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F2 Logistics, Cignal gun for outright semis berths

F2 Logistics and Cignal go for a sweep of their respective pools and the two outright semifinal berths today as they take on Petron and Cocolife, respectively, at the close of the preliminaries of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference at the Muntinlupa Sports Center......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJul 14th, 2018

Cignal keeps perfect slate, Petron downs F2 Logistics

Reigning champion Cignal booked a return flight to the semifinals as it clobbered Cocolife in straight sets, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22, in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference Saturday at the Muntinlupa Sports Center. Skipper Rachel Anne Daquis got the job done as she spearheaded the HD Spikers to a clean sweep of the preliminaries. Daquis nailed the semis-clinching backrow kill to complete an impressive third-set fightback and finish with 15 points built on 13 attacks, two blocks and seven digs. “Rachel was really very eager to win this game for us. She played in beast mode and carried the team,” said Cignal head coach Edgar Barroga, noting that he fired up his wards by reminding them the importance of the game. “We came in a bit relax because our opponents is already out of contention and then we realized that we cannot afford to lose this game because we might blow our opportunity for outright semifinals.” Meanwhile, Petron bounced back from an upset loss with a morale-boosting 25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 26-24, win over archrival F2 Logistics. Bernadeth Pons led the way for the Blaze Spikers with 16 points while Mika Reyes had 13 markers. Sisi Rondina scattered 11 points in two sets of action, making her presence felt in the tightly fought fourth frame while Aiza Maizo-Pontillas added 10 for Petron, which tied its victim and idle Generika-Ayala, which handed the Blaze Spikers its first loss, with 3-1 slate.         National Pool member Mylene Paat scattered 10 kills and six blocks for 16 points while Mumay Vivas notched six hits and playmaker Acy Masangkay made 21 excellent sets for the HD Spikers, who also drew impressive game from seasoned libero Jheck Dionela. Cignal will take a one-week break while waiting for its foe in the knockout semifinals. After taking the first two sets in convincing fashion, the HD Spikers lost steam in the third set as they trailed the Asset Managers, 11-15. But the HD Spikers used its experience to the hilt as they found their way back to force a neck-and-neck duel until the Asset Managers fired back for a 21-19 cushion. Cignal never wavered with Vivas and Shirley Salamagos providing the clutch blows before Daquis hit the game-winning backrow hit. Barroga also managed to limit the production of her daughter, Gyra Barroga, who had only four points, leaving Denice Tan and Justine Tiu leading the way with eight and seven hits, respectively. The Asset Managers finished fourth in Pool B and will be relegated to the classification battle for seventh to 10th places starting Tuesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Rivals F2 Logistics, Petron cross paths in crucial clash

  It's going to be an action-packed doubleheader as unscathed teams F2 Logistics and Cignal gun for sweeps in their respective pools to claim the two outright semifinal berths in the last day of the preliminaries of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference on Saturday at Muntinlupa Sports Center.   Sporting a clean 3-0 win-loss record in Pool A, the Cargo Movers renew their rivalry with Petron in a titanic clash at 7 p.m.   The HD Spikers, also holding a perfect 3-0 slate in Pool B, seek to clinch the other outright semifinal ticket as they clash with Cocolife at 4 p.m.   Led by resurgent veteran Rachel Anne Daquis, defend...Keep on reading: Rivals F2 Logistics, Petron cross paths in crucial clash.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

F2 Logistics, Foton seek SLiga semis

Looking to take the cue from semis-bound Petron and Generika-Ayala, higher-ranked F2 Logistics and Foton gun for the two other Last-4 berths in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference against separate upset-conscious rivals today at the Filoil Flying V Center......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 7th, 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

PSL: Cignal clobbers Cocolife for outright semis berth

Cignal took the shortest route to the semifinals after taking a clean sweep of Cocolife, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22, in preliminaries of the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Saturday at Muntin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

PSL: Petron grounds F2, earns outright semis spot

Petron relied on the right mixture of sheer athletic ability and pure luck to take down F2 Logistics, 25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 26-24, and earn an outright semifinals berth in the Philippine Superliga I.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Cignal survives SLR scare for 3-0 slate

