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Pinay spikers dominate Bangkok University

Five days since the Philippine women’s volleyball team started its Thailand training camp, the Filipinas are already showing signs of cohesiveness and improvement. Head coach Shaq Delos Santos saw his team produce its best result in four tune-up games after dominating Bangkok University in four sets of play, 25-19, 25-19, 25-15, 26-24, on Thursday.     The Nationals displayed improved chemistry and fluidity inside the court in their penultimate friendly match in their 12-day buildup for the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima starting on Sept. 20. 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. The Nationals lost to Thailand 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 PHI team on Wednesday eked out a 24-26, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25, result in a rematch over the THA U-23 squad......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 12th, 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

FEU downs UST, NU wins in UAAP boys volleyball

The Baby Tamaraws dealt the Junior Tiger Spikers their first loss of the tournament with a 20-25, 29-27, 14-25, 25-23, 15-12, while the Bullpups made quick work of Adamson University, 25-21, 25-14, 27-25, at the FEU-Diliman gym......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2019

PVL: Adamson, UST out to sweep group stage

Completing a sweep of their respective groups are in the minds of semifinals-bound teams University of Sto. Tomas and Adamson University on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Both squads have secured a ticket to the Final Four last week after claiming their fourth win in as many games. They now set their sights on building momentum for ten next round. First up at 10:00 a.m. are the Lady Falcons, who will take on also-ran Letran in Group A before the Tigresses take the spotlight in a showdown with NCAA champion Arellano University in Group B at 12:00 noon. Adamson is fresh from a morale-boosting 14-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21, win over reigning UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University with Trisha Genesis and rookies Lucille Almonte and setter Louie Romero leading the way.   The Lady Knights hold a 1-3 win-loss record tied with other eliminated teams San Sebastian College and University of Perpetual Help. Meanwhile, UST is coming off a five-set, 25-14, 25-17, 10-25, 23-25, 15-12, victory over Far Eastern University last week to secure its semis ticket in its group. The game against the Lady Chiefs, who still have a chance to make it to the Final Four, will also be head coach Kungfu Reyes and Eya Laure’s last for the Tigresses before they fly to Thailand to join the national team in its training camp and participate in the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sept. 20.      Arellano still has a chance to force a playoff for the last semis seat if it defeats UST and College of St. Benilde loses to winless TIP on Sunday.    Opening up the triple-bill playdate is the Group A clash between San Beda University and San Sebastian College. All games are available on iWant and via livestream. The Lady Red Spikers carry a 2-2 slate and a win over the Lady Stags coupled by a loss by the Lady Eagles (3-1) to Perpetual on Sunday will give San Beda a chance to play in a sudden death against Ateneo for the last semis seat in the group.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 13th, 2019

Nationals come up short in first tune-up game

The national women’s volleyball team had a great start only to falter in the end as the Filipinas fell short in their first of a series of tune-up games in their training camp in Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok University dealt the Nationals a 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 13-15, loss on Monday at the FIVB-Development Center. All of the 10 members of the squad who were already in Thailand saw minutes on the floor as the Nationals took the first two sets before the host university team regrouped to steal the match from the Filipinas, who are preparing for the ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sept. 20.      Thailand’s powerhouse senior squad will host the Filipinas on Tuesday at the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) Gym. The PHI team will then take on Thailand's U23 national team on Sept. 11. On Sept. 12, Bangkok University will again play the Nationals and on Sept. 15, the Filipinas will face Japan's V-League runner-up Toray Arrows, who also bagged the championship of 2018-19 All-Japan Kurowashiki tournament. Already in Thailand are 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. Other members of the squad Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag, Eya Laure and Jovelyn Gonzaga are set to join the team on Sept. 15 in the team’s first step in its buildup for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila in November......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 9th, 2019

