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PVL: Cool Smashers snatch back-to-back wins

Defending champion Creamline displayed its firepower anew as the Cool Smashers spoiled the debut of Motolite, 25-14, 25-15, 25-14, on Wednesday for their second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Veterans Michele Gumabao and Alyssa Valdez picked up from where they left off as they paced Creamline in its clinical beating of Motolite to climb at solo top spot. The Cool Smashers buckled down to business right from the opening serve for a fitting follow up to their straight sets drubbing of Philippine Air Force last Sunday.     (To be updated) --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 14th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers eye back-to-back wins

Alyssa Valdez and the rest of defending champion Creamline brace for a tough battle against Motolite on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers cruised past returning Philippine Air Force in straight sets last Sunday. But this time, Creamline knows that Motolite poses a tougher challenge considering the recruitment it did during the preseason when it tapped Fil-American setter Iris Tolenada. “Ako, ang masasabi ko lang. Ang Motolite, mag-iiba siguro ang rotation,” said Valdez. Tolenada, who helped Pocari Sweat alongside Myla Pablo rule the defunct V-League in 2016, will make her long-awaited return in the 4:00 p.m. match that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. “It's going to be an interesting game kasi for the longest time, si Iris yung nakikita natin na setter na medyo mas matangkad sa most na setters na nakikita natin. So, it's going to be an interesting match on Wednesday,” said Valdez. The Tolenada-Pablo tandem will be backed by a very young core led by Isa Molde, Tots Carlos, Thang Ponce and Marist Layug all raring to bounce back from a forgettable fifth place finish in the six-team Reinforced Conference. However, the Cool Smashers aside from parading a star-studded lineup will bring in the momentum of their emphatic, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, win in the conference opener. Michele Gumabao hopes to sustain her fine form after scoring 14 points the last time out along with Valdez, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and top setter Jia Morado.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

Cool Smashers seek payback vs Angels

Creamline gets the chance to get back at Reinforced Conference title tormentor PetroGazz, at least in the early going of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference as they clash tonight in what promises to be an explosive matchup at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News1 hr. 1 min. ago

PVL: Cool Smashers seek payback on Angels

Defending champion Creamline gets a chance to exact revenge at Reinforced Conference championship tormentor PetroGazz in an explosive duel of powerhouse teams on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. Expect fireworks inside the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan when the unbeaten Cool Smashers and the Angels troop on the court for their 6:00 p.m. encounter that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Led by do-it-all imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson, PetroGazz dethroned Creamline in a hard-fought best-of-three Finals series that went the full distance. But the Cool Smashers have shown that they have already moved on from that setback as they swept their first four matches in the season-ending tournament including emphatic straight set victories over Air Force, Motolite and Chef’s Classic. Creamline is coming off a four-set win over BanKo on Wednesday with Alyssa Valdez scoring 26 points with significant contributions coming from Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and Michele Gumabao. Unlike the Cool Smashers, PetroGazz had a shaky start after opening its campaign with a four-set loss to BanKo before bouncing back against BaliPure last week. The Angels will need the A-game and collective effort of the whole team led by Paneng Mercado, Jeanette Panaga, Jovielyn Prado, Jonah sabete and Cherry Nunag to measure up with Creamline.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News10 hr. 48 min. ago