Games Thursday: (FilOil Flying V Centre) 4:15 pm — Generika-Ayala vs F2 Logistics 7:00 pm — Smart-Army vs Cocolife   CADIZ CITY --- Defending champion Cignal flirted with disaster before foiling Sta. Lucia Realty’s comeback in five sets, 25-18, 26-28, 25-23, 18-25, 15-9, to inch a win closer from bagging an outright semifinal berth in the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitation Conference Tuesday before a jam-packed crowd at the Cadiz Arena here. Despite playing cold in the fourth set allowing the Lady Realtors to force a decider, the HD Spikers managed to regroup and catch fire in the fifth frame to extend their unbeaten run to a 3-0 win-loss record in Pool B. Meanwhile, Petron debuted with a bang with a 27-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17, win over struggling Foton. Team captain Ces Molina had 15 points anchored on 13 attacks including the match-clinching hit while Mika Reyes and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas finished with 13 and 12 markers, respectively for the  Blaze Spikers, who handed the Tornadoes their third straight defeat. Jaja Santiago had 23 points while Dindin Santiago-Manabat added 15 for Foton, which dropped to 0-3 card. Rachel Anne Daquis continued to turn back the hands of time and prove that she can still pull the trigger after leading the way for Cignal with 19 points built on 12 attacks, four service aces and three blocks. Both squads put up a great showdown in front of a roaring Cadiz crowd that is celebrating the city’s 51st Charter Day Bonanza spearheaded by Mayor Dr. Patrick Escalante and Vice Mayor Dr. Lilia Decolongon with the help of CAG Events After laboring its way to take the 2-1 set lead, Cignal slowed down in the fourth set, allowing MJ Phillips and Pam Lastimosa to lead Sta. Lucia en route to a 21-9 spread. But Daquis and the HD Spikers did not easily gave up as they cut it down to five, 22-17, only for Lastimosa to nail three of the last four points to force a decider. Cignal opened the decider with a fiery 8-2 lead before Sta. Lucia trimmed it to 10-7 but the Lady Realtors committed a lot of miscues, including Sabete’s service error that handed the HD Spikers their third straight win. The Lady Realtors are on the brink of losing their chance in reaching the semifinals as they fell to 1-2 card with another setback would relegate them in the qualification round for 7th to 10th place......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

PVL: Jet Spiker trip Blockbusters in semis opener

Philippine Air Force weathered the furious late fourth set rally of Vice Co. to claim the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference men’s Final Four series opener, 27-25, 17-25, 25-19, 25-21, Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Bryan Bagunas was sharp the whole game slicing his attack through the defense of the Blockbusters like hot knife through butter to score 29 spikes in his 30-point performance for the Jet Spikers, who spoiled Vice Co. playng team owner Vice Ganda's first time to watch his squad in action. The National University standout added 16 excellent receptions for a complete game for Air Force, which swept the round robin quarterfinals to clinch the no. 3 seed. The Jet Spikers saw its 20-16 lead in the fourth set evaporate after Vice Co. evened the frame at 20 capped by a Jude Garcia kill block on Bagunas. Jeffrey Malabanan and Bagunas scored back-to-back hit to put the Jet Spikers back on top, 22-20. Garcia answered with a kill of his own but committed a crucial service error on the next play. Bagunas put Air Force at match point on an off the block hit before Fauzi Ismail sealed the win with a kill block. Malabanan finished with 18 points while Ismail and Ranran Abdilla chipped in with 14 and 12 markers, respectively, for the Jet Spikers, who finished runner-up to Cignal in last year’s edition. JP Bugaoan had 17 points while Garcia posted 10 for Vice Co., which came off a long layoff after clinching an outright semis seat.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles           .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