PVL: Lady Blazers inch closer to a semis berth

College of St. Benilde swept an undermanned Arellano University, 25-19, 25-15, 25-19, on Saturday to move closer to a Final Four berth in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference Group B at the FilOil Flying V Centre in n San Juan. The Lady Blazers took advantage of the reigning NCAA three-peat champions Lady Chiefs playing without their top two scorers Regine Arocha and Necole Ebuen to claim their second straight win for a 3-1 win-loss record behind unbeaten University of Sto. Tomas (3-0). “Siguro kulang sila, yung Arocha di naglaro injured probably or nagre-rest. Tayo prepare lang tayo ng prepare and pagdating ng game laro lang tayo ng laro,” said CSB head coach Jerry Yee, whose wards will wrap the elims next week against TIP. Klarisa Abriam showed the way for the Lady Blazers with 17 points including 14 off attacks while Gayle Pascual got 12 markers all from kills for the Taft-based squad, which landed eight aces and outgunned Arellano U, 39-34. Mycah Go tallied seven points and also contributed on floor defense with 12 digs and 11 excellent receptions for the Lady Blazers. The Lady Chiefs absorbed its second straight defeat and fell to 2-2 slate. Head coach Obet Javier sat out injured Arocha, who is still recovering from a plantar fasciitis operation, while Ebuen was given time to rest. Charmina Dino was the only Arellano U player in double figures with 12 points while Nicole Sasuman had nine. In Group A, Nieza Viray and Cesca Racraquin powered San Beda University to a 25-18, 25-22, 25-17, win over University of Perpetual Help to remain in the race for a Final Four seat in Group A. Viray hammered 11 attacks for 14 points while Racraquin got 12 markers and 10 digs to even the Lady Red Spikers’ record to 2-2. The Lady Altas kissed their semis hopes goodbye after suffering their third straight defeat in four games. Jhona Rosal finished with 11 points to pace Perpetual. Meanwhile, also-ran San Sebastian College bucked the absence of head coach Roger Gorayeb to end Letran’s semifinals hopes in Group A with a 20-25, 25-22, 27-25, 26-24, win. The Lady Stags, who was handled by assistant coach Jewelle Bermillo with Gorayeb unavailable because of personal reasons, barged in the win column for a 1-3 card tied with their victims. Bianca Ordona had 14 points and Shannai Requierme scored 13 markers as the duo combined for 26 of SSC-R’s 50 attack points. Reyann Canete and Kamille Tan posted 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lady Stags. Charm Simborio finished with 13 points while Kathleen Dela Cruz and Chamberlaine Cunada had 12 and 10 markers, respectively, in a lost cause for the Lady Knights.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2019

PVL: Arellano, CSB try to keep semis hopes alive

Arellano University and College of St. Benilde try to keep their semifinals hopes alive when the two teams clash on Saturday in Group B of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. Locked in a three-way tie with idle Far Eastern University at 2 - 1, the NCAA rivals meet at 12:00 noon with the winner solidifying its bid for the two Final Four slots in the bracket, The loser of the match that will be available via iWant and livestream will be pushed on the brink of elimination. The Lady Blazers will come into the game bringing the momentum of its straight sets drubbing of also-ran Lyceum of the Philippines University last week. In contrast, the reigning NCAA champions Lady Chiefs are reeling off a sorry four-set defeat at the hands of the resurging Lady Tams a week ago. Meanwhile, facing off in the curtain-raiser at 8:00 a.m. are Group A teams University of Perpetual Help and San Beda University in an all-important match in their respective semis spot bids. Both teams and Letran, which will take on eliminated San Sebastian College at 10:00 a.m., parade 1-2 slates behind unbeaten squads Ateneo de Manila University (3-0) and Adamson University (3-0).      The winner of the match will remain in the running for a semis berth while the loser will join the Lady Stags to the exit door. Winless in three outings, SSC-R will try to spoil Letran’s bid. The Lady Knights defeated the Lady Altas in five sets last week while the Lady Red Spikers hope to get back on the winning track after a four-set loss to Ateneo.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

Young Pinay brings home ice skate gold

Eleven-year-old Katrina Amber Cruz, representing SM International Mall of Asia (SMIPH), won a gold medal in the ISIAsia Championship Series 2019 held recently at the Sub-Zero Ice Skate Club Megabangna in Bangkok, Thailand......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

UST stuns NU in UAAP boys’ volleyball tilt

University of Santo Tomas stunned defending champion Nazareth School of National University, 25-20, 25-27, 15-25, 25-22, 15-12, in the opening UAAP boys’ volleyball tournament on Wednesday at the Paco Arena. With the fifth set tied at 8-8, the Junior Tiger Spikers scored  five unanswered points, capped by a Paul Colinares block to snatch a 13-8 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 5th, 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: In-accept namin ang challenge -- Prado on stepping up

