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La Salle eyes share of lead in UAAP volleyball

Defending champion De La Salle University shoots for a share of the lead when it takes on Far Eastern University (FEU) in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan City. The Lady Spikers-Lady Tamaraws game is set at 4 p.m. after [...] The post La Salle eyes share of lead in UAAP volleyball appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netFeb 13th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: NU seeks solo lead, third straight win

National University hunts for its third straight win and a hold of the solo lead when the Lady Bulldogs clash with listless University of the East Sunday in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Opening serve is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. The Lady Bulldogs share the top spot with grand slam-seeking De La Salle University after winning their first two matches. NU opened its campaign with a four-set win over Adamson University before squeaking past Ateneo de Manila University, 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 12-25, 15-7, last Wednesday. UE is tied with the Lady Eagles with 0-2 slate. The Lady Warriors are coming off a 17-25, 15-25, 21-25, defeat at the hands of University of Sto. Tomas.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: DLSU, UP battle for share of the lead

Grand slam-seeking De La Salle University and University of the Philippines collide for a share of the lead Saturday in the 80th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Opening serve 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 on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.      The Lady Spikers survived an early challenge from University of Sto. Tomas, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25, 15-8, a week ago. Fielding a veteran core composed of reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron, Kim Kianna Dy, Desiree Cheng, libero Dawn Macandi and with sophomore setter Michelle Cobb doing a great job filling in the shoes left by Kim Fajardo, DLSU remains to be the team to beat this season. The Lady Spikers are also looking to avoid a repeat of their first round defeat against the Lady Maroons last year.  “Hindi ko pa nakikita lahat, kung baga nangangapa sa isa’t isa kasi di pa namin nakikita kung anong meron ang UP ngayon,” said DLSU head coach Ramil De Jesus. “Although nawala dun si (Nicole) Tiamzon and si (Kathy) Bersola and yung libero si (Pia) Gaiser. So malaking bagay din yun para sa team nila.” UP is also coming off a tough win over University of the East, 25-19, 25-13, 21-25, 16-25, 15-8, last Sunday. “The challenge against La Salle, they have good service as well, so we just have to work on our passing and defense,” said Lady Maroons coach Godfrey Okumu. “But I respect their volleyball, they play good volleyball, but like them we are expecting good reesults from our next match.” Diana Carlos, Isa Molde and Justine Dorog will be the Lady Maroons' main offensive weapons.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Ricci Rivero, Alyssa Valdez lead UAAP-dominated list of Most Tweeted Filipino Athletes

In just his second season in the UAAP, De La Salle University's breakout superstar Ricci Rivero has definitely stepped up his game. The Green Archer's rise wasn't exlusively felt on the court, however, as he definitely upped his Twitter game after being named the most Tweeted Filipino Athlete for 2017, according to Twitter Philippines. With #UAAPSeason80 being one of the most Tweeted moments this year, it's no surprise that the most Tweeted athletes list is dominated by the players. Congratulations to @RicciRivero06 as the #1 most Tweeted athlete this year! 🏀🏀 #ThisHappened pic.twitter.com/ROdq4i4prX — Twitter Philippines (@TwitterPH) December 5, 2017 In a list that was dominated by former and current UAAP athletes, Rivero shined the brightest, beating out former Ateneo Blue Eagle Kiefer Ravena, former DLSU Lady Spiker Mika Reyes, among others. The Mythical Team selection set the league on fire, and the Twitterverse everytime he stepped on the court for DLSU, treating his 250,000 Twitter followers with his jaw-dropping dunks, killer Eurostep finishes, and undeniable charm.  Behind Rivero is former Ateneo de Manila volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez, who had her fair share of milestones this year. Valdez, arguably the most beloved local volleybelle of her generation, has a legion of fans to storm even her most mundane Tweets. Round out the top five are Pinoy boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, volleybelle-turned-journalist Gretchen Ho, and Kiefer Ravena. Completing the list of social media sports darlings are Mika Reyes (6), Ricci's older brother Prince Rivero (7), other Green Archers Brent Paraiso (8) and Kib Montalbo (9), and finally, the UAAP season 80 Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2017

