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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: abscbn abscbnJul 19th, 2018

Foton claims solo lead, dominates Victoria Sports-UST

Games Thursday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 4:15 p.m. –- Petron vs. Cocolife 7:00 p.m. –- Generika-Ayala vs. Sta. Lucia   Defending champion Foton ripped apart a young Victoria Sports-University of Sto. Tomas side, 25-8, 25-22, 25-16, to close its elimination round campaign in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Tuesday. Fresh from a record-setting 41-point production in a five-set win against F2 Logistics, Serbian sensation Sara Klisura once again led the Tornadoes to victory for a 7-1 win-loss slate at solo top spot. Klisura punched in 13 points including 10 off attacks while adding seven digs and six excellent receptions in an all-around performance for three-peat seeking Foton, which will await its final placing in the quarterfinals. Idle Petron and F2 Logistics are at second to third spots with identical 6-1 slate. In the quarterfinals, the top seed will take on the eighth seed while the second seed will clash with the seventh seed; the third seed will face the sixth seed; and the fourth seed will collide with the fifth seed. Jaja Santiago scored 13 points while EJ Laure had nine markers, seven off kills. CJ Rosario finished with eight while Maika Ortiz and Montenegrin Dragana Perunicic combined for 13 points in the Tornadoes 75-minute drubbing of the Victoria Sports-UST. The also-ran Tigresses absorbed their seventh loss in as many outings. Dimdim Pacres led the Espana-based squad with eight points, Shanned Palec had six while Japanese import Yukie Inamasu was limited to four points as the much taller Foton squad clogged the net, putting up 15 kills blocks including five courtesy of Rosario.  UST will close its campaign on Saturday against Cignal.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles       .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 28th, 2017

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

PSL: UP, Foton meet for 7th place

University of the Philippines-United Auctioneers, Inc. and Foton arranged a battle for seventh place in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference at Imus Sports Center in Cavite. Isa Molde came through for the Lady Maroons, who shook off a slow start to beat Cocolife, 23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-13, for their first win in the tournament. The Tornadoes, meanwhile, didn't break a sweat after it won by default against University of the East-Cherrylume. The Lady Warriors couldn't get to the venue due to the heavy rain and flood as 'Henry' intensified to a tropical storm midday Tuesday. The game between UP and Foton is on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Molde fired 1...Keep on reading: PSL: UP, Foton meet for 7th place.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

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

Stalzer saves Petron in close match against Cocolife

Lindsay Stalzer used her experience to deliver the crucial blows that lifted Petron to a 25-14, 23-25, 15-25, 25-14, 15-13 victory over Cocolife Tuesday night in the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Stalzer shattered the 13-all deadlock with back-to-back hits in the deciding set en route to this impressive win in the penultimate day of the classification round. Petron shut down the classification round with a 9-1 win-loss mark and captured a handsome chance of regaining the top spot. The Blaze Spikers, however, have to wait for the result of another crucial battle between erstwhile leader F2 Logistics and Foton. The Cargo Movers and the Tornadoes are still playing at press time. “We’re not concerned if we end up No. 1 or No. 2,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos, noting that they have to be at their best either against eighth-seed Smart or seventh-seed Generika-Ayala in the quarterfinals where they will be coming in with a twice-to-beat advantage. “We can’t be complacent, especially with what happened in our last game (against Sta. Lucia). It was a lesson learned and we would carry that as we go along (in our journey),” he said. Stalzer, the former Most Valuable Player who is on her fifth year of duty, delivered 21 kills for 22 points while Hillary Hurley chipped in 13 attacks to finish with 15 points for the Blaze Spikers, who spoiled the debut of FIVB World Grand Prix veteran Marta Drpa for Cocolife. Also shining for the Blaze Spikers were Mika Reyes and Frances Molina as well as Aiza Maizo-Pontillas. Reyes had three blocks and two aces to finish with 13 points while Molina and Maizo-Pontillas added 12 and five points, respectively. But Delos Santos stressed that it was Stalzer’s veteran presence that helped them capture the win. Powered by the Serbian tandem of Drpa and Sara Klisura, the Asset Managers threatened to pull off a massive upset as they erected a 2-1 set lead. Petron restored order in the fourth set, setting the stage for the deciding set where Delos Santos instructed setter Rhea Dimaculangan to give Stalzer a lot of open looks so she would heat up and unleash her might in the crucial stretch. With Cocolife tying the count at 13, Stalzer unloaded a sharp kill from the open spot for the set point followed by another kill for the win in the match that lasted for a little more than two hours. Klisura finished with 23 hits while Drpa added 20 for the Asset Managers, who closed their classification round assignment with six wins in 10 outings......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Petron survives Klisura s 38-point explosion, keeps unbeaten slate