PetroGazz head coach Arnold Laniog has been stressing the importance of his wing spikers to step up on offense. Known for their solid middles in Cherry Nunag and Jeanette Panaga, Laniog challenged his hitters especially Jovielyn Prado on Wednesday when the Angels faced unbeaten PacificTown Army in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference to make their presence felt.     “Yun nga ang tsina-challenge ko sa mga heavy hitters namin, siya [Prado], si Paneng [Mercado], si [Jonah] Sabete, si Cai [Baloaloa] and si [Klarisa] Abriam,” he said. “’Yun ang challenge sa amin na ‘yung middle natin nakaka-contribute ng double digit every game. As much as possible dapat mas makita natin ang mga heavy hitters mas maka-contribute ng at least double digits dahil mas marami silang bola.” Prado and the rest of the Angels' wingers responded well as they delivered the goods in PetroGazz’s 25-15, 25-15, 25-19, beating of the Lady Troopers to get back on the winning track. The former Arellano University star Prado had 12 points coming off nine hits, two aces and a kill block while contributing eight excellent receptions for the Angels, who evened its record to 2-2. Sabete and Paneng Mercado scored nine markers each while opposite hitter Baloaloa added five points. “Ina-accept lang po namin ang challenge ni coach kasi sabi din naman po nila na wala kaming aasahan, kami-kami na lang po ang naglalaro sa loob,” said Prado, who is playing an active role on offense to fill the void left by Cuban Wilma Salas and American Janisa Johnson after leading PetroGazz to the Reinforced Conference throne. “Kung ano po ang ini-expect nila sa amin, ginagawa na lang namin,” she added. Prado understood and embraced her role this tournament.     “Opo nagi-expect po ako [na aasahan sa puntos]. Malaking kawalan po sa amin ang imports namin. Kung hindi ako mag-pupursige pa mas lalo pa kaming mababaon,” she said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2019

PVL: Binantayan talaga namin si Kat [Tolentino] -- Tiamzon

BanKo did its homework well when it faced ChocoMucho on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. The Perlas Spikers made life hard for the Flying Titans’ main scoring option as they silenced Kat Tolentino in BanKo’s 25-18, 25-20, 25-23, win for its first back-to-back victories in the season-ending conference.   The prolific scorer was limited to only eight points after averaging 18.3 points markers in ChocoMucho’s first three games. “Actually binantayan namin talaga si Kat kasi siya ang No. 1 scorer din ng team,” said Perlas Spikers team captain Nicole Tiamzon. Tolentino had a hard time penetrating the solid net defense of BanKo with Kathy Bersola wreaking havoc with five kill blocks.   “Si Kathy ‘yung blocking niya napakalaking bagay din nun,” added Tiamzon. Tolentino had a hellish 7-of-40 spiking clip as the Perlas Spikers put the former Ateneo de Manila University standout in check. With Tolentino out of equation on offense, it was Maddie Madayag who anchored ChocoMucho’s offense but even her 15 points including 14-of-22 attacking clip weren’t enough to save the Flying Titans from absorbing their second loss in four outings. Aside from their defensive game plan, Tiamzon also credited the playmaking of Jem Ferrer, whose 22 excellent sets helped BanKo nail 51 attack points.    Dzi Gervacio had 13 points, Tiamzon added 11 markers while Sue Roces and Ella De Jesus posted eight and six points each for the Perlas Spikers. “Check the stats of the spikers ng Perlas, lahat may points di ba?” said Tiamzon. “Malaking bagay na lahat talaga nagko-contribute bawat ikot.” BanKo now hopes that their victory will fuel them in their last two games in the first round against BaliPure and Motolite.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2019