NU, UST share lead in girls volleyball

Reigning girls titlist National University and University of Sto. Tomas extended their respective undefeated runs to four games after overwhelming their foes Monday in the 80 suth /su UAAP high school volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.        The Bullpups tripped Far Eastern University-Diliman, 25-14, 25-18, 25-8, while the Junior Tigresses downed University of the East, 25-14, 25-23, 25-12.         In boys action Sunday, titleholder NU and UST continue to solidify their hold of 1-2 positions after scoring straight set wins.        The Bullpups overcame a close second set to defeated De La Salle-Zobel, 25-14, 28-26, 25-20, while the Tiger Cubs bested Adamson University, 25-18, 25-16, 25-13.        NU raised its perfect record to 4-0, while UST is not far behind at 3-1. Action continues on Sunday with a lone girls match and a four-game bill in the boys division at the same San Juan venue. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 25th, 2017

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU puts spotless record on the line

Far Eastern University returns to action Wednesday with its unbeaten record at stake when the Tamaraws face De La Salle University in the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Tams are off to a good start, rolling past their first two assignments for a perfect 2-0 record and the solo hold of the lead. FEU will again be tested at 8:00 a.m. in a match that will air live on LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. Jude Garcia and JP Bugaoan powered the Tams to a 25-19, 27-29, 25-19, 25-19, win over the Adamson University Falcons last Saturday. After a five-set loss to open their campaign, the Green Spikers bounced back mightily with a 25-22, 25-23, 25-19, demolition of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons. DLSU and UP are tied at fifth to sixth spots with 1-1 slates. Meanwhile, the Fighting Maroons and winless Falcons (0-2) clash at 10:00 a.m. The duel will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles          .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU wants share of lead, Adamson seeks rebound

Far Eastern University coach George Pascua wants his wards to ride the momentum of their opening day win when they meet an equally dangerous Adamson University side Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Tams outlasted Ateneo de Manila University, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 15-9, for the first time after five seasons last week behind the 14 points each of graduating hitter Bernadeth Pons and Toni Basas.     “Sa amin it’s ano ‘to pampa-high morale sa mga players kasi knowing Ateneo ang tinalo namin,” said Pascua, who will try to lead his team to its second straight win for a share of the lead with idle National University. 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, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.       The Lady Falcons, on the other hand, are looking to bounce back from a 15-25, 23-25, 25-16, 13-25, defeat at the hands of NU. Returning veteran Mylene Paat and rookie Chiara Permentilla scored in double figures last game, but will need to get more support from Eli Soyud, Joy Dacoron and graduating hitter Jema Galanza. The trio combined for only 22 points the last time out.               --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

National U eyes stronger performance vs Ateneo

When National University shoots for the early solo lead, team star Jaja Santiago knows it won't get past Ateneo if the Lady Bulldogs come out gasping for air again in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament. "We still need to work out so many things with coach Babes [Castillo] especially on our conditioning," said Santiago in Filipino. The Lady Bulldogs go for a 2-0 start versus the Lady Eagles at 4 p.m., right after University of Santo Tomas and University of the East vie for a first win at 2 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Bulldogs grounded Adamson on opening day, 25-15, 25-23, 16-25, 25-13, but looked spent by the third set. "Our team performe...Keep on reading: National U eyes stronger performance vs Ateneo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: NU faces Ateneo in early rematch

