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PVL: Cool Smashers freeze Lady Falcons in straight sets

Creamline schooled Adamson-Akari on Wednesday with a 73-minute volleyball clinic at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Alyssa Valdez and Jema Galanza wreaked havoc on offense as the Cool Smashers collected their third straight win with a 25-16, 25-9, 25-20 drubbing of the Lady Falcons in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. Creamline barely felt the absence of veteran middle Michele Gumabao, who flew to Albania to represent the country in the 2018 Miss Globe, with Valdez taking care of the offense with 22 points. Valdez unleashed 15 attacks, landed four aces with three kill blocks in the Cool Smashers' third win in four outings to tie idle Pocari Sweat-Air Force, which they will face next on Sunday. Former Queen Falcon Galanza displayed her efficiency on offense and defense with 11 points with all but one coming off kills while adding 13 digs and eight excellent receptions. Despite an easy crushing of the younger Adamson-Akari side, Valdez had nothing but kind words to the wards of head coach Air Padda. “They’re potential sa floor defense medyo siguro kailangan talaga sa side namin kailangan matyaga kami kasi malakas sila sa floor defense,” she said. “But I think medyo nag-struggle sila tapos madami silang miscommunication but I think they pretty did well.” Seldom-used Jem Gutierrez delivered eight points, Coleen Bravo got six while Pau Soriano retuned after recovering from a knee injury and chipped in three points in two sets of action for the Cool Smashers. Adamson-Akari absorbed its fourth loss in as many outings with no Lady Falcon scoring in double figures. Krich Macaslang had seven points while Bernadette Flora and Chiara Permentilla were limited to a combined seven-point outing.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnOct 10th, 2018

PVL: Lady Eagles eye first semis seat

Ateneo-Motolite goes for the first Final Four seat in a rematch against first round tormentor Banko on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center. The Lady Eagles are on top of the standings with a 9-2 win-loss record and are on a four-game winning streak. Another victory by Ateneo-Motolite in the 6:00 p.m. duel will hand the Lady Eagles a seat in the best-of-three Final Four. The game will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.   Behind the solid games of Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag, rookie Vanessa Gandler and Bea De Leon, the Lady Eagles went on a tear in the second round, beating Pocari Sweat-Air Force, Creamline, Tacloban and Iriga-Navy. But Ateneo-Motolite is bracing for a tough challenge against the Perlas Spikers. BanKo beat the Lady Eagles in straight sets in the first round. The Perlas Spikers hold a 7-2 card at second to third place tied with the Cool Smashers and are coming off back-to-back victories. Dzi Gervacio, Nicole Tiamzon, Joy Dacoron and Kathy Bersola will lead the charge BanKo.   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: I feel old –- Valdez on facing new breed of Lady Eagles

Alyssa Valdez got her first shot at taking on her former college team when Creamline faced Ateneo-Motolite on Sunday. The former Queen Eagle taught the new breed of Lady Eagles a thing or two when she led the Cool Smashers to a straight sets win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Baliwag Star Arena here.     Going up against new faces except for Bea De Leon, Deanna Wong and Kim Gequillana in the college team that she led to back-to-back UAAP titles in Seasons 76 and 77 before graduating the following season, Valdez felt that like it has been a long time since she left the Katipunan-based squad. “I feel old. Hahaha!” joked Valdez after scoring 19 points in the Cool Smashers’ 25-23, 25-17, 25-14, victory that pushed Creamline’s winning run to six for a 6-1 win-loss slate at solo lead.    Valdez last played for Ateneo back in 2015 together with De Leon, Gequillana, Maddie Madayag and Ponggay Gaston. Kat Tolentino was supposed to debut in Valdez’s last playing year but was sidelined with a knee injury before the start of the season. The three-time UAAP MVP became the face of Ateneo volleyball and the players in the current lineup of the Lady Eagles look up to her. “Well, nakaka-pressure din in a way kasi you have to live na sa mga pressure and sa mga expectations ng mga tao pero that pressure kasi would make you push yourself pa and nai-inspire ka rin sa mga bata,” said Valdez. The Creamline star didn’t hold back against the younger Lady Eagles, scoring all of her points on attacks while showcasing great floor defense with 11 digs.    “Siyempre mga bata ‘yan, iba ‘yung laro ng mga bata, mas mataas ‘yung laro ng mga bata, mas kundisyon sila so ako as mas ate sa kanila will try my best para may mas matutunan pa sila sa akin,” she added. Valdez and the Cool Smashers drew first blood in their first elims meeting but the Creamline open spiker knows that Ateneo-Motolite will surely try to bounce back in their early rematch next week with Tolentino, Madayag and Gaston back for the Lady Eagles. The trio skipped Ateneo-Motolite’s for a community immersion as part of their academic requirement. “Well not naman complete Ateneo team so definitely they’ll gonna bounce back,” said Valdez. “So I guess the real battle will be on Sunday ‘cause everyone’s gonna be there.”       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Cool Smashers eye third straight win sans Gumabao

