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PHI spikers produce better showing in THA U-23 rematch

The Philippine national women’s volleyball team had a better showing on Wednesday as the Filipinas won two of the four sets they played against Thailand's U-23 squad. Playing in their third straight tune-up game, the Pinay spikers eked out a 24-26, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25, result over the host team, which requested to only play four sets. The 10-woman squad is halfway through its scheduled series of friendlies in the 12-day training camp which serves as part of the team’s buildup for the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima starting on Sept. 20 and for the 30th Southeast Asian Game in Manila in November. The Nationals lost to THA U-23 team, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 13-15, on Monday and only won one set against the powerhouse Thailand senior squad, 12-25, 19-25, 12-25, 21-25, 15-9, on Tuesday.      The Nationals, composed of skipper Aby Marano, Fil-American spiker Kalei Mau, Alohi Robins-Hardy, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mylene Paat, Majoy Baron, Ces Molina, Roselyn Doria, Dawn Macandili and Kath Arado, will play Bangkok University on Thursday. After taking on Bangkok U, the Filipinas will have a two-day break before taking on Japan's V-League runner-up Toray Arrows on Sunday where they will be joined by the remaining members of the 15-woman team in Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag, Eya Laure and Jovelyn Gonzaga......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 11th, 2019

PHI spikers produce better showing in THA U-23 rematch

The Philippine national women’s volleyball team had a better showing on Wednesday as the Filipinas won two of the four sets they played against Thailand's U-23 squad. Playing in their third straight tune-up game, the Pinay spikers eked out a 24-26, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25, result over the host team, which requested to only play four sets. The 10-woman squad is halfway through its scheduled series of friendlies in the 12-day training camp which serves as part of the team’s buildup for the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima starting on Sept. 20 and for the 30th Southeast Asian Game in Manila in November. The Nationals lost to THA U-23 team, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 13-15, on Monday and only won one set against the powerhouse Thailand senior squad, 12-25, 19-25, 12-25, 21-25, 15-9, on Tuesday.      The Nationals, composed of skipper Aby Marano, Fil-American spiker Kalei Mau, Alohi Robins-Hardy, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mylene Paat, Majoy Baron, Ces Molina, Roselyn Doria, Dawn Macandili and Kath Arado, will play Bangkok University on Thursday. After taking on Bangkok U, the Filipinas will have a two-day break before taking on Japan's V-League runner-up Toray Arrows on Sunday where they will be joined by the remaining members of the 15-woman team in Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag, Eya Laure and Jovelyn Gonzaga......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 11th, 2019

NCAA Season 95: Altas secure Final Four seat

Unbeaten two-time defending champion University of Perpetual Help made quick work of San Beda University, 25-21, 25-15, 25-22, to punch a semifinals ticket in the NCAA Season 95 men’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Friday. Needing only 66 minutes to wrap up the match, the Altas banked on top Most Valuable Player contenders Louie Ramirez and Ronniel Rosales to capture their seventh win in as many games to join the other undefeated team Emilio Aguinaldo College in the next round. Ramirez piled up 17 kills in his 19-point outing to pace the Las Pinas-based squad while Rosales had 12 markers off six attacks, five of Perpetual’s 12 kill blocks and an ace. Hero Austria displayed his all-around game with nine points, seven digs and 18 excellent receptions for Perpetual, which can secure a twice-to-beat advantage with another victory or go straight to the Finals if it sweeps its last two assignments against EAC on Monday and Letran on Friday. The Red Spikers slid to a 3-4 record that put San Beda on the brink of missing the cut for the last two Final Four seats. Skipper Melvar Lapurga was the only San Beda player in double figures with 11 points. In women’s play, the Lady Red Spikers broke the Lady Altas’ five-game winning streak with a dominating 25-20, 25-19, 25-16, win to tie its victim at third to fourth. Cesca Racraquin fired 18 points showing her well-rounded scoring prowess with 13 spikes, three aces and a pair of kill blocks for San Beda, which improved to a 5-2 slate. Racraquin added six excellent receptions for the Lady Red Spikers.    Nieza Viray got 14 markers while Kim Manzano and Trisha Paras combined for 16 points as San Beda won its second straight. Perpetual lost the fire that brought them a string of success including a five-set win over three-time defending champion Arellano University last week. The Lady Altas’ guns went quiet with Jhona Rosal scoring only seven points while Bianca Tripoli only had four markers under her name.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Unbeaten Lady Blazers near semis berth

