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Powerhouse Foton, Petron seek semis

MANILA, Philippines -  Foton and Petron tangle with unfancied rivals today, looking for a pair of victories and the last two semifinal berths in the Philippi.....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJun 30th, 2017

Cargo Movers, Blaze Spikers seek semis

Powerhouse F2 Logistics and Petron set out as the favorites but remain wary of their respective bids against two fired-up rivals in the quarterfinal round of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the Gen. Trias Sports Center in Gen. Trias, Cavite today......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

Foton, Petron seek Superliga semis berths

Foton, Petron seek Superliga semis berths.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 30th, 2017

Blaze Spikers, CMovers gear up for big duel

Powerhouse Petron and F2 Logistics seek to stay at the Pool A helm as they take on separate rivals even as the national team goes for a third straight win in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference today at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Rondina-Pons tandem sizzles in beach volleyball opener

Powerhouse Petron XCS kicked off its title-retention campaign on a sizzling note as it torched Generika-Ayala A and Cocolife A in the opening salvo of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup Wednesday at the Sands By the Bay in Mall of Asia. Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons crawled back from a set down to pull off a 19-21, 21-14, 15-8 victory over Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain of Generika-Ayala, the same pair they crushed in the thrilling finals showdown last year. The tandem then demolished Danika Gendrauli and Nene Bautista of Cocolife A, 21-19, 21-10, to give Petron an early lead in Pool A. But against the Lifesavers, the Blaze Spikers started on a wrong foot. “Hindi kami naka-training dito kaya medyo nagkakapaan pa kami,” said Rondina, who had to wrap up her UAAP and FIVB World Tour stints before she could formally buckle down to training with Pons. Pons, whose season in the UAAP went the distance after Far Eastern University qualified in the finals, agreed with her partner. “Nahirapn kami sa simula. Mabuti naka-adjust sa second and third sets,” she said. Also emerging victorious was Cignal A, which recovered from a sluggish second set en route to a 21-19, 5-21, 16-14 over Generika-Ayala B. The pair of Mylene Paat and Rap Aguilar pounced on Bang Pineda's and Sheeka Espinosa’s blunders at the service box down the stretch to eke out the win in Pool B. Also in Pool B action, Dhannylaine Demontano and Jackie Estoquia of Sta. Lucia A won over Cignal A, 14-21, 21-19, 15-5. Foton’s Nieza and Jeziela Viray defeated Cherry May Vivas and Janine Navarro of Cignal-B, 21-16, 21-17, in Pool C while in Pool D, Jonah Sabete and Bianca Lizares of Sta. Lucia-B downed Marge Tejada and Alex Tan of Cocolife-B, 22-20, 21-16. In the men’s play, Sands overcame UST A, 21-15, 21-17, and Foton, 21-19, 21-15. Foton, however stormed back and clobbered Cocolife, 21-5, 21-7, to improve to 1-1 in Pool A. In Pool B, Cignal overcame TVM, 16-21, 21-14, 15-9; Smart denied Navy, 21-19, 14-21, 15-10; and TVM dominated Navy, 21-17, 21-18......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

PSL beach volleyball kicks off Wednesday

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Cargo Movers, Blaze Spikers try to seal GP finals

Logistics and Petron seek to seal another title clash as they go for the clinchers against Foton and Cocolife, respectively, in Game 2 of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix semifinals today at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

Blaze Spikers draw first blood in semis

Games tomorrow (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:15 p.m. -- F2 Logistics vs. Foton 7 p.m. -- Petron vs. Cocolife KATHERINE Bell made a strong first impression in powering Petron to a 25-18, 23-25, 25-16, 25-23 victory over Cocolife in Game 1 of their Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

F2-Foton, Petron-Cocolife Superliga semis up

Four teams figure in heated fights for a chance at the crown when the best-of-three semifinals of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix fires off Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