National University shoots for a second straight win and firm grip of the lead in an early clash with last year's Finals tormentor defending three-time champion Ateneo de Manila University in the 80th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Game time is at 10:00 a.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. The Bulldogs are fresh off a 23-25, 19-25, 20-25, victory over Adamson University in their season opener last Saturday. NU, which is looking to end a three-year title drought, is on a 12-game losing slump against the Blue Eagles. The Bulldogs’ last win over Ateneo was in Game 2 of the Season 76 Finals when they completed a series sweep for their second straight crown.  NU bowed to Ateneo in their next three championship meetings.  The Blue Eagles, on the other hand, absorbed its first loss in three seasons when Ateneo saw its 30-game winning streak snapped by Far Eastern University, 18-25, 19-25, 22-25, Sunday in a shocking upset. Four-time Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo, who had 12 points in a lost cause, will try to bring the Blue Eagles in the win column with Karl Baysa, Gian Glorioso and Ish Rivera providing support against the NU troika of Bryan Bagunas, Fauzi Ismail and Kim Malanbunga.   Meanwhile, University of Sto. Tomas is also on the prowl for a second straight win after downing De La Salle University in a tight 25-21, 25-16, 15-25, 23-25, 16-14 win last Saturday. The Tigers collide with University of the East, which is coming off 22-25, 13-25, 15-25, defeat at the hands of University of the Philippines Sunday, at 8:00 a.m.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL: Mabibigyan ko siguro ng passing grade -- De Jesus on DLSU s opening day win

De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus didn’t like the way the grand slam-seeking Lady Spikers took their opening day win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday. The multi-titled mentor gave his squad a passing grade for his players’ composure at crunch time as the Lady Spikers outlasted University of Sto. Tomas and Sisi Rondina’s monster offensive outing in a 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25, 15-8, win at the MOA Arena.     “So sa ngayon, mabibigyan ko siguro ng passing grade kasi nanalo although makikita mo naman ‘yung character pagdating ng fifth set, ‘yun ‘yung mas maganda,” he said. The Taft-based squad receive a beating in the fourth set, trailing behind by as much as 6-16 that the DLSU failed to overhaul. But the battle-tested squad behind reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron bared their teeth as they repelled the gutsy Tigresses to spoil the 28-point outing of Rondina.    Baron, who had 19 points, showed her leadership in the fifth leading DLSU to victory.  “Siguro ‘yung sinasabi lang sa akin ni coach na kapag yung mga kasama ko nawawala na, kailangan nako-compose pa rin ako,” she said. “So ‘yun lang siguro yung inisip ko and nahawa na rin siguro yung mga kasama ko.” DLSU raced to a 5-0 lead capped by sophomore setter Michelle Cobb’s back-to-back aces. The Tigresses, behind battalion of fans cheering them on, mounted a rally to close the gap, 6-5. DLSU built a 10-6 cushion only to see UST score two straight points to inch closer, 10-8, on a Rondina kill.        UST committed three straight errors that gave DLSU some breathing space, 13-8. Tin Tiamzon pounded a kill to put the Lady Spikers at match point before Cobb sealed the victory with a block on Rondina. The Lady Spikers will take on University of the Philippines on February 10.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

