PVL: Lady Troopers crush Water Defenders in debut

Newcomer PacificTown Army recovered from a third set meltdown and a scare in the fourth to turn back BaliPure, 25-20, 25-16, 24-26, 25-23, in its debut in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. American import Jenelle Jordan and Lena Lymareva-Flink led the Lady Troopers with 15 points each.       Lymareva-Flink, who played for PetroGazz last year, hammered 12 spikes with three aces while debuting Jordan got 10 kills, three kill blocks and a pair aces for PacificTown.   The Lady Troopers got quite a scare in the fourth set as the Water Defenders, who are making their return to the league after skipping the season-ending Open Conference last year, saved three match points to breathe down the neck of PacificTown Army, 24-23, off a Grazielle Bombita hit. But Menchie Tubiera overcooked her serve as the Lady Troopers breathed a sigh of relief.       “First two sets kotroladong-kontrolado namin but ‘yung third set ‘yung breaks of the game medyo mabigat para sa amin. Once na mag-extend ang set yun yung ano eh, Ging (Balse-Pabayo) was ano na, nauubos na in the fourth set,” said Lady Troopers mentor Kungfu Reyes. “Kailangan na naming imaxi-mize talaga na kung kaya naming tapusin ng hangang third set tatapusin na namin.”     Royse Tubino added nine markers while Jovelyn Gonzaga, who is making her return to volleyball action after recovering from a knee injury she sustained in 2017, finished with eight for PacificTown Army, which got 40 markers off BaliPure’s errors.       The Water Defenders played with just one import after Danijela Dzakovic of Montenegro was unavailable due to some clearance issues.     BaliPure came back from a 21-23 deficit in the third set with a three-point swing to take the set point advantage after a Tubino attack error. Jordan tied the frame with a quick attack but the import gave the set point advantage to the Water Defenders after putting too much power on her serve. Gonzaga yielded the frame after sending her crosscourt attack wide.    Slovakian Alexandra Vajdova fired 20 points off 18 spikes, a kill block and an ace with 11 excellent receptions for BaliPure. Grazielle Bombita finished with 18 markers off 14 kills and four aces for the Water Defenders.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnMay 26th, 2019

PVL: Lady Troopers firm up semis bid, blast Water Defenders

The Lady Troopers unloaded 42 attack points, including 13 from Ukrainian import Lena Lymareva-Flink, to overpower the Water Defenders although the former needed to overcome their gutsy rivals in the third to complete the straight-set romp......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated News7 min. ago

Power Builders test Troopers’ firepower

Myla Pablo gets the chance to showcase her stuff as Motolite’s top draw as the Power Builders kick off their campaign against the PacificTown Army Lady Troopers today even as the BaliPure Water Defenders and the Banko-Perlas Spikers square off in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference elims at the Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 31st, 2019

Army spoils Motolite debut for bounce back win

Led by guest player Olena Lymareva-Flink, the Lady Troopers bested the young Motolite squad......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2019

PVL: Lady Troopers spoil Motolite s debut

PacificTown Army returned in the win column after giving newcomer Motolite a rude welcome, 25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Troopers weathered Motolite’s late fourth set rally to seal their second victory in three games. Royse Tubino finished with 18 points off 16 attacks, an ace and a kill block with 15 digs for an all-around game for PacificTown Army. Ukrainian import Lena Lymareva-Flink led the Lady Troopers with 25 points built on 22 attacks and three aces with 12 excellent receptioons while American reinforcement Jenelle Jordan posted nine markers.     “Magandang turning point tong panalo namin so maganda start nag2-1 agad kami,” said Pacifictown Army coach Kungfu Reyes. “Natuto kami nung Game 2 namin against kasi we have more errors sa creamline. Sa dami ng tapon ngayon nag siguro kami sa service namin.” PacificTown Army pushed at match point, 24-17, but Motolite charged back, saving four match points before Lymareva-Flink finished off their opponents with a hit. The Lady Troopers chipped off Motolite's 21-16  lead in the third frame to 23-22 after a mounting a 6-2 counterattack. Tubino committed a service error on the next play but Lymareva-Flink saved a set point off a crosscourt kill before Bosnian import Edina Selimovic blocked Jordan as Motolite prevented a shutout. Motolite, which sat out top hitter Myla Pablo due to a strained back muscle, will play league-leading PetroGazz on Sunday. Channon Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago posted 22 points off 18 spikes, two aces and two kill blocks with 10 digs for Motolite, which gave away 37 points off their miscues. Selimovic had 15 markers while Eli Soyud added 10 for Motolite.      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 1st, 2019

