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Cocolife, Foton target semis berths

Cocolife and Foton shoot for the last two semifinal berths as they tangle with Cignal and Sta. Lucia, respectively, today in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarApr 17th, 2018

NCAA Season 94 volleyball: Lady Chiefs clinch first semis seat

Defending champion Arellano University punched the first Final Four ticket after a quick work of winless Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-19, 25-11, 25-8, Monday in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. It took the Lady Chiefs only 63 minutes to notch their seventh win in as many outings to keep their tight hold of the lead and more importantly secure a spot in the semifinals. Despite coming off a long holiday break, Arellano U showed no signs of rust. Head coach Obet Javier had a chance to experiment with his rotation, giving all of his wards playing time.  "Ni-remind ko lang yung mga bata kung ano yung target namin para sa game na ito. Siyempre, gusto naming itaas yung morale namin lalo," said Javier, whose squad advanced in their seventh straight semifinals apperance. Regine Arocha showed the kind of form expected from her in the Lady Chiefs final push in the elimination round as the hitter unleashed 14 points built on nine spikes, four aces and a kill block. Arocha, who struggled early in the season, added 11 digs. Last year’s rookie of the year Necole Ebuen got nine markers while Princess Bello finished with seven for Arellano U, who can march outright in the best-of-three Finals with wins over its last two games against University of Perpetual Help on Thursday and San Beda University on Tuesday. The Lady Chiefs handed the Lady Generals their eighth consecutive defeat. Jaylene Lumbo scored nine points for EAC, which will close the season on Friday against Lyceum of the Philippines University. Meanwhile, Arellano U secured at least a playoff for a Final Four spot in the men’s division after defeating EAC in five sets, 25-13, 25-18, 27-29, 16-25, 16-14, for a 6-1 slate at solo second spot. Christian Dela Paz led the Chiefs with 16 points while Kim Vincent Tan and Jesrael Liberato got 14 and 13 markers, respectively. Joshua Mina and Joshua Ramilo blasted 23 and 22 points, respectively, in a lost cause for the Generals, who fell to 5-3 card. In the juniors division, the Brigadiers upset the Braves, 25-14, 25-20, 25-19, to improve to 3-5 card. Arellano U slid to 4-3 slate.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

Cignal seals semis clash with Petron | Inquirer Sports

Cignal HD overcame a first set jolt to defeat Foton, 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18, on Saturday night and barge into the semifinals of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at FilOil Flying V.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

F2 blanks Cocolife to advance to PSL All-Filipino semis | Inquirer Sports

MANILA, PhilippinesF2 Logistics advanced to the semifinals after tearing down Cocolife in straight sets, 25-12, 25-22, 25-20, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at Filoil Fly.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Cignal seals semis clash with Petron

Cignal HD overcame a first set jolt to defeat Foton, 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18, on Saturday night and barge into the semifinals of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.   The win allowed Cignal entry into the best-of-three semis against unbeaten Petron, which is gunning for a repeat of its 2015 feat where it swept its way to the title.   Propelled by Rachel Anne Daquis and Mylene Paat, the HD Spikers shrugged off a sluggish opening frame that saw them throw away two set points.   Daquis unloaded 23 points, while Paat added 22 for the HD Spikers.   Behind Daquis and Paat, Cignal came up strong in the su...Keep on reading: Cignal seals semis clash with Petron.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Malacañang-PSC, PNP foil foes in UNTV Cup

Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine National Police (PNP) boosted their bids for outright semis berths by downing their respective rivals in the seventh UNTV Cup held over the weekend at the Pasig Sports Center......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 26th, 2018

Peaking Azkals eye Suzuki Cup semis berth over Indonesia

MANILA, Philippines – As the Philippines plays the last stretch of the group stage, the Azkals target at least a draw against Indonesia on Sunday, November 25, to clinch a semifinal berth in the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup.  Fresh from holding powerhouse Thailand to a  1-1  stalemate, the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2018

Archers, Tams dispute Final 4 slot

La Salle and Far Eastern, two squads that looked on their way to secure Final Four berths in the 81st UAAP men’s basketbal early on but got stymied along the way, hope to proceed to the semis eventually as they figure in a you-or-me clash today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