Creamline will miss the services of Michele Gumabao on Wednesday when the Cool Smashers gun for their third straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. The title favorites march into battle against listless Adamson-Akari at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan in their scheduled 6:00 p.m. clash that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.  Gumabao, who is averaging eight points per game, will be out for at least three weeks to represent the country in the 2018 Miss Globe in Albania. But Creamline will still be the favored squad with stars Alyssa Valdez, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and setter Jia Morado leading the way. The Lady Falcons are winless in three games and are coming off a four-set loss to BanKo last Saturday.   ---           Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Cool Smashers look to add woes to Lady Oragons

Title favorite Creamline shoots for back-to-back wins on Sunday when the Cool Smashers face listless Iriga-Navy in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Action begins 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 and via livestream.  The Cool Smashers recovered from an opening day setback with a straight sets drubbing of Tacloban, 25-15, 25-21, 25-15, last Wednesday to even their win-loss record to 1-1. Alyssa Valdez, setter Jia Morado, Jema Galanza, Michele Gumabao and Risa Sato will be at the forefront of Creamline’s charge. They will take on a team that has yet to win a game in the tournament. The Lady Oragons are winless in four outings and are coming off a four-set defeat at the hands of PetroGazz.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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We have to be ready sa mga surprises nila -- Valdez on Game 3

Crowd-favorite Creamline braces for a dogfight on Friday when the Cool Smashers march into battle against defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force for the last time in Game 3 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference Final Four. Michele Gumabao played big against her former team as the opposite hitter did most of the damage on offense in the Cool Smashers’ four-set win Wednesday that evened the best-of-three semifinals series to one game apiece. The rubber match is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream. Gumabao scored a conference-high 18 points while top hitter Alyssa Valdez had 15 markers, 23 digs and 13 excellent receptions in the Cool Smashers’ 25-16, 26-24, 22-25, 25-17, Game 2 win. But Creamline knows that the wounded Lady Warriors won’t be an easy picking in the series decider. “Pero definitely, Air Force will go back and will fight harder on Friday so we have to be ready also sa mga surprises na ipapakita nila,” said Valdez. Pocari Sweat-Air Force surprised the top seed Cool Smashers in the series opener with an emphatic straight sets 25-23, 25-12, 25-23, win with only Valdez scoring in double figures. “We really talked after the game noong Sunday, so we talked kung ano 'yung technicalities na pagkukulang namin, and ano ang pagkukulang namin as a team,” Valdez said. Backing Valdez and Gumabao up are American import Laura Schaudt, Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin, prized setter Jia Morado, Risa Sato and veteran libero Mel Gohing, who is also a recruit from Pocari Sweat. They will take on a seasoned squad bannered by last year’s Finals Most Valuable Player Myla Pablo, Jeanette Panaga and American reinforcements Maddie Palmer and Ari Love. With the series tied and each team parading a solid line up, the ticket to the best-of-three Finals starting on Sunday will all boil down to who wants it more. “Hindi natin masasabi (na nasa amin ang momentum) kasi sabi nga nila bilog ang bola. Kahit anong mangyari momentum man or even sa games or even sa set, hindi mo makukuha yun eh,” said Valdez. “Kung sino ang mas gustong manalo, yun talaga ang mananalo. Kung sinong pabor ang suwerte yun ang mananalo. It’s anybody’s ballgame on Friday.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Not a bad loss -- Valdez