Thomas loses cushion, shares lead in Tour Championship

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Xander Schauffele was six shots behind before he ever hit a shot Thursday in the new scoring format for the Tour Championship. His goal was to keep his head down, play good golf and see where he stood to par at the end of two days. The TV cameras following his every move on the back nine at East Lake were the first hint it was going well. A leaderboard on the 18th green confirmed it. "I saw I was in first," he said. "Happy with the day." Schauffele didn't come seriously close to a bogey in a 6-under 64 that was the best score of the opening round by two shots. It was only worth a share of the lead with Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka in a Tour Championship where players started with better scores to par than others depending on their place in the FedEx Cup. Thomas, who started at 10-under par and a two-shot lead as the No. 1 seed, still led despite having trouble finding the fairway. That was the least of his problems on the back nine. He hit pitching wedge into the water for double bogey and missed a pair of 3-foot putts for a 70. Instead of being six shots behind Schauffele, who started at 4 under as the No. 8 seed, Thomas was tied for the lead. Koepka, the No. 3 seed who started three shots behind, birdied three of his last four holes for a 67 to join them at 10 under. "It's weird on Thursday to be three back after a couple of holes," Koepka said of the start. "It's nice to close that gap on Day 1." Rory McIlroy, five shots behind at the start as the No. 5 seed, had a 66 and was one shot behind at 9 under going into the second round. Over the next three days, it should look and feel like a normal tournament. The score to par is all that matters in deciding who wins the FedEx Cup and the $15 million prize. And after one day, it was setting up to be a shootout. The top five players were separated by five shots at the start, and that number was at 12 players by the end of the day. That included Paul Casey, who felt a new kind of anticipation for a Thursday. "After five holes, I wanted to see scores. I never usually care about what's going on after five holes," said Paul Casey, who shot 66. He started eight shots behind as the No. 16 seed and cut that margin in half after one round. The concern was that Thomas, who won last week at Medinah, might post another low score and build a huge lead. It didn't work out that way. "We've got a golf event now," Casey said. "This is kind of cool. Looks like it's working." There were a few other moments that indicated this Thursday was different from all others in golf. Thomas made the turn at 1 under, and as the walking scorer brought the sign across the road and onto the 10th tee, one fans was shocked to see him at 11 under until he said, "That's right — he started at 10 under." Schauffele was at 10 under when he approached the 18th green to face a 6-foot birdie putt. "I had a putt for 59 on the last hole," he said with a smile. "That's what (Matt) Kuchar told me. I looked at him the same way. Got it." Patrick Cantlay, the No. 2 seed who began two shots behind, shared the lead briefly until two bogeys over the last five holes for a 70. It wasn't a good day, yet he still was only two shots behind. Thomas missed a 3-foot par putt on No. 12. On the par-3 15th, which played 60 yards shorter than usual, his wedge was right all the way and found the water. And on the 17th, he hit wedge to 3 feet only to see his birdie putt spin 270 degrees around and out of the cup. He salvaged the day with a good drive — only his sixth fairway of the round — that set up a two-putt birdie. "It's fine," Thomas said. "I'm tied for the lead." Schauffele won the Tour Championship two years ago in a situation that led to this change in format. FedEx Cup points accrued during the regular season and quadrupled in the postseason were reset to give everyone a chance. The top five players only had to win the tournament to capture the FedEx Cup, and odds of winning the bonus were higher as the position in the standings got lower. Schauffele, a rookie in 2017, was the No. 26 seed when he won the tournament. The FedEx Cup went to Thomas, who was the No. 2 seed and finished one shot behind. There were two winners that day and mixed emotions. Thomas had never been so irritated winning $10 million. Now, the reward for a good season and two playoff events is a lower score under par to start the Tour Championship, and the lowest score to par at the end of the week wins $15 million. "I think everyone needed help from J.T.," said Schauffele, a phrase usually only heard going into the final round, not on a Thursday. "If J.T. went out and shot a pair of 65s, I don't think the tour would be very happy and I don't think the rest of the field would be happy. "But it looks to be a good tournament so far.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers keep unbeaten slate intact

Defending champion Creamline recovered from a third set meltdown as the Cool Smashers grabbed their fourth straight victory, 25-10, 25-19, 17-25, 25-23, over BanKo on Wednesday to remain undefeated in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Alyssa Valdez led four Creamline players in double figures with 26 points built on 18 kills, six service aces and two kill blocks. The Cool Smashers kept a tight grip of the solo lead after a hard-fought game that started two hours late after the first two games in the triple-bill playdate went into five sets.   “We have a lot of histories with Banko every time since the first season, lagi kaming nagtatapat sa semis tapos maglalaglagan kami. I guess kilala na namin isa’t isa, yung mga tendencies, capabilites, abilities, more than the skills,” said Valdez, who added 15 digs. “May puso talaga [ang BanKo]. They play with heart, mahirap talunin ang ganung klaseng team,” she added. Jema Galanza posted 16 points, Michele Gumabao got 12 while Risa Sato chipped in 11 markers for Creamline, which pounded 54 attack points behind Jia Morado’s 22 excellent sets. The Cool Smashers had a chance to close the match in the third set when they built an 11-3 lead before the Perlas Spikers got their momentum back, sparking a 10-0 assault to take a 13-11 advantage on their way to handing Creamline its first set loss of the conference. The Cool Smashers again got a scare from BanKo early in the fourth set before tying the frame at 14. The two squads engaged in a seesaw battle with Perlas Spikers veteran Sue Roces tying it at 21. Creamline answered with three straight points to move at match point before BanKo threatened to extend the set with the Cool Smashers committing consecutive errors, 23-24. Gumabao ended the match with a kill block on Nicole Tiamzon.          Dzi Gervacio led the Perlas Spikers, who fell to 2-2 slate, with 16 points with all but one coming off spikes while Kathy Bersola and Tiamzon had 13 and 10, respectively.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 21st, 2019