PVL: I want to win the championship – PacificTown Army import Lymareva

Balik-impot Lena Lymareva hopes for a better showing this time with new team PacificTown Army in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. “I want to show more than what I’ve shown last season,” said the Ukrainian reinforcement, who debuted last year under the PetroGazz Angels banner. Lymareva averaged 8.7 points per game last year as the Angels finished fifth in the eight-team field. After her stint in the PVL, Lymareva played in Finland and helped her club team win the championship. “This year I want to win the championship (in the PVL). I like my team now. I’ve been here for a couple of days now, really nice girls, really good coach,” said Lymareva. “Our coach just came from a university league Finals and it’s good to see him back again in action. I really like everything here and I’m really happy that I got another offer here to play in the Philippines.” Lymareva will add more firepower and depth to the Lady Troopers side composed of grizzled local veterans. And adjusting to her new team is a breeze. “Everything is going really fine. They try to help me in everything and we’re finding this connection with the setter. We play like one team on the court and everything is working well. I think we’re going on the right way,” said Lymareva. Lymareva will be backed by American Jenelle Jordan, who is making her debut in the PVL. “I think we’ll do great. Honestly, I think these girls are prepared for it so I think we’ll do really well with the short schedule and quick games,” said the middle blocker, who is a product of University of California-Berkeley. “I think our practices are really well so we’re really prepared.” Jordan also played in the Finnish league. “When I learned that she’s going to play here with the same team as me I was very happy because I know how she plays,” said Lymareva referring to Jordan. The American is excited to test her mettle in the Philippine style of play. “I know absolutely nothing (about the Philippine style of play) but I just know that there’s really good volleyball and I’ve heard there’s always been good reputation from my friends,” said Jordan. “They say Filipino volleyball is fun and fast and it’s great with good competition.” Helping Lymareva and Jordan are seasoned local stars Jovelyn Gonzaga, Ging Balse-Pabayo, Nene Bautista, Royse Tubino, Dahlia Cruz, Tin Agno, Angela Nunag, Lutgarda Malaluan, Jeannie Delos Reyes, Jem Gutierrez, Sarah Jane Gonzales and young setter Alina Bicar of University of Sto. Tomas with Kungfu Reyes as head coach. PacificTown Army will begin its campaign on Sunday against returning BaliPure.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2019

We have to guard ourselves from complacency -- Abella

Pocari Sweat head coach Rommel Abella saw via livestream Wednesday night how Bureau of Customs pulled off a huge upset over the BaliPure Purest Water Defenders. The Lady Warriors are not going to make the same mistake the Water Defenders did. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 2016

BaliPure, Pocari Sweat lock horns in V-League

MANILA, Philippines – The Bali Pure Purest Water Defenders and the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors are on a collision course in the 13th Shakey’s V-League Reinfor.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 25th, 2016

BaliPure sinks UP, collects third straight win

BaliPure continued with its winning ways adding University of the Philippines to its list of victims as the Purest Water Defenders overpowered the Lady Maroons, 25-13, 25-23, 25-17 , Saturday in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the Philsports .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2016

Army sweeps winless BaliPure

The Pacific Town Army Lady Troopers returned to the win column after sweeping BaliPure, 25-21, 25-20, 25-21, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre here on Wednesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News10 hr. 41 min. ago