Still unbeaten. College of St. Benilde needed some time to heat up before shooting down San Beda University, 17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22, on Thursday to remain unscathed in the NCAA Season 91 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Rookie Gayle Pascual delivered 20 points she collected from 16 attacks and four kill block to lead the Lady Blazers to their sixth win in as many games that solidified their hold of the solo lead. CSB rebounded from a rough start with a mighty showing in the second frame before holding off the Lady Red Spikers in the closing stretch of the next two sets. The Lady Blazers tallied 13 kill blocks with Chelsea Umali and Pascual scoring four each. Dianne Ventura added 14 points, Umali got 11 markers while rookie Mycah Go had nine points and 10 excellent receptions for the Taft-based squad, which moved a win away from clinching a semifinals seat.    San Beda fell to its second straight defeat after opening its campaign with a three-game winning streak. Despite the loss, the Lady Red Spikers kept their hold of solo fourth spot. Skipper Cesca Racraquin and Nieza Viray led San Beda with 13 points each and combined for 24 attack points. Racraquin added 10 digs. Ela Viray had 10 markers and 13 digs while Trisha Paras posted 10 points in a lost cause for the Mendiola-based squad. Meanwhile, the Blazers outlasted the Red Spikers, 23-25, 25-17, 27-25, 19-25, 15-9, to improve to a 4-2 win-loss record. Ruvince Abrot exploded for 28 points off 22 kills, four kill blocks and two aces while Joshua De Sequera scattered 17 markers for CSB. Georgie Gauani added 15 points while Franz Almonte got 13 for the Blazers, who handed San Beda its second loss in five games. Jeffrey Losa led the Red Spikers with 18 points Melver Lapuga and Abdurasad Nursiddik filed 17 and 12 markers, respectively. In juniors play, San Beda defeated CSB-La Salle Greenhills, 25-7, 25-16, 25-8, for a 3-2 card. The Greenies remained at the bottom of the standings with 0-6 mark.     ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: San Beda’s challenge fuels Arellano

Arellano University coach Obet Javier let his Lady Chiefs know during practice that San Beda University wanted to bring them down. The mentor lit a fire that served as three-time defending champion Arellano U’s motivation in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition on Monday. The Lady Chiefs got word that the Lady Red Spikers’ court leader Cesca Racraquin, looking to fire up her team, and San Beda were all looking forward for the marquee duel – a rematch of last year’s Final Four - between two unbeaten teams. “’Yung sa sinabi sa amin ni Cesca po inaantay nya po kami na makalaban. Parang gustong-gusto nya po kaming talunin,” said reigning Most Valuable Player Necole Ebuen. Arellano U accepted San Beda’s challenge and responded with a dominating performance to preserve their perfect record for the solo lead.    Ebuen and Regine Arocha, who saw action despite feeling under the weather, came through with an inspired game to lead the Lady Chiefs to a 25-20, 25-21, 25-22 win over the same team that denied them a chance of an outright Finals berth last year. “Nung training po namin kahapon, siyempre po si Ate Regine, nawala sa training namin. Yun mga natira po nag-focus po talaga sa amin si Coach Obet na, ‘mag-focus kayo na kailangang talunin nyo yung gustong talunin kayo,’” said Ebuen. “Parang gigil na gigil po sa amin. Kumbaga kami po di naman kami nanggigil sa kanila, hinayaan lang po namin sila na manggigil sila sa amin.” The Lady Red Spikers gave a decent fight with Racraquin and Nieza Viray at the helm but their efforts weren’t enough to save San Beda from having its three-game winning snapped. Javier’s post-practice pep talk did wonders for the Lady Chiefs, who before taking on San Beda allowed winless San Sebastian College to steal a set from them last Saturday. “So maganda rin naman yun para malaman din ng team ko na, ‘Uy, tsina-challenge tayo ng opponent so i-grab natin. Bigyan natin ng magandang laban ang kalaban natin,’” Javier said. The Lady Chiefs will face streaking University of Perpetual Help on Wednesday in a rematch of last year’s championship series.     ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2020