MPBL: Batangas City wins thriller at home versus Bacoor

Batangueños experienced the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season at its best on Tuesday night when their team, the Batangas City Athletics - Tanduay, came from behind late to snatch victory from the Bacoor Strikers, 68-67. A large and boisterous crowd at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum spurred Rum City to victory despite being down by as much as 16. Mon Rogado's lay-up with 3.5 seconds left in the game gave Tanduay their first lead of the night.  "Ang hirap noong down kami by 16 pero sinabi ni coach na ituloy lang Ang depensa at mga play natin," said Justin Melano, who was named best player of the game for his team-high 20 points and 13 boards. Bacoor were controlling the tempo of a physical and at times ill-tempered contest, largely due to the inspired play of Michael Mabulac, who tallied 16 points. With a minute to go in the third and Bacoor up 52-41, Striker Oping Sumalinog fouled out in unusual circumstances. He was called for a blocking foul, his fourth of the game. The former Blue Eagle protested the call and touched the referee while doing so, which is a technical foul under FIBA rules. That meant a fifth foul and an early shower for Sumalinog. The Athletics clawed back in the fourth but found themselves down, 64-55, with five minutes to go after a jumper from Bacoor's Mike Ayonayon. Then the big guns of Batangas took over. Melano and Jeff Viernes both rifled in triples before Rogado's game-winner sealed a memorable home win. Batangas ended up scoring 11 of the last 14 points. The win catapults Batangas to above .500 on 4-3 while Bacoor lose for only the third time in 11 games. There was another nervy finish in the early evening match-up when Imus Bandera Khaleb Shawarma GLC Trucks and Equipment narrowly defeated Nueva Ecija ForestLake, 75-73, in a see-saw encounter. Three free throws in the last minute by Jayjay Helterbrand gave Khaleb Shawarma a 75-70 cushion. Nueva Ecija could have pulled to within three when Jimbo Aquino was tagged while shooting a triple, but he could only manage to hit one of the three attempts from the line. Aquino made a late lay-up as time expired for the final score. Helterbrand scored 11 points, but former UE Red Warrior James Martinez was Imus' talisman with 12 points. Gerald Anderson had a fair day with 6 points and a pair of assists for Imus. Aquino had the most output for Nueva Ecija with 16. Imus improves to 3-6 while the Ecijanos drop to 2-7. In the afternoon encounter, Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic gored Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines 113-94 with an awesome display of firepower from start to finish. Gab Danganon led Basilan with 20 points, followed by Arvie Bringas with 19. Hesed Gabo dished out 13 dimes for the Steel. Basilan fired on all cylinders to take a 63-45 lead at the half against a turnover-prone Navotas side. Chris Dumapig's 13 points led Basilan at that point, who shot over 70 percent from two-point range in the first 20 minutes. Basilan's total was two shy of the league record for most number of points in a half by one side. Early in the third quarter Basilan kept up with their relentless offense, unspooling a 13-2 run spiked by back-to-back-to-back buckets from Danganon to open up an 80-51 lead. Navotas then showed a pulse with an 11-0 run to pull to 85-68 at the end of the third. But three quick baskets from Bringas and a three-ball from Danganon gave the stea a 94-73 lead, quelling the insurrection from the Navoteños for good. Basilan ended up shooting 60 percent from the field. Elmer Cabahug led Navotas with 13 points. Navotas suffers a fourth loss in a row to plummet to 2-6 while the Mindanaoans surge to 7-4.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 21st, 2019

PVL: Five teams to debut in Open Conference; Collegiate Conference begins

Five clubs will make their respective debuts in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference this week while action in the Collegiate Conference gets underway with 12 teams vying for the crown. Newcomer ChocoMucho bannered by the trio of former Ateneo de Manila University stars Maddie Madayag, Kat Tolentino and Bea De Leon along with legendary Manilla Santos-Ng gets an early acid test on Wednesday against another debuting team BaliPure. All eyes will be fixed on four-time UAAP champion and Season 71 Most Valuable Player Santos-Ng in her return to competitive volleyball after a decade when the Flying Titans march into battle at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The loaded Wednesday match will also feature the opening game of Motolite against defending champion Creamline while BanKo takes on PacificTown Army in a rematch of the Reinforced Conference battle for third won by the Lady Troopers. The Cool Smashers and Perlas Spikers opened their respective campaigns with victories over Air Force and PetroGazz, respectively. Both games will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. On Saturday, another newcomer Chef’s Classics will make its first appearance in the tournament in a clash with Motolite at 4:00 p.m. while Air Force hopes to bounce back against BanKo at 6:00 p.m.. Both games will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Reinforced Conference champion PetroGazz seeks to rebound from its opening-day loss as the Angels square off with BaliPure at 4:00 p.m. The game will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Chef’s Classics lock horns with Creamline at 6:00 p.m. in a match that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The much-awaited sneak peek of college teams opens on Saturday. College of St. Benilde clashes with Far Eastern University at 8:00 a.m. followed by reigning UAAP champion Ateneo’s crack at Letran at 10:00 a.m. San Beda University and Adamson will meet at 12:00 noon On Sunday, University of Sto. Tomas opens up the triple-header against Lyceum of the Philippines University followed by NCAA three-peat champion Arellano University’s battle with Technological Institute of the Philippines and the San Sebastian College-University of Perpetual Help match at 12:00 noon. The 12 noon games are available via iWant and livestream.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers begin repeat quest