Cocolife, Foton book last semis seats

Cocolife weathered a furious late rally by an undermanned Cignal squad to eke out a 25-22, 25-21, 28-26 victory in the quarterfinals of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Serbian imports Marta Drpa and Sara Klisura were impressive while Erika Alkuino delivered the match-clinching block that sent the Asset Managers to the semifinals. Cocolife will face Petron in the best-of-three semifinal battle next week. Meanwhile, Channon Thompson made her presence felt as she towed Foton to a 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 victory over Sta. Lucia Realty to grab the last remaining semifinal seat in the second game. Thompson, who starred for Trinidad and Tobago national women’s team in various international tournaments, tallied 24 of the Tornadoes’ 46 total attacks to finish with 26 points in a furious battle that lasted for 80 minutes. Dindin Manabat chipped in 11 hits while Elizabeth Wendel and CJ Rosario combined for 14 markers for Foton, which will face reigning champion F2 Logistics in the best-of-three semifinals. “I told the team that we should want it more than them,” said Foton coach Rommel Abella, who paraded two new players in Diana Carlos and Isa Molde. “I commend the ladies for following our game plan. They showed that they are hungrier than Sta. Lucia.” Ukrainian Bohdana Anisova drilled 11 kills and two blocks for 14 points while MJ Philips had eight for the Lady Realtors, who bombed out of contention after making a strong run in the latter stretch of the tourney. Coming in as a replacement for American Taylor Milton, Drpa delivered 11 digs and four of the Asset Managers’ eight total blocks on top of 15 kills to finish with game-high 19 points. Klisura, on the other hand, chipped in 14 kills and two aces for 16 points while providing the defensive muscle down the stretch together with Alkuino, who came up with a booming block off Rachel Anne Daquis that sealed the victory for the Asset Managers. It was such a sorry loss for the HD Spikers, who marched into the battle without injured import Sonja Milanovic and head coach Edgar Barroga, who is calling the shots for the National University boys’ volleyball squad in the ongoing Palarong Pambansa in Vigan City. They also lost spiker Janine Navarro midway through the third set due to injury. Jeane Horton tallied 17 points while Daquis chipped in 12 markers for Cignal, who still managed to come up with a very good fight despite opening its campaign without a handful of players like Jovelyn Gonzaga and Janine Marciano, who crashed with a knee injury last year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Cocolife, Foton seek PSL semis today

Games today (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:15 p.m. – Cocolife vs. Cignal 7 p.m. – Foton vs. Sta. Lucia COCOLIFE and Foton gun for the remaining semifinal berths when they battle separate foes in the quarterfinals of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix today at the Filoil Flying….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

