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

Pinay spikers bow to Japanese squad

The Philippine women’s volleyball squad may have lost a vital piece in Kalei Mau on the same day it absorbed a reality check at the hands top Japanese squad University of Tsukuba but coach Shaq delos Santos opted to stick to positives to keep their focus locked on the nearing SEA Games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 10th, 2019

Pinay spikers prime up for Tsukuba showdown

Ces Molina uncorked 17 points to lead the Philippine national women’s volleyball team to a 25-12, 25-18, 25-18, victory over PSL Team Sparkle in the Philippine Superliga Super Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Thursday. Molina displayed her all-around game with 12 kills, two kill blocks and two aces with 11 digs to lead the Nationals in their second straight win in the penultimate playdate of the pocket tournament put up to help the Pinay spikers in their preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Jovelyn Gonzaga had 13 markers while Eya Laure scored 12 for the Nationals, who missed the services of Kalei Mau because of a strained muscle. Head coach Shaq Delos Santos had the luxury of fielding his second unit led by Laure, Maddie Madayag, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Roselyn Doria and Mika Reyes for exposure    “I think siguro yung adjustment din nung second six namin, and then syempre alam naman namin na nandun pa rin sa process ng pagbuo ng team so good thing lang nakakapag-deliver kami nang maayos,” he said. Delos Santos hopes that the Nationals will sustain its momentum heading to its clash against Japanese team University of Tsukuba on Friday. “Good thing we have a chance to practice tomorrow morning. So kailangang panoorin muna namin yung team kasi meron naman kaming video nila dun sa last two games nila. And then aral lang especially yung service kasi nila, hard service talaga,” said Delos Santos. The Japanese squad defeated Team Shine, 25-10, 25-16, 25-16. Ami Yamashiro unleashed 17 points for the Japanese team. Moeka Kinoe had 12 points for Tsukuba while Kurumi Takama and Syuri Kurata had eight markers apiece. “Kailangan naming paghandaan mabuti. And I think best thing is ilaro lang namin kung ano talagang meron yung team namin and syempre kailangan ma-enjoy namin,” Delos Santos said. “Hopefully maipakita namin na medyo used na kami pag kalaban namin is Japan kasi galing kaming Japan, so malaking bagay yan na makakaharap nain sila. Good thing yung continuation ng ganyang klase ng kalaban, malaking bagay for us.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2019

Red Spikers clinch last semis ticket

Nieza Viray provided leadership for the San Beda University Red Lionesses and her contributions allowed them to bag the last semifinal ticket late Tuesday in the 95th National Collegiate Athletic Association women’s volleyball tournament......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2020

SISTER ACT: Eya and EJ power Golden Tigresses in Season 82

For the first time since their high school days, sisters EJ and Eya Laure will be teammates in the UAAP for the University of Santo Tomas. Eya, Season 81's top rookie, will welcome her ate EJ back in Season 82 as the Golden Tigresses look to one-up their Finals run last year with a championship. "As a younger sister, syempre dream ko rin naman na maka-sama ko siya sa collegiate, hindi lang sa high school and club team," Eya said. "Syempre iba yung laro, sobrang nakaka-excite, sobrang happy. Although nandoon yung pressure, wala eh hindi na rin dapat isipin yun," she added. EJ is coming back to the Golden Tigresses following a two-season hiatus. As she looks to integrate herself back to the UST team and in the UAAP, EJ is counting on her younger sister Eya for guidance. "Masaya, kasi nandiyan siya and may magga-guide sa akin kapag nagkaka-mali ako," EJ told ABS-CBN Sports. "Normal naman yun samin, kasi kami parehas nagkaka-mali. Mas okay samin na sinasabi samin kung ano kailangan namin gawin or iwasan," she added. From high school to college, the dynamic has certainly changed between the Laure sisters. EJ is all for it. "Nung high school kasi parang di naman kami ganun ka-close, away-away kami ganyan," EJ said. "Ngayon naman, nag-mature na kami pareho. Super close na namin," she added. That's how the Laure sisters operate off the court now, on the court though, that's a whole different story. EJ was Eya's main attacker when she was still a setter in high school. For the Golden Tigresses, the Laure sisters will look to pile up the points for UST as spikers in Season 82. "Ngayon kapwa spiker na, dati ako magse-set sa kanya, sakin siya humihingi ng bola," Eya said. "Ngayon, siya na nagbibigay sakin gn advice on techniques. Bago din samin, hindi siya yung katulad nung dati. Yun nilo-look forward ko ngayon, yung connection namin as spikers," she added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2020