Top spiker Alyssa Valdez and the whole Creamline crew kept their hopes high despite suffering a straight sets beating at the hands of the defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force in Game 1 of the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference Final Four. Rust from a three-week layoff and difficulty in adjusting with their new import were obvious from the Cool Smashers, a weak point that the Lady Warriors took advantage. Valdez was the only Creamline player in double figures with 16 points in the Cool Smashers’ 23-25, 12-25, 23-25, loss Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Creamline was taken out of their comfort zone the whole match but the Tai Bundit-mentored squad remained optimistic of their chances to advance in the championship round. “Natalo, pero it's really not a bad loss for the team. We really have to have and look for that motivation going into Game Two,” said Valdez, who added nine digs. Creamline came off an almost one-month break after claiming the outright Final Four seat. A long layoff that took its toll on the Cool Smashers momentum. “Ang tagal din naming nawala and kailangan din namin ng magfa-fire and magfu-fuel sa amin para makuha 'yung momentum na kailangan naming,” said Valdez. “Sabi nga nila, mas marami kaming matututunan sa mga talo. Hopefully, 'yun 'yung makukuha namin sa talo na 'to.” It also didn’t help that the Cool Smashers had to a adjust with returning American import Laura Schaudt, who replaced Serbian Nina Asceric. Schaudt only had one point in three sets of play. “Laura was there naman last year,” Valdez said. “She knows 'yung goal ng team namin. More than anything, we're gonna accept all the changes and adjustments na needed para maka-survive 'yung team namin.” The Cool Smashers will have their backs against the wall on Wednesday when they try to extend the series and avoid another semis meltdown – a problem that haunted Creamline since last year.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Pablo, Palmer star in Pocari Sweat s four-set win over BanKo Perlas

Defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force shook off a rusty start as Myla Pablo and import Maddie Palmer delivered the much-needed firepower in the Lady Warriors’ 15-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-22, win over BanKo Perlas Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference. The Lady Warriors had a slow start but recovered just in time to tie their victim at 1-1 win-loss record after a sorry straight sets loss to PayMaya Saturday also at the People’s Gym in Tuguegarao. Palmer scored 16 points anchored on 14 attacks while reinforcement Amelie Love and Pablo finished with 15 markers each for Pocari Sweat-Air Force, which played solid at the net with 11 kill blocks while landing 11 service aces. Jeanette Panaga had eight points, three off kill blocks, while Angel Antipuesto got six markers in three sets of action.     The Spikers failed to match the same intensity they had the night before when they scored an upset over the early title favorites Creamline Cool Smashers. Thai import Jutarat Montripila and Kia Bright had 18 points each while Amy Ahomira got 10 markers for BanKo Perlas.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Lady Warriors seek to end campaign on winning note

Pocari Sweat-Air Force and Adamson-Akari clash in a battle of ousted teams Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Batangas City Coliseum. Already eliminated in the semifinals race, the two squads collide at 4:00 p.m. hoping to end their respective slumps. The match will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. The Lady Warriors are looking to close their campaign in the season-ending conference on a winning note after missing the Final Four for the first time in franchise history. Pocari Sweat, which is coming of a straight sets win over Iriga-Navy, sports a 6-7 win-loss record and is tied with Tacloban. Plagued by stinging five-set losses, the Lady Warriors' hunt for the last best-of-three semifinals berth ended after PetroGazz clinched its eighth win. Meanwhile, the Lady Falcons march into their 13th outing still searching for the elusive win. Bitten by the injury bug throughout the conference, the Collegiate Conference bronze medal winner Adamson-Akari struggled. The Lady Falcons absorbed a straight-set drubbing at the hands of the Angels last Sunday but did found some bright spot in the match after top hitter Eli Soyud saw action for the first time.            Though playing only in the third set, Soyud’s five-point outing is good news for Adamson-Akari which is using the tournament as part of its preparation for the UAAP next year.             --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