Creamline jumpstarts its title-retention bid against a comebacking Philippine Air Force side as the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference gets underway on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Bannered by super star hitter Alyssa Valdez and prized setter Jia Morado, the crowd-favorite Cool Smashers begin their road to redemption after surrendering the Reinforced Conference title to PetroGazz almost a month ago. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Creamline will parade the same solid core of veterans Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and libero Mel Gohing. Also back for another tour of duty are young stars Heather Guino-o, Kyle Negrito and Celine Domingo while Fille Cainglet-Cayetano is making a comeback after sitting out the import-laden conference. Although facing a Jet Spikers squad which skipped the previous conference, Valdez knows that Air Force remains a dangerous foe.    “We can’t blink whenever we play against Air Force,” said the three-time Conference Most Valuable Player. “They’re smart, they’re very well-experienced team. In volleyball if you have those experiences mas dumadali ang laro.” The Jet Spikers are back in the fold after sitting out the Reinforced Conference. Air Force will field a battle-hardened crew led by setter Wendy Semana, Joy Cases, May Ann Pantino, Judy Anne Caballejo and middle Dell Palomata.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2019

PVL: It s a challenge for us to keep up -- Valdez on sister-team Choco Mucho

Creamline star Alyssa Valdez played down the rivalry angle between the defending champions Cool Smashers and debuting sister-team Choco Mucho “I think there’s no rivalry naman in us, we’re family naman. We’re a sister team,” said Valdez. However, the three-time conference Most Valuable Player was quick to clear that when the time comes that the two Rebisco squads meet face-to-face inside the court, they will not hold back. Nothing personal. All business.    “But when we go play against them, it’s all business,” said Valdez, whose Cool Smashers squad will try to retain its hold of the title in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The Flying Titans are one of the three newcomers this conference alongside Chef’s Classics and Air Force, which skipped the last tournament. Bannering Choco Mucho are Valdez’s former Ateneo de Manila University teammates Bea De Leon, Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino with veteran Manilla Santos-Ng, who is making a comeback after a decade of hiatus, beefing up the very promising Flying Titans. “We’re so excited for the Choco Mucho team din. I think our management wanted to form a competitive team rin with the Ateneo players and Ate Illa,” said Valdez. The two teams may have come from the same company but come game time won’t go easy on Choco Mucho.   “It’s a challenge for us to keep up also kasi mas bata ang mga nilagay nila sa team,” said Valdez. And when it comes to protecting their reign, the Cool Smashers won’t back down to no one not even from their sister-team.   “’Yun ang challenge sa amin to keep up and di namin makalimutan na we have a title to defend and to prove to everyone na kaya pa rin namin kahit na medyo nauna kami dito sa liga na ito,” said Valdez.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 7th, 2019

PVL: Creamline, eight other teams battle for crown and glory in Open Conference

Star-studded Creamline will face a tough field in its title-retention bid with eight other squads including three newcomers raring to knock the crown off the Cool Smashers’ heads when the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference begins on August 11. The season-ending tournament will feature nine teams with the return of Philippine Air Force, which skipped the Reinforced Conference, and the introduction of two new squads in ChocoMucho and Chef’s Classics. The Cool Smashers, who are bannered by three-time conference Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez and top setter Jia Morado, are expected to go all-out to protect their throne after relinquishing the Reinforced conference title to PetroGazz weeks back. Creamline will have redemption as its motivation in the tournament that will open earlier than its usual schedule in deference to the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games in November. “Babawi talaga kami,” vowed Valdez. “Going to the second conference, all-Filipino, hindi ko sinasabi na we’re all equal but ang sinasabi ko lahat ng locals magtatrabaho kasi gusto naming manalo,” added the Cool Smashers team captain. “I think that’s the beauty of all-Filipino talaga makikita natin ang talent ng kapwa nating mga Filipino.” But the road won’t be an easy one for the Creamline. Back to complete a season sweep are the Angels led by solid middle Jeanette Panaga and Cherry Nunag with hitters Jonah Sabete, Paneng Mercado and playmaker Djanel Cheng. Fresh from a bronze medal finish in its maiden campaign, veteran-laden PacificTown Army is a considered as one of the top contenders so does BanKo, which will parade power-hitters Nicole Tiamzon and Dzi Gervacio. With a healthy Myla Pablo back to lead a young and dynamic Motolite side, the Air Padda-mentored squad could finally break out from its shell to surprise the lead just like BaliPure, which is looking to improve from its last place finish in the season-opening tournament.    Back in the fold are the Jet Spikers, bringing their veterans back after a one-conference hiatus. ChocoMucho, Creamline’s sister team, will try to live up to its pre-conference hype as Flyin Titans march into battle with former Ateneo de Manila University stars Kat Tolentino, Bea de Leon and Maddie Madayag leading the way while another expansion team Chef’s Classics is out to make its mark in the league. Meanwhile, the league will also hold the Collegiate Conference with more than 10 teams expressing their intentions to participate.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

