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Cignal closes elims campaign on a high note, faces Cocolife in the quarters

Cignal played with a crippled roster, but it hardly mattered as import Alexis Matthews asserted her dominance at the middle en route to a 25-21, 25-16, 25-14 victory over Victoria Sports-UST in the 2017 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Matthews was a solid force to be reckoned with as she single-handedly towed the HD Spikers to a morale-boosting victory. With the win, the HD Spikers formally closed their eliminations campaign at the fourth spot with a 4-4 win-loss card to book a quarterfinal duel with fifth-seed Cocolife on Thursday. F2 Logistics, meanwhile, is set to take the top spot provided that it prevails by at least four sets against newcomer Iriga City. If that happens, Petron will take the second seed while two-time champion Foton will fall to third. Matthews, the 6-foot-3 American middle blocker from Michigan State, did most of the damage at the middle as she knocked down 13 kills and six blocks for 19 points while winger Honey Royse Tubino chipped in eight markers for the HD Spikers, who missed the services of national team member Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis. Gonzaga crashed with a knee injury last week while Daquis is still in the hospital after being diagnosed with dengue. Cignal coach George Pascua said while the victory boosts their confidence for the next round, local players such as Janine Marciano, Mylene Paat, Paneng Mercado and Tubino must all step up and deliver the numbers they will miss if and when Gonzaga and Daquis sit out anew. “I’m happy with our performance, but the locals must step up,” said Pascua, adding that over-confidence nearly doomed their chances in the first set where the Tigresses erected a 20-15 lead before Matthews buckled down to work. “Everybody is performing well and meets our expectations during training. But we should apply what we train and play a notch higher during actual games because things will start to get tough as we enter the quarterfinals.” From a 15-20 disadvantage, Matthews imposed her will at the middle, allowing Mercado to convert a strong kill and Saet to knock down back-to-back aces for a 22-21 lead. Shannen Palec tried to put the Tigresses back into the set with a successful attack, but Mylene Paat and Mathews delivered a pair of hits, giving the HD Spikers the set point, 24-22, and the confidence in the second and third sets. “She (Matthews) played really great,” said Pascua, noting that his other import Beth Carey of Australia was simply out of rythmn. “I just hope she maintains that form in the quarterfinals.” Carla Sandoval and Dimdim Pacres tallied 10 and nine markers, respectively, for the Tigresses, who kissed the tournament goodbye without a single victory in eight matches. They, however, still emerge as biggest winners as they will carry all the lessons they gained in this high-level tourney to the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) wars starting February......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnDec 2nd, 2017

Generika-Ayala, SLR clobber foes

Games Saturday: (Gen. Trias Sports Center) 4:00 pm – F2 Logistics vs Smart 6:00 pm – Petron vs Generika-Ayala   Generika-Ayala pounced hard on a crippled Cignal squad to essay a masterful 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 victory to close the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix preliminary round Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Imports Darlene Ramdin and Symone Hayden carried the fight for the Lifesavers, who went on to seal the seventh spot in the quarterfinals. With that, Generika-Ayala has to beat Petron twice in the next round to advance to the best-of-three semifinals. In the second match, Sta. Lucia Realty closed the classification round on a high note as it clobbered Smart, 25-22, 18-25, 25-17, 25-18. Bohdana Anisova and Marisa Field were impressive on both ends to frustrate the Giga Hitters and their super import in Gyselle Silva, who just came from a league-record 56-point explosion. Anisova chalked 17 attacks to finish with 22 points while Field added 10 kills for 17 markers for Sta. Lucia, which booked a duel with Foton in the quarterfinals next week. The two imports combined for nine of the Lady Realtors’ 12 total blocks to withstand another 33-point performance by Silva. The Giga Hitters, who will face reigning champion F2 Logistics in the next round, closed their classification-round campaign without a win in 10 matches. Meanwhile, third seed Cocolife will tackle sixth seed Cignal; and fourth seed Foton will face fifth seed Sta. Lucia Realty armed with a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals starting Saturday at the Gen. Trias Sports Center in Gen. Trias City in Cavite. A member of the Trinidad and Tobago national team, Ramdin delivered 16 of her team-high 17 points from kills while Hayden chipped in 13 attacks and a block to finish with 14 points for the Lifesavers, who took advantage of the HD Spikers’ erratic attacks after Bosnian import Sonja Milanovic crashed with a right ankle sprain half of the first set. With Milanovic out, American import Jeane Horton picked up the scoring cudgel for the HD Spikers, who faltered in the third set and allowed Ramdin and the Lifesavers to turn a 16-all count into a 23-18 gap. Horton tallied 16 kills, two aces and a block to finish with 19 points while Rachel Ann Daquis had six while Milanovic chipped in five markers before hitting sitting out for good.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