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PVL: Angels complete semis cast

PetroGazz barely broke a sweat in sweeping hapless Adamson-Akari, 25-21, 25-9, 25-15, Sunday to complete the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference semifinals cast at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Angels started out flat but was quick to recover to claim their third straight win for an 8-5 win-loss record while adding more woes to the winless Lady Falcons. PetroGazz joined BanKo (10-3), Ateneo-Motolite (10-4) and Creamline (9-3) in the best-of-three Final Four after completing a back-to-back weekend schedule sweep. The Jerry Yee-mentored squad defeated Ateneo-Motolite in four sets last Saturday.  The Angels’ victory booted out Pocari Sweat-Air Force, which missed the semis for the first time in franchise history, and Tacloban, which are tied at 6-7 slates. Jessey de Leon poured 13 of her 14 points on attacks to highlight the Angels' 46-kill performance. Cherry Nunag and Alyssa Layug added 13 and 11 markers, respectively, for PetroGazz.   The Lady Falcons, who fielded Eli Soyud for the first time after recovering from a knee injury but still played without Bernadette Flora (back spasm) and Lea Anne Perez (ankle sprain), absorbed its 12th straight loss in as many games. No Adamson-Akari player scored in double figures with rookie Trisha Genesis posting six points while Soyud, who only played in the third set, and Chrislyn Uy added five markers each.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Cool Smashers, Perlas Spikers clash in battle of heavyweights

Title favorites Creamline and BanKo collide in a battle of heavyweights on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference in Cagayan de Oro. Already assured of spots in the best-of-three semifinals, the Cool Smashers and Perlas Spikers are now both looking to build momentum heading into the Final Four. The winner of the 4:00 p.m. rematch will not only get a morale boost but will also strengthen its bid for a good position in the semis. Creamline holds a 9-2 win-loss record in solo second spot behind league-leading Ateneo-Motolite (10-3). Just half a game behind is BanKo, which sports a 9-3 card. The Cool Smashers are eyeing their fourth straight win. Behind top hitter Alyssa Valdez, Creamline easily dismantled Iriga-Navy, 25-12, 25-13, 26-24, last Wednesday to clinch a semis seat. BanKo is also coming off a 27-25, 19-25, 25-16, 25-20, win over Pocari Sweat-Air Force the last time out to advance in the semis. The Perlas Spikers want payback after bowing down in straight sets to Creamline in the first round.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Perlas Spikers eye bounce back win, semis seat

After a shocking loss the last time out, BanKo marches back into action hoping to get back on the winning track and secure a spot in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference Final Four. The Perlas Spikers take on a desperate Pocari Sweat-Air Force side on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Opening serve is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. BanKo saw its three-game winning streak snapped by PetroGazz in a disappointing 11-25, 23-25, 18-25 defeat just a day after the Perlas Spikers scored a dominating sweep of semis-bound Ateneo-Motolite. BanKo holds an 8-3 win-loss record in third place behind the Lady Eagles (10-3) and Creamline (8-2) and are already secured of at least a playoff for a semis spot. But the Perlas Spikers remain wary of the dangerous Lady Warriors, who nipped them in five sets in their first meeting in Baliwag, Bulacan. Pocari Sweat is in desperate need of wins in their remaining three games to keep its semis hopes alive. The Lady Warriors are outside of the top four, holding a 5-6 mark, a game and a half away from fourth running PetroGazz. Pocari Sweat despite the gallant effort put up by Myla Pablo, Jeanette Panaga, Del Palomata and Iari Yongco fell short in their last outing at the hands of the Alyssa Valdez-led Cool Smashers, 25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 25-22, 9-15, in Legazpi City last Saturday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Cool Smashers out to formalize semis entry