20 for 20: Pinoy Sports Personalities to Watch in 2020

As we enter a new decade, ABS-CBN Sports takes a look at 20 Pinoy sports personalities destined to shine in 2020.    Kiefer Ravena After an 18-month wait, Kiefer Ravena is finally back in basketball. Despite only playing in the PBA’s third conference, his impact was immediate, leading NLEX to the number 1 seed in the Governors’ Cup. The Road Warriors didn’t advance sure, but if Kiefer can impact a team that way in limited time, wait until you see what he can do with a full offseason.   Alex Eala At just 14 years old, Filipina tennister Alex Eala is already turning heads, and she’s yet to turn pro. With a runner-up finish at the ITF Mayor’s Cup in Osaka, Japan and her first ITF Juniors title in Cape Town, South Africa, Alex has had quite the fruitful year, leading to a career-best 11th-place ranking in the ITF Juniors table to finish the year.  Heading into 2020, Eala now has her sights set on turning pro as she plans to join more professional tournaments to raise her ranking even more. Expect the young tennis star to make even more headlines in the coming year.     Bryan Bagunas A vital cog in the national team’s silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, Bagunas is considered as one of the best Filipino volleyball players in this generation. Eyes will be on his blossoming international career playing as an import in the Japan V. Premier League.         Margielyn Didal While already a household name in Philippine skateboarding due to her success in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Margielyn Didal made even more waves in 2019. The 20-year old Cebuana reached the semifinals of the 2019 SLS World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and captured gold in the 2019 National Championships and the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.  Didal is currently looking to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and if she can do so, it’s highly likely that the Pinay skater can become an even bigger star in the industry.    Marck Espejo After his spectacular collegiate career with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, Marck Espejo's colorful career as part of the men's national volleyball team and in the club league continues to blossom. Just like Bryan Bagunas, Espejo will be showing his skills internationally with a stint in Thailand following a historic silver medal finish at the 30th SEA Games.   Yuka Saso After a decorated amateur career that saw her  participate in major tournaments such as the Ladies’ European Tour, the Summer Youth Olympics and claim top honors in the 2018 Asian Games, 2018 and 2019 Philippine Ladies Open, and the 2019 Girls’ Junior PGA Championship, 18-year old Pinay golfer Yuka Saso finally made the jump to pro in November of 2019.  With even more competitions in store plus a 2020 Tokyo Olympics berth in her crosshairs, it’s quite likely that we hear more about Saso in the coming months.  Carlos Yulo Perhaps no other young athlete in the Philippines shot to stardom faster than gymnastics phenomenon Carlos Edriel Yulo. After a gold medal finish in the floor exercise at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Yulo hauled in even more hardware in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, taking home two more gold medals and five silvers.  Yulo’s spectacular 2019 earned him a spot in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and if his SEA Games and World Championships performances are any indication, Caloy is bound for another podium finish on the biggest stage there is.   Eya Laure Last UAAP season’s rookie of the year will return as the heir apparent of Season 81 MVP Sisi Rondina. With her national team stint, all eyes will be on the younger Laure as she reunites with older sister EJ as they try to bring University of Sto. Tomas back in the Finals after falling short last year. Hidilyn Diaz 2019 was another big year for Olympic silver medalist weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, highlighted by her first ever gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Diaz also finished with silver medals in the 2019 Asian Championships and a bronze in the 2019 World Championships.  All those podium finishes are crucial in Diaz’s quest for another Olympics berth in 2020. Should the 28-year lock up another spot in the Summer Games in Tokyo, we could see another Olympic medal coming home.    Kat Tolentino  After initially announcing that she would not come back for her final season in the UAAP, Kat Tolentino changed her decision and will suit up for the Ateneo Lady Eagles once last time, providing a great morale-booster in their bid for back-to-back titles. Tolentino’s leadership will be tested as she will be leading a young team.      Joshua Pacio 23-year old Joshua “The Passion” Pacio proved to be the brightest spot for Philippine MMA stable Team Lakay in 2019. After opening the year with a questionnable decision loss to Yosuke Saruta, Pacio silenced any doubts in the rematch and regained the ONE Strawweight World Championship with a highlight-reel headkick knockout. Pacio would follow that up with another masterful performance, this time with a second-round submission win over top contender Rene Catalan before the end of the year.  2020 is shaping up to become another banner year for the rising Pinoy star, as he’s scheduled for another title defense on January 31st in Manila, this time against former champ Alex Silva of Brazil. A win for Pacio will solidify his claim of being the best strawweight ever in ONE Championship history.     Louie Romero The Adamson University freshman displayed great potential during the pre-season when she piloted the Lady Falcons to title win in the PVL Season 3 Collegiate Conference. Romero is expected to be a gem of a setter for the young Adamson squad hoping make a return in the UAAP Final Four. Manny Pacquiao While eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is certainly in the twilight of his professional boxing career, 2019 showed that he is still one of the best around. A successful title defense over Adrien Broner followed by an impressive dismantling of the previously-undefeated Keith Thurman to capture the WBA’s primary world title proved that even at 40, Manny Pacquiao is still a big name in the sport.  With Pacquiao targeting an early return in 2020, more big names are lined up to fight “the People’s Champ”, including names like Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, and even a title-unification bout against Errol Spence. Still, the biggest fight that is out there proves to be a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr, granted that “Money” finally bites.    Faith Nisperos A key addition for the repeat-seeking Ateneo de Manila University. The highly-touted rookie hitter will add height and firepower for the Lady Eagles in UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball. In the previous PVL Collegiate Conference, Nisperos flashed her scoring prowess, exploding for 35 points in one outing.   Robert Bolick The two best rookies of 2019 were CJ Perez and Robert Bolick. We know what we can expect from CJ, but Bolick is an interesting case as 2020 will be his return from knee injury. Bolick could still win Rookie of the Year, but even if he doesn’t, his return to Northport could push the reloaded Batang Pier from a Cinderella team to full-on PBA title contender.   Joshua Retamar His playmaking skills as well as his efficiency on net defense during the national team’s silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games makes him a setter to watch out for come UAAP. Retamar is an asset for National University’s three-peat bid.       Kai Sotto The Philippines' 7-foot-2, 17-year-old is opening eyes as he suits up for Atlanta-based The Skills Factory - so much so that he has already gotten interest from quite a few US NCAA schools. Before Sotto continues breaking the glass ceiling for Filipinos, though, he will go home for a while to wear the flag with Mighty Sports-Pilipinas in the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament.   Jema Galanza Coming off a great outing to close the PVL Season 3 highlighted by copping the Open Conference MVP award, expectations are high for Jema Galanza as Creamline aims to reclaim the PVL Reinforced Conference crown and complete an Open Conference three-peat.      Kobe Paras Many questioned just what the 6-foot-6 tantalizing talent would bring to the table for UP - but more often than not, he had all the answers as he led the Fighting Maroons to their second straight Final Four. In the end, Paras was actually the steadying force State U needed in what was a hyped up season. They may not have made it back to the Finals, but they still got much more motivation as they run it back for next year.   Pat Aquino What's next for the most decorated mentor in women's basketball? Pat Aquino followed up a six-peat for National U with the Philippines' first-ever gold medal in women's basketball in the SEA Games. Without a doubt, he will only continue steering the sport forward especially as the likes of UST and FEU are already gearing up to put up greater challenges in the new year.   Isaac Go Isaac Go is technically not the no. 1 pick of the 2019 PBA Draft but he is without a doubt, the no. 1 prospect of the year. His top selection from the special Gilas Pilipinas Draft is proof of that. Gilas Pilipinas has the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers on deck in 2020 and as a new era dawns on the national team, all eyes will be on the biggest piece for the future that’s already drafted into the new Philippine squad......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2020