Games Saturday: (Muntinlupa Sports Center) 1:45 p.m. -- Foton vs F2 Logistics 4:10 p.m. -- Cignal vs Smart   Petron continued with its winning ways to keep its pristine record intact while defending champion F2 Logistics kept its hold of the second spot in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Blaze Spikers collected its seventh straight win in as many outings after snapping Cocolife’s four-game winning streak with a 26-24, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, decision. Ces Molina stepped up in the absence of injured American import Hilary Hurley (right foot sprain) as the former San Beda University star dropped 21 points while American reinforcement Lindsay Stalzer had 22 markers for Petron, which survived the 38-point explosion of the Asset Managers’ Serbian sensation Sara Klisura.   Aiza Maizao-Pontillas got 13 points while Mika Reyes had nine for the Blaze Spikers.   “Cocolife, expect namin na lalaban talaga rin kasi ang ganda ng performance nila eh so para sa amin parang naisip ko nga kanina na wala pa ang isang import naming. Pero excited naman si Ces para doon sa posisyon niya na outside hitter hindi naman ako binigo, na-maximize namin ang strength niya so para sa amin malaking bagay,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos. Cocolife dropped to 4-3. Meanwhile, the Cargo Movers cruise to an easy 25-21, 25-17, 25-14 victory over Cignal. With Venezuelan import Maria Jose Perez and Kim Fajardo at the helm, the Cargo Movers asserted their dominance early on before going for the kill en route to this impressive victory. Perez, the reigning Most Valuable Player awardee, delivered 15 kills to finish with game-high 16 points while Fajardo uncorked five aces on top of 18 excellent sets to help the Cargo Movers solidify their hold at the second spot with a 4-1 card. Kennedy Bryan and Aby Marano were also on fire as they knocked down nine points apiece while playing solid defense at the net, leaving HD Spikers’ prolific imports Jeane Horton of United States and Sonja Milanovic struggling for form. Milanovic finished with 12 points while Horton had only 10 markers for the HD Spikers, who suffered their third loss in five matches......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 15th, 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

Cocolife weathers Silva s 56-point explosion

Games Tuesday: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:15 p.m. – Petron vs Cocolife 7:00 p.m. – F2 Logistics vs Foton   BATANGAS CITY --- Cocolife survived Smart’s Cuban reinforcement Gigi Silva’s 56 points to secure a quarterfinals twice-to-beat advantage after a hard-fought, 25-23, 25-21, 27-29, 19-25, 16-14, win Saturday in the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday at the Batangas City Sports Center here. The Asset Managers improved to 6-3 win-loss record while handing the Giga Hitters their ninth loss in as many outings.    Serbian import Sara Klisura finished with 35 points for Cocolife while American reinforcement Taylor Milton had 20 markers. Silva pounded 53 kills and had three aces in a lost cause but landed 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).           Meanwhile, Foton uncorked a strong finishing kick to complete a masterful 25-21, 25-17, 21-25, 25-20 victory over Generika-Ayala. American import Channon Thompson and Dindin Manabat delivered the crucial blows to spearhead the Tornadoes to this impressive win that gave them a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals. Petron and F2 Logistics, who both fashion an 8-1 card, clinched the first two quarterfinal incentives. A mid-conference replacement to American Brooke Kranda, Thompson flaunted her scoring prowess as she tallied 20 kills, six aces and a block for 27 points while Manabat chipped in 10 kills, three blocks and an ace for 14 points to star for the Tornadoes, who notched their fifth win in nine matches. Also making her presence felt was Canadian import Elizabeth Wendel, who punched 12 hits, while Serbian Katarina Vukamanovic shone in the backline with 17 of the Tornadoes’ 47 excellent digs. Pulling off an impressive win, however, didn’t come easy. After cruising to easy victories in the first two sets, the Tornadoes found themselves in trouble as Darlene Ramdin of Trinidad and Tobago and American Symone Hayden discovered their groove before watching them fall into a maze of errors in the crucial stretch of the third set. Ramdin, who played with Thompson in the Trinidad and Tobago national team, continued her inspired performance as the Lifesavers forged a 7-7 knot before the first technical timeout of the fourth set. But after the 19-all count, Thompson and Manabat sparked a spiking spree to out the Tornadoes at match point, 24-19. Although Manabat committed a service error in the ensuing play, Foton couldn’t be denied as Hayden’s attack went long for the final count. Ramdin delivered 21 hits while Hayden had 13 points for the Lifesavers, who will enter into their final game of the classifications with a 2-7 mark......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

