out the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 17th, 2019

Blaze Spikers ease out Skippers

Reigning champion Petron showed winless Marinerang Pilipina the door and moved to the semifinals with a 25-18, 25-13, 25-11 romp at the start of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference playoffs yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

Blaze Spikers put lock on PSL playoff top spot

Reigning champion Petron sealed top seeding in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference playoffs with a 25-23, 24-26, 24-26, 25-22, 19-17 escape act versus Foton at the Corpus Christi Gym in Cagayan de Oro City late Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 12th, 2019

Blaze Spikers go for 13-1 elims closing card

Back on top of the leaderboard, reigning champion Petron tackles Foton today hoping for a win before heading into the playoffs of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on an even higher note......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

Sweet revenge for Petron as Sisi sizzles anew vs F2 in PSL

Sweet revenge. That’s what the Petron Blaze Spikers felt on Thursday after pulling off a thrilling 26-28, 27-29, 25-19, 25-20, 15-6 win over erstwhile unbeaten F2 Logistics on Thursday in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at The Arena in San Juan City. The win not only avenged Petron’s 25-21, 17-25, 27-25, 25-19 first-round loss […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

Petron mounts spirited rally to get back at F2

The Petron Blaze Spikers reminded everyone they’re the two-time champs for a reason......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2019

Rondina shines as Petron rallies to down Cargo Movers

Sisi Rondina and the Petron Blaze Spikers stormed back from two sets down to emerge victorious against the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers in five sets, 26-28, 27-29, 25-19, 25-20, 15-6......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2019

Sisi, Blaze Spikers out to sizzle anew in PSL

Petron guns for a ninth straight win while Cignal hopes to recover from a recent defeat when they go up against separate foes tomorrow (Tuesday) in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at the Muntinlupa Sports Center. The Blaze Spikers square off with winless Marinerang Pilipina Lady Skippers at 4:15 p.m. while the HD Spikers […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 5th, 2019

HD Spikers win three in a row

Cignal played like a well-oiled machine, disposing Foton, 25-23, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21, to cop its third straight win in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Team captain Rachel Anne Daquis paced the assault for the HD Spikers, who improved to 6-5 to forge a tie with idle Generika-Ayala at the fourth spot. Daquis finished with 18 points and 25 digs while Mylene Paat chipped in 17 markers and setter Alohi Robins-Hardy submitted 15 markers of top of 24 of the HD Spikers’ 26 excellent receptions in the match that took two hours and five minutes to finish. From a 4-4 contest in the third set, the HD Spikers went with an 11-2 run to put up a commanding, 15-6, and Daquis took over with her own 3-0 spurt to widen the gap, 21-9, en route to set point, 24-10. Foton, however, refused to surrender and saved four set points, 14-24, before Daquis ended the Tornadoes’ agony. Alohi, who was converted to opposite spiker late in the match, put on a show as Cignal broke loose from a, 19-19, contest to give the HD Spikers a, 22-19, breather while Daquis did the finishing touches for her team. Jaja Santiago had a game-high 25 points for Foton, while skipper Mina Aganon had 11 markers and Dindin Santiago-Manabat added 10. It was an even contest in spikes (52-52) but the Tornadoes only had four blocks against 12 of the HD Spikers. Foton, which came from a loss to F2 Logistics, slid to 7-5. Meanwhile, Generika-Ayala returned in the win column after shaking off Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 25-9. Playing sans skipper Angeli Araneta, who injured her left knee last Saturday in a five-set loss to F2 Logistics, the Lifesavers banked on the duo of Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain for their seventh win in 12 games for a two-way tie at third spot with Foton. Ceballos had 16 points, Orendain finished with 15 while Ria Meneses added 11 for Generika-Ayala.  Bad luck haunted the Lady Realtors anew as hitter Amanda Villanueva sprained her left ankle in the opening set and didn't return. Pam Lastimosa got 12 points while Amy Ahomiro posted 11 markers for the Lady Realtors, who closed the preliminary round with a 2-12 slate and continued to miss the services of MJ Phillips. Phillips left for the US to attend to personal matters.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2019

Red-hot Blaze Spikers repeat over Realtors

Blazing Petron reasserted its mastery over lowly Sta. Lucia, repeating with a sweep, 25-13, 25-10, 25-13, for its eighth win in a row in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference yesterday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

PBA: San Mig, Alaska seek semis vs top seeds

The Beermen look to end the dream run of the No. 2-ranked NorthPort Batang Pier in the 4:30 p.m. showdown while the Aces look to defy the odds anew against the top seeded TNT KaTropa at 7 p.m......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 24th, 2019

Kings seek semis vs Hotshots

Defending champion Barangay Ginebra hopes third time’s the charm as it seeks to finish off quarterfinal rival Magnolia and grab a semis seat today in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2019

Tornadoes make it six in a row

Foton cruised to its sixth straight win, defeating Generika-Ayala, 25-16, 28-26, 25-15, behind the heroics of Dindin Santiago-Manabat on Saturday in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Santiago-Manabat had 19 points, all but one from spikes, while her younger sister Jaja added 15 markers, including the match-clinching quick attack for the Tornadoes, who improved to 7-3 win-loss record. Mina Aganon had an all-around game of eight markers, 22 digs and 7 excellent receptions for Foton. “Of course, like I said, this second round is really a game of positioning,” said Foton coach Aaron Velez. “One thing that I like with my players today is they just kept on believing in themselves and then they were able to, although there was a little struggle, they just keep on getting our rhythm and we never lost our focus.” After a hard-fought second set, where Generika-Ayala reached the first set point, Foton looked more aggressive in the third set despite trailing, 4-7. The Tornadoes refused to yield as they turned the tables to their favor before taking a, 21-12, lead en route to the win. Velez, however, admitted that he wasn’t surprised to win the match in straight sets. “No one needs to be surprised, actually,” he said. “Every team in the league has the capacity to win.” Patty Orendain finished with 13 points for Generika-Ayala, which dropped to 5-4.   Meanwhile, Cignal added to Sta. Lucia’s misery after hammering an impressive 25-8, 25-16, 25-22 victory for a 4-5 mark. Opposite Mylene Paat and setter Alohi Robins-Hardy led the way for the HD Spikers with nine attacks to finish with 12 points.  Robins-Hardy chipped in 10 markers laced with four aces and eight excellent sets for the HD Spikers, who turned the match into a rout in the first set. Janine Marciano and May Luna combined for 17 points for the HD Spikers in the match that took an hour and 24 minutes to finish. Roselle Baliton, Joy Dacoron and MJ Philips each had six markers for Sta. Lucia, which slid to 1-9.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 20th, 2019