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Debuting import keys BaliPure win

Janisa Johnson tries to score off Petro Gazz import Kadi Kullerkann. --SHERWIN VARDELEON Janisa Johnson came up with Premier Volleyball League debut to remember Wednesday night, delivering 27 attac.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesMay 17th, 2018

Alaska begins post-Abueva era with gutsy win over Meralco

MANILA, Philippines – Alaska recovered from a lethargic first half and fended off a late Meralco comeback to hack out an 80-72 conference-opening win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, August 24.  Debuting import Mike Harris registered 23 points on top ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

PBA: Nash satisfied with new import s performance in debut

Despite just arriving yesterday, debuting TNT import Stacy Davis passed the first hurdle for coach Nash Racela in their loss against the Blackwater Elite. In his first game donning the flagship franchise's jersey, Davis scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in 40 minutes of action but gave away the ball six times and shot only 9/26 from the field. For Racela, it was a satisfying effort for the Pepperdine product, who replaced previous import Mike Glover, who only played one game before getting the boot. "It's not really easy for him. He traveled 22 hours. From the moment he arrived yesterday, 6am he went to fulfill the requirements ng mga medical. He then went to practice, so from the airport to Makati to practice, 12-2, then went to the PBA office for measurement. so, hindi talaga madali for him. I'm sure he'll get better as he plays more," the coach said after the game Racela added that his bad shooting night was understandable since he did not have enough time for his body to recover from the flight. When asked if Davis would also get the pink slip after this one, the former FEU coach emphatically denied it. "Hindi naman kami pwedeng every game magpalit ng import. I think it's not the right thing to do." Meanwhile for the 23-year old import, he rued that the team blew a late four-point lead before collapsing in overtime for the first-ever win by the Elite against the KaTropa in franchise history. "[I]t happens. I think that we did a good job playing as a team, especially with me only having one practice. I think that's something we can build off of. I think if that was the start that we had, losing a close game like that, I think that's a positive to look at," the 6'5 import said. As they face Alaska on Sunday, both hope a more productive effort will stem from the team, since they are staring at a 1-2 record to start the 11-game conference.   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

PBA: Struggle in Govs Cup nothing new for Meralco, says Norman Black

To stumble out of the starting block in Governors' Cup action is nothing new for coach Norman Black and the Meralco Bolts. At a 1-2 record, the veteran coach is not sounding off any alarm. They were in a similar situation in Allen Durham's first stint with the Bolts, where they alternated wins and losses. They started 2-0, then 2-2, 5-3, then 5-5, and won their penultimate game, grabbing the fourth seed. Of course it was not a problem as they went all the way to the Finals, where they would be in the losing end of a Justin Brownlee buzzer-beater in Game 6. In their 80-72 loss against the debuting Alaska Aces, the Bolts were actually in control in the whole first half and the first five minutes of the third, before their opponents unleashed a run to take the lead and never looked back.  "Committed a lot of turnovers which they turned it into turnover points. AD struggled tonight against their defense and I thought their import shot the ball well from the perimeter, did a good job shooting the basketball," Black said after the game. With a very long layoff before their next game on Sept. 19, about a three and a half week layoff, all Meralco needs to think about right now is trying to shake off the rust and get the win against Phoenix at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. "Scheduling was not perfect but at the same time we just have to get better during the break."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

BaliPure ends PVL journey with Tacloban sweep

  MANILA, Philippines - After 3 straight defeats, BaliPure ended its campaign on a high note as the Water Defenders took down the Tacloban Fighting Warays in straight sets, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16, in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Season 2 Reinforced Conferenceon Wednesday, June 27 at the Filoil Flying V Centre. American import ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

PVL: Water Defenders end campaign on a bright note

BaliPure-National University closed its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference with a sweep of listless Tacloban, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16, Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Water Defenders snapped a three-game losing streak to end the round robin quarterfinals with a 2-3 win-loss record. American import Janisa Johnson scored 17 points including 13 off spikes to lead BaliPure while Faith Nisperos had 13. Reinforcement Alexis Matthews finished with eight while Mhicaela Belen and Ivy Lacsina scored six apiece for the Water Defenders. The Fighting Warays, which finished the preliminary round at third spot, went winless in five outings in the quarterfinals.   Thai Hyapha Amporn led Tacloban, which allowed  BaliPure to land 12 aces, with 13 points while the rest of the Fighting Warays scored only 14 points.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