San Beda shoots for fifth straight win, share of lead

Games Monday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 8:00 a.m. – EAC vs. CSB (jrs) 9:30 a.m. -- EAC vs. CSB (m) 11:00 a.m. –- EAC vs. CSB (w) 12:30 p.m. –- San Beda vs. Letran (w) 2:00 p.m. –- San Beda vs. Letran (m) 3:30 p.m. –- San Beda vs. Letran (jrs)   San Beda College returns to action on Monday seeking to move up to a share of the lead against Letran in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The unbeaten Lady Red Spikers behind the duo of Nieza Viray and Cesca Racraquin are on a four-game winning romp. The Mendiola-based squad looks to join repeat-seeking Arellano University at the top spot when the Lady Red Spikers troop to center court at 12:30 p.m. San Beda is coming off a 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15, win over Mapua University last Friday. Viray and Racraquin, who are averaging 16.5 and 15.5 points per game, respectively, will spearhead the Lady Red Spikers’ fight against the Lady Knights, who are fresh off a 28-26, 20-25, 26-24, 25-22 victory over Lyceum of the Philippines University last Thursday for a 2-2 win-loss record tied with San Sebastian College and College of St. Benilde. Meanwhile, CSB and Emilio Aguinaldo College clash at 11:00 a.m. The Lady Blazers are out to regain their winning ways after absorbing a four-set loss to the Lady Stags the last time out. The Lady Generals, on the other hand, are still on the hunt for the elusive first win this season. EAC and Mapua are the only remaining winless teams in the tournament, losing all of their previous four games. In men’s division, defending champion CSB (3-1) and EAC (2-2) meet at 9:30 a.m. while San Beda (3-1) and Letran (0-4) cross paths at 2:00 p.m. CSB-La Salle Greenhills and EAC open the playdate with their 9:00 a.m. match while San Beda and Letran will cap the day at 3:30 p.m. in the juniors division.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Arellano U eyes return to solo lead

Games Sunday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 9:30 a.m. -- JRU vs. Perpetual (m) 11:00 a.m. –- JRU vs. Perpetual (w) 12:30 p.m. –- LPU vs. Arellano U (w) 2:00 p.m. –- LPU vs. Arellano U (m) 3:30 p.m. –- LPU vs. Arellano U (jrs)   Unbeaten defending champion Arellano University seeks to regain the solo lead when the Lady Chiefs take on struggling Lyceum of the Philippines University in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Opening serve is at 12:30 p.m. after the 11:00 a.m. clash between University of Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal University. The Lady Chiefs share the leader board with San Beda College after four outings and are on a 16-game winning streak since last season. Arellano U faced a tough battle the last time out, dropping a set for the first time this season in a 25-11, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16, win over the Lady Bombers last Tuesday. Against the Lady Pirates, who are sporting a 1-3 card, Lady Chiefs head Obet Javier will have the advantage of a deep bench with rookie Necole Ebuen, Regine Arocha, Mary Anne Esguerra and Jovielyn Prado at his disposal. A stark contrast to the squad of veteran mentor Emil Lontoc. Crippled with only eight available players, LPU is limping through the tournament. The Lady Pirates dropped a 26-28, 25-20, 24-26, 22-25, match against their Intramuros neighbor. Perpetual, meanwhile, is looking to extend its winning streak to three after back-to-back five-set victories over San Sebastian College and Emilio Aguinaldo College. The Lady Altas carry a 3-1 slate while the Lady Bombers, who are looking to return in the win column after seeing their two-game winning streak snapped by the Lady Chiefs, are locked in a four-way logjam at 2-2 with San Sebastian College, College of St. Benilde and Letran. In men’s play, unbeaten joint leaders Altas and Chiefs hunt for their fifth win against their respective foes. Perpetual takes on listless Bombers at 9:30 a.m. while Arellano U crosses paths with the Pirates at 2:00 p.m. The lone juniors match between LPU and Arellano is set at 3:30 p.m.                --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Six standout local volleybelles of 2017