DOC VOLLEYBALL: FIVE FOR (FINAL FOUR) FIGHTING

A couple more games in and the elimination round will soon come to a close. Even up to this point, the women’s volleyball tournament of UAAP Season 80 continues to prove to be the most unpredictable year in recent UAAP history. While the top two seeds, the DLSU Lady Spikers and the Ateneo Lady Eagles have already secured spots in the Final Four, it’s still an on-going Battle Royale for the remaining two spots among teams gunning for a chance at either redemption or ascendancy.  With the FEU Lady Tamaraws, NU Lady Bulldogs, Adamson Lady Falcons, UP Lady Maroons, and the UST Golden Tigresses still slugging it out to prove their worth, the last few games of the eliminations couldn’t be more exciting and interesting at the same time. FEU Lady Tamaraws (7 – 4) Numerically speaking, the Lady Tamaraws have the best chances of booking the 3rd spot based on their team’s performance in the different skill departments. Despite being 7th overall in spiking, the Lady Tamaraws have shown consistency in the more crucial departments such as serve (2nd), receive (4th), and setting (3rd). At a relatively more comfortable standing of 7 – 4, FEU just needs one win to seal their Final Four spot or 2 to guarantee at least a 3rd rank finish. In their upcoming game against their 1st round tormentors, the Adamson Lady Falcons, the Lady Tamaraws’ services would definitely be challenged by the resurgent passing and commendable first point conversion of the Lady Falcons. Likewise, FEU would be expected to capitalize on the relatively less aggressive serving of Adamson to run their bread and butter combination plays. A revenge win against Adamson, avoiding an upset against a confident UE Lady Warriors squad and a repeat over skidding NU will enable the Lady Tamaraws to bag the best possible ranking at the end of eliminations. NU Lady Bulldogs (6 – 6) Despite the downward spiral that the Lady Bulldogs have found themselves in this second round, their stellar performance during the first round could still be enough of a cushion for them to keep their Final Four dreams alive. In their recent matchup with the Lady Maroons, Queen Bulldog Jaja Santiago was being maximized with her relatively more unstoppable attack from the right wing and back row. At times that the team was able to go for a high enough dig or pass, despite the location quality, a safety set to Santiago proved to be much needed relief. However, despite this dominance by Santiago, the team still sorely lacks output from the left wing as a much needed support. Had the left wing been more successful in attempt-to-point ratio, the match would have had a different tone. But moving forward, now that the team has had some positional adjustments that ensures libero Gayle Valdez’s stint is fully utilized, a few adjustments in passing formation is needed to ensure that Valdez has the best coverage. With the current struggles in their floor defense, the Lady Bulldogs will benefit more with slowing the rally down will high first balls regardless if on a perfect location just so setter Jasmine Nabor can better shoot to the wings. Adamson Lady Falcons (5 – 6) With a recent commanding win against the NU Lady Bulldogs and an almost statement win versus the Ateneo Lady Eagles, the Adamson Lady Falcons have found a much needed momentum boost amidst a slow second round start. In recent games, the Lady Falcons have seen a resurgence in their receiving prowess which has enabled them to beat powerhouses like DLSU and FEU in the first round. In their recent outings, the Lady Falcons have shown that they have superior side-out game as they have relatively higher first point conversion coming from a serve but have had some struggles in earning points off the transition. In addition, perhaps the most significant limiting factor for Adamson is their serving, which is notably the least aggressive in the league. Though