F2 Logistics, Generika-Ayala end first round on high note

Generika-Ayala closed the first round on a high note as it hammered a 26-24, 20-25, 25-17, 25-19 victory over Cocolife in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Head coach Sherwin Meneses missed the action, but it didn’t matter as the Lifesavers unleashed their balance attack to cruise to their fourth straight win. Also marching into the second round with high morale is F2 Logistics, which dominated Smart, 25-11, 25-22, 25-17, in the second game. Majoy Baron fired 11 attacks, two blocks and two aces while Kim Fajardo chalked up 29 excellent sets laced with seven hits for the Cargo Movers, who improved to 5-2. With the victory, Generika-Ayala forged a tie with idle Cignal at the fourth spot with a 4-3 win-loss mark. Patty Orendain led the scoring parade with 22 points while Fiola Ceballos unleashed an all-around performance of 20 markers, 13 digs and 13 excellent receptions for the Lifesavers, who gained confidence after bringing down powerhouse F2 Logistics in four sets two weeks ago. Angeli Araneta and Ria Meneses were also impressive as they chipped in 18 and 10 markers, respectively while prized libero Kath Arado registered 31 digs and 21 excellent receptions in a match that took almost two hours to conclude. “We started the conference with three straight losses. That was tough. But when we won over F2 Logistics, that’s when things turned around for us,” said Generika-Ayala assistant coach Parley Tupaz. “After that win, we gained confidence, we were able to play at our best.” Tupaz, who called the shots in lieu of Meneses who was abroad to attend an FIVB coaching course seminar, added that although they remain a work in progress, they are glad that they are slowly developing their chemistry and cohesion needed for the tough grind ahead. “Although there’s still a lot to work on but we’re happy that we’ve managed to get to where we are right now while working hard for what we want more.” Filipino-American spiker Kalei Mau tallied a game-high 26 points, 12 digs and 16 excellent receptions for Cocolife, which slid to 1-6. Alex Tan and Arianna Angustia also contributed 10 markers apiece......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2018

Batang Gilas duo shine for NU in UAAP 81 Juniors action

The Nazareth School of National University (NS-NU) Bullpups opened their UAAP Season 81 Juniors' Basketball tournament campaign on a high note after holding off the FEU-Diliman Baby Tamaraws, 78-70, at the Blue Eagle Gym Sunday morning. With the game tied at 57 following a JB Sajonia jumper from 15 feet, NS-NU held off a furious run by the Baby Tams, as Bullpup Terrence Fortea scored six straight points to keep their opponents at bay.  FEU-Diliman's RJ Abarrientos cut the lead to as close as four, 61-65, but NS-NU answered emphatically with the game-deciding 16-3 run, capped off by Harold Alarcon's fastbreak layup. "Medyo nag-start out ng maganda yung defense namin. Na-contain namin yung FEU noong first half. Noong bandang gitna ng third quarter, medyo bumaba na naman. Siguro we have to be more consistent," NS-NU Bullpups head coach Goldwin Monteverde told ABS-CBN Sports. NU tried to pull away initially in the first half, venturing on an 11-1 run bridging the first two quarters to lead 28-16, but the Baby Tamaraws found a way to slowly chip away the lead. Batang Gilas duo Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano had a great debut for the Season 80 runners-up, combining for 28 points. The sharpshooter Fortea meanwhile added 11 markers of his own. Abarrientos top scored for the Baby Tamaraws with 15, while Ron Tolentino added 14. Meanwhile, in the first game, the De La Salle-Santiago Zobel Junior Archers drew their first win of the season in a comeback win against the UE Junior Red Warriors, 66-56. Game tied at 49 in the early goings of the fourth quarter, DLS-Zobel wrestled away the game from UE through a 15-4 run to lead 64-53. Henrie Subido, brother of UST Growling Tiger Renzo led the way with 19 points. Lance Jomalesa, a key cog in the game-sealing run added 17 markers of his own. For UE, Shane Dichoso paced their offese with 20 points and six rebounds, but coughed the ball nine times. Big man Jesse Sullano meanwhile had a double-double performance of 11 points and 10 rebounds. FIRST GAME DLSZ (66) -- Subido 19, Jomalesa 17, Sevilla 13, Macasaet 6, Pingol 4, Villarin 3, Buncayo 2, Milan 2, Cudiamat 0, Luna 0, Marana 0. UE (56) -- Dichoso 20, Sullano 11, Alinsoring 8, Lima 6, Manaug 5, Flores 3, Tajonera 2, Agbas 1, Almacen 0, Villarta 0, Gatdula 0, Escamilla 0. Quarter Scores:  15-17, 35-29, 44-45, 66-56. SECOND GAME NS-NU (78) -- Tamayo 18, Fortea 11, Abadiano 10, Gonzales 8, Alarcon 7, Dayrit 7, Torres 6, Felicilda 5, Quiambao 5, Mailim 1, Vinoya 0, Enriquez 0, Buensalida 0. FEU-Diliman (70) -- Abarrientos 15, Tolentino 14, Alforque 12, Anunuevo 7, Bautista 7, Sajonia 6, Ona 5, Bagunu 2, Torres 2, Libago 0, Barasi 0. Quarter Scores: 20-16, 41-34, 54-52, 78-70.   __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

PVL: Perlas Spikers, Lady Oragons clash in elims rematch

BanKo and Iriga-Navy look for a fresh new start after contrasting end of the first round when the second half of the double-round eliminations of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference begins Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.  The Perlas Spikers opened their campaign with five straight wins before falling short in their last two games to move down to a share of the second spot with Ateneo-Motolite with 5-2 win-loss slate. BanKo is coming off a straight sets loss to league-leading Creamline and a stinging 25-16, 24-26, 25-18, 23-25, 13-15, loss to Pocari Sweat-Air Force last Sunday in Baliwag, Bulacan. Meanwhile, the Lady Oragons are on a high after snapping a six-game losing streak to barge in the win column. Behind Army veterans Nene Bautista and Joanne Bunag, Grazielle Bombita and Hezzymie Acuna, Iriga-Navy outlasted young Adamson-Akari, 25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-11, last Saturday to end the first round on a high note. Head coach Edgardo Rusit is optimistic of their final push to gain a spot in the Final Four with his Army recruits now focused on their services with the Lady Oragons following the end of the AFP Olympics.   “Sa second round makakapag-focus na kami (sa conference) kasi tapos na ang liga naming sa AFP (Olympics),” he said. “Ngayon naka-focus na sila sa team namin ngayon dito sa Iriga, siguro yung adjustment namin malaki na ang mababago.”     Iriga-Navy is looking to exact revenge on the Perlas Spikers who beat the Lady Oragons in four sets at the start of their campaign.     ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2018