We’ve seen them shine this year whether in the collegiate stage, in the club leagues or even in the international scene. These six Pinay volleyball players took the sport’s limelight in the year that’s about to end.     DESIREE CHENG Desiree Cheng came into De La Salle University during the time bitter rival Ateneo de Manila University got the Lady Spikers’ number. From Seasons 76 to 77, Cheng saw her team fall prey to the might of the Lady Eagles in the UAAP Finals. Then redemption came in Season 78. Unfortunately, the 5-foot-8 spiker was forced to watch from the sidelines with an ACL tear as her crew reclaimed the crown. A year after, Cheng got her biggest break. DLSU lost most of its veteran core after Season 78 and needed another scoring option. Cheng heeded the call. Though Cheng struggled at the start of the eliminations, the hitter slowly got her groove back and delivered when DLSU needed offense in their sixth straight championship showdown against Ateneo. Cheng was the X-factor for the Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad during the series. Her contributions both on offense and floor defense played a huge part in the Lady Spikers’ series sweep of the Lady Eagles for the school’s 10th title. Cheng also helped F2 Logistics claim the Cargo Movers’ breakthrough Philippine Superliga Grand Prix title and a runner-up finish in the All-Filipino Conference.   ALYSSA VALDEZ Although Alyssa Valdez failed to claim a crown in the Premier Volleyball League this year and a continued title drought since 2016, the Phenom’s magic remains. She can still fill up game venues whenever she takes the court and 2017 proved as the former Queen Eagles’ biggest year in terms of her flourishing volleyball career. Valdez brought her talents abroad, landing a stint with 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai League and in the Thai-Denmark Superleague where her team finished third in both tournaments. After her appearance in Thailand, Valdez donned the Creamline jersey and led the Rebisco franchise to a bronze medal finish both in the PVL Reinforced and Open conferences. Valdez also had another tour of duty, playing for the national team in the AVC Asian Women’s Senior Volleyball Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 24-year old hitter got another international gig when she was tapped by Attack Line to play in the Chinese-Taipei Volleyball League.          Outside volleyball, Valdez has a blooming relationship with basketball star Kiefer Ravena. If she’s not busy with her volleyball and other commitments, Valdez also drew attention as one of the newest member of the so-called PBA players’ WAGS (wives and girlfriends) cheering for Ravena and the NLEX Road Warriors.      DAWN MACANDILI She may be only 5-foot tall but Dawn Macandili stood alongside Asia’s volleyball giants this year. The De La Salle University libero was the catalyst in the Lady Spikers’ back-to-back UAAP championship run. Her pesky floor defense frustrated DLSU’s rivals while giving her teammates a good first ball to operate their lethal offense.  But her biggest showing was when she landed a spot in the national team that competed in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship and in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. A first-timer donning the national colors, Macandili did not disappoint as she earned the respect and admiration of Japanese coaches and trainers during the Nationals’ training camp in Japan. She performed even better when the PHI hosted the AVC Asian Seniors. Ms. Everywhere gave teams like Asian powerhouse Vietnam, Kazakhstan, South Korea and Thailand a hard time with her floor defense. All her efforts caught the eyes of the AVC tournament officials and she was rewarded with the historic 2nd Best Libero award. She made the final list of in the national team that participated in the SEA Games. Back in the local scene, Macandili helped F2 Logistics to runner-up finish in the PSL All-Filipino Conference and a breakthrough crown in the Grand Prix.    JAJA SANTIAGO Tall, powerful and versatile, Jaja Santiago is a force to reckon with.  At 6-foot-5, Santiago dominated the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference as she led the National University Lady Bulldogs to a perfect championship run. She also bagged the conference’s Most Valuable Player award. Though NU failed to make it in the Final Four of UAAP for the second straight year, Santiago’s effort for the Lady Bulldogs was rewarded with a third straight Best Attacker award to go with the Best Scorer and Best Blocker recognitions. In the PSL, Santiago was a consistent scorer for the Foton Tornadoes in the All-Filipino Conference and the Grand Prix. Under the tutelage of Serbian import Moro Branislav, Santiago became an even more dangerous and versatile player. Aside from her natural position as a middle blocker, she can now wreak havoc on both wings the puts her height advantage to good use. She made it into the national team that competed in the AVC Asian Seniors and SEA Games and was the Nationals’ scoring ace. Santiago received an offer from Thai powerhouse Bangkok Glass but declined the offer to play in her last year with the Lady Bulldogs.             KIM FAJARDO Setter Kim Fajardo left winning legacy when she played her swan song for DLSU. It took her a few months to decide to play her fifth year with the Lady Spikers. Leading a young crew after the departure of the core of the Season 78 championship squad, Fajardo faced a tough challenge in the Taft-based squad’s title-retention bid. But the Batanguena proved her worth as a leader and the skipper rallied the Lady Spikers back into the Finals in a sixth straight collision against bitter rival Ateneo. Fajardo’s composure carried DLSU in a tough Game 1 match and again in the five-set title-clincher to complete the Lady Spikers’ series sweep of the Lady Eagles. She earned a spot in the national team as a starting setter. Fajardo steered F2 Logistics to its first PSL Grand Prix crown bagged the conference’s Best Setter award. She helped the Cargo Movers to a runner-up finish in the All-Filipino Conference.     JOVIELYN PRADO Silent but deadly. Jovielyn Prado may not be the typical vocal leader but her presence inside the court is enough to rally the Arellano University Lady Chiefs to meet their goals. The outside hitter proved her worth to the Lady Chiefs when she led the Legarda-based squad back on the NCAA women’s volleyball throne. A year removed from the title, Arellano U turned to Prado to provide the spark the Lady Chiefs needed to make another shot at the crown. Consistent, efficient and effective, Prado delivered for the Obet Javier-mentored squad. Arellano U advanced in the stepladder semifinals and dethroned College of St. Benilde to set up a date with thrice-to-beat, three-time Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones-led San Sebastian College. Undaunted even with a great series disadvantage, Prado played her best three games of the season to power the Lady Chiefs to an impressive sweep of the Lady Stags. Prado continued her great performance in the PVL Reinforced and Open Conference playing for the Power Smashers. She then bannered the Lady Chiefs to a bronze medal finish in the Collegiate Conference at the expense of UAAP team Adamson University.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