SEA Games: Pinay spikers to give Thais a match to remember

In what could be the last Southeast Asian Gams stint of three of Thailand women’s volleyball’s most popular players, the Philippines vows to give the powerhouse team a match to remember. The Nationals remain in high spirits despite an early heartbreak and are looking forward to a better showing against the 11-time defending champions of the biennial meet on Thursday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. Game time is at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, iWant and via livestream. After suffering a five-set setback at the hands of Vietnam in their competition opener last Tuesday, the Filipinas are hard-pressed to win their next two games for a chance to vie for the gold medal. But it will be an uphill climb as they will need to get past Thailand and its vaunted seasoned trio of Pleumjit Thinkaow, Wilavan Apinyapong and Nootsara Tomkom. “Excited kami, kasi last ASEAN Grand Prix, nakakuha kami ng isang set sa kanila, so ibig sabihin, kaya, may pag-asa, going against them,” said PHI team captain Aby Marano. “Gagawin namin 'tong motivation against them.” The skipper adds that this will be a memorable game for the home team especially with the possibility of the three veteran Thai players seeing action in the SEA Games for the last time. “Susulitin namin siyempre kung last playing year na rin nila Pleumjit, Nootsara, and Wilavan, why not makipagbakbakan kami doon,” said Marano. “Para lang at least matapos man yung career nila, tumatak man lang sa isip nila na, itong mga players ng Pilipinas, nag-improve na 'to from the first time na nakita namin silang maglaro ng volleyball since 2015 sa SEA Games.” The Philippines needs to hurdle Thailand, which destroyed Indonesia in straight sets, and the Indonesians on Saturday to advance to the gold medal round. A loss will relegate the Nationals to the battle for bronze medal.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

NCAA 95: Grateful Jerrick Balanza repays Letran community with championship

Letran Knights sharpshooter Jerrick Balanza had himself the perfect ending to his collegiate career as he dropped a game-high 27 points to lead his Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights to an 81-79 Game 3 win in the NCAA Season 95 Men's Basketball Finals over rivals San Beda University Red Lions, Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena, to return to the summit of the NCAA men's basketball summit.  The graduating Balanza was on fire all-game long as he drained big bucket after big bucket, none bigger than a crucial three to put the Knights up 79-73 with a minute and 29 seconds left. While San Beda would get it down to a one possession game with 5.4 ticks left, there would be no miracles for the would-have-been four-peat champs as the underdog Knights came up with a couple of crucial defensive stops, the last being a block from Balanza to secure the title.  "As a captain, kailangan kong patunayan sa team, and sa Letran community, tsaka, katulad nung sinabi ko nakaraan, kung sinong mas gusto manalo eh, so ako ginusto ko talaga, lahat ng takot ko sa tira, hindi. Inalis ko yun, talagang nilabanan ko,so yun," said Balanza, who added seven rebounds and three assists. "Maganda yung outcome, so nag-tuloy tuloy siya."  BIG SHOT JERRICK ???? #NCAASeason95 pic.twitter.com/GUJnfFi7kb — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 19, 2019 For Balanza, bringing an NCAA Men's Basketball Championship back to Intramuros was also the perfect way to repay the Letran community for everything that they've done.  Balanza was, of course, this season's most inspiring story, making a triumphant return after being sidelined midway through Season 94 due to a brain tumor from an ear infection. Balanza successfully underwent surgery in September of 2018. By July of 2019, Balanza was back in uniform for the Knights in Season 95.  Behind him every step of the way, Balanza says, was the whole Letran community, and winning a title was a way of showing gratitude.  "Sobrang bait ni God, talaga, sobra, dahil talagang lugmok na lugmok na ako nung time na yun eh," said Balanza during the post-game press conference. "Wala akong ginawa kung hindi maniwala lang sa Kanya at maging positibo, so ayun, sobrang sarap lang ng pakiramdam na napasalamatan ko yung Letran community and sa lahat ng naniwala sa amin sa pamamagitan ng [championship]." "Ito na, ito na yung ginawang way para mapasalamatan ko sila. Hindi ko man sila mapasalamatan isa-isa, ito na siguro yung ginawang way ni God." the 23-year old added.  Letran, you were always behind Jerrick. This is all for YOU! #NCAASeason95 pic.twitter.com/1MWpfL7qFJ — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 19, 2019 Coming into the season, the tall and talented Letran squad was indeed considered as contenders, but the favorites remained the defending champion Red Lions, and that standing was only reinforced by San Beda sweeping the eliminations and gaining an outright berth into the Finals.  Letran on the other hand, finished as the 3-seed and found themselves going through two do-or-die games against San Sebastian and Lyceum, before finally setting up a rematch of the NCAA Season 91 Men's Basktball Finals against the Red Lions.  Through all the adversity, there was never any doubt in Balanza that they would be able to topple the red and white giants and claim their 18th title.  "Sa amin naman kasi talaga ito eh," Balanza said with confidence. "Ako, vision ko na, na pag balik ko, magcha-champion kami kasi yun ang pinaka-magandang plano ni God para sa akin and sa team, so 'yun, tignan mo ngayon, ilang [buwan] lang, nangyari na."  After taking Game 1, Letran only proved that they were indeed a real threat to the impending San Beda dynasty, but a heartbreakingly-close loss in Game 2 nearly crushed the Knights' resolve. The graduating team captain Balanza however, would not allow that to happen.  "After ng Game 2, talagang sobrang down, yung iba akala nila hindi na kami mananalo sa Game 3, pero hindi, ako as a captain, kailangan ko silang dalhin para maglaro kami sa Game 3, and sinimulan namin sa ensayo, na parang kami na yung champion, so yun, maganda yung kinalabasan." Indeed, Balanza, as well as fellow senior Bonbon Batiller and Finals MVP Fran Yu stepped up in a big way to lead Letran to another title, their second against San Beda in the last five seasons.  "Sobra, sobra, sobra, sobra talaga, alam mo yun? Speechless ka na lang talaga, masasabi ko na lang talaga is Thank you, Lord, napaka-buti niyo sa akin," Balanza said.  With Balanza's tenure in Letran over and done with, the two-time NCAA champ hopes to have left a culture of caring within the team. He hopes to see the Knights keep the title in Intramuros next season.  "Siyempre, ako, lagi ko sinasabi sa mga teammates ko eh, kasi ako lagi talaga akong nagke-care sa mga teammates ko kasi sila na yung pangalawa kong pamilya eh, kasi mas matagal ko silang kasama kaysa sa pamilya ko, so yun, sinasabi ko sa kanila na kung ano yung iiwan namin ni Bon dito, ganun parin yung dalhin niyo next year, kasi kung paano namin kayo binuo, kung paano tayo nag-buobuo dito, mas tibayan niyo next year, balik natin sa Letran community yung back-to-back." Next for Balanza will be the professional ranks, as he and fellow senior Batiller revealed that they will be declaring for the upcoming PBA draft.  "Finished business na eh," Balanza said with a smile. "Para sa family namin, mag-aapply na na kami.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 19th, 2019