Hot-shooting Banchero claims PBA Player of the Week award

Chris Banchero’s scintillating performance in Alaska’s last two games earned him the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of Oct. 15-21 in the 2018 Governors’ Cup. The stocky Alaska guard stood at the forefront of the Aces’ surge to register back-to-back wins, grabbing a piece of the lead in the team standings with Ginebra and Magnolia, while closing in for twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs. The 29-year-old Banchero averaged 19 points, 7 assists and 5.5 rebounds this past week, leading Alaska to victories over Columbian, 104-94 and Blackwater, 116-109 as the Aces forged a three-way tie at the top spot with similar 7-2 records. Alaska’s fifth overall pick in the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft registered a near triple-double effort of 10 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to serve as a catalyst in their 10-point win over the Dyip. Then last Sunday, Banchero, the third conference’s assist leader, went beast mode on offense, firing a new PBA career-high 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the floor to help Alaska outlast Blackwater. The Fil-Italian guard edged Meralco Fil-American players Cliff Hodge and Chris Newsome, as well as San Miguel stalwart Chris Ross and rookie Christian Standhardinger for the weekky citation. Alaska looks to make a strong finish in the elims and formalize its top 4 finish when it faces NLEX this Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo, before taking on NorthPort next Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

Perlas Spikers win back-to-back to end Vinh Long tourney elims

BanKo came up short of advancing in the gold medal round but still closed its campaign in the Vinh Long Television Cup elimination round on a high note Monday in Vietnam. The Perlas Spikers defeated Vietnam Postbank, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 25-18, a day after taking down Malaysia, 25-20, 25-20, 21-25, 25-18, at Vinh Long Province’s Gymnasium. BanKo will get a day to rest and prepare for the bronze medal match on Wednesday. The PVL Reinforced Conference third placers dropped their first two games against VTV-Vietnam, 25-20, 12-25, 13-25, 20-25 and Vinh Long, 23-25, 14-25, 22-25......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

Cocolife kicks off PSL campaign with win over Cherrylume

MANILA, Philippines – The Cocolife Asset Managers pulled off a 4-set win over the Cherrylume Iron Lady Warriors to open their 2018 Philippine SuperLiga Invitational Cup campaign on a high note at the Arena in San Juan on Monday, June 25.  Gyra Barroga made her Invitational Cup debut remarkable with ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

PBA: Romeo s Visayas All-Stars dismantle Gilas Pilipinas

Terrence Romeo has owned the last two legs of the 2018 PBA All-Star Games. Romeo went on a tear once again, leading the Visayas All-Stars to a 157-141 win over Gilas Pilipinas Sunday at the University of San Carlos Gym in Iloilo City as the mid-season festivities ended on a high note. Two days after scoring an All-Star record of 48 points, Terrence added another 27, powering his All-Star crew over the national team. The PBA All-Stars went 2-1 over Gilas this year following a winless campaign in 2017. Gilas won two games last year and then settled for a draw against Mindanao. Visayas slowly pulled away from Gilas in the middle quarters, eventually opening up a 20-point lead. And much like the first leg against Mindanao, the national team simply had no answer for a plethora of guards almost scoring at will from the PBA All-Stars. Jeff Chan actually led Visayas in scoring, firing 29 points as he took care of the late garbage time baskets. Romeo had 27 while TNT teammate Jericho Cruz finished with 20 points. James Yap and Ronald Tubid contributed 17 and 15 points respectively. For Gilas, who once again had a short, 9-man rotation, it was Calvin Abueva that did the heavy lifting. The Beast had a monster 41-point, 27-rebound outing but it wasn't enought for the win. Matthew Wright came away with 28 points.   The Scores: VISAYAS 157 - Chan 29, Romeo 27, Cruz 20, Yap 17, Tubid 15, Fajardo 14, Slaughter 11, Ross 8, Quinahan 7, Monfort 5, Taulava 4. SMART 141 - Abueva 41, Wright 28, Aguilar 20, Pogoy 15, Rosario 13, Belo 12, Castro 8, Norwood 2, Jalalon 2. Quarters: 33-36; 80-73; 115-103; 157-141.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