UAAP 82: Ate Michelle Cobb confident in talented DLSU rookies

It wasn't’ too long ago that setter Michelle Cobb was one of the fresh faces on a powerhouse De La Salle University Lady Spikers squad.  Life moves fast in the UAAP, however.  In her three years in the league, Cobb went from a back-up to all-time great setter Kim Fajardo, to being the starting setter on a three-peat winning team, to experiencing heartbreak as part of the first Lady Spikers team in a decade to not make the UAAP Finals.  Last season was indeed a bitter pill to swallow for the likes of Cobb and her fellow seniors who had been so used to winning in the UAAP, but it also served as an important learning experience.  “Marami kaming natutunan na lessons from last season, na ginawa namin as main ground kung paano kami magbabago and paano namin aayusin yung mga mali namin last season, so I guess yun yung nag-iba, mayroon kaming parang basis kung ano ba yung dapat idagdag, dapat baguhin, and dapat i-improve,” Cobb told ABS-CBN Sports.  Last season’s shortcomings, including their losses to University of the Philippines in the eliminations and their losses to University of Santo Tomas in the post-season, Cobb adds, are also what give them the hunger to compete this season.  “Of course, it’s what pushes us, it’s what makes us hungrier, I guess, yung ganung mga experiences, doon kami humuhugot ng, ‘Gusto namin talunin kayong lahat’ parang ganun,” Cobb said with a laugh. “I guess healthy naman ang ganung mindset.” Heading into the UAAP Season 82 Women’s Volleyball Tournament, Cobb - now in her fourth season - has transformed into one of the team’s big sisters, so to speak.  So far, she’s liking what she’s seeing from the new crop of Lady Spikers.  “Very fresh, very talented yung rookies, may potential yung rookies, so I guess good start yun for them, and also siyempre, it’s not gonna be hard for us kasi since apat na lang kaming natira na starter, it’s more of mas easy yung transition since all of them are really talented,” Cobb stated.  Cobb pinpointed rookies like Thea Gagate, Leila Cruz, Justine Jazareno, and Fifi Sharma as ones to watch out for.  More than just the talent, Cobb also spoke about the relationship between the seniors and the rookies, saying that they have become like ‘ates’ to the younger players.  “Yung relationship ng team ngayon is very healthy, yung relationship namin sa mga bata very healthy kasi kumbaga, yung pagka-ate namin na-aapply namin sa kanila, if they go to us for advice, and not just that, in a way, they ask us kung paano yung dynamics inside the court, not just that, but like also, as a sister din, yung sisterhood mas napa-practice namin.” With a new season comes a clean slate, and the Lady Spikers are determined on getting back to the heights that they’re used to. For ten consecutive seasons, DLSU was in the finals, and in seven of those ten, they took home the title.  This season’s goal is clear: get the title back.  “Siyempre to bring back what we’ve lost, and to regain what we’ve lost and apply all the lessons we’ve learned,” Cobb said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2020

Viray, Beda humabol sa semis

NAIS ni Nemesio Gavina na mas maging gutom ang San Beda University Red Spikers sa semifinals ng NCAA Season 95 Women’s Indoor Volleyball Tournament......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2020

Perpetual spikers move closer to seat in finals

Louie Ramirez hit 17 points for the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas, who repulsed the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 25-23, 29-27, 28-26, yesterday at the FilOil Flying V Centre......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2020