PVL: Perlas Spikers secure at least a Final Four berth playoff

BanKo American import Kia Bright punished the defense of BaliPure-National University with her blinding attacks as the unbeaten Perlas Spikers secured at least a playoff for a Final Four seat with a 25-19, 22-25, 25-14, 25-19, win Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Perlas Spikers claimed their fourth straight win in the quarterfinals and sixth overall since the preliminary round.          Bright exploded with 24 points with all but one coming off attacks for the Perlas Spikers. Thai import Jutarat Montripila finished with 14 points while Amy Ahomiro had nine. "My goal is to try to find ways to motivate them to play their best," said Bright. "No matter how hard I play, or how many points I make, I still need my teammates. I realized that that really pumps them up and fires them up so I try to go the extra mile." BanKo sent the Water Defenders marching towards the exit door that narrowed the semis berth race to three teams. The Perlas Spikers, Petro Gazz and defending champion Pocari Sweat are all in the running for best-of-three Final Four seats to join Creamline and PayMaya. BaliPure dropped to 1-3 slate. American import Alexis Matthews had 17 point while Jannisa Johnson scored 13 for the Water Defenders.    ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

PVL: Petro Gazz ignites quarters streak at expense of BaliPure

Petro Gazz is nothing but confident that it is doing better and better just as the competition gets hotter and hotter in the quarterfinals of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Season 2. It’s hard to argue with the Angels following a straight sets shellacking of BaliPure-National University, 25-23, 25-18, and 25-14 on Saturday at the Filoil Flying Centre. “Good yung chances ng team. Hopefully, magtuloy-tuloy,” head coach Jerry Yee told reporters after his girls won for the second time in a row following a loss to open the round robin quarterfinals. “Sa umpisa, ‘di pa magkakakilala e, pero ngayon, unti-unti, nagkakakilala na.” Indeed, Petro Gazz counted four players who contributed at least seven points led by Ukranian reinforcement Anastasiia Trach who had 17 points. Olena Lymareva-Flink, another Ukranian, and Cherry Nunag contributed eight points each and Paneng Mercado also chipped in seven markers. After handling the Water Defenders easy in the first two sets, the Angels found themselves chasing down a 4-7 deficit in the third. The balanced attack returned for them following the first technical timeout in the set, however, and they uncorked an 18-4 burst that put them up, all of a sudden, 22-11. That run only took the fight out of young BaliPure-NU and the Angels soared to a share of second in the standings at 2-1. Yee and his girls try for a third straight win when they take on Iriga-Navy next. For the Water Defenders, Janisa Johnson led the way with 14 points points. She was their lone player in double-digits as fellow import Alexis Matthews only had six markers to her name. Their return to the win column would have to come at the expense of defending champion Pocari Sweat-Philippine Air Force. Alongside Petro Gazz and BaliPure-NU, disputing the last two spots in the semifinals are BanKo-Perlas, Iriga-Navy, Pocari Sweat-Air Force, and Tacloban The top two finishers in the round robin quarterfinals will move on to the next round. Already there are Creamline and PayMaya who secured the top spots in the Final Four after their respective impressive runs in the preliminary round. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

PVL: High Flyers survive feisty Water Defenders

Tess Rountree plucked 27 points to lead semifinals-bound PayMaya to a hard-earned 13-25, 25-21, 25-21, 20-25, 15-9, win over BaliPure-National University Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The American import finished with 25 kills and two aces for the High Flyers, who closed the preliminary round with a 5-2 win-loss record. Jorelle Singh added 11 points, Grethcel Soltones had 11 markers while Jamsine Nabor tallied 23 excellent sets against their former team, which they helped win the inaugural Open Conference crown last year. The Final Four no. 2 seed PayMaya won its second straight match to build its momentum heading into the best-of-three semis. The High Flyers will have almost a month-long break and will wait for their semis rival. But head coach Roger Gorayeb was far from satisfied with his team’s performance. “Ang sama ng nilaro ng team ko,” he said. “Ang sama ng nilaro ng team sa first set, masyadong kampante.” “Yung first set worst yun. Kailan kami naglaro ng ganoon? Nagdadasal ako tumawid sana sa 10 (ang score),” he added. The Water Defenders dropped their third straight match for a 3-4 slate tied with Petro Gazz and defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force. American Janisa Johnson had 27 points anchored on 20 spikes, four aces and three kill blocks while Alexis Matthews and Roselyn Doria chipped in with 16 and 12 markers, respectively, in a lost cause for BaliPure. The Water Defenders, Pocari Sweat, Petro Gazz, BanKo, Iriga-Navy and Tacloban will battle in a round robin quarterfinals for the last two Final Four berths.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