F2 Logistics, Petron clinch semis seats

Games Tuesday: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:15 p.m. --- Cocolife vs Cignal 7:00 p.m. --- Foton vs Sta. Lucia    GEN. TRIAS CITY --- F2 Logistics survived some scary moments down the stretch to complete a masterful 25-18, 25-18, 27-25 victory over Smart in the quarterfinals of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday at the Gen Trias Sports Center here.  Despite playing in a humid venue, imports Maria Jose Perez and Kennedy Bryan were still impressive as they delivered the crucial blows that broke the hearts of the Giga Hitters. With the win, F2 Logistics would face the survivor between Foton and Sta. Lucia Realty in a best-of-three semifinal series starting next week.  In the second game, Petron clobbered Generika-Ayala, 25-19, 25-20, 25-22, to punch the second semifinal ticket.  American imports Hillary Hurley and Lindsay Stalzer were again impressive as they carried bulk of the offensive load for the Blaze Spikers, who will march to the next round beaming with confidence.  Petron will face the winner between Cocolife and Cignal in the best-of-three semifinals. Hurley talloed 18 hits while Stalzer chipped in 17 markers for Petron, which is gunning for its first Grand Prix crown since winning it in 2014.  Darlene Ramdin delivered 12 points, but she drew very limited support from the rest of the Lifesavers, who kissed the tournament goodbye with three wins in 11 outings. Perez, the reigning Most Valuable Player, delivered 17 hits while Bryan notched 15 kills and a block to finish with 16 points for the Cargo Movers, who effectively stopped Cuban sensation Gyselle Silva despite the absence of ace blocker Aby Marano. Silva, who erupted for a record-breaking 56 points last week, was held to only 25 points while drawing very limited support from Serbian spiker Sanja Trivunovic as well as local hitters like Genie Sabas and LaRainne Fabay. Trivunovic, Sabas and Fabay combined for only 16 hits for the Giga Hitters, who committed 20 turnovers in this match that lasted for one hour and 20 minutes. But it wasn’t an easy victory for the Cargo Movers. Despite erecting an 8-1 lead after the first technical timeout of the third set, the Giga Hitters caught fire to steal the lead, 18-17, thanks to a powerful backrow attack from Silva. Smart managed to hang on in the crucial stretch, 25-25, before veteran Cha Cruz delivered a sharp kill from the open position followed by a service ace that sealed the victory for the defending champion. “The most challenging part of this win was the weather. I find it too hot so I have to save energy all throughout the game. Every time we have an intense rally, we have to breathe and save our energy because it was too hot here,” said Perez, referring to the hot weather that soared up to 36 to 37 degrees. She added that Smart pushed them to the limit, especially in the third set where Silva waxed hot and single-handedly towed the Giga Hitters back in the thick of things. "Smart never gave up,” she said. “They always pushed us whenever we try to take the game away. And I think that’s a good thing for us.” F2 Logistics coach Arnold Laniog, however, said the job isn’t done.  “It’s still far from over,” said Laniog, who will be part of the coaching staff of the national team under the leadership of multi-titled head coach Ramil de Jesus. “We still have to work hard to improve our performance because things will get tougher in the semifinals.” Smart, which was formed only two weeks before the opening ceremonies, closed its campaign without a win in 11 matches......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Petron targets No. 6 vs Foton

MANILA, Philippines — Powerhouse Petron tries to stretch its unbeaten run to six as it takes on a familiar rival in Foton even as Cocolife and Generika-Ayala.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

SLR outlasts Generika-Ayala for first win

Games Saturday: (Sta. Rosa Sports Center) 1:00 p.m. –- Opening Ceremonies 2:00 p.m. -- Cignal vs Petron 4:00 p.m. -- F2 Logistics vs Cocolife   BACOOR CITY -- Sta. Lucia Realty overcame a slow start and sluggish reception to escape with a nail-biting 21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 15-7 victory over Generika-Ayala in the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Tuesday at the Bacoor Sports Complex here. Bohdana Anisova and MJ Philips carried the fight, towing the Lady Realtors to their first victory. A former member of the Ukrainian national team, Anisova erupted for 22 attacks and four aces to finish with 28 points while Philips chipped in 22 markers for the Lady Realtors, who bounced back from a sorry setback to powerhouse Petron in the opening day. Head coach George Pascua lauded his wards, saying that despite a rusty start, they still managed to pull off the win in a marathon match that lasted for more than two hours. “I’m satisfied, but there were still some lapses in the first and third sets,” said Pascua, who guided Petron to the 2014 Grand Prix and 2015 All-Filipino Conference title before leading Cignal to the 2016 Invitational Conference crown. “Although we struggled in our reception, I’m glad that our key players are slowly adjusting. We have a veteran setter in Rubie (de Leon) so she already knew how to make the players work as one solid unit.” Meanwhile, Cignal HD opened its campaign with a straight sets drubbing of Cocolife, 25-15, 28-26, 25-15, behind American import Jeanne Mae Horton's 24-point debut. Pascua noted that despite their lapses at the receiving end, the Lady Realtors still ruled the blocking department, 16-4, with Marisa Field of Canada registering five swats. “I’m satisfied with how we played defense at the net,” he said shortly after their match. “Hopefully this would be the start of something good for us.” High-flying American Symone Hayden had 27 points while Angeli Araneta contributed 20 markers for the Lifesavers, who struggled anew after losing to Foton in the opener......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