Adamson determined to dominate on defense in UAAP 82

Adamson University has been a constant contender in UAAP Men's Volleyball. That won't be changing in UAAP Season 82 even if they had just lost stalwarts Paolo Pablico and Mark Alvarez. And that's because the Soaring Falcons vow to keep going all-out. "This season, malaki nga yung nawala sa amin kina Pablico at Alvarez kaya nag-adjust kami na may papalit sa kanila," newly named captain Leo Miranda said. He then continued, "Tapos katulad lang din ng ginagawa namin nung nakaraan, pareho pa rin ang preparation. Ngayon lang, triniplehan namin yung effort at saka yung sacrifices." According to the outside hitter, that so-called tripled effort will be much evident in Adamson's floor defense - the part of the game that the school has long taken pride in. "'Di kami katangkaran kaya babawiin namin sa depensa namin. Kung papahirapan kami ng kalaban sa atake nila, papahirapan din namin sila sa depensa," he shared. He then continued, "Yun yung every year gusto ni coach Domeng [Custodio] makuha. Bilog ang bola, pero pag nandun yung depensa, mas mahihirapan yung kalaban, mas malaki yung chance naming manalo." Even more, Miranda has full faith their defense will lead them to victory - especially as it had long been established and reinforced and they are heading into the collegiate wars with the most intact lineup. As he put it, "Nakikita namin yung team naming mas mature kesa iba kasi sa amin, dalawa lang yung nawala. Yung maturity ng team ang magiging bentahe namin."   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2020

UAAP 82: NU preserves unbeaten card in girls’ beach volleyball

Nazareth School of National University bested University of Santo Tomas, 21-19, 22-20, in a duel of undefeated teams in the girls' division of the UAAP Season 82 high school beach volleyball tournament Saturday at the Sands SM by the Bay. The Lady Bullpups were trailing, 18-19, late in the second frame when Epa scored two straight kills to take the lead. Epa and Chantal Rodriguez then stayed composed against the Junior Tigresses pair of Vanessa Bangayan and Jullana Carreon to steer the Bustillos-based squad to a perfect 3-0 card. UST lost for the first time in four matches to slip in second place. De La Salle-Zobel moved up to third at 2-1, as Irah Jaboneta and Gerzel Petallo overcame a slow second set start to beat Ateneo's Celina Vergeire and Ady Lasala, 21-7, 21-17, . In the lone girls' match that went the distance, Adamson University's Mary Grace Borromeo and Ayesha Juegos rallied from a set down to beat Far Eastern University-Diliman's Nikka Medina and Alexandra Jungco, 17-21, 21-18, 15-10, for a 2-2 card in fourth place. FEU suffered its second loss in three matches to tie idle University of the East in fifth spot, while Ateneo remained winless in four games. In the Boys' Division, the Tiger Cubs won two matches to clinch the first Final Four berth. UST's Jay Rack dela Noche and Alexander Iraya made quick work of De La Salle-Zobel's Andrei Espejo and Leinuel Crisostomo, 21-13, 21-19, and returned in the afternoon with a 21-12, 17-21, 15-12 victory over NSNU's Jann Mark Pijo and Reymark Reyes for a 5-0 record. FEU-Diliman moved closer in securing a place in the semis as Jerold Talisayan and Carl Cabatac defeated UP Integrated School's Brett Borja and Miguel Castro, 21-14, 21-9, and Adamson University's Jefferson Marapoc and Evander Novillo, 22-20, 21-14. The Baby Tamaraws rose to 4-1. UE seized solo third at 3-2 as Francis Babon and JM Apolinario outlasted Adamson University's Marapoc and Novillo, 21-15, 16-21, 15-12, and Ateneo's Mikka Mendoza and Anjo Almadro, 21-6, 21-15. Almadro substituted Giulian San Juan in the first set. Espejo and Crisostomo, who replaced John Lituania earlier in the day, were able to gain a split following a 21-3, 21-7 romp of the Junior Maroons. The Junior Green Spikers forced a four-way tie with the Bullpups, the Blue Eaglets and the Baby Falcons in fourth spot at 2-3. In the other morning match, NSNU downed Ateneo, 21-10, 21-15......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2020

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: Lady Blazers out to formalize semis entry