PVL: Angels keep pace for back-to-back Finals bid

PetroGazz is on the right track for a second straight Finals appearance in a possible rematch with a familiar foe. The Angels barely broke a sweat as they annihilated BanKo, 25-22, 25-15, 25-20, Saturday to draw first blood in the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference semifinals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Jonah Sabete and Jovielyn Prado did most of the damage on offense for PetroGazz, which could be looking at back-to-back championship showdown with defending champion and unbeaten Creamline, which the Angels brought down in the Reinforced Conference Finals a few months back. Creamline won against Motolite in four sets in the other semis paring. Game 2 of the Final Four is on Sunday. Sabete had 12 points while Prado posted 10 markers as the two accounted for 18 of the Angels’ 41 attack points. Cherry Nunag and Jeanette Panaga added eight markers each for PetroGazz. “Naunahan lang namin yung BanKo. Yung momentum eh on our side. Maganda yung laro pero hindi naman sa mataas yung expectations ko with my players but alam ko kasi nakita ko na yung kaya namin ipakita but kanina medyo nagkonting chill lang kasi na-demoralize na yung kalaban,” said PetoGazz coach Arnold Laniog. “But again, hindi dito natatapos. Tomorrow, kung ano yung pinakita natin ngayon mas higitan pa natin,” he added. The Perlas Spikers never got a chance to recover as the Angels jumped in them early. It didn’t help that BanKo gave away almost a set with 23 errors. Dzi Gervacio and Kathy Bersola had 14 and 10 points for the Perlas Spikers while Nicole Tiamzon had a quiet nine-point outing.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2019

PVL: Angels shoot for Final Four seat anew

Twice denied of a spot in the Final Four, PetroGazz tries again on Wednesday but the Angels will have to hurdle an Air Force squad also in dire need of a win to fuel its own semis drive, guaranteeing a fierce duel in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan. Game time is at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Angels looked headed to a trouble-free ride to the semis by racking up eight straight victories for a 9-2 card last week but the 10th win that would’ve assured their stint in the next round proved elusive as the Reinforced Conference champions dropped their last two games to the Motolite and unbeaten defending champion Creamline. PetroGazz’s losses enabled PacificTown-Army and Air Force, who are tied at 6-7 slates, to stay in the hunt for a playoff for the last Final Four seat. Army and Air Force need to sweep their last three games and hope that PetroGazz (9-4) and Motolite (9-5) won’t go over nine wins to force a playoff for the last semifinal seat. Jovielyn Prado and Paneng Mercado, who combined for 26 hits in PetroGazz’s losing 1-3 stand to Creamline in Iloilo last Sunday, are again expected to lead the Angels drive along with Cherry Nunag, Jeanette Panaga and Cai Baloaloa with top hitter Jonah Sabeh also out to atone her mediocre four-hit showing the last time out. But the Jet Spikers are also coming into the match upbeat following a four-set win over the Choco Mucho Flying Titans over the weekend that kept the former in the playoff race......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2019