PVL: De Guzman, Ultra Fast Hitters ready for tough grind against HD Spikers

The last time PLDT Home Fibr team captain John Vic De Guzman faced defending champion Cignal, the prized scorer together with another power-hitter Mark Alfafara held their ground to topple a star-studded Cignal squad. De Guzman and Alfafara, both members of the national team that saw action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, displayed their full arsenal to outgun the Marck Espejo-bannered HD Spikers in four sets. The win helped PLDT get the monkey of its back after a disappointing start in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference men’s division. Crossing paths once again and this time with the Finals berth at stake, De Guzman and the Ultra Fast Hitters hope to reassert their mastery over the reigning titlists at the start of their best-of-three series Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Action begins at 10:00 a.m.   PLDT may have scored an upset over Cignal the last time out but their prelims victory won’t matter much in this battle with too much at stake.     “Sa preparation talagang nag-focus kami sa team. Of course pinractice namin kung ano yung mga possible play ng Cignal,” said De Guzman, who had 21 points in PLDT’s 25-20, 26-24, 26-28, 25-23 win over the HD Spikers last May 20 in Batangas. “Well, yes, tinalo namin sila nu’ng semis pero hindi nangangahulugan ‘yon na magiging kampante kami, especially ngayon semifinals, talagang paghahandaan nila kami. Ganon din kami mas pinaghandaan namin at mas nag-double time kami para mas maging maayos ‘yung flow nu’ng team,” added De Guzman, who had plenty of help from Alfafara in their win over Cignal where the former University of Sto. Tomas standout unleashed 29 point with 26 coming off kills. Cignal claimed the outright Final Four berth while PLDT took the long road to advance in the semis. The HD Spikers are coming off a long layoff. The Ultra Fast Hitters won their first two matches in the round robin quarterfinals only to lose in their last outing against Philippine Air Force to land at no. 4 seed. Despite coming off a loss, PLDT remains optimistic of its chances.        “Ang pinaka key lang namin is ‘yung teamwork. We all know na champion team sila at ilang conferences na silang magkakasama sa isang team unlike us talaga na binunot sa iba’t ibang universities but then again hindi naman magiging hadlang yon para mawalan kami ng kumpiyansa,” said De Guzman. “Malaki ang tiwala ko sa PLDT team especially sa coaches, and I know may purpose si God whatever will be the result of the game.” Game 2 of the series is on July 4 while Game 3, if needed, is on July 6.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

HD Spikers clip Giga Hitters, bolster semis drive

Cignal rode through a second set pressure and completed a 25-10, 26-24, 25-18 romp over Smart-Army yesterday to close in on an outright semifinal berth in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference at the Strike gym in Bacoor, Cavite......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

PVL: Jet Spikers clinch semis berth

Philippine Air Force formally punched a Final Four ticket and at the same time closed the semis berth race with a 25-19, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22 win over Instituto Estetico Manila in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference men’s quarterfinals Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Jet Spikers snatched their second straight win for a share of the lead with PLDT Home Fibr, which claimed the other semis seat. Bryan Bagunas debuted with a bang for Air Force as the National University standout and national team member scored 15 points off a great offensive display with nine attacks, four kill blocks and a pair of aces while adding seven excellent receptions for an all-around game. Fauzi Ismail led  the Jet Spikers with 16 points while Ranran Abdilla added 10.  Air Force and PLDT joined outright best-of-three semifinalists top seed defending champion Cignal and Vice Co. The Jet Spikers and Ultra Fast Hitters will faceoff on Saturday to determine their placing in the Final Four. Greg Dolor saw his 22-point effort go to waste as the Phoenix Volley Masters dropped their fifth straight match since the preliminary round and remained winless in the round robin quarters.  Mark Enciso finished with 10 for IEM, which will close its campaign next week against another eliminated team Philippine Army.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 20th, 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 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:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Cocolife, Foton seek PSL semis today

Games today (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:15 p.m. – Cocolife vs. Cignal 7 p.m. – Foton vs. Sta. Lucia COCOLIFE and Foton gun for the remaining semifinal berths when they battle separate foes in the quarterfinals of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix today at the Filoil Flying….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