Undefeated College of St. Benilde sets its eyes on the first Final Four seat when the well-rested Lady Blazers face Jose Rizal University on Friday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.   Sporting a pristine 6-0 win-loss record, CSB is just a win away from taking a spot in semifinals. The Taft-based squad is the only unbeaten team in the field and is looking to remain one when the Lady Blazers march back into action at 12:00 noon in the battle that will air via iWant. CSB knocked out San Beda University in four sets last week before its much needed ceasefire. Refreshed and rejuvenated, the Lady Blazers behind veterans Klarisa Abriam and Jade Gentapa with prized recruits Gayle Pascual and Mycah Go are tipped as favorites against the Lady Bombers, who are in desperate need of wins. Carrying a 3-4 slate, JRU is still in the race for a semis berth but must win all of its remaining games and hope for tie at the no. 4 spot at the end of the elims to force playoff for the last Final Four ride. The Lady Bombers are on a two-game winning streak. Meanwhile, University of Perpetual Help shoots for at least a playoff for a Final Four spot at 2:00 p.m. against San Beda University. The Lady Altas, who are on a five-game win streak, are at third spot with a 5-1 slate while the Lady Red Spikers carry a 4-2 mark at fourth. In the men’s division, two-time defending champion Perpetual guns to join another unbeaten team Emilio Aguinaldo College in the semifinals when it battles San Beda University at 3:30 p.m. The Altas fashion a 6-0 mark behind the Generals (7-0) while the Red Spikers are tied with Mapua University at 3-3. At 10:00 a.m. the Blazers (4-2) face the Heavy Bombers (1-6). In juniors’ play, six-peat-seeking Perpetual tries to get back on the winning track (5-1) when it battles San Beda (4-2) at 5:00 p.m. while at 8:30 a.m. CSB-La Salle Greenhills (0-6) meet JRU (0-7).   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: San Beda back on the right track

Cesca Racraquin dropped 22 points as San Beda University snapped a two-game skid at the expense of hapless Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-15, 25-16, 27-25, in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Monday. The seasoned hitter unleashed 18 kills, three aces and a kill block in  the Lady Red Spikers’ bounce back win after bowing down to three-time defending champion Arellano University and unbeaten College of St. Benilde. She laced her all-around performance with nine digs and seven excellent receptions as San Beda moved up to solo fourth spot with a 4-2 win-loss record, strengthening its Final Four bid with just three outings left for the Lady Red Spikers. Helping out Racraquin were Nieza Viray, who got 13 points including 11 from attacks, and the pair of Kim Manzano and Trisha Paras, who combined for 14 markers for San Beda, which will still face University of Perpetual Help, Mapua University and Lyceum of the Philippines University. Lynne Matias tallied 19 excellent sets to help the Lady Red Spikers convert 47 attack points. The Lady Generals dropped their sixth straight game to remain as the only squad that has yet to taste victory. Cathrine Almazan was the only EAC player in double figures with 10 points while Kristine Tesara and Dhariane Gallardez scored six each. Meanwhile, the Generals joined two-time defending champion Perpetual on top of the standings with a 6-0 record after hurdling the Red Spikers, 25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 25-19, in the men’s division. Joshua Mina dropped 24 points off 21 kills, two kill blocks and an ace to lead EAC while Aaron Daduya and Danrich Melad posted 17 and 14 markers, respectively. San Beda slid to a 3-3 slate despite the 16-point effort of Jeffrey Losa. In juniors’ play, the Red Cubs put the Brigadiers five-game winning streak to a screeching halt, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-17, behind the 23-point explosion of Zandro Pasayloon. San Beda improved to a 4-2 mark.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Lady Red Spikers out to stop skid

San Beda University tries to get out of a two-game slump when it takes on winless Emilio Aguinaldo College on Monday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. After a red-hot 3-0 start, the Lady Red Spikers went cold to slide down to fourth spot tied with Letran. Hoping to keep its Final Four hopes alive in a very tight race, San Beda is in a must-win situation in its encounter with the Lady Generals at 12:00 noon that will air via iWant. The Lady Red Spikers suffered losses at the hands of three-time defending champion Arellano University (5-1) and league-leading College of St. Benilde (6-0). EAC, on the other hand, has yet to win a game after dropping its first five matches and is on a 15-game losing skid since Season 93. Meanwhile, Jose Rizal University is also on a mission to stay alive in the semis race in its 2:00 p.m. battle with Mapua University. Carrying a 2-4 win-loss card tied with Lyceum of the Philippines, the Lady Bombers still have a shot at a spot in the Final Four but must sweep all of its remaining games to at least force a playoff for a semis seat. The Lady Cardinals hold a 1-4 mark. In men’s play, EAC (5-0) goes for a tie at the top with reigning two-time champion Perpetual in a showdown with San Beda (3-2) at 10:00 a.m. while battling at 3:30 p.m. are Mapua (2-3) and JRU (1-5). The juniors’ pairings will feature the Brigadiers (5-0) and Red Cubs (3-2) at 8:30 a.m. while marching on court at 5:00 p.m. are winless teams Red Robins (0-5) and Light Bombers (0-6).   ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 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