PVL: Perlas Spikers out to firm up semis bid

BanKo hunts for another win to boost its bid for a Final Four spot but the Perlas Spikers are sure to face tough resistance from ChocoMucho in their Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference elims rematch Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Action begins at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The race for the remaining three semis seats is now tighter than ever with six teams still in thick of the race to join unbeaten defending champion Creamline in the next round. BanKo currently sits at third spot with an 8-5 win-loss record and is on a two-game winning streak.     The Perlas Spikers seek to duplicate their sweep of the Flying Titans in the first round. ChocoMucho, which saw its four-game win streak snapped in a straight sets loss to Creamline Saturday in Iloilo, carries a 6-7 slate and is in dire need of a win to keep its slim Final Four hopes alive. Another loss will put the Flying Titans, who are now feeling the repercussions of its long losing slump in the first round, on the brink of elimination.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 8th, 2019

UP will do nothing but continue to Bo-lieve in UAAP 82

The University of the Philippines still has head coach Bo Perasol's back. That much was evident as the Fighting Maroons and their fans put on a show of force in their first game without their suspended mentor. In the warmups of their matchup opposite Far Eastern University, Sunday at the MOA Arena, all of State U's players were wearing maroon shirts with a white text on it that read "We Bo-lieve" while 300 of their supporters had cutouts of the face of coach Bo. Asked about the brand new part of their uniforms post-game, team captain Noah Webb answered, "It's basically just standing behind what coach Bo did. Of course, it's not ideal what he did, but we believe he did it to protect us." He then continued, "It's just us showing the UP community and the UAAP that we stand behind what coach Bo did." Perasol was serving the first of a three-game suspension levied on him for a heated incident he had with referee Jaime Rivano in their Finals rematch against Ateneo de Manila University a week ago. Of course, as their mentor was not in the venue with them, UP was hoping to dedicate a win to him. "We wanted to get it for coach Bo, but you know how it is," Bright Akhuetie said. Unfortunately, they were able to battle back from 16 points down only to run out of gas in overtime. And so, the Fighting Maroons will have to try to get one for their head coach in their next assignment against University of the East next Saturday. There, they are only even more determined. "We really have to get it for him next time. We still Bo-lieve," Akhuetie said. Webb could only agree. "This only makes us hungrier to get it for coach Bo next time." Whether or not they finally make that happen is yet to be determined, but what is certain is that State U will continue to "Bo-lieve."  "Yes. Yes. The whole team still 'Bo-lieves,'" their skipper said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2019

UAAP 82: Adamson, FEU, UST all victorious in Girl s Volleyball

Adamson University, Far Eastern University-Diliman, and University of Santo Tomas secured victories against separate foes to open their second round campaigns on a bright note in the UAAP Season 82 Girls' Volleyball Tournament at the Paco Arena Saturday. Team captain Maria Lalongisip scored four service aces and finished with 14 points as the Baby Falcons dispatched titleholder De La Salle-Zobel, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23. Balanced attack propelled the Baby Tamaraws to an emphatic 25-18, 25-21, 25-16 victory over University of the East, while the Junior Tigresses walloped winless University of the Philippines Integrated School, 25-18, 25-18, 25-14. Adamson and FEU tied in third place with identical 4-3 slates, while UST rose to 6-1 in second spot. National University-Nazareth School, which drew a second round opening bye, is unbeaten in six matches. Kate Santiago scored all but one of his 12 points from spikes, Raisa Ricablanca added eight points off the bench as May Ann Nuique got seven markers for the Baby Falcons. "Nakakatuwang hindi sila basta biglang bumibitaw which is yun naman yung pinapractice namin, yung pagwwork hard namin this week nag manifest naman sa game. Yung service talaga namin yung naging key dito," said Adamson University coach Lerma Giron. Trailing 13-18 in the third set, the Baby Falcons went on a 12-5 finishing kick topped by Santiago's down the line kill, for the victory. Irah Jaboneta registered 11 points for the Junior Lady Spikers, who fell to fifth place at 3-4. Alexis Miner had six blocks to finish with nine points, Florize Papa and Lyann de Guzman tallied eight points apiece while Issabel Alberto and Jean Asis each have six points for the Baby Tamaraws. Regine Jurado had seven service aces for a 16-point showing, KC Cepada contributed eight points, all from attacks, while Samantha Maranan added six points, four coming off service aces as the Junior Tigresses rediscovered their winning ways. The Junior Warriors fell at 1-6, while the Junior Maroons dropped their seventh in a row. Girls action resumes on Wednesday with three matches slated at the same Paco venue......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2019