F2 Logistics, Petron clinch semis seats

Games Tuesday: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:15 p.m. --- Cocolife vs Cignal 7:00 p.m. --- Foton vs Sta. Lucia    GEN. TRIAS CITY --- F2 Logistics survived some scary moments down the stretch to complete a masterful 25-18, 25-18, 27-25 victory over Smart in the quarterfinals of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday at the Gen Trias Sports Center here.  Despite playing in a humid venue, imports Maria Jose Perez and Kennedy Bryan were still impressive as they delivered the crucial blows that broke the hearts of the Giga Hitters. With the win, F2 Logistics would face the survivor between Foton and Sta. Lucia Realty in a best-of-three semifinal series starting next week.  In the second game, Petron clobbered Generika-Ayala, 25-19, 25-20, 25-22, to punch the second semifinal ticket.  American imports Hillary Hurley and Lindsay Stalzer were again impressive as they carried bulk of the offensive load for the Blaze Spikers, who will march to the next round beaming with confidence.  Petron will face the winner between Cocolife and Cignal in the best-of-three semifinals. Hurley talloed 18 hits while Stalzer chipped in 17 markers for Petron, which is gunning for its first Grand Prix crown since winning it in 2014.  Darlene Ramdin delivered 12 points, but she drew very limited support from the rest of the Lifesavers, who kissed the tournament goodbye with three wins in 11 outings. Perez, the reigning Most Valuable Player, delivered 17 hits while Bryan notched 15 kills and a block to finish with 16 points for the Cargo Movers, who effectively stopped Cuban sensation Gyselle Silva despite the absence of ace blocker Aby Marano. Silva, who erupted for a record-breaking 56 points last week, was held to only 25 points while drawing very limited support from Serbian spiker Sanja Trivunovic as well as local hitters like Genie Sabas and LaRainne Fabay. Trivunovic, Sabas and Fabay combined for only 16 hits for the Giga Hitters, who committed 20 turnovers in this match that lasted for one hour and 20 minutes. But it wasn’t an easy victory for the Cargo Movers. Despite erecting an 8-1 lead after the first technical timeout of the third set, the Giga Hitters caught fire to steal the lead, 18-17, thanks to a powerful backrow attack from Silva. Smart managed to hang on in the crucial stretch, 25-25, before veteran Cha Cruz delivered a sharp kill from the open position followed by a service ace that sealed the victory for the defending champion. “The most challenging part of this win was the weather. I find it too hot so I have to save energy all throughout the game. Every time we have an intense rally, we have to breathe and save our energy because it was too hot here,” said Perez, referring to the hot weather that soared up to 36 to 37 degrees. She added that Smart pushed them to the limit, especially in the third set where Silva waxed hot and single-handedly towed the Giga Hitters back in the thick of things. "Smart never gave up,” she said. “They always pushed us whenever we try to take the game away. And I think that’s a good thing for us.” F2 Logistics coach Arnold Laniog, however, said the job isn’t done.  “It’s still far from over,” said Laniog, who will be part of the coaching staff of the national team under the leadership of multi-titled head coach Ramil de Jesus. “We still have to work hard to improve our performance because things will get tougher in the semifinals.” Smart, which was formed only two weeks before the opening ceremonies, closed its campaign without a win in 11 matches......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

F2 survives Smart, makes PSL semis

Games Tuesday (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:15 p.m. – Cocolife vs Cignal 7 p.m. – Foton vs Sta. Lucia GEN. TRIAS CITY – F2 Logistics survived some scary moments down the stretch to beat Smart, 25-18, 25-18, 27-25, in the quarterfinals of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Perfect Arellano U stakes sweep bid against CSB

Games Monday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 8:00 a.m. –- Letran vs EAC (jrs) 9:30 a.m. –- Letran vs. EAC (m) 11:00 a.m. –- Letran vs. EAC (w) 12:30 p.m. –- CSB vs. AU (w) 2:00 p.m. –- CSB vs. AU (m) 3:30 p.m. –- CSB-LSGH vs. AU (jrs)   Defending champion Arellano University is just two wins away from barging into the best-of-three Finals outright. Unbeaten in seven games and already assured of a semifinals berth, the Lady Chiefs face the inconsistent College of St. Benilde in their second to the last elimination round assignments in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Monday. The rematch of last year’s final stepladder semifinals match is slated at 12:30 p.m. after the 11:00 a.m. duel of Letran and also-ran Emilio Aguinaldo College. Arellano U is coming off a dominating 25-17, 25-10, 25-17 win over erstwhile unbeaten San Beda College last Friday for their seventh win in as many games and 19th straight victory since last year. While the Lady Chiefs are performing consistently, the Lady Blazers are struggling in their campaign for the remaining three semis berths. CSB is currently at sixth spot with a 3-3 win-loss record and is coming off a 21-25, 22-25, 21-25, last week. Another loss will put the Taft-based squad on the brink of elimination.        Meanwhile, Letran looks to fan its flickering semis hopes and snap a two-game skied. The Lady Knights still have an outside chance to advance in the semis but will need to sweep their last three games. Letran holds a 2-4 mark. EAC will play the spoiler’s role as the Lady Generals seek a follow up to its five-set win over Mapua University to barge in the win column after six outings. In men’s play, Arellano U (6-1) shoots for the first Final Four berth against defending champion CSB (5-1), which is on the hunt for at least a semis spot playoff, at 2:00 p.m. EAC (2-4) tries to keep its semis bid alive at 11:00 a.m. in a showdown with winless Letran (0-6). In the juniors division, EAC (4-0) and Letran (4-1) seek to secure at least a semis seat playoff in their 8:00 a.m. clash while CSB-La Salle Greenhills (4-1) and Arellano (2-3) meet at 3:30 p.m.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