Petron begins quest for redemption

Games Saturday: (Ynares Sports Center) 2:00 p.m. -- Generika-Ayala vs Foton 4:00 p.m. –- Sta. Lucia vs Petron   Powerhouse Petron takes the first step back to the crown when it clashes with a souped-up Sta. Lucia Realty squad to fire off the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday at the Ynares Center. Battle starts at 4:00 p.m. with the Blaze Spikers looking to come up with a roaring start in a bid to finally reclaim the elusive title. Foton and Generika-Ayala will also gun for their first victory when they clash in the 2:00 p.m. first game. Although the much-anticipated import-flavored conference already gets underway with its first two matches, it will have the formal opening ceremonies at the Sta. Rosa City Sports Complex on Feb. 24 where all eight teams together with their imports, team captains and head coaches featured in the traditional parade of colors. After losing in the finals for three straight years, the Blaze Spikers will be marching in this year’s Grand Prix with fire in their eyes, hoping to finally conquer the title in what is billed as the most prestigious, most competitive women’s volleyball tourney in the country. American spikers Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley and  Japanese libero Yuri Fukuda will be back to power the Blaze Spikers, who will parade the same core of Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Frances Molina and Rhea Dimaculangan. The only additions, however, are middle blocker Luth Malaluan, setter Angelica Legacion and libero Pia Gaiser, who will be making her PSL debut after a suffering knee injury in her final playing year for University of the Philippines in the UAAP. “We will do our best to step up this year,” said Delos Santos, whose wards were on the verge of winning the title before completely fading against a tough F2 Logistics side in the best-of-three finals showdown of the Grand Prix last year. “Our goal is to finally win the title this year. We haven’t won the Grand Prix crown since 2014 and I can say that we’re all hungry and ready to win.” But emerging victorious in the first game of the season will not be easy for Petron. The Blaze Spikers will be up against the Lady Realtors, who will be bannered by head coach George Pascua, the architect of Petron’s clean sweep of the All-Filipino Conference in 2015. Pascua, who steered Cignal to the Invitational Conference title before joining Sta. Lucia, will be parading a mix of seasoned campaigners and young guns together with proven imports Marisa Field and Kristen Moncks of Canada and Bohdana Anisova of Ukraine. Veterans Rubie de Leon and Michelle Laborte were tapped to serve as mentors to rising stars Rebecca Rivera, MJ Philips, Pamela Lastimosa and Jonah Sabete. “We are a young team searching for identity. So having these two veterans on the team will surely boost the morale of the young players inside and outside the playing court,” said Pascua, who is coming in as Sta. Lucia’s fourth mentor after Sammy Acaylar, Michael Carino and Jerry Yee.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2018

Cocolife taps Serbian Moro Branislav as new coach

Serbian mentor Moro Branislav found a new home in Cocolife after accepting the offer to coach the Asset Managers in the Philippine Superliga. The veteran coach, whose contract with Foton will expire at the end of the year, signed a two-year deal with Cocolife before he left for Serbia Thursday according to team manager Joshua Ylaya.     Branislav will replace Kungfu Reyes, who has yet to accept the position as assistant coach, as Cocolife builds up for the 2018 Grand Prix starting February. Branislav coached the Tornadoes in four conferences and steered the squad to the 2016 Grand Prix throne. The Asset Managers joined the PSL this year and finished fifth in the six-team field Invitational Conference under head coach Obet Javier. With Reyes holding the reins, the Asset Managers landed again at fifth in the All-Filipino Conference. Cocolife, which joined a pocket tournament in Vietnam as preparation for the Grand Prix, became a dark horse in the import-laden season-ending tournament. Tapping the services of Americans Shar Tai Manu-Olevao and Taylor Milton, the Asset Managers scored a couple of upsets and made a breakthrough Final Four appearance after booting out perennial contender Cignal in the quarterfinals. Cocolife’s run was cut short after getting swept by eventual champion F2 Logistics in the semis before falling prey to powerhouse Foton in the battle for third. With Branislav, who has a thick resume after coaching prominent club leagues in Europe, Middle East and Asia including a stint as mentor of PSL Manila that saw action in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship last year, at the helm the Asset Managers are expected to pull some surprises next year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Generations collide in F2 Logistics-Cocolife semis match

