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LACUAA volleyball unwraps

BUOYED by the tremendous success of its basketball competitions last year, the Laguna Colleges Universities Athletic Association (LACUAA) looks for a fitting follow-up with the staging of its volleyball tournament starting today (Jan. 13) at the San Sebastian College-Recoletos covered courts in Canlubang, Laguna. Four games -- three in the….....»»

Category: newsSource: journal journalJan 12th, 2018

PSL beach volley champs Rondina, Pons aim to defend title

MANILA, Philippines – Reigning champions Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons of Petron XCS will be up against a tough competition when the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup unwraps on Tuesday, May 22, at Sands By the Bay in Mall of Asia. Rondina and Pons are billed as two of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

All eyes on Petron duo in PSL Challenge

REIGNING champion Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons of Petron XCS will be up against a tough competition when the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup unwraps today at Sands By the Bay in Mall of Asia. Rondina and Pons are billed as two of the best beach volley players….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

PSL beach volleyball kicks off Wednesday

Reigning champion Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons of Petron XCS will be up against a tough competition when the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup unwraps Wednesday at Sands By the Bay in Mall of Asia. Rondina and Pons are billed as two of the best beach volley players in the country. But the road to the title will never be easy as they are up against a solid group of competitors in this prestigious summer spectacle. Rondina and Pons landed in tough Pool A together with powerhouse Cocolife-A of veterans Danika Gendrauli and Nene Bautista and last year’s runner-up Generika-Ayala-A of Fiola Ceballos and Patty Oredain. “We started training after UAAP because we’re trying to make up for the lost time,” said Pons, who joined Rondina in representing the country in the 29th Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championship in Singapore last year. “I believe this is going to be a competitive tourney because most of the players are now playing beach volley. We really have to be mentally and physically prepared for this.” Also seeing action are Mylene Paat and Rap-Rap Aguilar of Cignal-A; Bang Pineda and Sheeka Espinosa of Generika-Ayala-B; and Dhannylaine Demontano and Jackie Estoquia of Sta. Lucia A are in Pool B. Pool C is composed of NCAA beach volley champion Nieza and Jeziela Viray of Foton; Cherry May Vivas and Janine Navarro of Cignal-B; and Cecilia Bangad and Caitlyn Viray of Smart. In Group D are Fritz Gallenero and Mitch Morente of F2 Logistics, Marge Tejada and Alex Tan of Cocolife-B; and Jonah Sabete and Bianca Lizares of Sta. Lucia-B. “All teams are competitive,” Pons said. “That’s why we did our best to prepare hard for this tournament.” In the men’s division, Josh Ylaya and JP Pareja of Cocolife, Ian Lester Yee and Romnick Rico of UST, Kris Roy Guzman and Lemuel Arbasto of Foton and Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad of Sands By the Bay will be in Pool A. Alsali Pajiji and Milover Parcon of Navy, Philip Michael Bagalay and Gregory Utupo of Smart, Mika Abria and Jessie Lopez of Cignal and Joven Camaganakan and Joseph Tipay of Team Volleyball Manila compose Pool B. Meanwhile, PSL ambassador Aby Maraño, Jheck Dionela, Mitch del Carmen, Will Devaugn, Amanda Fernandez and Abby Poblador will also see action in the celebrity matches. Men's action starts at 8 am while women's battles are set at 2:15 pm......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

FIVB beach volley unfolds at MOA today

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour main draw unwraps today with four matches each from the women’s and men’s sides on tap at the Sands SM By The Bay at the Mall of Asia grounds......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 4th, 2018

Big matches up as PSL beach volley unwraps

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Superliga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup fires off today with FEU’s Bernadeth Pons and Sisi Rondina of UST teaming up fo.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2017

DOC VOLLEYBALL: A Dilemma on Loop?