Rondina-Pons tandem sizzles in beach volleyball opener

Powerhouse Petron XCS kicked off its title-retention campaign on a sizzling note as it torched Generika-Ayala A and Cocolife A in the opening salvo of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup Wednesday at the Sands By the Bay in Mall of Asia. Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons crawled back from a set down to pull off a 19-21, 21-14, 15-8 victory over Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain of Generika-Ayala, the same pair they crushed in the thrilling finals showdown last year. The tandem then demolished Danika Gendrauli and Nene Bautista of Cocolife A, 21-19, 21-10, to give Petron an early lead in Pool A. But against the Lifesavers, the Blaze Spikers started on a wrong foot. “Hindi kami naka-training dito kaya medyo nagkakapaan pa kami,” said Rondina, who had to wrap up her UAAP and FIVB World Tour stints before she could formally buckle down to training with Pons. Pons, whose season in the UAAP went the distance after Far Eastern University qualified in the finals, agreed with her partner. “Nahirapn kami sa simula. Mabuti naka-adjust sa second and third sets,” she said. Also emerging victorious was Cignal A, which recovered from a sluggish second set en route to a 21-19, 5-21, 16-14 over Generika-Ayala B. The pair of Mylene Paat and Rap Aguilar pounced on Bang Pineda's and Sheeka Espinosa’s blunders at the service box down the stretch to eke out the win in Pool B. Also in Pool B action, Dhannylaine Demontano and Jackie Estoquia of Sta. Lucia A won over Cignal A, 14-21, 21-19, 15-5. Foton’s Nieza and Jeziela Viray defeated Cherry May Vivas and Janine Navarro of Cignal-B, 21-16, 21-17, in Pool C while in Pool D, Jonah Sabete and Bianca Lizares of Sta. Lucia-B downed Marge Tejada and Alex Tan of Cocolife-B, 22-20, 21-16. In the men’s play, Sands overcame UST A, 21-15, 21-17, and Foton, 21-19, 21-15. Foton, however stormed back and clobbered Cocolife, 21-5, 21-7, to improve to 1-1 in Pool A. In Pool B, Cignal overcame TVM, 16-21, 21-14, 15-9; Smart denied Navy, 21-19, 14-21, 15-10; and TVM dominated Navy, 21-17, 21-18......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

PVL: Air Force, IEM snatch opening day victories

National team member Ranran Abdilla displayed his superb form as he led Philippine Air Force past an equally dangerous PLDT Home Fibr squad, 25-15, 22-25, 24-26, 25-16, 15-12, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference men’s division at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Abdilla hammered 23 attacks with four service aces and a kill block for 28 points in an all-around offensive outing for the Jet Spikers, who rained down 62 points on kills despite giving away 41 markers off errors. Helping Abdilla out was Fauzi Ismail, who scored 25 markers, while Edwin Tolentino and Jeffrey Malabanan combined for 17 pints for Air Force, which finished runner-up last year to Cignal in both the Open and Reinforced Conferences. John Vic De Guzman, the team captain of the national squad that saw action in the 29th Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games last year, was the only PLDT player in double figures with 18 points, all but one coming off attacks. Ronjay Galang and Henry Pecana scored nine and eight points, respectively, for PLDT. Meanwhile, Instituto Estetico Manila added more woes to Philippine Army with a 25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 25-14, victory to open its campaign on a high note. The Phoenix Volley Masters joined early winners Air Force and Vice Co.       San Beda University standout Mark Enciso scored all of his 15 points on kills while Jeffrey Jimenez and skipper Greg Dolor posted 14 and 11 markers, respectively. The Troopers dropped their second straight game in as many outings. Benjaylo Labide had 13 points while John Depamaylo scored nine for Army.   ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

Cocolife, Foton book last semis seats

Cocolife weathered a furious late rally by an undermanned Cignal squad to eke out a 25-22, 25-21, 28-26 victory in the quarterfinals of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Serbian imports Marta Drpa and Sara Klisura were impressive while Erika Alkuino delivered the match-clinching block that sent the Asset Managers to the semifinals. Cocolife will face Petron in the best-of-three semifinal battle next week. Meanwhile, Channon Thompson made her presence felt as she towed Foton to a 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 victory over Sta. Lucia Realty to grab the last remaining semifinal seat in the second game. Thompson, who starred for Trinidad and Tobago national women’s team in various international tournaments, tallied 24 of the Tornadoes’ 46 total attacks to finish with 26 points in a furious battle that lasted for 80 minutes. Dindin Manabat chipped in 11 hits while Elizabeth Wendel and CJ Rosario combined for 14 markers for Foton, which will face reigning champion F2 Logistics in the best-of-three semifinals. “I told the team that we should want it more than them,” said Foton coach Rommel Abella, who paraded two new players in Diana Carlos and Isa Molde. “I commend the ladies for following our game plan. They showed that they are hungrier than Sta. Lucia.” Ukrainian Bohdana Anisova drilled 11 kills and two blocks for 14 points while MJ Philips had eight for the Lady Realtors, who bombed out of contention after making a strong run in the latter stretch of the tourney. Coming in as a replacement for American Taylor Milton, Drpa delivered 11 digs and four of the Asset Managers’ eight total blocks on top of 15 kills to finish with game-high 19 points. Klisura, on the other hand, chipped in 14 kills and two aces for 16 points while providing the defensive muscle down the stretch together with Alkuino, who came up with a booming block off Rachel Anne Daquis that sealed the victory for the Asset Managers. It was such a sorry loss for the HD Spikers, who marched into the battle without injured import Sonja Milanovic and head coach Edgar Barroga, who is calling the shots for the National University boys’ volleyball squad in the ongoing Palarong Pambansa in Vigan City. They also lost spiker Janine Navarro midway through the third set due to injury. Jeane Horton tallied 17 points while Daquis chipped in 12 markers for Cignal, who still managed to come up with a very good fight despite opening its campaign without a handful of players like Jovelyn Gonzaga and Janine Marciano, who crashed with a knee injury last year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Cocolife, Foton open prelims second round on a high note