PSL: Kalei Mau powers F2 to 2nd win

MANILA, Philippines – F2 Logistics overpowered the PLDT Home Fibr in straight sets, 25-15, 27-25, 25-22, in the 2019 PSL All-Filipino conference on Tuesday, June 18, at Filoil Flying V Centre.  Fil-Hawaiian Kalei Mau powered F2 with 17 points in her debut, putting the Cargo Movers at 2-0 in the standings.  Lady ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

Mau delivers in debut for 2-0 Cargo Movers

Fil-American Kalei Mau debuted with na bang for F2 Logistics as she powered the Cargo Movers to a 25-15, 27-25, 25-22, demolition of PLDT Home Fibr on Tuesday in the 2019 Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Mau, who missed the team’s first game to give her more time to learn head coach Ramil De Jesus’ system, hammered 14 kill blocks with two aces and a kill block for 17 points for F2 Logistics, which won their second straight match. “Not bad para sa unang game ng bago sa team,” said De Jesus referring to Mau, who had 14 digs and eight excellent receptions. Team captain Aby Marano, Ara Galang and Kim Kianna Dy scored nine markers each for the Cargo Movers. Grethcel Soltones and Gen Casugod had 14 and 11 points, respectively, for PLDT.     Meanwhile, Generika-Ayala vented its ire on Marinerang Pilipinas following a 25-18, 25-15, 25-23 win for a 1-1 win-loss slate. After getting blown out by F2 Logistics straight sets in the opener last Saturday, the Lifesavers bounced back to barge into the win column, sending the Lady Skippers to their second straight loss in one hour and 23 minutes. Patty Orendain, who struggled on opener, put up an all-around performance for Generika-Ayala with 18 points off 15 attacks, a pair of aces and a block and had 16 digs and eight excellent receptions. Ria Meneses and Fiola Ceballos had 11 points each while Angeli Araneta added eight markers for the Lifesavers. Dimdim Pacres was the lone double digits scorer with 11 points while Chiara Permentilla scored seven markers off the bench for the Lady Skippers. In the other match, Elaine Kasilag finished with a game-high 20 points in Foton’s 17-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21, victory over Sta. Lucia. Didin Santiago-Manabat had 16 points while Jaja Santiago and Maika Ortiz posted 11 markers apiece for the Tornadoes, which recovered from a poor start. MJ Phillips led the Lady Realtors with 19 points while Amanda Villanueva finished with 13 markers, 13 digs and 12 excellent receptions in a lost cause.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

PVL: Motolite turns back Pacifictown, PetroGazz still perfect

MANILA, Philippines – Motolite exacted revenge on the Pacifictown Army Lady Troopers, edging them out in a five-set thriller, 25-23, 21-25, 17-25, 25-23, 15-13, in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference on Sunday, June 16, at the Imus Sports Center.  American import Channon Thompson fired a game-high 28 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

PVL: Motolite outlasts Lady Troopers for back-to-back wins

IMUS, Cavite --- Motolite showed grit and composure coming back from a set down before carving out a 25-23, 21-25, 17-25, 25-21, 15-13, win over PacificTown Army on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the Imus City Sports Complex here. The young squad won their second straight game to improve to 2-4 win-loss slate at the start of its second round campaign. Trinidad and Tobago import Channon Thompson and compatriot Krystle Esdelle led the way for Motolite, which exacted revenge on its first round tormentors Lady Troopers. Thompson finished with 28 points off 23 attacks, three aces and two kill blocks laced with 10 excellent receptions for Motolite, which had a solid game at the net wth 12 kill blocks. Esdelle had 23 markers built on 19 kills, three kill blocks and an ace, Tots Carlos had eight points while setter Ayel Estranero tallied 21 excellent sets.   Motolite opened an 8-4 gap in the fifth set but PacificTown Army crept close, 12-11, off Alina Bicar's back-to-back aces. Esdelle scored a kill block on Ukrainian Lena Lymareva-Flink before Thompson scored a hit. Jessma Ramos overcooked her serve in the next play before American Jenelle Jordan scored on a kill block off an Esdelle attack for a 14-13 count. The Lady Troopers had a chance to knot the set but a costly miscommunication ruined PacificTown Army's comeback attempt.   Motolite weathered the late fourth set rally of the Lady Troopers after PacificTown Army cut its four-point deficit to 18-17 after a Jordan hit. Thompson and Esdelle conspired to build a 21-18 separation for Motolite. Setter Fhen Emnas gave Motolite a 23-20 lead with a kill block before Ukrainian import Lena Lymareva-Flink answered with a down the line hit. Thompson put Motolite on set point as the Lady Troopers surrendered the fourth frame with a passing error that forced a decider. PacificTown Army slid to 3-3 card but remained at third spot behind semis-bound PetroGazz (7-0) and defending champion Creamline (5-1). Lymareva-Flink scored 25 points  with 23 coming off attacks while Honey Royse Tubino finished with 19 markers for the Lady Troopers, who outgunned Motolite, 61-55. Jordan posted 11 points while Jovelyn Gonzaga got 10 for PacificTown Army.     ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