LOOK: UAAP Season 80 volleyball schedule

Defending champion De La Salle University opens its three-peat bid against an equally dangerous University of Sto. Tomas side when action in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament begins on February 3. The Lady Spikers will get an early test sans its veteran setter Kim Fajardo, who has exhausted all of her playing years last season, in the 4:00 p.m. main game at the Mall of Asia Arena. Games will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream. Reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron, Desiree Cheng, Kim Kianna Dy and seasoned libero Dawn Macandili will be back to lead the Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad. The Tigresses, on the other hand, boast of talents bannered by Sisi Rondina, Dimdim Pacres and EJ Laure, making the UST-DLSU match a must-watch duel. Meanwhile, top contender National University and Adamson University faceoff at 2:00 p.m. The men’s division opening match at 8:00 a.m. is between Adamson and NU while clashing at 10:00 a.m. are DLSU and UST. Here’s the first round schedule:   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

UAAP Juniors Football: Baby Tams held to scoreless draw; Jr Archers down Eaglets

Far Eastern University-Diliman battled to a goalless draw with University of Santo Tomas while De La Salle-Zobel turned back Ateneo, 4-2, yesterday to end first round action of the UAAP Season 78 juniors football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The usually productive Baby Tamaraws failed to score without a goal for the first time this season, as the Tiger Cubs were able to share points with the defending seven-time champion. FEU ended the first round on top of the table with 10 points, one clear of tournament newcomer National University, which finished second with nine points. John Rey Lagura, Joshua San Diego and Miguel Basmayor's 44th, 58th and 62nd minute goals gave the Junior Archers a 3-0 lead. The Blue Eaglets pulled one back, as Hugh Kendryx Lorenzo Soriano found the back of the net in the 76th minute goal. De La Salle-Zobel, however, restored the three-goal cushion with substitute Sherwin Basindanan producing the 89th minute goal before Ateneo's Vinnie Vinculado struck in stoppage time for the final scoreline.  The Junior Archers moved up to six points in third spot, while the Tiger Cubs will enter the second round at No. 4 with four points. The Eaglets, without a point to show, are at the basement......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 10th, 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

UAAP Finals: Graduating Ikeh and Tolentino write storybook ending to collegiate career