PVL: Angels fly high, claim Reinforced Conference crown

ANTIPOLO --- PetroGazz denied Creamline of a three-peat after completing a come-from-behind Finals series win on Sunday to claim its breakthrough Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference title. Celebrated scoring duo Wilma Salas of Cuba and Janisa Johnson of the United States delivered the same performance they have been bringing the whole conference to power the Angels to a 25-15, 28-30, 25-23, 25-19 win in the best-of-three series decider at the packed Ynares Sports Center here.    Tied at 14 in the fourth set, PetroGazz displayed great team effort with Johnson and Salas conniving with teh Angels locals led by Jonah Sabete, Cherry Nunag, Jeanette Panaga, setter Djanel Cheng and libero Cienne Cruz for a 10-3 scoring spurt to reach match point, 24-17. The Cool Smashers saved two championship points before Johnson sealed their reign with a kill.    Salas  pounded her way to 30 points with 26 attacks and four kill blocks with seven excellent receptions while Finals Most Valuable Player Johson scored 23 markers on 19 spikes, two aces and a pair of kill blocks for PetroGazz. Panaga finished with 10 points while Nunag and Sabete got eight and six markers, respectively, for the Angels. "Answered prayers. These two imports namin played a big role but again siyempre as a team talaga di naman namin makukuha ito basta-basta kung walang help ng locals," said PetroGazz coach Arnold Laniog. "But the moment na nag-commit talaga sila doon sa goal namin, sabi ko 'Atin na di na talaga papakawalan.'"   The Angels escaped a tight third frame, hanging tough in the closing stretch after a 22-22 deadlock. Creamline’s Venezuelan import Ale Blanco put too much power on her attack off an overreception before reigning Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez was denied by PetroGazz’s defensive wall as the Angels took a 24-22 lead. Michele Gumabao saved a set point on the next play before Salas’ hammer to end the frame.         PetroGazz forced the decider after coming back from a set down to prevail over Creamline, 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-12, in Game 2 on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers drew first blood, 24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 25-22, on Wednesday. After dropping the opening set, Creamline saved two set points in the second frame before taking a 25-24 lead. The Cool Smashers took three more set points before the Angels tied it at 28. Thai import Kuttika Kaepwin broke the deadlock before Jonah Sabete surrendered the frame with an attack error.    Valdez had 22 points off 18 kills, three kill blocks and an ace while Kaewpin and Risa Sato scored 17 and 10 markers, respectively, in a losing cause for Creamline.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

Halep wins Wimbledon, stops Williams bid for 24th Slam

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Clutching her trophy 20 minutes after becoming Wimbledon's champion, Simona Halep checked out the board inside Centre Court that lists tournament winners. Below all of the mentions of Serena Williams, her opponent in Saturday's final, there already was inscribed: "Miss S. Halep." Halep was not concerned with preventing Williams from winning a 24th Grand Slam title. All Halep cared about was winning her first at the All England Club. And she played pretty much perfectly. On top of her game right from start to finish, Halep overwhelmed Williams 6-2, 6-2 in stunning fashion for her second major championship. The whole thing took less than an hour as Williams lost her third Slam final in a row as she tries to equal Margaret Court's record for most major trophies in tennis history. "She literally played out of her mind. Congratulations, Simona. It was a little bit 'a deer in the headlights' for me," Williams said. "So, I mean, whenever a player plays that amazing, you just kind of have to take your hat off and give them a nod of the head." How good was the No. 7-seeded Halep? She made a mere three unforced errors, a remarkably low total and 23 fewer than Williams. Not bad for someone who has been frank about how jittery she has gotten in past big matches and began the day having lost nine of 10 matchups against Williams. But after losing each of her first three major finals, Halep now has won two straight, including at last year's French Open. "Well, I had nerves. My stomach was not very well before the match," said Halep, a 27-year-old Romanian, "but I knew there is no time for emotions. I just came on court and I gave my best." Couldn't have been any better, really. Williams also lost in straight sets against Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final a year ago, and against Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open last September. The 37-year-old American hasn't won a tournament since the 2017 Australian Open, when she set the professional-era record of 23 Grand Slam championships (Court won 13 of her titles against amateur competition). Williams was pregnant when she won in Australia and then took more than a year off the tour; her daughter, Olympia, was born in September 2017. Since returning to tennis, Williams has dealt with injuries but still managed to remain among the game's elite. In part because of a bad left knee, she only had played 12 matches all season until Wimbledon. "Just got to keep fighting," Williams said, "and just keep trying." Didn't take long on Saturday for Halep to demonstrate this was not going to be easy for Williams. Not by any means. Showing off the talents and traits that once lifted her to No. 1 in the rankings, Halep never really gave Williams a chance to get into the match. Halep tracked down everything, as is her wont. She didn't merely play defense, though, managing to go from retrieving an apparent point-ending stroke by Williams to lashing a winner of her own in a blink. Her returns were exceptional, repeatedly getting back serves that left Williams' racket at 115 mph or more. On this cloudy, cool afternoon, with the temperature in the low 70s (low 20s Celsius), Halep began with a pair of service breaks and even delivered the match's first ace, at 106 mph, which put her out front 4-0 after 11 astonishing minutes. Halep won 14 of the first 18 points, with many in the crowd roaring for each of the rare ones that went Williams' way. Halep produced eight winners before a single unforced error, avoiding a miscue until the seventh game. Williams, in stark contrast, came out looking a bit tight, short-arming shots and accumulating nine unforced errors before conjuring up a single winner. She spoke after her semifinal victory about trying to remain calm on court, and that she did, even in the face of a player who was at her very best. Williams would place a hand on her hip. Or put a palm up and look at her guest box, as if thinking, "What can I do?" Williams' greatest show of emotion came after she stretched for a forehand volley winner on the second set's second point. She leaned forward and yelled, "Come on!" But the comeback never came. Halep broke to lead 3-2 in that set when Williams pushed a backhand long, and there wasn't much left from there. Halep only had been as far as the semifinals once at Wimbledon until now. But she was determined to change that and said she told the locker-room attendants at the beginning of the tournament she wanted to grab a title to earn lifetime membership in the All England Club. "So here I am," she said Saturday, the fortnight done, her trophy won. "It was one of my motivations before this tournament. So now I am happy.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