PVL: Cool Smashers set eyes on first outright semis seat

Crowd favorite Creamline zeroes in on the first outright semifinals seat when the Cool Smashers meet BaliPure-National University Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Season 2 at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers are on a three-game winning streak for a 4-1 win-loss record at solo top spot but taking that fourth straight victory and officially punching a Final Four ticket won’t be a walk in the park. “’Yan ‘yung maraming energy,” said prized Creamline hitter Alyssa Valdez of the youthful Water Defenders squad, which is composed of the core of the four-time UAAP high school champion NU. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream. Valdez, Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin and Serbian Nina Asceric will face off not only with prolific scorer American import Janisa Johnson and imposing compatriot middle blocker Alexis Matthews but also with promising players in Alyssa Solomon, Princess Robles and Faith Nisperos. Creamline’s top setter Jia Morado and veteran libero Mel Gohing will also have their hands full with BaliPure-NU playmaker Joyme Cagande and libero Jennifer Nierva. “Napapanood ko lang sila, siyempre nagi-game viewing din also. Nakikita namin ang potential and the talent of these young kids,” said Valdez, who once donned the Water Defenders colors two years ago. “Excited kami to face the BaliPure Water Defenders, we’re looking forward na maipakita namin and mailabas din namin ang game namin sa kanila,” she added. “Nagtutulungan tayo dito para mas maganda ang game and siyempre hoping for a good match.” The Cool Smashers are coming of a straight sets 25-14, 27-25, 26-24, win over Tacloban in Batangas last week. BaliPure saw its three-game winning streak snapped, 19-25, 25-10, 17-25, 21-25, by defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force last Wednesday. The Water Defenders hold a 3-2 slate tied with PayMaya.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

PVL: Lady Warriors stop streaking Water Defenders

BATANGAS CITY -- National University product Myla Pablo schooled the future players of her school as she led the defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force put BaliPure-NU’s three-game winning streak to a screeching halt with a 25-19, 10-25, 25-17, 25-21, victory Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference.  The Lady Warriors improved to 3-2 win-loss record and tied their victims for their first win at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum here after absorbing a setback last week at the hands of league-leading Creamline. “Nakatsamba lang kami. Siguro nagsabay-sabay na magkaroon ng teamwork,” said Lady Warriors coach Dante Alinsunurin, whose squad also tied idle PayMaya. Pablo, who was the Queen Bulldog during her college days, exploded with 21 points coming off 14 attacks, four kill blocks and three aces for Pocari Sweat while American import Ari Love blasted 18 markers, 14 from spikes. American reinforcement Maddie Palmer finished with 13 markers while veteran playmaker Wendy Semana tallied 30 excellent sets for the Lady Warriors, who recovered just in time after a second set meltdown.    “Yung first set namin maganda ang nilaro, ang pangalawa siguro na-overconfident lang. Buti nakabalik kaagad kami,” said Pocari Sweat coach Jasper Jimenez. The Lady Warriors went into trouble early in the fourth set before Jimenez subbed Cesca Racraquin for Palmer to help on defense. “Tapos heto na naman sa fourth set nakita ko si (Palmer) siya ang target so pinalitan ko. Maganda naman ang hugot ko kay (Cesca) Racraquin kais naka-receive saka naka-depensa. Siguro yun ang naging key namin kaya nakuha naming ang fourth set,” the mentor said. “Doon kami nakahabol kasi di ba lamang ng apat, kami pa ang naka-technical timeout ng 16. Malaking factor yung pagpasok ko kay Racraquin. Maganda ang hugot ko sa kanya.” American Janisa Johnson scored 15 points while Alexis Matthews and Alyssa Solomon scored 14 and 13 markers, respectively, for BaliPure.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