successful in their first encounters against DLSU and FEU, the Lady Falcons’ upcoming rematch against these two teams would be their toughest challenge yet as they would heavily rely in their steady passing against the top two serving teams. To increase their chances of a first round repeat against these two teams, serving adjustments should also be made to ensure that they can limit the DLSU’s Majoy Baron from the middle as well as FEU setter Kyle Negrito from setting up their combination plays. UST Golden Tigresses (4 – 8) Despite a rough and disheartening initial run in this season, the UST Golden Tigresses have started to show what they are seriously capable of achieving. Albeit a too little too late with their current resurgence, a fully intact team is not to be discredited yet. Although much like the UP Lady Maroons in that their fate relies on the succeeding outcome for both NU and Adamson, UST still has a slightly better chance given that they can ensure a win against the Lady Falcons. Able to stretch out the Lady Eagles into a five-set thriller recently is much of a testament that UST is indeed final four material given a fully functioning roster. Much like how Adamson capitalized on Ateneo’s passing, UST proved to be one of the leagues better serving team, but also felt quite short when it came to transition play compared to the Lady Eagles. In line with that, the Golden Tigresses will also have to rely on their serving for their match against the Lady Spikers to ensure easier transition when the middle is eliminated from the attack. Interestingly enough, UST’s situation is mirrored by the Adamson Lady Falcons and their fate relies on each other as both teams are yet to face off against top seed DLSU and are set to face each other for their last elimination match. UP Lady Maroons (4 – 8) Despite a rough start early on in the league that casted some doubts on the inclusion of new coach Godfrey Okumu, the Lady Maroons have slowly found their groove as well as their identity. Though the hopes of a Final Four finish are not as feasible as their fate relies on the further performance of both NU and Adamson, the Lady Maroons are in a good position to prepare for the next season. With all the rotational adjustments Okumu has utilized throughout the season, the current setup is perhaps their best bet to build on. Perhaps the main challenge UP has faced the entire season is that with the short stint under a new coach, the tournament has been more of an unlearning process first before Okumu’s new system, a more scientific one as he claims, is infused. For their upcoming match against the Lady Eagles, the Lady Maroons will find much benefit in aggressive serving to take opportunity of the less threatening passing proficiency of their opponent but at the same time, the challenge is ensuring they convert every possession since the Ateneo has shown much skill in winning the point the longer the transition rally progresses. Final Four Probabilities As with the standings in UAAP History, the elusive 7th win is always the magic number to strive for to get an assurance of a Final Four spot. At this point, FEU is almost guaranteed of that spot given that they just win another game. Should NU finally get out of their slump and manage their first win in the second round, they can guarantee an extension in their stint which would be enough time to at least familiarize their new rotation. Adamson undeniably has the best chances based on numbers as they still have 3 more games but these last elimination games will be relatively challenging as they will have to perform a repeat of their first round win against the top seeded teams FEU and DLSU. Finally, both UP and UST should ensure a win for their last 2 games and hope for upsets against NU and Adamson to at least be within striking distance for the last Final Four spot.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