Cargo Movers, Lady Realtors win debut games

New recruit Kalei Mau wasn’t available, but F2 Logistics still took care of business as it dominated Generika-Ayala in straight sets, 25-12, 25-21, 25-17, to kick off their bid in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on a high note Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Mau, the prized Filipino-American spiker, was limited into a mere cheerleader as the Cargo Movers crushed the Lifesaver. Team manager Hollie Reyes said they are giving Mau a little more time to adjust and study the system of head coach Ramil de Jesus. Still, the connection of current De La Salle University stars worked as skipper Aby Marano provided the defense with five of the Cargo Movers’ 11 blocks. Maraño delivered 15 points off nine spikes, five blocks and an ace, while Ara Galang nailed 10 kills for 11 points laced up with 11 digs. Majoy Baron and Desiree Cheng were also instrumental with eight points apiece as well as Kianna Dy returning from knee injury with seven markers. "Maganda sa side namin, at least may La Salle connection, yun yung advantage,” said de Jesus.  Meanwhile, Sta. Lucia spoiled the debut of Marinerang Pilipina, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23, to kick off its campaign on a high note. Filipino-American MJ Philips provided the offense, delivering 22 points and 16 digs for the Lady Realtors. Team captain Pam Lastimosa and Amanda Villanueva chipped in 11 points apiece while Rachel Austero added 10 markers on top of the game-winning attack. After taking a two-set lead and holding a 19-14 cushion in the third set, the Lady Realtors flirted with disaster as the Lady Skippers uncorked a 9-1 run to take a 23-20 lead. But the Lady Realtors fought back with five straight points with four coming from Phillips and Austero. Cesca Racraquin had 12 points laced up with 21 digs and nine excellent receptions while Judith Abil and Dimdim Pacres added 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Lady Skippers. After dominating the first set, the Cargo Movers needed to escape a neck-and-neck encounter late in the second set only holding a precarious 19-18 lead before Maraño and Galang towed their team for a two-set lead. F2 Logistics caught fire in the third with a fiery 18-11 spread before Generika-Ayala scored four straight points to make it a three-point game.  But the Cargo Movers vaunted their killer instincts scoring seven of the last nine points with substitute Aduke Ogunsanya providing the back-to-back winning points, a quick attack and an ace. Fiola Ceballos was the lone bright spot with 10 points while Libero Kath Arado had 17 digs and seven excellent receptions for the Lifesavers.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