Games Saturday: (MOA Arena) 4:00 pm – F2 Logistics vs Cocolife 6:00 pm – Petron vs Foton   The top seed F2 Logistics and upset-conscious Cocolife match has an interesting sidebar when the two teams clash in the knockout Final Four of the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Saturday at the MOA Arena. Aside from the two squads looking to punch a ticket to the best-of-three Finals, the sudden death match will also feature the collision of two generations of local volleyball stars. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. On the Cargo Movers side, current national team members setter Kim Fajardo and libero Dawn Macandili banner the Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad. They will take on the duo of veteran playmaker Tina Salak and seasoned libero Denden Lazaro, both looking to prove that they can still pull the trigger to help the Asset Managers score another upset after taking down no. 4 seed Cignal last Thursday. It will be an interesting matchup as Fajardo is considered as the heir apparent of Salak, who led the national team to numerous international battles including the country’s bronze medal finish in the 2005 Manila Southeast Asian Games, with both having superb decision making, leadership and veteran smarts inside the court. Meanwhile, Macandili has been building her reputation as the country’s best defense specialist of late after Lazaro held the distinction a few years back. Fearless and willing to sacrifice their bodies to keep the ball alive, the two liberos share these traits with tenacity and dedication. Though the Cargo Movers boasts of a deep and athletic lineup, De Jesus is still wary of Cocolife, a veteran-laden team composed mostly of former Army players and backed by American imports Taylor Milton and Shar Latai Manu-Olevao.     “Cocolife matagal na magkalilala. Mga players nila mostly magkakasama na sa Army, samahan pa ng mayos na import,” said the F2 Logistics mentor, whose squad easily disposed no. 8 seed Iriga City in their quarterfinals pairing last Tuesday. But De Jesus sees the familiarity and cohesiveness of his team, which composed of the core of back-to-back UAAP champion De La Salle University, as an advantage to make a repeat of their straight sets win over the Asset Managers in the preliminary round.     “Ang advantage namin is siguro mas kilala na nila ang isa’t isa ngayon at mas napapaikot ni Kim ang rotation namin sa opensa,” said De Jesus, who is also banking on reliable imports American Kennedy Bryan and Maria Jose Perez of Venezuela. Cocolife mentor Kungfu Reyes, on the other hand, hopes to use the momentum of their win against Cignal as fuel in their first-ever Final Four stint since joining the league early this year. “Malaking achievement na sa amin itong makapasok sa semifinals,” said Reyes, noting the progress of his team after finishing seventh in the Invitational Conference and fifth in the All-Filipino Conference. “Pero di kami dapat makuntento sa fourth. Dahil nandito na rin kami, gagawin na namin ang lahat para umakyat sa Finals,” he added. The winner of the match will take on the survivor between three-peat-seeking Foton and Petron. Game 1 of the Finals is on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Expect fireworks in Foton-Petron semis battle