PVL: Creamline-ChocoMucho clash highlights this week s PVL action

Defending champion Creamline gets a chance to test the mettle of sister-team ChocoMucho in this week’s marquee match in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The Cool Smashers remain unbeaten in five outings and will be coming off a one-week rest when they march back into action on Saturday to face the Flying Titans, who will take on the veteran-laden BanKo first on Wednesday before facing Creamline in their pair of heavyweight assignments. The Creamline-ChocoMucho clash is slated at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. On Wednesday, the Flying Titans, who are on a two-way tie with Motolite at 2-1 win-loss slate, gets and acid test against the Perlas Spikers, who are looking to improve their 3-2 slate and spark a winning streak at 6:00 p.m. Facing off in the curtain-raiser are Moolite and listless Air Force (0-3) at 2:00 p.m. in a match that 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. At 4:00 p.m. unbeaten PacificTown Army guns for its third straight win when it pairs with PetroGazz (1-2). Winless Chef’s Classics (0-4) tries to arrest its slump on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. against BaliPure (1-3) before Creamlin and ChocoMucho take the spotlight. The Lady Troopers and Motolite cap their week with an encounter on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. to be followed by the Angels and Lady Jet Spikers’ bout at 6:00 p.m. In the Collegiate Conference, Ateneo de Manila University eyes its third straight win when it battles San Beda University (1-1) on Saturday at 12:00 noon in Group A action. Group B leader Arellano University (2-0) collides with Far Eastern University (1-1) at 10:00 a.m. while College of St. Benilde (1-1) looks to get back on the winning track also in Group B when it clashes with Lyceum of the Philippines University (0-2) in the 8:00 a.m. curtain-raiser. UAAP powerhouse teams University of Sto. Tomas and Adamson University try to keep their grip of the lead in their respective groups on Sunday. The Tigresses (2-0) take on winless TIP at 10:00 a.m. in Group B while at 12:00 noon the Lady Falcons square off with San Sebastian College (0-2). University of Perpetual Help (1-1) and Letran (0-2) begin the triple-bill playdate at 8:00 a.m. All Collegiate Conference games are available via iWant and livestream.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles       .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 27th, 2019

Pinay golfer Bianca Pagdanganan tops 2019 LPGA Qualifying Tournament Stage 1

Filipina golfer Bianca Pagdanganan finished atop the table of the 2019 LPGA and Symetria Tour Qualifying Tournament Stage 1 which was held at the Rancho Mirage in California from August 22 to 25.  The Quezon City native finished the opening round tied at 20th place after shooting a 2-under par 70.  Pagdanganan picked up the pace in the second round and shot a round-best 5-under par 67 to jump up to second place.  In the third-round, Pagdanganan shot another 2-under par 70 to grab a share of the lead before firing off a 4-under par 68 to secure the top spot in the fourth round.  With the top-seeded finish, Pagdanganan advances to Stage 2 of the tournament which will be held in Venice, Florida from October 14-17th.  The 21-year old Pagdanganan, a 2018 Asian Games Gold Medalist, is currently playing for the University of Arizona in the collegiate ranks.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2019

PVL: Perlas Spikers back in winning form

BanKo turned to the veteran duo of Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon in the Perlas Spikers’ clinical dismantling Chef’s Classics, 25-19, 25-21, 25-16, on Sunday to return in the win column of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The former University of the Philippines standouts contributed double-digit production in BanKo’s balance offensive thrust to improve to 3-2 win-loss record and rebound from a stinging four-set loss to unbeaten defending champion Creamline last Wednesday. Bersola got 14 markers with 13 coming off attacks while Tiamzon had nine kills in her 12-point production for the Perlas Spikers, who rained down 49 attack points. BanKo head coach Apichat Kongsawat utilized his bench during the match with only setter Nikka Yandoc not seeing action.       “It's really a good adjustment din para magkaroon ng exposure ‘yung second six kasi kailangan namin e, kailangan namin yun para magkaroon rin ng kumpiyansa yung mga bata,” said Tiamzon. “It's not underestimating the other team but it's more of stepping up.” The Lady Red Spikers absorbed their fourth defeat in as many outings. Nieza Viray was the only Chef’s Classics player in double figures with 13 points while Justine Tiu had six.     ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 2019