Flashback to March 2017, the whole volleyball community was abuzz about a newly formed national team set to compete in the Southeast Asian Games of that year as tryouts were held, but certain players, particularly from the Ateneo de Manila University, were allegedly not invited. An apology was then issued and special tryouts were held to accommodate the aforementioned athletes. Flashback to 2015, with a newly formed organization in Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) taking the reins from the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) as the volleyball authority in the country, the future looked bright as for the first time in recent history, both the men’s and women’s teams were being sent to the Singapore SEA Games as representation of the sport’s resurgence. As with any newly formed roster, the composition was mired in controversy especially with the men’s team, which was composed of predominantly of young players. Flashback to 2014, with the power struggle between the aforementioned LVPI and PVF, the latter formed the infamous Amihan and Bagwis squads as the women’s and men’s national teams, respectively. Backed by then sponsor PLDT, the rosters boasted of the some of the country’s best talents from both divisions with the likes of Alyssa Valdez, Mark Espejo, Ara Galang, Tatan Pantone, Ran Ran Abdilla and Mark Alfafara to name a few. Both teams never saw the light of day outside the country as the PVF eventually lost its accreditation leading to the teams’ eventual disbandment. And the theme went on as the previous years are revisited. Fast forward to present time, 2018, and once again the volley community is abuzz with the formation of yet again a new national team with a familiar scenario in which local favorites did not make the cut. With the volleyball scene at an all time high in local following, it is quite inevitable for varying opinions on who should have been included in the line-up given the wide pool of talents especially in the women’s division. Coupled with a sudden change in coaching staff, the new roster is once again under scrutiny given the process the team as a whole was structured from the beginning. Another New Beginning Without taking anything from the players and coaches of the new women’s national team, the composition is relatively deserving of the spots for the roster. While expected shoe-ins who have performed tremendously well in the local leagues like Myla Pablo, Maika Ortiz, and Tatan Pantone were not afforded a slot in the team, the new line-up is still pretty much capable of representing the country. Middles – Aby Marano is the best fit amongst the middles who made the final cut. With exceptional timing and good lateral movement, Marano is expected to perform in the position well offensively and defensively despite the lack of height for a middle blocker internationally. Her agility and aggressiveness with her net play more than justifies her inclusion and assignment as the team captain. Her DLSU successor Majoy Baron would add much needed support as the second middle as she has proven to have the power and timing of Aby though much work can still be done for her agility in the net. Baron’s aggressive floaters will also be of much benefit on the service line. Lastly, Mika Reyes would provide the height should the need arise especially against foreign teams with bigger size. Left Wing – Alyssa Valdez’ inclusion as left wing hitter is of no question as she continues to prove that she is one of the best open hitters in the local scene. Perhaps working more on her bulk and power is something the coaching staff must consider to ensure that she can carry over her local performance to the international scene. Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Ces Molina likewise have proven themselves much capable of being offensive threats from the left and their decent size will be of much benefit in blocking against slides and opposite attacks from foreign counterparts. It would be beneficial as well if Santiago-Manabat develops mastery of passing and if Molina becomes a significant threat with the pipe in order for both athletes to really excel in the position. Although Cha Cruz is not much of a power hitter as compared to the aforementioned left hitters, she would serve a special position as the service and defense specialist for the team. If in scenarios in which she will serve in for a middle, her floor defense is of much benefit in Zone 5 and with her background as a former setter, she is still capable of setting up a decent play should the setter get the first contact. Right Wing – Though much of her collegiate season has been utilized hitting from the middle, Jaja Santiago is undeniably more fit for the opposite position. Despite her height and power, which could be considered an automatic criteria for the middle, Santiago has much work to be done with lateral motion which is also a crucial component for middle hitters. With her vertical reach and power, she is better off racking up points from the right wing and right back row as the main offensive option for the team. Likewise, Kim Dy is also a shoo-in for the opposite position as evidenced by her consistency in scoring and blocking from the right. With Kim Fajardo calling the plays, Kim Dy would be beneficial in running faster or creative plays should the need arise. Setters – The selection of Fajardo and Jia Morado is not to be questioned as both have proven and continue to prove that they are top-notch setters in the country. Both setters are a shoo-in for the national team as both are equal in consistency with Fajardo showing mastery in working the middles and Morado displaying her skill in making the wings work for her. Not much can be argued really about the selection of the two athletes. A reserve setter in Rhea Dimaculangan would be also beneficial as she has the consistency and creativity as the aforementioned setters as well as the height, which would be important in blocking. Libero – Currently hailed as one of Southeast Asia’s finest, Dawn Macandili is undeniably a good choice for the main libero position. With her agility and speed to pop up digs and impossible saves, her presence on the floor is highly beneficial for the team on transition defense. On the other hand, her counterpart Denise Lazaro has proven to be highly consistent from the receiving end of services making her inclusion as part of the regular roster and not just a reserve undeniably essential. With Lazaro setting up the passing formation and Macandili guarding on transition, their combined specialized efforts will ensure the first step in letting the setters run the play for the team. A Shift in View Given the fact that the talent pool in the women’s division is deep, player selection will always be put on debate as not all favored athletes will be included. Perhaps a good way of viewing the matter is that given the yet again short preparation time for the next international tournament, the coaching staff would best select players who they have already established a good working relationship for a more seamless adaptation of a new system. Rather than put into scrutiny the individual players, handpicked or not, the focus should be put on the system as a whole and how it can be further developed for the improvement of the sport. Yet again, the 2018 roster is proving to be another promising one as it has been almost every year when a new line-up is formed. More than bringing back pride to the country internationally in the tournaments immediately at hand, the bigger challenge for the national team is to prove itself not as yet another band aid solution in the attempt to have a continuous program. How the 2018 Team will prove itself different from its predecessors in past Asian/SEA Games would be the more important matter that should be put under the lens. With the sport currently a major source of livelihood for many athletes, the players are no longer the ones getting the short end of the stick but rather volleyball and its development as a whole should the loop continues. The country has much individual talent deserving of a spot in the team, but for as long as vested interests continue to rear their head in the Philippine Volleyball System, the level of the sport will continue to fall short in justifying its current local popularity.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News3 hr. 12 min. ago