Nothing could have made the final game of Chibueze Ikeh and Vince Tolentino any sweeter than a victory against the De La Salle Green Archers in Game 3 of the UAAP Finals. They just wanted to exact revenge on their crushing Game 2 loss, which saw them give away a 21-point advantage and a delayed chance to win the championship. Recovering from such a brutal fall was a monumental task, but it was a task they were willing to accomplish. “For us, it wasn't over. The motto of this team is always to believe, and even though we didn't finish the job in Game 2 and La Salle gave us a really good fight, we never stopped believing,” Tolentino said after their celebration.  As their coach Tab Baldwin said, the Blue Eagles left their inner demons in the locker room after the Game 2 loss and already moved on. “We were ready come next day to get into the gym and listen to what Coach Tab has to say. Listen to our mistakes, because that's who we are, that's what we're willing to do. We just had the mentality that it's not over.” As for playing for such a seasoned coach as Baldwin, Tolentino could not have picked a better coach in steering their ship, keeping them on track, and made sure that they would not sink, calling the former Gilas Pilipinas coach amazing, and one of his best mentors. Baldwin in return praised the graduating forward for being a voice on the locker room, a thing which Baldwin admitted was an integral part in the team’s “leadership by committee.” “[Tolentino] said to me, ‘Coach, I don’t know if I could be an upfront leader for you but I’ll do everything what you’ll ask me to do and I’ll lead by example.,” Baldwin said. As for Ikeh, who finished wirh 12 points and 13 rebounds, he could only relish the love of the crowd, as they serenaded his last name during the closing minutes of the game, calling the Ateneo community “one of a kind.” In the moment Thirdy Ravena was awarded Finals MVP, the third-year guard shared a moment with his graduating center, calling him during the awarding. “I wasn't expecting that, but he's been one of a kind. For him to share that moment with me, it feels so great. I really appreciate that." ---- follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2017

Rondina, Viray power UST to outright finals berth in UAAP beach Volleyball

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas' Cherry Rondina and Caitlyn Viray hacked out a 22-20, 17-21, 15-13 win over Far Eastern University's Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza in a back-and-forth clash to claim the outright championship berth in the women's division yesterday in the UAAP Season 80 beach volleyball tournament at the Sands SM By The Bay. With Rondina playing second fiddle in the endgame, Viray scored her team's last three points to send the Tigresses back to the best-of-three title round via a 7-0 elimination round.        The Lady Tamaraws rallied from a 2-6 hole in the deciding set to grab the lead briefly at 8-7 and last took the upperhand at 10-9 on a Viray error. FEU was trailing 10-12 before taking advantage of UST's errors to force the game's last deadlock at 12-12. The Lady Tamaraws wound up second in the elims with a 6-1 card and will hold the twice-to-beat advantage in the second step-ladder semifinals. De La Salle's Tin Tiamzon and May Luna, meanwhile, made quick work of Ateneo's Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte, 21-10, 21-9, to clinch the remaining semis berth and will face Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero of University of the Philippines in the first step-ladder.    The Lady Maroons ended up third at 5-2 following a 21-12, 21-18 win over National University's Roma Doromal and Audrey Paran. 'Siyempre mas maganda kung makuha namin ang gold,' said Rondina, who had all praises on her first time partner Viray. 'Kinakailangan pang trabahuin.' The UST-FEU clash featuring two of the best players in the sand court in Rondina and Pons truly lived up to the hype. It was a back-and-forth first frame as the Lady Tamaraws came back from a 7-14 hole to move closer to set point, 20-19, before the Tigresses scored the next three points capped by a Pons net touch to claim the set. UST rallied a 5-10 second set deficit and closed in at 15-16 on Viray's back-to-back kills before FEU displayed tremendous composure to tie the game at one set apiece.  The Lady Spikers finished the elims at 4-3, while the Lady Eagles bowed out with their fifth loss against two wins.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