NHA, AFP dispute outright UNTV semis slot

MANILA, Philippines — Streaking National Housing Authority and two-time champion Armed Forces of the Philippines dispute one of the two outright semis berths.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Cocolife taps Serbian Moro Branislav as new coach

Serbian mentor Moro Branislav found a new home in Cocolife after accepting the offer to coach the Asset Managers in the Philippine Superliga. The veteran coach, whose contract with Foton will expire at the end of the year, signed a two-year deal with Cocolife before he left for Serbia Thursday according to team manager Joshua Ylaya.     Branislav will replace Kungfu Reyes, who has yet to accept the position as assistant coach, as Cocolife builds up for the 2018 Grand Prix starting February. Branislav coached the Tornadoes in four conferences and steered the squad to the 2016 Grand Prix throne. The Asset Managers joined the PSL this year and finished fifth in the six-team field Invitational Conference under head coach Obet Javier. With Reyes holding the reins, the Asset Managers landed again at fifth in the All-Filipino Conference. Cocolife, which joined a pocket tournament in Vietnam as preparation for the Grand Prix, became a dark horse in the import-laden season-ending tournament. Tapping the services of Americans Shar Tai Manu-Olevao and Taylor Milton, the Asset Managers scored a couple of upsets and made a breakthrough Final Four appearance after booting out perennial contender Cignal in the quarterfinals. Cocolife’s run was cut short after getting swept by eventual champion F2 Logistics in the semis before falling prey to powerhouse Foton in the battle for third. With Branislav, who has a thick resume after coaching prominent club leagues in Europe, Middle East and Asia including a stint as mentor of PSL Manila that saw action in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship last year, at the helm the Asset Managers are expected to pull some surprises next year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Generations collide in F2 Logistics-Cocolife semis match

Games Saturday: (MOA Arena) 4:00 pm – F2 Logistics vs Cocolife 6:00 pm – Petron vs Foton   The top seed F2 Logistics and upset-conscious Cocolife match has an interesting sidebar when the two teams clash in the knockout Final Four of the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Saturday at the MOA Arena. Aside from the two squads looking to punch a ticket to the best-of-three Finals, the sudden death match will also feature the collision of two generations of local volleyball stars. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. On the Cargo Movers side, current national team members setter Kim Fajardo and libero Dawn Macandili banner the Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad. They will take on the duo of veteran playmaker Tina Salak and seasoned libero Denden Lazaro, both looking to prove that they can still pull the trigger to help the Asset Managers score another upset after taking down no. 4 seed Cignal last Thursday. It will be an interesting matchup as Fajardo is considered as the heir apparent of Salak, who led the national team to numerous international battles including the country’s bronze medal finish in the 2005 Manila Southeast Asian Games, with both having superb decision making, leadership and veteran smarts inside the court. Meanwhile, Macandili has been building her reputation as the country’s best defense specialist of late after Lazaro held the distinction a few years back. Fearless and willing to sacrifice their bodies to keep the ball alive, the two liberos share these traits with tenacity and dedication. Though the Cargo Movers boasts of a deep and athletic lineup, De Jesus is still wary of Cocolife, a veteran-laden team composed mostly of former Army players and backed by American imports Taylor Milton and Shar Latai Manu-Olevao.     “Cocolife matagal na magkalilala. Mga players nila mostly magkakasama na sa Army, samahan pa ng mayos na import,” said the F2 Logistics mentor, whose squad easily disposed no. 8 seed Iriga City in their quarterfinals pairing last Tuesday. But De Jesus sees the familiarity and cohesiveness of his team, which composed of the core of back-to-back UAAP champion De La Salle University, as an advantage to make a repeat of their straight sets win over the Asset Managers in the preliminary round.     “Ang advantage namin is siguro mas kilala na nila ang isa’t isa ngayon at mas napapaikot ni Kim ang rotation namin sa opensa,” said De Jesus, who is also banking on reliable imports American Kennedy Bryan and Maria Jose Perez of Venezuela. Cocolife mentor Kungfu Reyes, on the other hand, hopes to use the momentum of their win against Cignal as fuel in their first-ever Final Four stint since joining the league early this year. “Malaking achievement na sa amin itong makapasok sa semifinals,” said Reyes, noting the progress of his team after finishing seventh in the Invitational Conference and fifth in the All-Filipino Conference. “Pero di kami dapat makuntento sa fourth. Dahil nandito na rin kami, gagawin na namin ang lahat para umakyat sa Finals,” he added. The winner of the match will take on the survivor between three-peat-seeking Foton and Petron. Game 1 of the Finals is on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017