Petron goes 8-0, F2 Logistics tightens hold of second

Games on April 3: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:15 p.m. –-- Foton vs Cignal 9:00 p.m. --- Cocolife vs Sta. Lucia   BALIUAG, Bulacan – Petron unleashed a furious rally down the stretch to eke out a heart stopping 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 26-24 victory Saturday in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix before a massive weekend crowd at the Baliuag Star Arena here. Import Lindsay Stalzer and Frances Molina came through with clutch hits while Mika Reyes foiled another furious performance from Gyselle Silva as the Blaze Spikers preserved its immaculate slate. It was Petron’s eighth consecutive victory, putting it two wins shy of sweeping the eliminations and bagging the top seed in the quarterfinals. Stalzer, the Most Valuable Player in 2015, finished the job with 17 attacks and two aces for 19 points while Molina and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas chipped in 13 markers apiece for Petron, which missed the services of American import Hillary Hurley who is still recovering from a mild injury. Reyes, for her part, delivered three blocks for a nine-hit effort. More importantly, her defense on Silva played a crucial role to this important win before the league heads to a 10-day break in observance of the Lenten Season. Meanwhile, Ara Galang delivered a vintage performance to tow F2 Logistics to an easy 25-22, 25-14, 25-10 victory over Generika-Ayala in the second game. After missing the Grand Prix last year due to a recurring knee injury, Galang made her presence felt as she knocked down 13 attacks, four aces and a block for the Cargo Movers, who made a gallant stand despite the absence of American opposite Kennedy Bryan. With the win, the Cargo Movers solidified their hold of the second spot with a 7-1 win-loss card, one game behind Petron. With Silva wreaking havoc at the attack zone, the Giga Hitters erected a five-point lead in the fourth set and threatened to stretch the match into a deciding set, 22-17. Although Stalzer delivered three consecutive hits, Silva scored on back-to-back aces to give Smart the set point, 24-21. But the Blaze Spikers didn’t easily surrender. Stalzer unloaded a powerful spike from the right wing before Chloe Cortez scored off a gift. Molina, then, uncorked a pair of spikes to give Petron the match point, 25-24. Stalzer finished the match with an ace, towing the Blaze Spikers out of danger in a marathon match that lasted for one hour and 42 minutes. Silva had another glowing performance with 32 kills, two blocks and five aces to finish with 39 points, just two points shy of matching the record-setting 41-point performance tallied by Sara Klisura last year. Her partner, Sanja Trivunovic, submitted only 11 markers for the Giga Hitters, who remain winless in eight outings......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 24th, 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

Expect fireworks in Foton-Petron semis battle

Games Saturday: (MOA Arena) 4:00 pm – F2 Logistics vs Cocolife 6:00 pm – Petron vs Foton   After figuring in the championship round duriing the past couple of years, defending back-to-back champion Foton and bitter rival Petron will have an early collision for a spot in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Finals. Just like in their previous meetings, expect fireworks when the Tornadoes and Blaze Spikers take center court in the knockout Final Four at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday. Game time is at 6:00 p.m. “It’s a tradition to play a good match kontra Petron,” said Serbian coach Moro Branislav, whose wards got the better of the Blaze Spikers in the last two editions of the import-laden conference.    But in their first encounter this year, Petron was able to shut down high-flying Serbian Sara Klisura, Montenegrin Dragana Perunicnic and 2017 All-Filipino Conference Most Valuable Player Jaja Santiago, 25-21, 25-22, 12-25, 25-20. Still, Branislav likes their chances against Petron, which will parade their former reinforcement in American Lindsay Stalzer together with compatriot Hillary Hurley and Japanese libero Yuri Fukuda as well as Frances Molina, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mika Reyes and Rhea Dimaculangan. “Foton likes playing against Petron,” said the Serbian mentor following their 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 quarterfinal victory over Sta. Lucia on Thursday.  “This is going to be a very interesting battle. Unlike in the finals that we have three games, in the semifinals, it’s just one match and you’re out. So we have to give our best against Petron if we want to defend our title.” Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos vowed that their semifinal battle against Foton would be more intense and more dramatic than their two previous finals clashes. “We know that Petron and Foton have a little rivalry,” said Delos Santos, adding that Foton’s mastery over them the past two years will serve as motivation to fire up his wards. “But as I’ve said, we’re already in the semifinals. Unlike in the finals, we’re in a situation where we can’t afford to lose. We don’t have the luxury to adjust because one lost and we’re out. We have no choice but to play our hearts out.” The winner of the match will take on the survivor between top seed F2 Logistics and Cocolife. 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

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:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