Men's volleyball stars hold benefit exhibition match

Virtual Playground gathered its volleyball talents for a one-day benefit exhibition match held recently as part of the agency’s advocacy project.   Held for the benefit of 5-year-old Yunix Ashteen Andrecio diagnosed with an Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, VP’s pool of NCAA and UAAP men’s volleyball stars led by national team captain John Vic De Guzman staged the event in Calamba, Laguna.   Looking to give back and share all the blessings he received this year, hometown hero and former College of St. Benilde ace De Guzman initiated the benefit game.  “When I learned about the case of Baby Yunix, nag-isip po ako ng puwede ko maitulong kaya po I asked the help of my friends in Laguna, ‘yung local government and my management agency, Virtual Playground for support,” said De Guzman, the reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player who led CSB to its breakthrough crown in Season 92.  “Sa pamamagitan po ng volleyball ay nakapagbigay po kami kahit paano ng kaunting assistance sa mga nangangailangan,” he added. Aside from De Guzman other VP talents who made the benefit game possible were De La Salle University’s Raymark Woo, Geuel Asia, Levin Dimayuga and Mike Frey, Josh Villanueva of Ateneo de Manila University, Timothy Eusebio of San Sebastian College, San Beda’s Jomaru Amagan, Anjo Pertierra of Mapua and Jerome Sarmiento of Adamson. Also giving a helping hand were Philippine national team members Ranran Abdilla and Bonjomar Castel. Virtual Playground is committed to expose its talents to more advocacy projects as part of their ongoing campaign 'VPInspire. It is the agency’s way to impart to its talents the virtue of being socially responsible apart from being the best in their respective field of sports. “Dasal lang po namin ang mabilis na paggaling ni Baby Yunix and gusto ko lang po malaman nya na nandito kaming mga kuya nya to win this fight with her,” said De Guzman, who is also an actor and model. “Mahaba pa po ang laban na ito - so I’m hoping mas marami pa po ang gustong tumulong.' For help and donations, kindly contact Mrs. Anna Andrecio, 0949-8555430 and 0918-2604901.       .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2017

Yung composure ko nadala ko pa rin dito sa Adamson -- Soyud

With veteran Jema Galanza out of commission after a tournament-ending right ankle injury, Eli Soyud is assuming the role as leader and top scoring option of Adamson University. And it helps that the transferee is bringing the playoffs composure she gained while playing with perennial UAAP championship contender De La Salle University. Soyud showed a superb scoring explosion, dropping 23 points as the Falcons inched closer to a Finals berth after outlasting Far Eastern University, 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 15-8, Wednesday in the best-of-three inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference semifinals series at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “Oo (nakatulong) in terms na ‘yung composure ko nadadala ko pa rin dito sa Adamson,” said Soyud, who will suit up for the San Marcelino-based squad this coming UAAP season after transferring from DLSU last year. “Siyempre yung kompiyansa na rin ng mga teammates ko para sa akin and sa kanila rin.” Soyud, who played for the Lady Spikers for two years including a championship run in 2016 before leaving the Taft-based squad, is averaging 17.6 points per game. Against FEU, she had 18 kills, four kill blocks and an ace. Soyud's presence kept Adamson together during the crucial stretch of the pivotal match, considering that these Lady Falcons - aside from herself, Galanza and Fenela Emnas, are composed of players have never set foot in the Final Four before.  “’Yun na rin ang sinasabi ni coach Air (Padda) na maging leader every time na kung anuman ang dapat gawin sa loob,” said the opposite spiker. “And para na rin i-lead ang mga bata.” Realizing the need for a leader to fill in the shoes left by the injured Galanza, Soyud willingly accepted the responsibility and she proved that she can play the role. “’Yun ang nagmo-motivate sa akin,” she said. “Hindi ko naman iniisip ang score ko basta magawa ko lang ang role ko sa team at mapunan ang dapat punan.” Adamson looks to seal the series on Saturday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 2017