Cignal vows to defend PSL title

Games Saturday: (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 3 p.m. -- Opening ceremonies 4 p.m. -- Generika-Ayala vs. UA-UP 6 p.m. -- Foton vs. F2 Logistics CIGNAL vowed to go all out in its defense of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference crown as the league’s second conference unwraps this Saturday….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News9 hr. 59 min. ago

Search begins for Philippine volleyball team moniker

The Philippine women’s volleyball team that will vie in the 18th Asian Games in August is in search of a name......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News17 hr. 12 min. ago

Petro Gazz spills BaliPure; Banko-Perlas grounds Pocari-Air Force

BanKo-Perlas dominated the first two sets before thwarting the comeback of Pocari-Air Force in the third en route to a 25-19, 25-14, 25-22, victory Saturday night in the Premier Volleyball League R Source link link: Petro Gazz spills BaliPure; Banko-Perlas grounds Pocari-Air Force.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Generals top NCAA Beach Volley Tourney

By Kenjie Mendoza Emilio Aguinaldo College- Men’s and Women’s Beach Volleyball team capped their season on a high note, as both teams respectively bagged the champions and 1st runner up title in the NCAA Season 93 Beach Volleyball competition last March Sporting a no-loss record in the elimination round, EAC Men’s Volleyball team faced the [...] The post Generals top NCAA Beach Volley Tourney appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Petro Gazz spills BaliPure; Banko-Perlas grounds Pocari-Air Force

BanKo-Perlas dominated the first two sets before thwarting the comeback of Pocari-Air Force in the third en route to a 25-19, 25-14, 25-22, victory Saturday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference quarterfinals at FilOil Flying V Centre. The Perlas Spikers fell behind, 13-20, in the third frame before launching an all-out offensive to register their second straight win and inch a game closer to the semifinals. BanKo-Perlas also denied Pocari outright entry to the semifinals while taking the quarterfinals lead. The Lady Warriors absorbed their first loss in three matches. In the nightcap, Petro Gazz hammered out a similar shutout after whipping BaliPure-N...Keep on reading: Petro Gazz spills BaliPure; Banko-Perlas grounds Pocari-Air Force.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Maraño pleads for understanding, asks nat’l teammates to tune out noise