Creamline shoots for a spot in the Final Four when the Cool Smashers clash with also-ran Iriga-Navy on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. The Cool Smashers are coming off a hard-fought win over Pocari Sweat_Air Force, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20, 22-25, 15-9, on Saturday in Legazpi City for their second straight win. Sporting an 8-2 slate in second spot behind semis-bound Ateneo-Motolite, Creamline only needs to duplicate its first round drubbing of the Lady Oragons to secure a seat in the best-of-three Final Four. The star-studded Cool Smashers led by Alyssa Valdez, Jema Galanza and Michele Gumabao are the heavy favorites against struggling Iriga-Navy. The Lady Oragons, who are on a two-game slump, hold a 3-9 card.         --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: I don’t care –- Almadro on bashers

Ateneo-Motolite head coach Oliver Almadro isn’t bothered with the flak he received from fans on social media after giving Deanna Wong a tongue-lashing Saturday in a straight sets loss to BanKo in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. “I don’t care!” Almadro quickly answered even before reporters could finish their question about him trending on social media as he entered the pressroom for a post-game interview Sunday. Twitter went abuzz Saturday night following a clip during Ateneo-Motolite’s timeout where the very animated Almadro lashed out at Wong as the Lady Eagles trailed the Perlas Spikers, 7-11, in the third set with BanKo controlling the match, 2-0. Grabe naman. pic.twitter.com/H3CtjifrnI — PINOY BALIBOLISTA (@pinoybalibol) November 10, 2018 Fans went to social media to express their criticisms on Almadro. But the mentor, who steered the Blue Eagles to three straight UAAP titles, just brushed everything off.      “Few people don’t matter for me, what’s important for me is I use them as our strength,” said Almadro, whose squad recovered from a 24-26, 22-25, 16-25 loss to the Perlas Spikers with a 25-23, 16-25, 25-14, 25-20 win over Adamson-Akari. “I use them as a creative criticism for me and of course I don’t put energy in the things I don’t have control rather I put all my energy at things I have control, which is my team so yun ang importante.” Almadro said that even before the game his team was already dealing with off-court issues. “Natatawa ako kasi hindi naman nila alam ‘yung problema namin e, we have internal problems prior to the match medyo pagod kasi kami. Maraming players ang hindi dapat a-attend yesterday because of biglaang ‘Binhi’ it’s a school activity so talaga three players, four players will not come yesterday so everybody’s bothered,” he explained. “So they don’t know Deanna is bothered, everybody’s bothered pero good thing, Ateneo community, Ateneo professors, Binhi for mentors are really supporting the program so they opted to finish the Binhi earlier so nakapunta lahat pero of course bothered.” The mentor admitted that he took some time reading the fans’ reactions but kept firm on his action to discipline the UAAP Season 80 Best Setter.    “I read all of that but what matters for me sabi ko nga I will sacrifice my kindness so that my players will know what is right or wrong because life is cruel if you will just be kind all the time, they will not understand what is right or wrong,” he said. “As a parent sometimes I have to sacrifice kindness because life is cruel in the end because they have to know is right or wrong.” He scolded Wong, Almadro added, so that the playmaker will know her mistakes for her to address it. Wong only had 13 excellent sets out of 64 attempts against BanKo with five markers and seven digs. To make amends for her subpar performance, Wong tallied 28 excellent sets with four markers against the Lady Falcons. “Now Deanna is in the right position now. Deanna is gambling with the set now. We are receiving right today, so ibig sabihin we learned yesterday,” Almadro pointed out. Upon learning about the bashing he received, Wong apologized to Almadro, who then told his ward not to worry about it. “Deanna cried to me ‘coach sorry’. Bakit ka magso-sorry? It's my job,” he said. “And it’s your job to play now what's important is kaya mong bitbitin yun kaya mong dalhin.” “And what did she do now? She played well, it’s because hindi kami nagpapa-bother sa mga nandiyan. What’s important for us are those who believe in us, those who fight for us win or lose,” Almadro added. “I will always reiterate to my players right motivation, right motivation every time because ‘pag pinasukan ng wrong motivation ang utak mawawala sa pwesto, hindi kikilos. It’s because walang meaning sa ginagawa so kailangan talaga right motivation.” Almadro still gave some kind words to his bashers.   “Those who do not support us when we lose, it’s okay with us. We still pray for them,” he said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Valdez fights through ankle pain, leads Cool Smashers back in win column