PVL Finals: ‘Yung momentum is with us -- Laniog

PetroGazz is looking to use the momentum of its morale-boosting, series-equalizing win to finish off defending champion Creamline and annex the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference throne on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo. Less than 24 hours after tying the best-of-three title showdown to one game each, the Angels set their eyes to claiming their breakthrough title in the decider that will start at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. “Parehas lang na pagod, walang advantage. Pero siguro ang pinaka-advantage namin is yung momentum is with us,” said Laniog, whose squad snapped the Cool Smashers’ 12-game winning streak. PetroGazz came back from a set down to prevail over Creamline, 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-12, in Game 2 on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Cuban Wilma Salas and American Janisa Johnson, who powered the Angels with 23 points the last time out, are expected bring out another monster game while locals Jonah Sabete, Jeanette Panaga, Cherry Nunag, libero Cienne Cruz and setter Djanel Cheng as support.      “Ang tanong gaano namin iha-handle ang momentum namin habang mainit pa para maipakita namin bukas sa do-or-die championship,” said Laniog. The Cool Smashers will play back-to-back games for the first time in the conference but Laniog doesn’t see it as their advantage heading into Game 3. “Wala namang advantage, it’s all players game. If you want it talagang makukuha talaga,” said Laniog.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

PVL: Lady Troopers equalize

PacificTown Army beat BanKo, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, in Game 2 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference battle for third on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Troopers equalized in the best-of-three series and put themselves in a good position to snatch the bronze depending on the outcome of the championship series between Creamline and PetroGazz. BanKo played catch early in the fourth set and knotted it at 20. Ging Balse Pabayo capped a two-point swing for Army before the Perlas Spikers tied it again at 22.  Ukrainian Lena Lymareva-Flink put the Lady Troopers back on top with an off the block kill before BanKo setter Jem Ferrer was whistled for a setting error that put Army at match point, 24-22. The Perlas Spikers saved a match point before Lymareva-Flink sealed the win with a hammer that penetrated the two-woman wall of BanKo.     Royse Tubino finished with 23 points including 20 off attacks while Lymareva-Flink scored all but one of her 21 markers from kills while adding 13 excellent sets for the Lady Troopers. American Jenelle Jordan had 17 points while Best Libero winner Angela Nunag posted 18 digs for PacificTown Army.  "Definitely, masaya dahil nanalo, pero hindi mo inaasahan na yung laban ang taas ng level. Both teams panalo sa laro na ‘to kasi nagi-exceed na sa expectation yung level ng competitiveness as a whole tapos makikita mo ang team mo kasama doon sa level ng pag-angat," said Lady Troopers coach Kungfu Reyes.  PacificTown Army can bag the bronze medal if Creamline wins over PetroGazz in Game 2 of the Finals because of a higher tiebreak using the FIVB rule. The championship match is ongoing as of press time.    Game 3, if necessary, in on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo. The Perlas Spikers showed grit in a thrilling 25-27, 10-25, 27-25, 26-24, 16-14, come-from-behind win in Game 1 on Wednesday. Thai Sutadta Chuewulim finished with 14 points with 10 digs and 13 excellent receptions while 1st Best Middle Spiker Kathy Bersola had 13 markers with five coming off kill blocks BanKo. Best Opposite Spiker Dzi Gervacio and 1st Best Open Hitter fired 12 points each in a lost cause.      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers a step away from grand slam