Serbian reinforcement Sara Klisura caught fire to help Cocolife recover from a third set meltdown to pull off a 25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22 victory over Sta. Lucia Realty on Tuesday in the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Pool A prelims second round at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Klisura unleashed 25 kills, three aces and a block for 29 points while American import Taylor Milton finished with 14 markers for the Asset Managers, who improved to 5-3 win-loss card entering the crucial phase of the classification round. Mary Jean Balse-Pabayo added nine points while veteran libero Denden Lazaro chipped in with 18 digs and 12 excellent receptions for Cocolife, which needs at least one victory in its last two assignments against Smart and Petron to secure the twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. Ukranian Bohdana Anisova notched 20 kills and four blocks for 24 points while Canadian Marisa Field had 14 markers for the Lady Realtors, who fell to 3-5. Meanwhile, Foton banked on the late-game heroics of Dindin Manabat to pull off a 25-23, 27-25, 21-25, 32-30 squeaker over Cignal in Pool B. Manabat, who is returning from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, delivered crucial blows to lift the Tornadoes to 4-4 card. The 6-foot-2 middle hitter pushed Foton at match point on a cross court hit before closing the match with a down the line kill to hand the HD Spikers their fifth loss in eight games. New import Channon Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago debuted with 18 points and seven blocks for the Tornadoes, who replaced American Brooke Kranda midway into the conference. Canadian import Elizabeth Wendel finished with 19 points while Manabat nailed 18 markers including five kill blocks. Foton could’ve sealed the match after taking a 24-23 lead in the fourth set but Cignal saved seven match points before Manabat took matters on her own hands. American import Jeane Horton and Bosnian reinforcement Sonja Milanovic tallied 26 and 25 markers, respectively, for Cignal.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Horton, HD Spikers fired up for 2nd round of PSL elims

MANILA, Philippines – Cignal shut down its first-round campaign on a sorry note after dropping a five-set loss to Generika-Ayala in the Chooks to Go-Philippi.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

SLR outlasts Generika-Ayala for first win

Games Saturday: (Sta. Rosa Sports Center) 1:00 p.m. –- Opening Ceremonies 2:00 p.m. -- Cignal vs Petron 4:00 p.m. -- F2 Logistics vs Cocolife   BACOOR CITY -- Sta. Lucia Realty overcame a slow start and sluggish reception to escape with a nail-biting 21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 15-7 victory over Generika-Ayala in the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Tuesday at the Bacoor Sports Complex here. Bohdana Anisova and MJ Philips carried the fight, towing the Lady Realtors to their first victory. A former member of the Ukrainian national team, Anisova erupted for 22 attacks and four aces to finish with 28 points while Philips chipped in 22 markers for the Lady Realtors, who bounced back from a sorry setback to powerhouse Petron in the opening day. Head coach George Pascua lauded his wards, saying that despite a rusty start, they still managed to pull off the win in a marathon match that lasted for more than two hours. “I’m satisfied, but there were still some lapses in the first and third sets,” said Pascua, who guided Petron to the 2014 Grand Prix and 2015 All-Filipino Conference title before leading Cignal to the 2016 Invitational Conference crown. “Although we struggled in our reception, I’m glad that our key players are slowly adjusting. We have a veteran setter in Rubie (de Leon) so she already knew how to make the players work as one solid unit.” Meanwhile, Cignal HD opened its campaign with a straight sets drubbing of Cocolife, 25-15, 28-26, 25-15, behind American import Jeanne Mae Horton's 24-point debut. Pascua noted that despite their lapses at the receiving end, the Lady Realtors still ruled the blocking department, 16-4, with Marisa Field of Canada registering five swats. “I’m satisfied with how we played defense at the net,” he said shortly after their match. “Hopefully this would be the start of something good for us.” High-flying American Symone Hayden had 27 points while Angeli Araneta contributed 20 markers for the Lifesavers, who struggled anew after losing to Foton in the opener......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

Manabat, Kanda lead Foton in opening day win

Games Tuesday (Bacoor Sports Center) 4:15 p.m. —- SLR vs Generika-Ayala 7:00 p.m. -— Cocolife vs Cignal   Dindin Manabat announced her return on a sizzling note as she powered Foton to a 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22 victory over Generika-Ayala in the opening salvo of the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City. Sidelined with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury last year, the power-hitting Manabat led the Tornadoes' furious run in the third and fourth sets to emerge victorious. Manabat fired eight kills and a game-high five aces to finish with 14 points, while American import Brooke Kanda delivered 17 attacks and two blocks to finish with 21 points for the Tornadoes, who are looking for a rebound after losing the Grand Prix crown to F2 Logistics last year. Canadian reinforcement Elizabeth Wendel tallied 11 points in her debut. Foton lost the battle in the attack zone, 42-44, but it ruled the blocking department, 8-2, and had more aces, 13-6, to underscore their dominance in the match that lasted for one hour and 36 minutes. Still, new head coach Rommel Abella stressed that they are still far from gaining their championship form. “If I’ll put a number on it, I think around 60 to 70 percent pa lang,” said Abella, who took over the slot left by Serbian coach Moro Branislav. “We’re still a bit stiff and jittery. Hopefully, we could eliminate all the mistakes we had. Anyway, this is still a very good start,” he said. Abella added that although he was expecting more from their imports, the collective effort of the Tornadoes was enough to carry them through. “We were expecting a little more,” he said. “But since this is just their first game here in the Philippines, their performance was still acceptable. Hopefully, they can provide us with a little more offense in our next game.” But the day obviously belonged to Manabat. Looking fit and deadly after 10 months of rehabilitation and therapy, Manabat was impressive on both ends, especially in the third set where the Tornadoes erected a 12-point advantage, 20-8, to clinch the set victory and build enough momentum for the deciding set. The Lifesavers hung around and tried to extend the game to a fifth set, 21-23, but Manabat scored on a sharp kill to claim the match point, 24-21, before Kranda connected a strong hit to seal the victory. “All Dindin needs was mind-setting,” said Abella. “We always ask the PT (physical therapist) about the status of her injury and they always say that it’s a hundred percent healed. So, it's a good thing she stepped up in this game.” Darlene Ramdin of Trinidad and Tobago finished with 19 points while Symone Hayden of United States added seven markers for the Lifesavers, who were off to a slow start under the tutelage of new head coach Sherwin Meneses......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2018