Alyssa Valdez played through pain in her right ankle to power Creamline past Tacloban, 25-16, 25-16, 26-24, and return in the win column Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers star limped out of the court in the second set before heroically returning in the third to carry her team from a 19-23 deficit to a resounding sweep as Creamline improved to a 7-2 win-loss record, tied with BanKo at second spot behind Ateneo-Motolite (9-2). Valdez finished with game-high 17 points off 10 attacks, five aces and a couple of kill blocks laced with 11 digs for the Cool Smashers, who recovered from a five-set loss to the Lady Eagles two weeks ago. Valdez said that she felt pain in her foot as early as the opening set after a bad landing. She played through pain until midway in the second set before subbing out.   With her team down, 10-15, in the third Valdez returned to action and immediately scored an attack to rally her team to an amazing fightback. Pau Soriano sparked Creamline’s run in the closing stretch of the third set, scoring on quick attack before Valdez pounded back-to-back hits to cut their deficit to 22-23. Jovielyn Prado answered with a kill to put the Fighting Warays at match point before Alina Bicar sent her service short that tied the frame at 24. Valdez again smashed consecutive attacks before Jia Morado wrapped up the win with an ace to end the one-hour, 22-minute match. Tacloban fell to its third straight loss to slide back with a 4-7 card. Dimdim Pacres finished with nine points while Prado, Bicar and Heather Guino-o scored six each for the Fighting Warays.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Nothing to worry about -- Valdez on injury scare

Creamline star Alyssa Valdez assured her teammates and fans that she’s doing fine despite playing through pain on her right ankle in the Cool Smashers’ straight sets win over Tacloban in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. “Siguro kailangan lang ng strengthening and rest. Tomorrow back to regular programming do strengthening. Nothing to worry about,” said Valdez, who led the Cool Smashers to a 25-16, 25-16, 26-24, win over the Fighting Warays Wednesday that hiked their record to 7-2 tied with idle BanKo at second spot. Valdez limped out of the court in the second set and had her right foot bandaged. The Cool Smasher felt some pain after a bad landing in the opening set.    She said that she has been nursing the nagging injury for quite some time. “Hindi ko rin alam sa paa ko pasulpot-sulpot (yung sakit). It’s been going on, matagal na rin. I think matagal na ito talaga,” admitted Valdez, who also had 11 digs. “As much as possible we do a lot of therapy. I mean ginagawan naman ng paraan during trainings but I guess today gusto lang niyang sumulpot. Na-timingan lang siguro,” she added. “Bad landing lang sa first set kaya medyo sumakit din.” Seeing her team trailing in the third set, 10-15, Valdez ignored pain and returned to action. She immediately scored an attack to rally her team to an amazing fightback. Valdez then pounded two straight kills to push her team closer, 22-23. Jovielyn Prado answered with a kill to put the Fighting Warays at match point before Alina Bicar sent her service short that tied the frame at 24. Valdez again smashed consecutive attacks before Jia Morado wrapped up the win with an ace to end the one-hour, 22-minute match. “Very crucial din talaga ang ibinibigay ng mga PTs namin, ng mga coaches namin kapag may mga ganitong instances and I’m just very thankful for them,” said Valdez. “Si coach din kapag tumingin na yun alam mo na heartstrong na, kung kaya naman lumaban lalaban ka for the team.” Creamline will take on Pocari Sweat-Air Force next on Sunday in Legazpi City, Albay.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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UAAP 81 Girls Volleyball: NU sweeps first round