PVL: Cagande making a name for herself in PVL debut

BaliPure-National University may be the youngest team in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference with its core composed of high school standouts but the Water Defenders are already making their presence felt and could give other established squads a run for their money. After falling short in their debut, BaliPure went on a roll, winning their next three matches to climb to a share of the lead with Creamline and PayMaya. American import Janisa Johnson is scoring consistently since she checked in for BaliPure in their second match while young libero Jennifer Nierva is holding the fort on floor defense. But the recent success of the Water Defenders could also be attributed to the steady game and quick adjustments of setter Joyme Cagande. The incoming Lady Bulldog has been lording over the setting department with an average of 9.1 excellent set per frame.     Known for her superb playmaking for the four-peat UAAP high school champion Nazareth School of NU, Cagande continues to dazzle even in the import-laden commercial league. The reigning UAAP high school Best Setter delivered her best performance yet with 54 excellent sets Wednesday in BaliPure’s 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 32-30, win over BanKo at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.    Cagande welcomes the challenge of setting up plays to imports Johnson and Alexis Matthews, who are grizzled veterans in international play.      “Challenging siya kasi especially may imports. Iba kasi yung speed ng import, iba yung height ng import so kailangan talaga nandoon ang dedication mo para makuha ang eksaktong set for them,” said Cagande, daughter of a Philippine Star senior photographer Joven. Cagande is particularly comfortable playing with Johnson, making their tandem one of the most dangerous setter-hitter partnerships in the tournament. “Actually po kay Ate Janisa sobrang walang pressure kasi nandoon lang ang support niya lagi,” she said. “Always kapag ang set ko mali nandoon lagi ang feedback niya po kaya hindi gaanong mahirap makipag-work together with her.” Johnson in her previous interview said that she likes her role as mentor and ‘mother’ for the young BaliPure players. Cagande surely is learning a lot from the hitter, who is just coming off two big tournaments in France.  “‘Yung mga adjustments po sa mga mistakes (ang tinuturo niya). Sinasabi niya na OK lang mag-commit ng mistakes basta yung ibibigay nyong solution kaagad nandoon,” Cagande said of one of the things she learned from Johnson. With a 3-1 win-loss record the Water Defenders are in the thick of the battle for the outright semis seats. Expect Cagande to be one of the BaliPure players leading the way.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

PVL: Water Defenders snatch second straight win

BaliPure-National University survived an end game scare by gritty Tacloban before closing out its second straight win, 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum.   American import Janisa Johnson paced the Water Defenders, who improved their record to 2-1 tied with Creamline, with 27 points off 22 attacks and five kill blocks. American reinforcement Alexis Mattthews had 23 markers anchored on 19 kills, three kill blocks and an ace for BaliPure, which dodged a fourth set collapse after building an early 8-1 lead. Youthful setter Joyme Cagande tallied 41 excellent sets to help the Water Defenders pummel Tacloban with 56 attack points. The Fighting Warays slowly chipped away their early deficit in the fourth frame with Shola Alvarez hitting back-to-back kills to close the gap, 23-22. Matthews smashed a hit to put BaliPure-NU at match point before Johnson hammered the match-clinching down the line hit.   “I think everyone's getting their chemistry na. If I'm gonna sum it up to one word, I think that's chemistry,” said BaliPure coach Babes Castillo. “We still have to work on our resistance and how we can sustain ourselves inside the court and our quick thinking.” The Fighting Warays dropped to 2-2 slate. Thai import Hyapha Amporn finished with 22 points while Alvarez and Jovielyn Prado had 11 and nine markers, respectively, for Tacloban.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Johnson in big debut, lifts BaliPure vs Petro Gazz

Debuting Janisa Johnson erupted with 31 points as BaliPure-National University upended Petro Gazz, 22-25, 25-23, 28-26, 22-25, 15-12, to bounce back from an opening-game loss in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Creamline tops paymaya

Games Wednesday: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4 p.m. – BaliPure vs Petro Gazz 6:30 p.m. – BanKo-Perlas vs Tacloban THAI import Kuttika Kaewpin waxed hot as Creamline rediscovered its winning ways with a 25-18, 25-23, 25-19 conquest of PayMaya in the PVL Reinforced Conference yesterday at the People's Gym in….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