Defending champion Creamline needed some time to catch its groove before beating PetroGazz, 24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 25-22, Wednesday to draw first blood in the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference Finals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers exploited their huge advantage in championship experience to silence the Angels for their 12th straight victory and to inch closer to completing a grand slam. Creamline ruled the import-laden and Open Conferences last year Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin finished with 21 points off 18 attacks and three aces while adding 16 digs for the Cool Smashers, who won their second straight over the only team that handed Creamline its lone loss in the elimination round. Venezuelan import Ale Blanco scored 18 points with 15 comin off kills while Alyssa Valdez posted 16 markers for Creamline, which hammered 57 attack points orchestrated by Jia Morado's 21 excellent sets.   Down 3-8 at the onset of the fourth set, the Cool Smashers displayed grace under pressure to tie it at 9. From there the game was fought in a nip and tuck affair to the finish with Creamline showing nerves of steel to seal the win. “Breaks of the game talaga and PetroGazz is very experienced team with two of the best imports right now dito sa PVL,” said Valdez. “Ako masaya ako kasi kahit ganoon ang nangyari we were eyeing for our goal sa team. Hangga’t di pa tapos ang game we kept on pushing each other and ayun maganda naman ang result.” Game 2 is on Saturday.   Creamline engaged PetroGazz in a gunfight in the opening set and pulled away, 21-15, only to see the Angels chip away their lead and move in front, 24-23, off a blistering scoring barrage. Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin extended the set but American Janisa Johnson put the frame away with back-to-back attacks. The next two sets were all Creamline, which in both sets the Cool Smashers were able to lead in double dgits. The Cool Smashers were able to control PetroGazz's vaunted scoring duo of Johnson and Cuban Wilma Salas, whose attack success rate went down to  32% combined. Johnson and Salas bled for their 20 and 18 points, respectively, as they combined for only 32-of-101 attacking clip for PetroGazz, which threw away 31 points off errors.  Jeanette Panaga had 10 markers in a lost cause.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 10th, 2019

Creamline displays championship mettle in Game 1 win vs Petro Gazz

Despite the Angels taking the first set, the Cool Smashers were quickly able to get back on their feet......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2019

PetroGazz, Creamline go head to head in PVL Reinforced Conference Finals LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A and iWant

It’s Creamline versus PetroGazz for the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference crown starting Wednesday (July 10) at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Fans can catch the live coverage of ABS-CBN Sports on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and via streaming on iWant starting at 3 pm.   The reigning and defending Reinforced Conference champs Cool Smashers formalized the dream match-up by fans when they swept the PacificTown Army Lady Troopers last Saturday (July 6). The Angels booked their maiden appearance on the Finals stage by defeating the BanKo Perlas Spikers also in two games, and are now seeking to dethrone the current queens. The Lady Troopers and the Perlas Spikers, meanwhile, will dispute the bronze medal at 3 pm, with the Game 1 of the Finals starting at 5 pm.   The underlying story between the two rival squads was how they were the only ones to beat each other dating back to the elimination rounds. PetroGazz drew first first blood against Creamline in the season opener, giving the Cool Smashers their only loss in the conference. After that opening-day defeat, the defending champs racked up 11 straight victories, including the semifinal series against the Lady Troopers, to barge into the Finals.   “What hurts Creamline opponents the most right now is that their reinforcements have been playing so well. (Kuttika) Kaewpin and (Ale) Blanco have been scoring a lot and they still have Alyssa Valdez, Jema Galanza, there’s just so much firepower,” shared volleyball analyst Mozzy Ravena on “The Score” last Friday (July 5) when asked about how Creamline has sustained its blazing form.   Meanwhile, fellow analyst Fille Cainglet-Cayetano cited that aside from the Cool Smashers’ offense, the team’s defense has been stout thanks to the likes of Liberos Melissa Gohing and Kyla Atienza. On the other side of the fence, the analysts believe that the Angels gained the upperhand thanks to the combined firepower of the troika of Wilma Salas, Janisa Johnson, and to their surprise, Cherry Nunag. “Every game, the imports have been consistent, then there’s that one local who bolsters their attack,” said Ravena. Aside from the three, the Angels can also rely on tried and tested veterans with championship experience like Stephanie Mercado and Jeanette Panaga.   Don’t miss the opening game of the PVL Reinforced Conference Finals series featuring the defending champs Creamline Cool Smashers against the PetroGazz Angels against the BanKo Perlas Spikers this Wednesday (July 10) from the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. All games will be aired LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and iWant starting at 3 pm with the Battle for Third between PacificTown Army and BanKo Perlas.   For more stories and news on the PVL, follow @ABSCBNSports on Twitter and Facebook or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 9th, 2019

PetroGazz, Creamline go head to head in PVL Reinforced Conference Finals LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A and iWant