National University is cruising on a rosy road in its five-peat bid. The Bullpups went flawless in the first round of eliminations after crushing hapless University of the East, 25-12, 25-19, 25-13, Friday in the UAAP Season 81 girls volleyball tournament at the Blue Eagle gym. NU swept all of its six games in the first round and solidified its hold of the solo top spot with skipper Faith Nisperos leading the way with 13 points. Head coach Babes Castillo gave all of her girls playing time and each one delivered points while liberos Roma Mae Doromal and Shaira Jardino did their roles on floor defense well. Alyssa Solomon saw only two sets of action but still tallied eight points while Mhicaela Belen, Sheen Toring and Erin Pangilinan had six markers each for the Bullpups, who landed 18 aces with Solomon and Evangeline Alinsug scoring four each from the service line. The Junior Lady Warriors dropped their fifth match in six games. While NU’s making a great run, its archrival University of Sto. Tomas absorbed its third straight loss. Adamson University added woes to the Junior Tigresses, 16-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-10, for a 4-2 card. Kate Santiago poured 21 points off 16 attacks, three aces and two kill blocks while Ayesha Juegos scored 11 for the Baby Falcons. UST slid to 3-3 card despite the 19-point effort of Renee Penafiel. Far Eastern University beat De La Salle-Zobel, 25-20, 25-14, 22-25, 25-23, to tie UST and hand the Junior Lady Spikers their second loss in six outings.   ---            Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

Cool Smashers streak to 6th straight triumph, solo lead

Creamline notched its sixth consecutive victory with a 25-23, 25-17, 25-14 triumph over Motolite-Ateneo Sunday night to occupy solo leadership in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference at Baliwag Star Arena in Bulacan. The Cool Smashers, now with a 6-1 slate, snapped the Lady Eagles' three-game win streak that dragged Ateneo to 5-2 and a tie with first-game loser BanKo-Perlas for second place. Del Palomata drilled in back-to-back points in the endgame as Pocari-Air Force stunned BanKo Perlas, 16-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-23, 15-13. Palomata finished with 10 points for the Lady Warriors, who recovered from a two-game slump and vaulted back into contention with a 4-3 recor...Keep on reading: Cool Smashers streak to 6th straight triumph, solo lead.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

PVL: Cool Smashers put dent on Perlas Spikers’ record, win fifth straight

Creamline played sharp and aggressive and the BanKo Perlas Spikers just didn’t know what hit them. Alyssa Valdez and the rest of the Cool Smashers dominated the Perlas Spikers for a quick 26-24, 25-13, 25-21, win Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. What was expected to be a shootout between two of the top title contenders turned out to be a one-sided affair with Creamline winning their fifth straight to tie their victim and Ateneo-Motolite at the top spot with 5-1 win-loss record. “Even on our part din we didn’t expect that it would be this fast kasi usually kunwari BanKo, five sets,” said Valdez. “Minindset din namin before pa na kapag BanKo ang kalaban namin it would be a long game and I think sa kaka-mind set namin we give it our 100 percent.” Valdez dropped 20 points built on 16 kills, three aces and a kill block for the Cool Smashers, who snapped the erstwhile unbeaten Perlas Spikers’ five-game winning streak. Jema Galanza added 15 markers with 13 coming from attacks and added 14 excellent receptions while setter Jia Morado had 28 excellent sets for Creamline, which tallied 46 attacks. Risa Sato, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano and Risa Sato combined for 17 points for the Cool Smashers, who received 21 free points off BanKo's errors. Creamline will close the first round of eliminations on Sunday against Ateneo-Motolite. Kathy Bersola was the only Perlas Spiker in double figures with 12 points while Nicole Tiamzon and Suzanne Roces finished with nine markers each. Dzi Gervacio was limited to only five points, her first single digit performance in the conference after averaging 18 points per game in her first five outings, for BanKo.         --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