Stalzer fires 30 points in Petron s debut win

Games Tuesday: (Bacoor Sports Center) 4:15 p.m. —- SLR vs Generika-Ayala 7:00 p.m. -— Cocolife vs Cignal   Petron crushed Sta. Lucia Realty in four sets, 25-21, 18-25, 25-17, 25-20 in the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City. Lindsay Stalzer picked up where she left off, erupting for 22 kills, six aces and two blocks for 30 points while Hillary Hurley had 18 markers for the Blaze Spikers, who are eager to avenge their sorry finals meltdown to F2 Logistics last season. “We want to start the season on a high note,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos, whose wards unleashed their fighting form in the third set before going for the kill in the fourth to avoid an opening-day mishap. “This is the kind of game I expect on opening day. I’m glad the girls responded well and embraced the challenge.” Ukrainian Bohdana Anisova provided the spark with 18 points while MJ Philips chipped in 16 markers for the Lady Realtors......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2018

UAAP 80 Volleyball: Padda excited about return of Emnas, Paat

Adamson head coach Air Padda is stoked about her Lady Falcons squad as they march into their campaign in UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament backed by a duo of returning veterans. The sophomore mentor has at her disposal an overhauled Adamson team composed of the right mix of new faces and veterans. With the return of setter Fenela Emnas and Mylene Paat, who both skipped the competition last year, Adamson’s hopes are high after a dismal outing in Season 79 where they ended up in last place with a 1-13 slate – the school’s worst in 15 years. “Super excited,” said Padda of the returning duo. Emnas was able to play for Padda during the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference where Adamson finished fourth. Paat joined the team just last month after her stint with Cignal in the Philippine Superliga. “I think I met Fhen and Mylene right before we started our last season. They’ve kinda been like in the gym, and so I heard that they used to be on the team, they’re not anymore, and I always wanted to know why,” said Padda. “I know Mylene wanted to focus on her pro club or whatever. I was super excited because one, I knew that they could help our team and I wanted to coach them. You know it’s always a challenge when you come to a new school and you have, you know, there’s a new coach, everyone wants to compare,” she added. “They were on the team last year (Season 78), we didn’t win, and I knew that I wanted an opportunity to be able to coach them.” “I know for Fhen this is her last year and I just knew if we got them, it would be part of changing our culture,” Padda continued. “For them, they could just learn more. So I’m super excited.” The mentor also praised the duo’s dedication to fit in her system. “For one, Fhen she just works so hard. She’s a hustler. She just so happens to be a setter, which is like a double plus for us because whoever is in that position, you really want them to be someone who has the fighting spirit,” said Padda. “She’s super athtletic, really high volleyball IQ, and she’s super coachable. Like a part of me is a little worried that, you know sometimes you have players that have played so much, or like Mylene she’s playing in the pro, that they kinda have a chip on their shoulder when they come back to playing college.” “But they’re not like that at all. They were so open and hungry to just wanting to help the team, wanting to learn. So that’s one thing that I’ve noticed about Fhen.” “For Mylene, she’s just like, she’s surrendering herself to the team,” the mentor said. “It’s like, ‘Whatever you want me to do, coach, I’m gonna do.’ And she’s the type of players who’s always looking at me for feedback, she’s kinda like she wants to please the coach. Even though, it’s crazy, because she’s already been playing pro and she still has that type of spirit, which is so awesome about her.” Paat and Emnas will play a vital role for the team and a big boost for the Lady Falcons, who will also bank on graduating player Jema Galanza and newcomers Chiara Permentilla and De La Salle University transferee Eli Soyud.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Sta. Lucia Realty closes elims with back-to-back wins

Games Saturday: (FilOil Flying V Centre) 4:00 p.m. --- Cignal vs Victoria Sports-UST 6:00 p.m. --- Iriga City vs F2 Logistics   Sta. Lucia Realty bucked a slow start before regrouping just in time to eke out a 25-27, 25-18, 25-17, 26-24 victory over Generika-Ayala in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Ukrainian import Bodhana Anisova carried the cudgels for the Lady Realtors, who clinched the victory after one hour and 49 minutes of action. Anisova delivered 23 kills to finish with 25 points while Canadian Marisa Field and Fil-American MJ Philips chipped in 16 and 13 markers, respectively. The Lady Realtors improved to 3-5 win-loss card tied with Cocolife and Generika-Ayala. They still have to wait for the outcome of the match between Cignal and Victoria Sports-UST to determine their ranking in the sudden-death quarterfinals. But Sta. Lucia coach Jerry Yee is ready for war. “I hope this is the momentum we’re looking for,” said Yee, whose wards are coming off a massive four-set conquest of the Asset Managers last Tuesday. Darlene Ramdin of Trinidad and Tobago nailed 20 points while Croatian Katarina Pilepic tallied 19 markers for the Lifesavers, who had an impressive performance in the opening set before suffering a complete collapse in the next three......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