PVL: PayMaya downs Pocari Sweat-Air Force, wins second straight

PayMaya made quick work of debuting defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force, 25-20, 25-19, 25-22, on Saturday for a hold of the solo lead in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the People’s Gym in Tuguegarao.   The High Flyers took advantage of the Lady Warriors’ error-filled first outing inside the sweltering packed venue to claim their second win in as many outings. American import Tess Rountree waxed-hot with 18 points to pace PayMaya. Jerrili Malabanan scored nine markers while American reinforcement Shelby Sullivan had eight for the High Flyers, who played its first of back-to-back games. PayMaya will take on Creamline on Sunday in the same venue. “Maganda 'yung ginalaw ng team. Kumpara doon sa first game namin, mas kaunti 'yung mistakes, 'yung errors,” said PayMaya coach Roger Gorayeb, who had the chance to shuffle his lineup. “'Yung imports naman very determined lang talaga kasi alam din nila na they could play better than last time tapos defending champions nga 'yung kalaban namin.”      Aiko Urdas had five points while Celine Domingo scored three with her last two coming off back-to-back hits that sealed the victory for the High Flyers. Jasmine Nabor tallied 20 excellent sets while Grethcel Soltones saw action in the second set as a reliever and was scoreless for PayMaya. It was a terrible first match for the Lady Warriors. Pocari Sweat-Air Force gave away 32 points off errors with Myla Pablo serving as the only Lady Warrior in double figures with 12 points. Import Madeline Palmer and Jeanette Panaga finished with nine each while Amele Love was limited to only six markers for Pocari Sweat-Air Force.   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

Import wants more from Iriga teammates after win over BaliPure

  For Macy Ubben, getting the win on her first match with Iriga-Navy is good. But finding out that there's room for improvement is a lot better. The native of Ackley, Iowa, unloaded 26 points to power Iriga-Navy past BaliPure-NU, 25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, Wednesday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre. The 6-foot-2 open spiker, who came from a tour of duty in Switzerland, said the Lady Oragons had a lot to work on in training despite the victory. "These are hardworking guys and tonight we are learning a lot of things that we can improve at," said Ubben, who made seven kill-blocks, 13 excellent digs and 15 excellent ...Keep on reading: Import wants more from Iriga teammates after win over BaliPure.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

PVL: Valdez, Creamline begin Reinforced Conference campaign

Star hitter Alyssa Valdez begins her quest to end a three-year title drought when the Creamline Cool Smashers open their campaign in the 2nd Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference against newcomer Petro Gazz Angels at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Sunday. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA and via livestream. Valdez has her eyes on delivering the first-ever title for the beefed up Cool Smashers and to capture her first crown since helping PLDT win the V-League Reinforced Conference title back in 2015. “Oo nga eh (medyo matagal na) pero excited na ako for this conference,” said Valdez. As part of their build up to bag the coveted crown, Creamline tapped the services of former De La Salle University stars and decorated veterans Michelle Gumabao and libero Mel Gohing. Back as Creamline import is Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand with new partner in solid middle blocker Serbian Nikolina Asceric. Also seeing action for the Cool Smashers are setter Jia Morado, former BaliPure player Risa Sato, Jema Galanza, Pau Soriano and Coleen Bravo, making Creamline as one of the teams to beat in this tournament. “Mas mataas ang pressure kasi we’re on our second year na rin and mas maraming kinuha na iba pang magagaling na players,” Valdez said. “Siguro ang pressure for us is to really give a good fight more than getting the championship kasi if you give good fight naman against the other teams, hopefully, makaabot kami sa dulo.” But the Cool Smashers are sure to find the Angels a tough opening day opponent. Petro Gazz of head coach Jerry Yee is out to spoil Creamline’s party with former DLSU star Paneng Mercado leading the way. Backing her up are Wensh Tiu, Chie Saet, Djanel Cheng, two-time champion Cai Nepomuceno, who was recruited from Pocari Sweat, Rachel Austero and Ranya Musa. The Angels tapped as reinforcements Kadi Kullerkannm of Estonia and Anastasia Trach of Ukraine.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