NCAA: San Beda grabs third win, share of second spot

San Beda University turned to Cesca Racraquin and Nieza Viray anew as the Lady Red Spikers kept their unbeaten card intact. The duo showed the way to help San Beda fight back from a set down to beat Letran, 24-26, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17, on Friday for its third straight win in the NCAA Season 95 women's volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Racraquin led all scorers with 22 points off 17 attacks, three aces and a pair of kill blocks laced with seven excellent receptions for an all-around performance for the Lady Red Spikers, who tied defending three-time champion Arellano University at second spot behind league-leading College of St. Benilde (4-0). Viray added 12 markers while Kimberly Manzano had nine points for San Beda, which had 46 kills with Lynne Matias tallying 22 excellent receptions to pilot the Lady Spikers offense. The Lady Knights fell to a 1-2 win-loss slate, dropping their second straight game. Chamberlaine Cunada was the only Letran player in double figures with 17 points. Daisy Melendres, Khryss Monteagudo and Julienne Castro finished with eight points each for the Lady Knights, who gave away 39 points off errors. Meanwhile, the Red Spikers turned back the Knights, 25-16, 23-25, 25-15, 25-20, for a 2-1 slate in men's play. In juniors' action, Letran dodged a playdate sweep after the Squires defeated the Red Cubs, 25-20, 25-14, 30-28, to tie its victim at 2-1 slate. ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 24th, 2020

Molde, UP veteran spikers back for another UAAP run

  MANILA, Philippines – The veterans of the University of the Philippines women’s volleyball team are set to return for the upcoming UAAP Season 82 volleyball tournament, a source in UP management confirmed to Rappler on Thursday, January 23.  Isa Molde, Tots Carlos, Jessma Ramos, Justine Dorog, Rem Cailing, and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2020

Perpetual spikers blast Lyceum foes

University of Perpetual Help System Dalta survived a second-set meltdown as it pushed back Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-22, 33-31, 25-20, yesterday to seize the lead in the 95th NCAA men’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2020

NCAA Season 95: San Beda cruises to second straight win

Veteran hitter Cesca Racraquin once again starred for San Beda University as the Lady Red Spikers claimed its second straight win with a 25-13, 25-9, 25-21, drubbing of San Sebastian College on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The fourth year skipper finished with 19 points off 13 attacks and six aces and added three excellent receptions while providing stability for San Beda in the closing stretch of the third set to power the Lady Red Spikers to a 2-0 win-loss record, tied with three-time defending champion Arellano University. San Beda mentor Nemesio Gavino praised his wards for their great service game and for limiting their errors to just 15 compared to 36 miscues they committed in a five-set escape over Jose Rizal University the last time out. The Lady Red Spikers landed 13 aces and poured 36 attack points. “Na-lessen namin ang error namin tapos yung service, gumana ang service namin,” said Gavino. “Maraming naging ace ang nangyari so naging maganda para sa amin.” Nieza Viray added 14 points for San Beda while Ella Viray and Trisha Paras combined for 10 markers. After cruising in the first two sets and a great start in the third, the Mendiola-based squad suddenly found itself trailing the young Lady Stags, 17-18. The Lady Red Spikers answered with five straight points but SSC-R fought back to move within 23-21. Racraquin pushed San Beda to match point before Kim Manzano finished off the Lady Stags with a quick kill. No SSC-R player reached double-figure scoring with Shannai Requirme and Reyann Canete piling up eight and seven points, respectively, in the Lady Stags’ third loss in as many games tied with Lyceum of the Philippines University. Meanwhile, the Stags barged in the win column after three games with a 25-22, 25-20, 37-35, triumph over the Red Spikers. Reynald Honra got 19 points with 17 off kills and added 15 excellent receptions while John Mark Lim and Dominique Ramirez finished with 15 and 14 points, respectively, for SSC-R. San Beda slid to 1-1 card tied with victim Jose Rizal University.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2020