ONE Championship: Edward Kelly looks to settle score in rematch with Christian Lee

Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly has his sights fixed on capturing the most convincing victory of his professional career as he faces Singapore's Christian "The Warrior" Lee for the second time.   Both men are slated to lock horns at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY, which takes place at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on 19 January.   Kelly and Lee initially crossed paths at ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON in September 2018, where Kelly won by disqualification after the latter’s suplex was deemed illegal by the referee in the first round.   While a victory was added to Kelly's record, it was not exactly the kind of victory he trained and hoped for from a bout that promised fireworks.   “The Ferocious” knows that having his hand raised in the rematch will be no walk in the park, but he likes his chances against the exceptional 20-year-old from Singapore   "I learned that I should never give my back to him, and that he will come to attack every second," Kelly said.   "I think this fight could go to the judges if I am unable to catch him with a big shot. I feel he is well prepared for my style. We both do not want to lose to each other."   Kelly concedes that there is an added pressure to perform as his stable, Team Lakay, is coming off an unprecedented run in 2018.   "There is an added pressure for me to perform and open the year on a high note for Team Lakay. I am the first to fight this 2019, so I am planning to give it my all when I get inside the cage," he stated.   "The target is to start the year right for Team Lakay. I want to beat Christian Lee, and then hopefully get a crack at the ONE Featherweight World Title in the near future."   Known for his tremendous power in his strikes, Kelly stressed that if the opportunity to score a finish presents itself against Lee, he will not think twice to grab it.   "His relentlessness is his strength, but can also be his weakness. I need to pick my shots, maximize my striking and be careful with his takedowns,” he explained. “Should the opening present itself, I am definitely going for a knockout.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