PVL: Lady Eagles weather Lady Falcons upset scare for back-to-back wins

Ateneo-Motolite survived an upset scare from a very game Adamson-Akari, 17-25, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12, on Sunday to score back-to-back wins in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Kat Tolentino stepped up big time in the deciding set, scoring six points in the frame to help the Lady Eagles improve to 4-1 win-loss record at second spot behind unbeaten BanKo (5-0). Tolentino scattered 28 points off 20 spikes, five kill blocks and three service aces while Jules Samonte added 11 markers off the bench for Ateneo-Motolite. Maddie Madayag and Ponggay Gaston chipped in nine points each for the Lady Eagles' second win in back-to-back weekend schedule after taking down Iriga-Navy in straight sets Saturday.   The incoming third year hitter scored five of Ateneo-Motolite's first nine points as the Lady Eagles built a 9-3 advantage. Behind Bernadette Flora and Ceasa Pinar's heroics, Adamson-Akari closed the gap, 9-8.  Ateneo-Motolite again went ahead, 13-11, before Krich Macaslang scored a hit to push the Lady Falcons within one, 13-12. Tolentino put the Lady Eagles at match point before Vanessa Gandler sealed the win with a cross court hit.    “Every game this is our problem because siguro new system, we always start slow for the past few games we really start slow and we try to fix that problem,” said Ateneo-Motolite head coach Oliver Almadro, who commended the Lady Falcons’ floor defense. “I thank the Lord that we won today, we won yesterday,” he added. “But I’m not happy with what we’ve shown today. It’s because, I guess, we’re getting used to playing pa sa back-to-back (schedule) so siguro being a student and an athlete hindi pa sanay doon sa big games na magkasunod. But we have to be used to it and this is a learning experience for us and we really just have to maximize our strength and really believing kung ano ang ginagawa namin.” The Lady Falcons, who showed superb floor defense but were plagued with terrible errors, dropped their sixth game in as many outings tied with the Lady Oragons. Adamson was in control of the second set, 10-5, but committed 11 of the frame's 13 errors the rest of the way as the Lady Falcons giave Ateneo-Motolite a chance to steal the set and tie the match.  The Lady Eagles again came back from a 14-15 deficit with a 10-4 run capped by an attack error by Flora for a 24-19 lead. Ateneo-Motolite committed a net touch in the next play before Adamson-Akari surrendered the set on another miscue by Flora.         Flora finished with 25 points on 20 kills, three kill blocks and a pair of aces while adding 24 digs and eight excellent receptions. Chiara Permentilla and Gracelchen Ave scored 15 and 12 markers, respectively, for Adamson.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

PVL: ‘Yung attack siguro (ang kulang) -– Galanza on former team Adamson

Former Queen Falcon Jema Galanza played against Adamson University for the first time since serving all her collegiate playing eligibility. Judging from her first meeting with the Lady Falcons under the Creamline banner, Galanza pointed out the Adamson’s Achilles’ heel in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference.    “‘Yun attack siguro (ang kulang) kasi nandoon na ‘yung floor defense,” said Galanza on Wednesday after the Cool Smashers’ 25-16, 25-9, 25-20, win that improved their record to 3-1. Creamline added to the woes of Adamson-Akari as the Cool Smashers handed the Lady Falcons their fourth loss in as many games. Adamson-Akari did great in keeping the ball alive but lacked the same finish it had during the Collegiate Conference a few months back that landed the Lady Falcons a third place finish. “Nabubuhay parati (ang bola) pero ‘di napapatay ‘yun lang siguro,” said Galanza, who scored 11 points with all but one coming off attacks. It could be due to Adamson-Akari losing two veteran scorers in opposite hitter Eli Soyud, who is nursing a knee injury, and Joy Dacoron, who is playing for unbeaten BanKo. It didn’t help that sophomore Chiara Permentilla is struggling in form while rookie Trisha Genesis is down with a sprained right ankle.      But despite the Lady Falcons’ disappointing results as of late, Galanza still saw the upside in her former teammates. “Nakakatuwa kasi nakikita ko ang improvement nilang lahat kahit wala ako, talagang lumalaban sila,” she said. “Actually, napapagod kami kasi ang floor defense nila sobrang hirap,” added Galanza. “Kahit gaano kalakas ang palo namin, nakukuha nila. Sobrang nakaka-proud na nabalik ‘yung trademark ng Adamson na maganda ang floor defense.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018