Petron stays unscathed, extends win streak to six

Petron tightened its grip of the top spot in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Blaze Spikers made short work of struggling Sta. Lucia, 25-9, 25-12, 25-6,  to remain on top of the heap. Mika Reyes finished with a game-high 11 points, including five aces while Ging Balse-Pabayo added 10 markers for the Blaze Spikers, who captured their sixth win in as many games. Petron had a dominant performance as it registered twice as much Sta. Lucia’s attacks (37-15) and blocks (5-0) while capitalizing on the Lady Realtors’ poor reception with 12 aces. Meanwhile, veteran Mina Aganon re-asserted her dominance as she towed the Tornadoes back to the winning track after dominating Cocolife, 25-23, 26-28, 25-21, 25-19. The Tornadoes moved to solo second spot with a 5-1 win-loss card. Foton coach Aaron Valdez said their previous loss to F2 Logistics fueled them to work harder and regain their bearings. “I think our loss to F2 Logistics made us better as a team,” said Velez, who took the helm from Rommel Abella in the off-season. “Despite the loss, the team still radiated positive energy and I did not look at it (loss) as a setback.” He added that it was a wakeup call that gave them a chance to identify their weaknesses, especially now that towering Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat are seeing action in the prestigious V. Premier League in Japan. “It served as a wake up call for the team for us to improve on our weaknesses,” he added. “I’m happy that my players responded although they were hesitant at first, it’s normal, but I’m really glad that they exerted effort rather than nothing.” Carla Sandoval also had 18 points while playmaker Gyzelle Sy registered 24 excellent sets for Foton in a match that lasted for two hours and 15 minutes. Filipino-American spiker Kalei Mau led the way with 21 points, 16 digs and six excellent receptions for the Asset Managers, who absorbed their fifth loss in six matches. In the night cap, Cignal walloped its sister-team Smart, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20, for a 4-3 slate. Rachel Anne Daquis and Mylene Paat registered 15 points each and combined for 24 of the HD Spikers' 41 attack points. The Giga Hitters dropped to 2-4 mark......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Top Pinoy tennis bets Pantino and Eala clinch semis berths

Filipino top bets Arthur Craig Pantino and Alex Eala went through different routes in getting into the semifinals Friday in the Phinma-PSC International Junior Tennis Championships Week 1 at Manila Polo Club clay courts. The 17-year-old Pantino, ranked 113th in the world, crushed New Zealand’s Corban Crowther, 6-2, 6-1, to book a place in the Final Four against third seed Fumiya Yoshino of Japan. Eala, the 13-year-old tennis wonder, displayed toughness of character beyond her years as she subdued Lu Yu-yun of Chinese Taipei, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, to also advance in the meet sponsored by Philippine Tennis Association, Philippine Sports Commission, Phinma and Tecnifibre. Pantino also place a foothold in the boys doubles after he and compatriot Justin Suarez barged into the finals. Pantino is back-to-back doubles champion last year aside from making the singles final in Week 1 and capturing the singles title in Week 2. They defeated Crowther and Marcus del Rosario of the Philippines, 6-2, 6-4, to arrange a final duel against top seeds Tom Evans of Australia and Yoshino. Evans and Yoshino bested third seeds Jean Marc Malkowski of Switzerland and Zsombor Velcz of Hungary, 6-4, 1-6, (13-11). Eala will battle Fang WeiNing of China, who moved after pulling off an upset over second seed Saki Oyama, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Top-seeded Janice Then of Indonesia marched to the semis as well with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Tian Fangran of China, 7-5, 6-4. Yoshino advanced after beating Lin Nan-Hsun of Chinese Taipei, 6-3, 6-2; Boys No. 1 ranked Mann Shah of India also rolled into the final four with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 triumph over Taiwanese Lo Yi-Jui. He will take on Evans who booted out Japanese Kokoro Isomura, 6-3, 6-2.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

No sure shot,’ says Pumaren as Falcons target semis bonus

    MANILA, Philippines – For the third straight season under Franz Pumaren, the once pushover Adamson Soaring Falcons are back in the UAAP Final Four. And now, they’re hungry for more than just a playoff appearance. So it's no surprise that the Falcons aren't taking their remaining games lightly as they try to stay ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

F2 Logistics, Foton blitz foes, share lead

F2 Logistics sustained its hot start and picked up another straight-set romp, this time at the expense of Cocolife, 25-13, 25-16, 25-8, to go 3-0 in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Center......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

Speights Guangzhou, Ayres Ryukyu seal Terrific 12 semis berths

MACAU – Led by former NBA players, China's Guangzhou Long Lions and Japan's Ryukyu Golden Kings secured semifinals berth in the Asia League Terrific 12.  The Long Lions nipped the Mobis Phoebus, 98-97, to sweep Group B while the Golden Kings thwarted the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, 74-59, to reign supreme ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Lady Falcons, Tams force PVL sudden-death semis

    MANILA, Philippines – Adamson and Far Eastern University got back at separate foes to force sudden-death maches for the coveted final berths in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference. The top-seeded Lady Falcons – stunned by the No. 4 University of the Philippines in in the opener of their ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Adamson, FEU book PVL semis berths

      MANILA, Philippines – Adamson bucked an early struggle and recovered from a wobbly stand in the last two frames to pound out a 15-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-20 victory over a University of the Santo Tomas side that played minus its top hitter. The victory secured the Lady Falcons the solo ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

Lady Falcons, Tams secure semis playoff

Adamson U gained ground in an extended fourth set duel and frustrated University of the Philippines, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24, while Far Eastern U rallied past Perpetual Help, 25-15, 15-25, 22-25, 25-14, 15-6, as they secured at least a playoff for semifinal berths in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