PVL: Angels list Lady Red Spikers as seventh straight victim

Streaking PetroGazz was too much for listless Chef’s Classics to handle as the Angels cruised to its seventh straight win, 25-21, 25-14, 25-12, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Jonah Sabete led the Angels to its eighth win in 10 outings with 12 points, highlighted by nine spikes. Cherry Nunag and Jovielyn Prado had 10 markers each for PetroGazz, who built momentum for its rematch against PacificTown Army on Saturday in Iloilo. The Angels had unleashed 38 attacks, landed eight aces and built a wall at the net to score 10 kill blocks to punctuate its dominating victory over the also-ran newcomers. “Tinitingnan pa rin talaga namin 'yung consistent ng laro namin, at the same time, at kaya naming mapangalagaan 'yung number two spot talaga all the way, mas better talaga,” said Angels coach Arnold Laniog. “And sinabi ko rin sa mga players na, like ito, talagang alam naman natin na kaya namin manalo, pero hinahanap talaga namin ay quality ng laro.” “Like 'yung first set, parang kalahati o mas marami pa ata 'yung pinuntos namin na binigay sa kanila kesa sa in-earn ng kalaban,” he added. “'Yun buti noong second set at third set, naging maayos na.” Chef’s Classics actually showed some signs of resistance in the first set, taking an 8-7 lead before PetroGazz regained its bearing to take the frame. The Lady Red Spikers absorbed their 14th loss in as many games. Ella Viray got seven points while Bien Juanillo and skipper Justine Tiu combined for only eight markers for Chef’s Classics.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2019

UAAP 82: UST, FEU clinch semis twice-to-beat advantage

Back-to-back title seeking University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University secured the twice-to-beat incentives in the men's Final Four after topping their respective opponents Sunday in the UAAP Season 82 beach volleyball tournament at Sands SM By The Bay. Jaron Requinton and Rancel Varga of the Tiger Spikers prevailed over De La Salle's Vince Maglinao and Ian Jumandos, 21-9, 21-12, while Jude Garcia and Kevin Hadlocon of the Tamaraws bested UE's Jake Abria and Lloyd Josafat, 21-12, 21-13. Undefeated in six matches, UST and FEU clash in a rematch of last year's Finals at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The winner will claim the No. 1 ranking in the semifinals, while the loser will settle for No. 2. “Mas pukpok po yung training namin kasi yun nga po, defending champion po kami kaya hindi easy-easy,” said Requinton. Unlike in the previous seasons, the team that sweeps the seven-match elims will not gain an outright passage to the title round. NU and Adamson University, meanwhile, claimed the remaining two semis slots after posting straight-set wins. James Natividad and James Buytrago powered the Bulldogs to their third straight win and the fourth overall in six matches while eliminating University of the Philippines' Niccolo Consuelo and Louis Gamban in the process with a 21-16, 21-12 decision. The Falcons' Leo Miranda and Jesus Valdez also improved to 4-2 following a 21-12, 21-19 conquest Ateneo's Abai Llenos and Kurt Aguilar. The Fighting Maroons fell to their third successive defeat and the fourth overall in six matches. The Green Spikers and the Red Warriors dropped to 1-5, while the Blue Eagles go down at 0-6......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 29th, 2019

PVL: Angels get payback, win sixth straight

Streaking PetroGazz got its long-awaited payback after sweeping BanKo, 25-18, 25-18, 25-22, on Wednesday to rack up its sixth win in a row in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Angels climbed to solo second spot with a 7-2 win-loss record and exacted revenge over their first round tormentors to start their second round campaign on a high note. Jovie Prado and Jeanette Panaga led PetroGazz’s charge with 12 points each while Cherry Nunag and Jonah Sebete chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively.    Head coach Arnold Laniog said that the reigning Reinforced Conference champions prepared well for their rematch to avenge their four-set loss to begin their season-ending conference journey last month. “Kasi that time kagagaling lang namin sa bakasyon, dahil ‘di ba nag-champion kaya pinagpahinga ko ng matagal,” said Laniog. “Two weeks bago mag-opening lalaro na pala kami kasi supposedly ang alam namin medyo three weeks pa bago kami mag-game. Lumabas ang schedule so nandoon nga hindi ganoon ka-prepared but this time talaga going to second round nag-prepare talaga.” PetroGazz was never threatened during the match that only needed 80 minutes to conclude. Prado and Panaga combined for 21 of the Angels’ 44 attack points and built a strong wall at the net to score seven kill blocks with Nunag accounting for three. PetroGazz also took advantage of the Perlas Spikers’ spotty reception game to land seven aces. BanKo absorbed its second straight defeat as it slid to 6-5 slate at fifth spot. Dzi Gervacio scored 13 points with all but one coming off kills and added nine digs while Nicole Tiamzon and Sue Roces finished with six markers each for the Perlas Spikers.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 25th, 2019

PVL: Motolite shoots for a rebound win

Motolite tries to get back on the winning track on Wednesday in an elimination round rematch against also-ran Chef’s Classics in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Action begins at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. After winning two straight five-setter matches, Motolite crashed into a brick wall after absorbing a sweeping setback at the hands of Air Force last week. Sliding out of the top four at 6-3 win-loss record, Motolite will have to squeeze more from Tots Carlos, Isa Molde and Bern Flora with veteran Myla Pablo still a game-time decision after missing three games following a foot injury she sustained almost three weeks ago. The Lady Red Spikers are still on the hunt for the elusive win. Already out of the semis contention with a 0-11 record, Chef’s Classics hopes to play the spoiler’s role against Motolite.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2019