Petron takes a slice of the lead

Games Saturday: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:00 p.m. --- Cignal vs Victoria Sports-UST 6:00 p.m. --- Iriga City vs F2 Logistics   Heavyweight Petron unleashed its torrid attacks before watching Cocolife crumble to pressure in the crucial stretch to score a 25-19, 25-21, 25-22 victory in the 2017 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.   American import Lindsay Stalzer delivered the goods, lifting the Blaze Spikers to another easy victory for a share of the lead with idle Foton at 7-1. But its chances of clinching the top spot in the sudden-death quarterfinals appear nil as F2 Logistics will gain superior quotient provided that it clobbers struggling Iriga City in the final day of eliminations on Saturday. "Sabi nga namin sa team na hindi dapat mag-underestimate ng kalaban lalo na ngayong last game namin sa elimintion round. Ang goal kasi namin is magkaroon kami nang magandang morale pagpasok sa quarters," said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos. Stalzer fired 11 kills, three blocks and two aces for 16 points while carrying the cudgels in the deciding set to keep Petron within striking distance, 18-20. American Hillary Hurley scored on a block and a kill to knot the count before Ces Molina unleashed a powerful hit from the open spot to grab the lead, 21-20. Cocolife American reinforcement Tai Manu-Olevao tied things up at 21, but she committed an attack error followed by another error by Wensh Tiu and another miscue by Lutgarda Malaluan that pushed the Blaze Spikers at match point, 24-21. Then, Molina converted on a well-executed combination play to seal the victory. Manu-Olevao tallied 15 attacks and an ace for 16 points for the Asset Managers, who finished the eliminations with a 3-5 win-loss card. Their fate in the quarterfinals, however, still depends on the outcome of the matches between Generika-Ayala and Sta. Lucia, still playing as of posting time, as well as Cignal and Victoria Sports-UST on Saturday.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

Sta. Lucia Realty outlasts Cocolife, arrests two-game skid

Games Thursday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 4:15 p.m. –- Petron vs. Cocolife 7:00 p.m. –- Generika-Ayala vs. Sta. Lucia   Import Marissa Field returned with a bang while Ukrainian Bohdana Anisova dropped 35 points to power Sta. Lucia Realty past Cocolife in a come-from-behind, 23-25, 22-25, 25-12, 25-23, 15-7, win Tuesday in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Anisova wreaked havoc with 29 attack points spiced up with four service aces and a pair of kill blocks as the Lady Realtors arrested a two-game losing streak to tie idle Iriga City at 2-5 win-loss record at seventh to eighth spot. Canadian reinforcement Field returned to action after missing two games because of a knee injury and chipped in 20 markers off 13 kills, five kill blocks and two aces. “Malaki (na nakabalik si Field). Mahirap maglaro na dalawa lang ang import mo and tatlo sa kalaban, malaking disadvantage natin,” said SLR coach Jerry Yee, who is looking to steer his team to a good position in the knockout quarterfinals. “Malaki ang na-contribute niya pero nag-step up din ang mga locals. Nagpalit tayo ng locals and naayos natin ng kaunti.” Fil-American Mar-Jana Phillips scored 13 while the trio of Jonah Sabete, Jannine Navarro and Pam Lastimosa combined for 10 markers. Djanel Cheng had 31 excellent sets.       Pumped up after taking the third and fourth sets after a sluggish start, the Lady Realtors built a 7-5 lead in the decider. After Cocolife chopped its deficit to one, 7-6, SLR blasted a six straight points capped by a smash by Anisova for a 13-6 lead. American import Shar Lei Manu-Olevao stopped the bleeding for the Asset Managers with a kill before Anisova pushed SLR at match point with an attack. Lastimosa sealed the match with a kill block on Nene Bautista to end the two-hour, 15-minute duel.       Getting their bearing back after taking the third set, the Lady Realtors engaged the Asset Managers to a nip and tuck battle in the fourth set. Anisova broke a 23-23 deadlock with a crosscourt hit before forcing a deciding frame with a thundering kill. Cocolife dropped to 3-4 slate tied with Cignal and Generika-Ayala at fourth to sixth spot despite the 30-point effort of Manu-Olevao. American Taylor Milton had 13 points while Bautista chipped in 11 for the Asset Managers. Veteran libero Denden Lazaro had 16 excellent receptions and 14 digs while setter Tina Salak tallied 22 excellent sets in a lost cause.   In the quarterfinals, the top seed will take on the eighth seed while the second seed will clash with the seventh seed; the third seed will face the sixth seed; and the fourth seed will collide with the fifth seed.     ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 28th, 2017