High school stars Nisperos, Cagande to banner BaliPure

BaliPure is investing on future volleyball stars after tapping the core of UAAP high school powerhouse Nazareth School of National University for its lineup in the 2nd Premier Volleyball League Reinforced conference slated to begin on May 6. The Water Defenders needed a major overhaul after most of the franchise’s players including head coach Roger Gorayeb bolted out of the team to join new team PayMaya. Hoping to build a new program hinged on young players, BaliPure, which claimed the Open Conference crown last year, decided to bring in the core of young guns and rising stars of four-peat UAAP girls volleyball champion NU who are expected to shine as the future of Philippine volleyball. Two-time UAAP Season Most Valuable Player and two-time Finals MVP Faith Nisperos and three-time Best Setter Joyme Cagande will banner the Water Defenders, who are yet to submit the names of their imports. Helping Nisperos and Cagande are UAAP Season 80 MVP Mhicaela Belen, libero Jennifer Nierva, towering middles Alyssa Solomon and Ivy Lacsina, and Princess Robles, who played for the Babes Castillo-mentored Lady Bulldogs that dominated the inaugural PVL Collegiate Conference last year.    Joining the young bloods is a set of NU seniors team veterans in Rica Diolan, libero Gayle Valdez, Rosleyn Doria, Roma Joy Doromal and Audrey Paran. Despite a very young lineup, BaliPure won’t be a pushover team with its players all looking to show their talents in the eight-team, import-laden team. The Water Defenders could give defending champion Pocari Sweat, Creamline, PayMaya, Iriga-Navy, Petro Gazz, Tacloban and BanKo-Perlas a run for their money.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Gohing bids farewell to Pocari Sweat, FDI in an emotional Tweet

Melissa Gohing posted na emotional farewell message to Pocari Sweat after the veteran libero decided to move on with a new team in the Premier Volleyball League. The 26-year old volleybelle played for the Federated Distributors, Inc. franchise for three years before calling it quits to join Creamline for the 2018 PVL season. Amazing years full of lessons, laughter, love, friendship and memories. This will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you so much to Pocari Sweat & FDI management, coaches, PT's and teammates/sisters. From the bottom of my heart, I love you all. 💙 pic.twitter.com/aG7bYmkDTZ — Melissa E. Gohing (@GOHINGMELISSA) January 5, 2018 Gohing joined Philips Gold in 2015 when the FDI club was still playing in the Philippine Superliga. Behind her, former De La Salle teammate Michele Gumabao and top hitter Myla Pablo, the Lady Slammers landed a bronze medal finish in the All-Filipino Conference and the import-laden Grand Prix with Americans Bojana Todorovic and Alexis Olgard.    After just a year in the PSL, the squad transferred to the V-League under the Pocari Sweat banner. The Lady Warriors found success in the league as they went on to win the Open and Reinforced Conferences. Gohing won the Best Libero award in the V-League’s Open Conference. Gohing again captured another Best Libero award when she helped Pocari Sweat bag the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference crown. She won her third Best Libero recognition in the Open Conference but the Lady Warriors only finished as a runner-up to BaliPure.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

PVL on Tour: Valdez visits home province

Alyssa Valdez returns to her home province as the second leg of the Premier Volleyball League’s “PVL on Tour” visits Batangas City on Sunday. The former three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player will banner Creamline when the Cool Smashers face BanKo-Perlas at 6:00 p.m. at the Batangas City Sports Complex. Valdez will take a break from her stint as an import of Chinese Taipei club team Attack Line to participate in three legs of the PVL on Tour. She will also see action in the exhibition matches at the Iloilo Sports Complex on Oct. 17 and La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod the next day. “She (Valdez) will play in Batangas, Iloilo and Bacolod,” said Charo Soriano, whose group Grid Athletic Sports is co-organizing the PVL on Tour with the PVL. Pocari Sweat and BaliPure will collide in the second game at 7:30 p.m. Valdez skipped the Cool Smashers’ win over the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors, 25-19, 29-27, 23-25, 25-22, win in the PVL on Tour’s first leg at the People’s Gym in Tuguegarao last Saturday. Perlas-Banko defeated the Grethcel Soltones-led Bali Pure in a come-from-behind 25-27, 22-25, 25-16, 25-19, 16-14 win in the other match.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2017