Fowler and the USGA off to a good start at US Open

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Rickie Fowler had an ideal start Thursday in the U.S. Open, and so did the USGA. Pebble Beach was as gentle as could be in the opening round, and Fowler was among those who took advantage with six birdies for a 5-under 66, giving him a share of the early lead with Xander Schauffele and Louis Oosthuizen. The notorious wind off the Pacific coast was little more than a breeze. The course was lush green and relatively soft. The USGA wanted to start conservatively and make it progressively more difficult, a forecast of dry weather gives officials a lot more control. This was the day to take advantage. Schauffele, who keeps showing up in golf's biggest events, holed a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th to join Fowler at 66. Oosthuizen holed out for eagle from 95 yards at No. 11, his second hole of the day. "It's a very soft start to a U.S. Open, which is a good thing," Rory McIlroy said after a 68, his first sub-70 round at the U.S. Open since he won at Congressional in 2011. "They can do whatever they want with from here. It's not as if you're starting with a course that's in the condition like a Sunday, and then you get three days and it sort of starts to get away from you." Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods played in the afternoon. Koepka reached 4 under through seven holes until a bogey on No. 8, while Woods had three birdies to atone for a double bogey on par-3 fifth. He was 1 under through seven. Scott Piercy made bogey on the 18th for a 67. He was the first player to get everyone's attention when he made three birdies and an eagle through the opening six holes — the scoring holes at Pebble — and was 5 under. Graeme McDowell saw the score when he walked off the 10th green at the start of his round and quipped to his caddie, "All the USGA radios are going off and they're saying, 'Turn off the water — NOW!'" McDowell won the last U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2010 when it was so difficult he made only one birdie in the final round and no one broke par for the week. Even as he saw low scores on the board — he had a bogey-free 69, one of 16 rounds in the 60s among the early starters — McDowell feared what was to come. What really got his attention was Phil Mickelson being some 30 feet above the hole at No. 1, which should ordinarily have been a lightning fast putt. Mickelson left it short. "I don't think level par wins this week," he said. "Careful what you wish for, because I think we're going to see it come the weekend." Mickelson, in his fifth attempt at the career Grand Slam, opened with a 72 that certainly didn't hurt him, but only two birdies held him back. Two of his bogeys came from missing the fairway with an iron off the tee. The other was a careless three-putt — he missed from 22 inches. Dustin Johnson was only one shot better, and he could have been a lot worse except for a magnificent short game, no shot better than his flop shop from well behind the eighth green to 2 feet. He nearly drove the green on No. 4, a dangerous shot because the coast line hugs the right side. Why driver? "Because I'd bogeyed the last two holes," Johnson said with a wry smile. "I needed a birdie." That wasn't impatience that often dooms chances at a U.S. Open. That was recognition that scores were to be had, and this might be the best day. Fowler picked up three birdies in seven holes, dropped a shot at the turn and added three birdies on the back. It's the second time in three years at the U.S. Open he has started well — he had a 65 in the first round at Erin Hills — but the focus is on how he finishes. Even though he's 30, with seven victories on the PGA Tour and European Tour combined, Fowler is on that list of best without a major, perhaps because he's had so many top finishes. So the start was important. "It was very stress free," Fowler said. "You never feel in cruise control at a major, especially a U.S. Open, but the execution was very good today. ... It was the worst I could have shot, so that's a good thing. I'm happy with the start. You can't go out and win it up the first day, but you can obviously take yourself out of it and you're having to fight back." Schauffele also appears poised to break through in his third full year on tour. He first gained attention with his tie for fifth in his U.S. Open debut two years ago, and he tied for sixth last year at Shinnecock Hills. He also has runner-up finishes in the British Open and the Masters. His big break came at the end when he caught his drive off the toe and it hit off a rock framing the left side, bounding down the fairway. From there, he only had 8-iron to set up his eagle. "Very fortunate, and happy we capitalized on a really lucky break," he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

Cool Smashers drop Water Defenders, stay at No. 2

Creamline lost its momentum early in the third frame but still found a way to foil a luckless BaliPure side, 25-19, 25-18, 25-23, as it firmed up its hold of the second spot in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers tighten grip on solo second