VOLLEYBALL IS LIFE: A look back at Philippine volleyball in 2018

Glorious victories, dynasties, historic feats, controversies and memorable moments once again highlighted another fruitful year for Philippine volleyball.   Now, let us take a look back in the year that was in volleyball:   DYNASTY Powerhouse teams continued to thrive in the country’s most popular collegiate leagues. Arellano University muscled its way back into the NCAA Season 93 Finals and met a newcomer in San Beda University. The Lady Chiefs did find the Lady Red Spikers as feisty opponents in their first championship meeting, needing five sets to survive San Beda in Game One. But it didn’t take long for Arellano U to stomp its class over the newbies to capture its second straight title and fourth overall crown in five years. De La Salle University painted UAAP Season 80 green after annexing its third straight title handing legendary head coach Ramil De Jesus his third grand slam in the country’s most popular and competitive collegiate league. Second year setter Michelle Cobb stepped up to the challenge of filling the big shoes left by Kim Fajardo and complemented the depth and firepower of DLSU. Far Eastern University, which advanced into the Finals for the first time after a decade, stood no chance against the onslaught of the Lady Spikers, which swept their way onto throne. University of Perpetual Help completed a four-peat in the NCAA juniors after sweeping Letran. Philippine Air Force snatched the Premier Volleyball League men’s Reinforced Conference crown and the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference title. Sisi Rondina cemented her legacy as the UAAP’s queen of the sands after completing a three-peat in women’s beach volleyball. Rondina wrapped her tour of duty with four titles in five years. The Tigers ruled the men’s division.       YEAR OF THE UNDERDOGS San Beda University made great strides in NCAA Season 93 after earning its first-ever Finals appearance behind the efforts of Cesca Racraquin and twins Nieza and Jiezela Viray. The Lady Red Spikers closed the elims with an 8-1 win-loss record and took down Perpetual in the semis. Languishing at the bottom half of the standings since the return of its women’s volleyball program in 2008, Jose Rizal University made history by advancing into the Final Four. Shola Alvarez capped the Lady Bombers’ remarkable season by pocketing the Most Valuable Player award.   Far Eastern University made it to the UAAP women’s volleyball Finals by booting out crowd-favorite Ateneo de Manila University in the semis.  For the first time in five years, the Blue Eagles found themselves in a very difficult position in the Final Four. With a twice-to-win disadvantage, the Marck Espejo-led Ateneo shocked FEU – a team that beat them twice in the elims – to march to its fifth straight championship appearance.      But the real underdog story belonged to NU. After three years of finishing runner-up to the Blue Eagles, the Bulldogs led by Bryan Bagunas finally got their long-awaited revenge as they swept Ateneo off its three-year reign at the throne.     OFF COURT STORIES, CONTROVERSIES University of the East parted ways with head coach Francis Vicente midway in Season 80 after three and a half seasons with the Lady Warriors. Vicente left for ‘personal reasons’ with a UE coaching record of 2-45 (win-loss). Red Warriors head coach Sammy Acaylar also resigned from his post midway in the season. University of Sto. Tomas hitter EJ Laure after months of speculations to the real reason of her sitting out UAAP Season 80 broke her silence by saying that needed time to recover from her right shoulder injury to end all the rumors circulating including an alleged pregnancy.    Sound bites, videos and clips that show collegiate players’ ‘human side’ made its rounds around social media that drew mixed reactions from fans.  Just like in the previous years, controversy filled the formation of the national women’s volleyball team. Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. initially named Ramil De Jesus as the national team coach but just two months after his designation, the multi-titled DLSU mentor resigned from his post citing ‘conflict of schedule’. Shaq Delos Santos took over De Jesus’ spot. Netizens went abuzz when the composition of the national team that participated in the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games was released as fans give their different views on who should and should not be included in the roster.             LVPI named a new president in Peter Cayco of Arellano U to replace Joey Romasanta during the association’s election.   WRITING HISTORY Smart’s Cuban import Gigi Silva carved a world scoring record in the Philippine Superliga after scoring 56 points in a lost cause against Cocolife in the 2018 Grand Prix. Silva pounded 53 kills and had three aces to land her name in the fourth spot in the women’s world scoring record behind Polina Rahimova of Azerbaijan’s 58 points in 2015 while playing in Japan, American Madison Kingdon’s 57 (2017 Korea Volleyball League) and Bulgarian Elitsa Vasileva’s 57 (2013 Korea Volleyball League). Silva also surpassed the 55 points of Americans Nicole Fawcett (2013 KVL) and Alaina Bergsma, who led Petron to the 2014 PSL Grand Prix crown, (2016 KVL).     Not to be outdone, local volleyball star Marck Espejo had a 55-point explosion of his own in the Blue Eagles’ five-set Game 1 UAAP Final Four win over FEU. The five-time MVP pounded 47 attacks, had six kill blocks and two service aces for the Katipunan-based squad. Espejo scored 11 points in the deciding frame including Ateneo’s last four to seal the win in the match that lasted for two hours and 21 minutes. Espejo’s feat fueled Ateneo’s eventual semis series win over the twice-to-beat Tamaraws.  Espejo and DLSU libero Dawn Macandili were named as the Philippine Sportswriters Association’s 2017 Mr. and Miss Volleyball.     The Philippines saw three players make their mark in the international scene this year as Espejo and sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat were tapped as imports in Japan’s V. Premier League. Espejo is now playing for Oita Miyoshi Weiss Adler while Jaja and Dindin suit up for Saitama Ageo Medics and Toray Arrows, respectively.     After 36 long years, the Philippines sent a women’s volleyball team to participate in the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. The squad won against Hong Kong in straight sets in pool play in the country’s first Asian Games victory since defeating India in the 1982 New Delhi Games. The PHI advanced in the quarterfinals but went home empty-handed. The Filipinas ended up at ninth place in the AVC Asian Cup. Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio made waves in the country’s hosting of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open after the duo barged in the quarterfinals. The tandem eventually bowed down to eventual champion Japan. The NU Bulldogs brought its bark into the international scene and howled its way to giving honor to country by winning the ASEAN University Games gold medal at the expense of Thailand. Volleyball proved to be the most talked about sport in the country as #UAAPSeason80Volleyball became the most tweeted sports hashtag in 2018.   SMASHING WIN, BLAZING VICTORY Creamline became the most successful club in the Premier Volleyball League this year after winning its breakthrough Reinforced Conference crown before following it up with a title romp in the Open Conference. Alyssa Valdez finally ended a two-year title drought after leading the Cool Smashers to the Reinforced Conference throne.   Creamline’s Michele Gumabao joined Binibining Pilipinas and represented the country im the 2018 Miss Globe in Albania, landing at the top 15.     Petron lorded it over in the PSL after winning the Grand Prix and All-Filipino Conference titles at the expense of archrival F2 Logistics, which ruled the Invitational Conference. University of the Philippines ended a 36-year title drought by claiming the PVL Collegiate Conference championship and followed it up by reigning supreme in the PSL Collegiate Grand Slam The SiPons tandem of Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons of Petron annexed their second straight PSL Challenge Cup beach volleyball title. University of Perpetual Help reclaimed the NCAA men’s title after taking down Arellano University as the Altas bagged it 11th title overall.           National University took back the title it lost last year in the UAAP boys’ tournament while De La Salle-Zobel bagged the girls’ mint. The Beach Volleyball Republic continued its advocacy of propagating the sport throughout the country.   END OF THE ROAD After winning three straight UAAP titles, the Lady Spikers bid goodbye to its Big Three in Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili. Season 80 saw the end of the six-year Ateneo-DLSU Finals rivalry as the Lady Eagles bowed down to FEU in the semis. The Blue Eagles three-year reign ended at the hands of NU as Ateneo gave its farewell to its greatest men’s volleyball star Marck Espejo and prized setter Ish Povorosa.    NU’s four-year domination in the girls’ division was snapped by DLS-Zobel. After a dry 2018 PVL season, Pocari Sweat parted ways with its franchise player Myla Pablo as newcomer Motolite agreed to buyout the hitter’s last three contract years.      Thai coach Tai Bundit after five years and bringing two titles including a rare tournament sweep to the Lady Eagles finally called it quits after Ateneo’s campaign in UAAP Season 80. Creamline gave Bundit a farewell championship trophy in the PVL.      A NEW BEGINNING It was a colorful 2018, indeed, for volleyball but 2019 is another promising year for the sport. Can the Lady Chiefs complete a three-peat in the NCAA? Newcomers are sure to bring more excitement and interest in the UAAP. DLSU will try to extend its reign for another season while NU is looking for a repeat crown in the men’s side. Another season for the PSL and the PVL will open while the national men’s and women’s team will highlight the country’s Southeast Asian Games hosting.        --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2018