PVL: She makes the work easy -- Okumu on Tolenada

Setter Iris Tolenada’s role in Motolite goes beyond being the squad’s designated playmaker. The Fil-American also plays as Motolite head coach Godfrey Okumu’s deputy inside the court. Okumu didn’t need to give much instructions to Tolenada as he would with the other Motolite players because he knows that the setter already has an idea on how he wants their game plan to be executed inside the court. Okumu is confident that his instructions will be relayed to the tee knowing that he’s communicating it with Tolenada, who herself is a volleyball mentor in the US.   “We always talk, before I tell her anything about what I’m expecting from her, I just tell her ‘I know, and I believe you know what I’m about to say and I don’t need to tell you this,’” said Okumu of Tolenada on Sunday following Motolite’s 25-9, 25-20, 25-19, drubbing of BaliPure for a 2-1 win-loss record in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference.   “That’s what I always tell her. ‘I don’t have to tell you this.’ So it’s something that she knows,” added Okumu of the playmaker, who tallied 17 excellent sets and four points. Tolenada, who works as San Francisco State University women’s volleyball team assistant coach and also made a stint as volleyball instructor at Stanford University summer camp, made her return to the league three years since she led Pocari Sweat in the defunct Shakey’s V-League Open Conference crown in 2016.      Playing with a relatively young core, Okumu knows that Tolenada needs a lot of adjustment but the mentor lauds the playmaker for making his work easy.   “I think we have to find a way for the team to jell together, how to defend, how to attack. This player plays this ball perfectly, get the ball, maybe she’s struggling. So those are the things that again we have to find a way as we go so we make it easier for her to know how to play with different spikers,” said Okumu. “But all in all, the work is easy,” Okumu said. “She makes the work easy.” Tolenada welcomes the challenge of leading a young team together with Myla Pablo, whom she has played with before in Pocari Sweat.   “It’s definitely been different,” she said. “They make us feel young but it has been great.” “I think they’re starting to learn. I think Myla and myself, we’re doing our best to be leaders for them and we just tried to drop them in and make them compete as hard as possible,” Tolenada added. “They have the potential so we just to keep on working hard.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 2019

PVL: Tigresses keep unbeaten slate in upset escape

University of Sto. Tomas survived an upset scare from a determined College of St. Benilde side, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 24-26, 15-12, Sunday to remain unbeaten in Group B of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Rookie Imee Hernandez delivered at crunch time scoring six points in the tightly-contested fifth set wind-up including back-to-back markers that gave the Tigresses a two-point cushion late in the frame as UST held on for a 2-0 win-loss record tied with Arellano University. The 18-year old middle got 20 points off 16 spikes, three kill blocks and an ace while Rachelle Roldan posted 17 points highlighted by 13 kills including the game-clinching crosscourt hit for the Tigresses to seal the two-hour, 11-minute clash. Roldan also chipped in on floor defense with 11 digs and 10 excellent receptions. Skipper Kecelyn Galdones had 15 points while EJ Laure played an efficient game with 13 points including four kill blocks and added 11 digs for the Espana-based squad. After squandering a 6-3 lead in the fifth set and going down, 10-11, after a Klarisa Abriam tip, the Tigresses scored three straight points capped by Hernandez’s quick attack and kill block on Mycah Go to take a 13-11 advantage. Gayle Pascual stopped the bleeding for CSB before Hernandez’s quick attack that put UST at match point. "Maganda 'yung palitan ng laro. Talagang neck-and-neck ang labanan namin kasi malalaki rin 'yung kabila. Sa amin naman, mga bata talaga 'yung sa amin bukod kay EJ [Laure]. So, ang importante ay kung paano magre-react in certain scenarios," said UST head coach Kungfu Reyes. "At least, nakikita mo na 'yung full potential ng team kahit na composed of rookies and sophomores 'yung team namin," he added. UST had a chance to end the match in the fourth frame after erasing a 15-21 deficit with a 9-3 scoring spurt to tie the set at 24 but Abriam scored on an off the block kill before Galdones sent her attack long. The Lady Blazers slid to 1-1 slate. Abriam led CSB with 14 points, Pascual got 13 while Michelle Gamit and Go scored 12 and 10 markers, respectively. Meanwhile, San Beda University barged in the win column with a come-from-behind 21-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-8, 15-11, win over Letran. Cesca Racraquin fired 21 attacks, five aces and a kill block for 27 points coupled by 18 digs for the Lady Red Spikers. Kimberly Manzano got 16 markers while setter Lynne Matias tallied 24 excellent sets for San Beda. Chamberlaine Cunada finished with 22 points while Charm Simborio scored 16 markers in a lost cause for the Lady Knights, who are winless in two outings.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 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