Foton bounces back, sweeps SLR

Games Tuesday: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:15 pm – Generika-Ayala vs Victoria Sports-UST 7:00 pm – Cignal vs F2 Logistics   LIPA CITY --- After suffering a sorry setback, defending champion Foton vented its ire on Sta. Lucia Realty as it pulled off a masterful 25-16, 25-11, 25-16 bounce back victory in the 2017 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday at the La Salle Lipa Sentrum here. Jaja Santiago had a brilliant performance while imports Sara Klisura and Dragana Perunicnic carried the cudgels for the Tornadoes. With the win, Foton is now bunched with rival Petron at the second spot with a 5-1 win-loss card behind unbeaten F2 Logistics, which sports a 4-0 slate. Based on the official league format, the top team after the single-round elimination will take on the eighth seeded squad while the second seed will meet the seventh seed; the third seed will clash with the sixth seed; and the fourth seed will battle the fifth seed in the sudden-death quarterfinal encounter. The survivors in the quarters will advance to the semis to determine the protagonists in the best-of-three finals series, which starts on Dec. 12. Foton head coach Moro Branislav knows that every match is important and clinching the top seed will definitely make their road to a three-peat much easier. “This is a very tough tournament and every game is very important,” said the seasoned Serbian mentor. “For my opinion, we can’t take anybody lightly. We always have to be at our best, work hard and go for the win. Today, the girls showed that they really want another title.” Santiago, the reigning Most Valuable Player, delivered 11 kills, two aces and a block to finish with 14 points while Klisura and Perunicnic delivered 17 and 14 markers, respectively, for the Tornadoes, who crushed the Lady Realtors at the attack zone, 42-24. Ukrainian Bodhana Anisova was the lone bright spot on offense for Sta. Lucia with 15 attacks. The Lady Realtors suffered their fourth setback in five matches......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

HD Spikers end slump, crush reeling Oragons

Games Tuesday: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:15 p.m. –- Victoria Sports-UST vs SLR 7:00 p.m. -– Petron vs Foton   MALOLOS CITY -- Cignal banked on its rock-solid defense to dominate Iriga City, 26-24, 25-23, 25-17, to end a two-game slump in the 2017 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Saturday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center here. Jovelyn Gonzaga provided the spark, but it was the imposing defensive presence of imports Beth Carey of Australia and Alexis Matthews of United States and Paneng Mercado that did the damage for the HD Spikers. Gonzaga fired 15 kills while Carey and Matthews delivered 10 markers apiece as the HD Spikers controlled the blocking department, 8-1. With the win, the HD Spikers shared the fourth spot with idle Generika-Ayala with a 2-3 win-loss card and stepped back on the winning track following a pair of setbacks to Petron and Cocolife, respectively. “Ayun overwhelming (yung panalo) dahil galing din kami sa ilang talo,” said HD Spikers head coach George Pascua, who is still missing the services of veteran Rachel Anne Daquis who was nursing a bruised knee. “Hopefully, masustain namin yung winning character ng mga players,” he added. “Kailangan maovercome namin ang pressure dahil nga champion team kami ng Invitationals.” Despite losing Grethcel Soltones to a one-year suspension, the Lady Oragons came out firing early on. Serbian import Tamara Kmezic waxed hot at the attack zone, towing the Lady Oragons to a 21-19 lead in the crucial stretch of the first set. But Gonzaga delivered back-to-back hits followed by an attack error by the 6-foot-7 Serbian opposite that gave the first set victory and the momentum to the HD Spikers, much to the delight of a massive weekend crowd in this historic city. Kmezic spewed fire offensively with 22 kills while Saama Miyagawa of Japan chipped in 12 kills and a pair of aces for 14 points for the Lady Oragons, who absorbed their third consecutive setback after opening their bid with an impressive win over Sta. Lucia Realty.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

Unbeaten Cignal, Foton eye solo lead

Games today 3 p.m. – Sta. Lucia vs Cherrylume 5 p.m. – Cocolife vs F2 Logistics.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2017