Games Saturday: (MOA Arena) 4:00 pm – F2 Logistics vs Cocolife 6:00 pm – Petron vs Foton   After figuring in the championship round duriing the past couple of years, defending back-to-back champion Foton and bitter rival Petron will have an early collision for a spot in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Finals. Just like in their previous meetings, expect fireworks when the Tornadoes and Blaze Spikers take center court in the knockout Final Four at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday. Game time is at 6:00 p.m. “It’s a tradition to play a good match kontra Petron,” said Serbian coach Moro Branislav, whose wards got the better of the Blaze Spikers in the last two editions of the import-laden conference.    But in their first encounter this year, Petron was able to shut down high-flying Serbian Sara Klisura, Montenegrin Dragana Perunicnic and 2017 All-Filipino Conference Most Valuable Player Jaja Santiago, 25-21, 25-22, 12-25, 25-20. Still, Branislav likes their chances against Petron, which will parade their former reinforcement in American Lindsay Stalzer together with compatriot Hillary Hurley and Japanese libero Yuri Fukuda as well as Frances Molina, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mika Reyes and Rhea Dimaculangan. “Foton likes playing against Petron,” said the Serbian mentor following their 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 quarterfinal victory over Sta. Lucia on Thursday.  “This is going to be a very interesting battle. Unlike in the finals that we have three games, in the semifinals, it’s just one match and you’re out. So we have to give our best against Petron if we want to defend our title.” Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos vowed that their semifinal battle against Foton would be more intense and more dramatic than their two previous finals clashes. “We know that Petron and Foton have a little rivalry,” said Delos Santos, adding that Foton’s mastery over them the past two years will serve as motivation to fire up his wards. “But as I’ve said, we’re already in the semifinals. Unlike in the finals, we’re in a situation where we can’t afford to lose. We don’t have the luxury to adjust because one lost and we’re out. We have no choice but to play our hearts out.” The winner of the match will take on the survivor between top seed F2 Logistics and Cocolife. Game 1 of the Finals is on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Foton, Petron rekindle rivalry in PSL semis

MANILA, Philippines – Serbian coach Moro Branislav had seen a lot of battles in his long international career, but there’s no better rivalry at the club leve.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Foton boots out Sta. Lucia, faces Petron in semis

Three-peat-seeking Foton needed some time to heat up before pounding Sta. Lucia Realty to submission, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17, Thursday night to book a spot in the knockout semifinals of the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The trio of Serbian import Sara Klisura, Montenegrin Dragana Perunicic and 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiao powered the Tornadoes to victory and a Final Four meeting with Petron.   Klisura had 20 attacks for 23 points while Santiago had 21 points off 16 kills, three aces and a pair of kill blocks for Foton. Perunicic and Maika Ortiz chipped in 12 points each while Ivy Perez tallied 23 excellent sets for the Tornadoes. Six-foot-2 Dindin Santiago-Manabat saw action for the first time since sustaining a right knee injury early this year during the Invitational Conference but was scoreless in a relief role in the second and third frames. Serbian head coach Moro Branislav expressed his disappointment with how Foton took the win. “This is a very bad match. We didn’t play good against one of the best teams in the league,” he said. “This is a very difficult match against a good team like Sta. Lucia.” The Tornadoes swayed the momentum to their side in the third set after erasing a 13-17 deficit and staving off the Lady Realtors’ comeback attempt to take a 2-1 match lead before cruising in the fourth after building a 20-10 gap. The Lady Realtors started out hot, shocking the Tornadoes. Foton equalized in the second but the Tornadoes found themselves trailing, 13-17, midway in the third set. From an 18-19 deficit, Foton nailed five straight points to take a 23-19 lead. SLR fought back to close the gap, 23-22, but Klisura sealed the set with a kill and a kill block against Djanel Cheng. Ukrainian Bohdana Anisova finished with 21 points, all from attacks, while Pam Lastimosa scored 12, 11 off kills, in a lost cause for the Lady Realtors. Canadian reinforcement Marisa Field and Fil-American Mar-Jana Philips posted 10 markers each.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

Foton, Cignal seek final PSL semis slots

MANILA, Philippines — Foton and Cignal try to book the last remaining semifinal slots when they tackle separate foes in the quarterfinals of the Chooks to Go.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017