PVL: Tan shines as Perlas Spikers bounce back

Gizelle Tan stepped big time in the absence of main playmaker Jem Ferrer as BanKo returned to the win column with a 25-13, 25-18, 25-19, domination of Air Force Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Tan, who was converted to setter from libero position with Ferrer still recovering from dengue, held the ailing Perlas Spikers together for a mighty bounce for a 2-1 win-loss record. The Ateneo de Manila University product dished out 26 excellent sets to help BanKo hammer 47 attacks.   “We were also worried because Gizelle got sick also, she skipped practice two days ago,” said Dzi Gervacio, who led the Perlas Spikers with 19 points including 17 kills and three excellent receptions. “‘Yun yung magkakasunod si Jem wasn’t feeling well noong game pa namin noong Wednesday [against PacificTown Army] and right after that she went straight to the hospital,” added Gervacio. “Confirmed it was dengue and at the same time Gizelle was suffering from a viral infection pala so we were worried na baka dengue rin buti na lang it wasn’t.” Tan’s great ball distribution gave BanKo a balance scoring with Nicole Tiamzon scoring 15 points while Kathy Bersola and Sue Roces combined for 13 markers. “Ok naman. Not so much expectation naman from her kasi nga iba rin ang maglaro as a setter in the professional level and we’re glad she stepped up talaga to fill up Jem’s spot,” said Gervacio of Tan, who also played setter with the Lady Eagles. The Jet Spikers threatened to bring extend the match when they built a 16-13 separation before BanKo answered with a blistering run to take a 23-16 advantage. Air Force saved two match points before yielding to their second straight defeat. Javen Sabas logged in 13 points while Mae Antipuesto and Dell Palomata scored seven and six, respectively, for the Jet Spikers.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 17th, 2019

PVL: Flying Titans make good impression in debut

ChocoMucho made its presence felt with an explosive debut on Wednesday after crushing BaliPure, 25-12, 25-18, 25-18, in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Flying Titans played sans Bea De Leon, who was rested by head coach Oliver Almadro, but showed no signs of slowing down with their deep arsenal flexing their muscle to dominate the Water Defenders. Kat Tolentino, Bang Pineda and Maddie Madayag showed the way for ChocoMucho, which came back from four points down in the second frame. Tolentino finished with 14 points off 10 spikes, two kill blocks and two aces with 10 digs for an all-around performance for the Flying Titans, who landed 10 aces. Madayag had 11 markers while Pineda scored eight with four excellent receptions for ChocoMucho. Acy Masangkay tallied 18 excellent sets to help the Flying Titans hammer 33 kills. Legendary Manilla Santos-Ng made her return to competitive volleyball midway in the opening set with the Flying Titans up 15-8. Santos-Ng subbed in for Shang Berte and immediately made an impact as ChocoMucho blasted a 6-0 spurt capped by an ace by the former De La Salle University star, who last played in the UAAP Season 71 back in 2009 where she also won her fourth title and the Most Valuable Player award in her swan song. The Flying Titans went behind, 9-13, in the second set before mounting a rally to tie the frame at 13 off a Madayag kill block on Grazielle Bombita. Pineda gave ChocoMucho the lead as the Flying Titans regained their bearing to control the frame. BaliPure showed signs of resistance in the third but were easily repulsed by ChocoMucho, which got a chance to field in its bench. "We’re happy na we won on our first game. Sabi ko nga sa kanila kanin sa huddle, normally people will say first game jitters, but sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Mawawala yun if you play maturely. So we really have to play maturely and we really have to stick together and be one,’" said Almadro.   The Water Defenders bowed down in their first game in  the tournament and absorbed their 11th straight overall since an empty trip in the Reinforced Conference. No BaliPure player finished in double figures with Menchie Tubiera and Bombita scoring nine each.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

PVL: Watch Manilla Santos-Ng’s last UAAP match 10 years ago

Former De La Salle University star Manilla Santos-Ng will make a comeback to competitive volleyball a decade since leading the Lady Spikers to the UAAP throne back in 2009. Known for her amazing elevation despite standing only 5-foot-4 and power as well as for her solid floor defense, Santos-Ng made a name for herself during her heydays with the green and white. One could just imagine the impact she could’ve made if she continued to play in the semi-professional league. Santos-Ng, instead, chose a different path after claiming her fourth UAAP title in Season 71 coupled by bagging the Most Valuable Player award in her swan song. DLSU retired Santos-Ng's jersey no. 14 as an appreciation for contribution to the school.  Here’s a look at her last performance in the UAAP in Game 3 of the Finals against the then Rachel Anne Daquis-led defending champion Far Eastern University. But fans will once again see Santos-Ng in action as she makes her comeback with newcomer ChocoMucho alongside this generation’s notable names in Bea De Leon, Kat Tolentino and Maddie Madayag in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The Flying Titans will take on BaliPure on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in their debut match that 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......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019