PVL: Win streaks at stake this week

Defending champion Creamline eyes its 10th straight win while Motolite and Air Force try to keep their own streaks going this week in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The Cool Smashers face a tough challenge on Wednesday as they attempt to extend their winning run to 10 against skidding BaliPure sans main setter Jia Morado and injured top hitter Alyssa Valdez. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. Creamline marches into battle parading a 9-0 win-loss record at solo top spot but will miss the services of Morado, who joined the national team’s campaign in the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Thailand, while Valdez is still recovering from a right ankle sprain. On the other hand, the Lady Jet Spikers and Motolite put their three-game and two-game win streaks, respectively, on the line in their elimination round rematch Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Air Force carries a 3-5 mark while Motolite is at third spot with a 6-2 slate. The Lady Jet Spikers will then return on the battlefield on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. to face second-running BanKo. PetroGazz will return from its campaign in a tournament in Taiwan this week and will try to stretch their winning run to five on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. against Chef’s Classics as the Angels close their first round campaign. PacificTown Army seeks to rebound from a loss with two assignments this week against Chef’s Classics on Wednesday and BaliPure on Saturday. Meanwhile, ChocoMucho hopes to arrest an alarming five-game skid as it starts its second round campaign on Saturday against Chef’s Classicsat 2:00 p.m. All games are available LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2019

PVL: Water Defenders, Perlas Spikers eye good 2nd round start

After closing the first round on a sour note, BanKo and BaliPure try to get back on the winning track in their rematch on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Opening serve is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Perlas Spikers sport a 5-3 win-loss slate at second spot behind league-leading and unbeaten defending champion Creamline (9-0). BanKo ended the first round with a five-set loss to Motolite that saw their three-game winning streak get snapped. Dzi Gervacio, Nicole Tiamzon and Kathy Bersola will lead the charge for the Perlas Spikers as they hope to repeat over the Water Defenders, who they defeated in five sets in their first meeting. BaliPure is at eighth spot with a 2-6 slate and is hoping to arrest a three-game slide.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2019

PVL: Lady Eagles set sights on third straight win

Unbeaten Ateneo de Manila University may have the advantage in firepower against San Beda University but Lady Eagles head coach Oliver Almadro is not discounting the dangerous Lady Red Spikers. Ateneo will take on resurging San Beda on Saturday in the main game of the triple-bill action in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference Group A at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “Hindi pwedeng i-take for granted any team here in the PVL,” said Almadro, who steered Ateneo to the UAAP Season 81 throne. “They will not be invited here in the PVL in the first place if they are not capable of showing their best.” Game time is at 12:00 noon and will air live via iWant and livestream. The Lady Eagles share the lead with Adamson University after beating Letran in four set in the opener before dominating San Sebastian College 25-17, 25-17, 25-8, last week. Veteran Ponggay Gaston, who debuted with 10 points against the Lady Stags after skipping the opener, will lead the charge of Ateneo with rookie Faith Nisperos, who is averaging 17 points per game, Erika Raagas, Vannie Gandler, Jules Samonte and setter Jaja Maraguinot.   The Lady Red Spikers recovered from an opening-day defeat to Adamson U with a come-from-behind, 21-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-8, 15-11 victory over Letran last week. League-leading scorer Cesca Racraquin, who is averaging 18.5 point per game and dropped 27 points last outing, Kimberly Manzano and Ella Viray will try to power San Beda to a huge upset. Meanwhile, NCAA champion Arellano University seeks a third straight win when the Lady Chiefs collide with Far Eastern University at 10:00 a.m. in group B. Arellano U is tied with University of Sto. Tomas at the top spot with 2-0 win-loss record. The Lady Chiefs defeated Lyceum of the Philippines University in five sets last week despite playing sans four injured players including veteran hitter Regine Arocha.   The Lady Tams recovered from a shocking opening day loss to College of St. Benilde after sweeping TIP last week. FEU and CSB are tied at 1-1 card. In the 8:00 a.m. opener, the Lady Blazers face the winless Lady Pirates.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 30th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers brace for tough grind this week

Defending champion Creamline faces a very challenging grind this week as the Cool Smashers take on two powerhouse squads in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The Cool Smashers are still undefeated after three games with all of their victories coming off straight sets. Behind a star-studded lineup bannered by three-time Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez, Creamline keeps a tight hold of the solo lead but the Cool Smashers will put that on the line in a pair of acid tests. First up for the Cool Smashers is BanKo on Wednesday in the 6:00 p.m. encounter that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Perlas Spikers are at second spot with a 2-1 win-loss slate and are fresh off a rebound win over Air Force on Saturday. Up next for Creamline is the much-awaited rematch against PetroGazz. The two squads met in the Reinforced Conference Finals series that went the full distance with the Angels booting the Cool Smashers off the throne. The game is slated at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Meanwhile, ChocoMucho and PacificTown Army clash on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with both teams looking for a follow up to their respective opening day victories. 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 SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Flying Titans will then face listless Chef’s Classics on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. before the PetroGazz-Creamline showdown. In the Collegiate Conference, opening day winners Adamson University, University of Perpetual Help, and Ateneo De Manila University in Group A and Group B’s University of Sto. Tomas, Arellano University and College of St. Benilde try to keep their momentum going this coming weekend. On Saturday, Arellano takes on Lyceum of the Philippines at 8:00 a.m., followed by Ateneo’s clash with San Sebastian College at 10:00 a.m. while Adamson collides with Perpetual at 12:00 noon. Opening the Sunday playdate is the Letran-San Beda match at 8:00 a.m. followed by CSB-UST showdown at 10:00 a.m. and the FEU-TIP pairing at 12:00 noon. All 12:00 noon matches will air via iWAnt and livestream. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019