Foton claims seventh spot, Cherrylume upsets Cocolife

Foton settled for a seventh place finish after making a short work of University of the Philippines-United Auctioneers Inc. (UP-UAI), 25-14, 25-14, 25-14, Thursday in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat carried the Tornadoes to a strong finish with three straight wins, capped by an impressive win over the Lady Maroons in just 64 minutes. Santiago and Manabat poured 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Bea De Leon chipped in seven hits for Foton, which only had eight errors compared to the 21 miscues of UP-UA. Isa Molde was the lone bright spot for the Lady Maroons with 14 points in a losing effort as her team settled for eight-place. UP-UAI had only one win in the tourney beating Cocolife last Tuesday in the first phase of the classification round. Meanwhile, University of the East-Cherrylume hung on tight to upset the Cocolife in five sets, 22-25, 26-24, 25-19, 21-25, 22-20, and capture the ninth place. The Iron Lady Warriors saved the best for last as they survived five match points before dispatching the Asset Managers in two hours and 12 minutes and settle for the ninth place.  Mary Anne Mendrez provided the clutch blows for UE-Cherrylume denying Cocolife‘s last three match points of the seven deuces.  Down from 19-20, Mendrez nailed the equalizer and Cocolife’s Justine Tiu overcooked her attack giving the Lady Warriors the set point, 21-20, before Mendrez hit the game-winning service ace. Mendrez erupted for 27 points off 24 kills and three service aces, including 28 digs. Juliet Catindig was also impressive with 18 points, including 18 digs and 12 excellent receptions, while Judith Abil and Mariella Gabarda added 13 and 11 markers, respectively. “‘We gave our all in our last game” said UE-Cherrylume head coach Rod Roque after getting a gracious exit in the midseason conference. “When we joined, our only aim is to gain experience, learn from the senior players and adapt their strategy, mindset and communication in this exposure and preparation for UAAP.” The Iron Lady Warriors squandered a 2-1 set lead but did not back down in their neck-and-neck duel in the fifth set with the Asset Managers.  UE-Cherrylume reached match point first with a precarious 14-13 lead but Cocolife forced six more deuces before Mendrez’s heroics sealed the victory. Cocolife crashed down in the last place of the 10-team Invitational conference. Gyra Barroga and Tiu finished with 15 points each and had 19 digs and 13 receptions, respectively. Denice Tan and Marge Tejada were also instrumental with 13 and 10 markers, while libero Denden Lazaro had 34 digs......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

PSL: Army, Generika in do-or-die duel

Gamestoday: (FilOil Flying V Centre) 2 p.m. --UE-Cherrylume vs. Cocolife 4:15 p.m. -- Foton vs. UP-UAI 7 p.m. -- Generika-Ayala vs. Smart-Army SMART-Army and Generika-Ayala fight for the last semifinals berth in a do-or-die quarterfinal clash in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference today at the FilOil Flying….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

UP-United, Foton avoid last-place slips

Games Tomorrow: (FilOil Flying V Centre) 2:00 pm — UE-Cherrylume vs Cocolife 4:15 pm — Foton vs UP-UAI 7:00 pm — Generika-Ayala vs Smart-Army DOWN BUT NOT OUT IMUS CITY – University of the Philippines-United Auctioneers, Inc. and Foton averted a last-place finish when they hammered contrasting wins in the classification phase of the Chooks […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

UP-United Auctioneers score first win

Games Thursday: (FilOil Flying V Centre) 2:00 pm — UE-Cherrylume vs Cocolife  4:15 pm — Foton vs UP-UAI 7:00 pm — Generika-Ayala vs Smart-Army   IMUS CITY -- University of the Philippines-United Auctioneers, Inc. (UP-UAI) and Foton hammered contrasting wins to book a battle for seventh place in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference Tuesday at the Imus Sports Center here. Isa Molde provided the much-needed firepower for the Lady Maroons, who recovered from rusty start to bag their first win at the expense of Cocolife, 23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-13. Earlier, Foton walked over University of the East-Cherrylume to punch a ticket for the consolation round. According to organizers, the Iron Lady Warriors could not travel to Cavite due to heavy rainfall and flood brought by Typhoon Henry. In fact, UE cancelled classes and office operations early in the day. The Tornadoes and Lady Maroons will clash for seventh place on Thursday when the league rolls back to Filoil Flying V Centre. Molde unloaded 17 points off 14 kills, two service aces and a block to put UP-UAI in the win column after a string of misfortunes in this tourney. “Our first win in the PSL is special. As I’ve said before our team is playing well. We just needed to find the perfect winning formula,” said UP-UAI head coach Godfrey Okumu after breaking out of a winless four-game preliminary round in Pool A.  Molde drew ample support from Marian Buitre and Abi Goc delivering 10 and nine points, respectively. Jessma Ramos added seven markers, while setter Ayel Estrañero had as many points on top of 35 excellent sets and 16 digs. “Today it went well and the team really deserves the results even though we started in a shaky way,” Okumu added. The Lady Maroons bucked a lethargic start falling short in the first set but caught fire in the next three sets dominating the Asset Managers in one hour and 35 minutes. Nobody scored in double figures for Cocolife with Justine Tiu and Cecilia Bangad tallying six points each.  The Asset Managers will take on the Iron Lady Warriors for the 9th place also on Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018