It’s Creamline versus PetroGazz for the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference crown starting Wednesday (July 10) at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Fans can catch the live coverage of ABS-CBN Sports on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and via streaming on iWant starting at 3 pm.   The reigning and defending Reinforced Conference champs Cool Smashers formalized the dream match-up by fans when they swept the PacificTown Army Lady Troopers last Saturday (July 6). The Angels booked their maiden appearance on the Finals stage by defeating the BanKo Perlas Spikers also in two games, and are now seeking to dethrone the current queens. The Lady Troopers and the Perlas Spikers, meanwhile, will dispute the bronze medal at 3 pm, with the Game 1 of the Finals starting at 5 pm.   The underlying story between the two rival squads was how they were the only ones to beat each other dating back to the elimination rounds. PetroGazz drew first first blood against Creamline in the season opener, giving the Cool Smashers their only loss in the conference. After that opening-day defeat, the defending champs racked up 11 straight victories, including the semifinal series against the Lady Troopers, to barge into the Finals.   “What hurts Creamline opponents the most right now is that their reinforcements have been playing so well. (Kuttika) Kaewpin and (Ale) Blanco have been scoring a lot and they still have Alyssa Valdez, Jema Galanza, there’s just so much firepower,” shared volleyball analyst Mozzy Ravena on “The Score” last Friday (July 5) when asked about how Creamline has sustained its blazing form.   Meanwhile, fellow analyst Fille Cainglet-Cayetano cited that aside from the Cool Smashers’ offense, the team’s defense has been stout thanks to the likes of Liberos Melissa Gohing and Kyla Atienza. On the other side of the fence, the analysts believe that the Angels gained the upperhand thanks to the combined firepower of the troika of Wilma Salas, Janisa Johnson, and to their surprise, Cherry Nunag. “Every game, the imports have been consistent, then there’s that one local who bolsters their attack,” said Ravena. Aside from the three, the Angels can also rely on tried and tested veterans with championship experience like Stephanie Mercado and Jeanette Panaga.   Don’t miss the opening game of the PVL Reinforced Conference Finals series featuring the defending champs Creamline Cool Smashers against the PetroGazz Angels against the BanKo Perlas Spikers this Wednesday (July 10) from the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. All games will be aired LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and iWant starting at 3 pm with the Battle for Third between PacificTown Army and BanKo Perlas.   For more stories and news on the PVL, follow @ABSCBNSports on Twitter and Facebook or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 9th, 2019

Cool Smashers, Angels seize semis head start

Dragged by PacificTown Army into a duel of spurts, Creamline kept its poise in the first two sets then charged back from a third set defeat to fashion out a 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 victory and move closer to a third straight finals stint in the Premier Volleyball League at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

PVL: Bionic Ilongga Gonzaga busy at work

Jovelyn Gonzaga is truly living up to her ‘Bionic Ilongga’ moniker. Just hours after arriving in Manila from an out-of-town game with Cignal in a different club league, Gonzaga suited up for PacificTown Army for Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference best-of-three semifinals against defending champion Creamline on Wednesday. The Lady Troopers may have bowed down to the Cool Smashers, 24-26, 21-25, 25-23, 20-25, but Gonzaga’s dedication to fulfill her commitment with the PVL and the Philippine Superliga showed her professionalism.     “‘Yun na ‘yun eh, parang I don’t have a choice. ‘Pag sinasabihan nila ako na, ‘nakakapagod naman ang ginagawa mo’ if I only have a choice, pipiliin ko na magpahinga but I don’t have a choice,” said Gonzaga. The lefty Ilongga, who’s back in competitive volleyball action after almost two years of recovery from a knee injury and military service, played for the HD Spikers in a lost cause against F2 Logistics in the PSL All-Filipino Conference game Tuesday night in Cadiz City in Negros Occidental. She flew back to the Big City Wednesday morning for the PVL semis at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Even after a tiring trip, Gonzaga, who is slowly regaining her old, dangerous form, played a decent game for the Lady Troopers with 12 digs, 11 excellent receptions and four points in four sets of play.    “I’m embracing the situation. ‘Yun na lang ang ginagawa ko ngayon,” said Gonzaga, who will fly back to Negros on Thursday morning for Cignal’s match against Generika-Ayala in Silay City. The former indoor and beach volleyball national team player will return to Manila on Friday morning. Game 2 of the semis is on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City. But even with her busy schedule, juggling her stints in two leagues, Gonzaga keeps in mind her health and safety. “Ang goal ko kasi I have to enjoy one game at a time. Every day I have to enjoy,” she said. “Ayoko kasing pressuring ang sarili ko.” “The more ko na pe-pressurin ang sarili ko, the more na magawa ko ang mga bagay beyond may limit, baka ibuwis buhay ko na naman. This time I’m at the point na kung ano lang ang kaya ko yun muna ang ipapakita ko,” Gonzaga added. “I have to overcome each day. Kailangan ko lang ma-survive ang araw. Kailangan ko lang mai-survive ko yung laro ko na I’m safe. Yun na muna ang pina-prioritize ko ngayon.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019