Defending champion Creamline survived some scary moments in the third set before prevailing over listless BaliPure, 25-19, 25-18, 25-23, on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers showed nerves of steel in the closing stretch of the last frame to outlast the Water Defenders and end the first round with a 4-1 win-loss record behind league-leading PetroGazz. Skipper Alyssa Valdez led the way for Creamline with 16 points built on 12 attacks and four aces while adding 10 digs. Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin finished with 11 markers with 10 coming off spikes while Venezuelan Ale Blanco got nine for the Cool Smashers, who will open their second round campaign on Sunday against BanKo in the conference’s first out-of-town game in Iloilo. “For me, hindi naman maiiwasan na maging complacent siguro after getting two sets. And doon sa two sets na yun, I guess most players na napasok ni Coach Tai [Bundit], nakaikot din na mga players,” said Valdez referring to their third set. Creamline came back from a 4-10 deficit in the third frame with a 7-0 rally to taka an 11-10 lead. The Cool Smashers engaged the Water Defenders in a nip-and-tuck race with Menchie Tubiera scoring on an attack to give BaliPure a 21-20 lead. Risa Sato answered with a kill block before Jema Galanza nailed an ace followed by a Tubiera attack error. Sandra Delos Santos scored on a kill block for the Water Defenders but Tubiera overcooked her serve. Slovenian Alexandra Vajdova saved a match point before Sato’s match-clinching denial that handed BaliPure its fifth straight defeat in as many games. “More of naging complacent rin siguro,” added Valdez. “Inisip namin na tapos na pero suwerte lang kami on the latter parts of the third set, siguro yung breaks of the game.” Vadjdova had 17 points while Danijela Dzakovic of Montenegro got 10 for the Water Defenders. Tubiera posted eight points in two sets of action for BaliPure, which threw away 20 points off errors.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers battle Water Defenders to end first round

Streaking defending champion Creamline looks to end the first round in solo second place when the Cool Smashers clash with winless BaliPure on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The match starts 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 Cool Smashers won three straight games after dropping their conference opener in straight sets at the hands of league-leading and unbeaten PetroGazz. Creamline welcomed the return of Thai coach Tai Bundit, who replaced fired Chinese mentor Huanning Li after just one game, with a 13-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23, win over Motolite last Saturday. The Cool Smashers are facing a team that has yet to win a game but Creamline knows that the Water Defenders will come prepared and hungry to end their skid.    “Paghahandaan namin sila like how they’ll prepare for us and we can’t sleep on their imports, we can’t sleep on their locals. Kasi kapag pinagsamsa-sama sila at nag-click silang lahat mahirap silang pigilan,” said Cool Smashers setter Jia Morado. “So I think we just to have to work on a stronger start, be more consistent and be more efficient and smarter when we play,” added Morado, who is backed by a solid crew led by Alyssa Valdez, Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato and imports Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand and Venezuelan Ale Blanco. BaliPure remains in search for the elusive win after failing in its first four tries. Montenegrin Danijela Dzakovic and Alexandra Vajdova of Slovenia will need all the help they could get from locals Grazielle Bombita, Satrianni Espiritu and Menchie Tubiera to end the first round on a high note.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

PVL: Angels eye at least a semis spot playoff

Unbeaten PetroGazz looks to extend its winning streak to six and secure at least a playoff for a Final Four spot in a rematch against BanKo in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Angels made a clean sweep of first round, a five game winning streak that PetroGazz snatched without dropping a single set. Top two league-leading scorers Cuban Wilma Salas and American Janisa Wilson will again be at the helm of the Angels when they try to complete its elimination round domination over the Perlas Spikers at 4:00 p.m. The match will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. PetroGazz closed the first round with a thrilling 25-12, 29-27, 25-15, victory over a determined PacificTown Army side last Saturday. The Angels made quick work of Banko, 25-19, 25-21, 25-12, in their first meeting. But PetroGazz is sure to face a tougher Perlas Spikers side this time compared to the then debuting team the Angels encountered. “Everyone's gonna be coming for us,” said Johnson. “We have to really step our game now. What we are good at, we have to be better at it.” “The mistakes we made, of course we gonna improve that. Whatever aspect of the game, we have to improve it by as much as we can,” added Johnson. BanKo finished the first round with a 2-3 win-loss record. The Perlas Spikers suffered a 22-25, 25-23, 29-27, 20-25, 7-15, loss at the hands of the Lady Troopers.     ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Lady Troopers wear down Perlas Spikers in 5

PacificTown Army rode on its big fourth set escape then crushed BanKo-Perlas with a strong start in the decider to fashion out a 25-22, 23-25, 27-29, 25-20, 15-7 decision and move to solo third in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Flying V Centre yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019