  Once again, the women's national volleyball team came under heavy fire from fans on social media for what they perceived as favoritism in the selection of players for the squad. And once again, it is skipper Aby Marao who is putting herself on the frontline, asking everyone for understanding and support. "We don't deserve to be bashed," the 25-year-old Marao, a two-time former UAAP MVP for La Salle and national team veteran, told the Inquirer in Filipino. "We train very hard, twice a day. We get bruised. Sometimes, we get injured and wounded in training. [We have] no holidays, no weekends no social lives." Marao added that paying attention to the deluge of negative co...Keep on reading: Maraño pleads for understanding, asks nat’l teammates to tune out noise.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Bright shines for Perlas, Ubben-Whyte duo tows Oragons in PVL quarters

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Lakia Bright starred as the BanKo Perlas Spikers stayed unbeaten in two games, while Macy Ubben and Lauren Whyte teamed up to help the Iriga-Navy Lady Oragons arrest a two-game skid in separate quarterfinal matches in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference. The Perlas Spikers swept ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

PVL: Petro Gazz ignites quarters streak at expense of BaliPure

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Perlas Spikers stop Warriors, zero in on PVL semis

BanKo-Perlas came out in fierce form in the first two sets then turned fiercer in the third, battling back from five points down to complete a 25-19, 25-14, 25-22 victory over Pocari Sweet-Air Force and bolster its semifinal drive in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan last night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Lady Oragons nail first PVL quarters triumph

MANILA, Philippines – The Iriga-Navy Lady Oragons arrested a two-game skid to pick up their first victory in the quarterfinal round of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference  The Lady Oragons outlasted the Tacloban Fighting Warays in a 5-set thriller, 25-9, 21-25, 26-28, 25-21,15-13, on Saturday, June 16 at the FilOil Flying ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Pablo rallies for volleyball national team selection: They deserved to be chosen

Amid the differing opinion over the final lineup of the Philippine women's national volleyball team, there was one central figure who asked for support. Pocari Sweat's Myla Pablo, who did.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

PVL: Ultra Fast Hitters zap Army for solo lead in quarters

Only John Vic De Guzman was in double-digits for PLDT Home Fibr on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. It didn’t matter, however, as all of the Ultra Fast Hitters were online in a three-set blanking of Philippine Army, 25-14, 26-24, and 25-20 in the continuation of the quarterfinals of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference. De Guzman had 10 points to his name, all but two coming from spikes, while Mark Alfafara and Kheeno Franco both chipped in nine markers of their own. Those three started off hot as PLDT Home Fibr cruised in the first frame before the Troopers finally put up a fight. Trailing by one, 22-23, in the second, however, De Guzman unleashed a 4-1 finishing kick to snatch the set for the Ultra Fast Spikers. They would not look back to ascend to 2-0 in the round robin quarterfinas. PLDT Home Fibr only had one player in double-digits, but also counted five others who contributed somewhere between five to nine markers. “Mas nagkaka-chemistry na yung team. Kailangan talaga namin maging sure yung jelling namin for us to reach our potential,” head coach Odjie Mamon said post-game. Now alone atop the leaderboard in the quarters, they look to clinch a spot in the semifinals when they take on Philippine Air Force a week from now. On the other hand, Army hopes for a mighty rebound following their first loss in two games in the round. Antonio Torres was the lone bright spot for them with 10 points. Up next for them is winless Intituto Estetico Manila. Defending champion Cignal HD and upstart Vice and Co. are already in the semifinals of the tournament. The last two Final Four berths will then go to the top two finishers in the round robin quarterfinals among PLDT Home Fibr, Army, Air Force, and IEM. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Bring them on

    Back in the Asian Games for the first time in 36 years, the Philippine Women's volleyball team is itching to take on all of the region's heavyweights early to see exactly where it stands.   Team Philippines wants to be bracketed with the likes of China, South Korea and Japan when the draw happens in the coming weeks.   "Let's bring on the strongest teams right away, so we know where we stand," Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas (LVPI) acting president Peter Cayco said on Thursday night after revealing the country's Fighting 12 for the Games set Aug. 18-Sept. 2 in Indonesia.   "We are not scared of Korea or China, they should be scared ...Keep on reading: Bring them on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

All is well with PetroGazz after miscommunication

All's well has ended well for PetroGazz. After going up 1-1 in the quarterfinals of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference, the Angels found a way to resolve some issues as they p.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018