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PVL: Lady Troopers roll to second straight win

PacificTown Army regained the momentum that brought them success in the early goings of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. Behind their balance scoring, the Lady Troopers won their second straight at the expense of skidding BaliPure, 25-17, 25-16, 27-25, on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.s Army got a scare late in the third set before hanging tough in the extended frame for a 4-3 win-loss record. Royse Tubino pounded 12 attacks for 13 points and added eight digs while Lutgarda Malaluan and Jem Gutierrez had 10 and nine markers, respectively, for the Lady Troopers. “Makabalik lang ‘yung playing system namin especially sa mga veteran namin kasi when they get their groove, sigurado na, lalaro na kami,” said Army coach Kungfu Reyes. “May kaunti pa kaming lapses sa dulo pero nakakabalik, ‘yun naman ang importante.” The Lady Troopers squandered a 24-23 lead as the Water Defenders saved two match points with both coming off errors from Malaluan and Jovelyn Gonzaga. Army got the match point advantage back after Carrie Pronuevo sent her service long as Ging Balse-Pabayo smashed the closing hit to finish off BaliPure. The Water Defenders suffered their third defeat in a row to slid to 2-6 card at sixth place to end their first round campaign. Grazielle Bombita was the only BaliPure player in double figures with 13 points while Satrianni Espiritu and Shirley Salamagos combined for 13 markers.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 11th, 2019

PVL: Lady Troopers roll to second straight win

PacificTown Army regained the momentum that brought them success in the early goings of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. Behind their balance scoring, the Lady Troopers won their second straight at the expense of skidding BaliPure, 25-17, 25-16, 27-25, on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.s Army got a scare late in the third set before hanging tough in the extended frame for a 4-3 win-loss record. Royse Tubino pounded 12 attacks for 13 points and added eight digs while Lutgarda Malaluan and Jem Gutierrez had 10 and nine markers, respectively, for the Lady Troopers. “Makabalik lang ‘yung playing system namin especially sa mga veteran namin kasi when they get their groove, sigurado na, lalaro na kami,” said Army coach Kungfu Reyes. “May kaunti pa kaming lapses sa dulo pero nakakabalik, ‘yun naman ang importante.” The Lady Troopers squandered a 24-23 lead as the Water Defenders saved two match points with both coming off errors from Malaluan and Jovelyn Gonzaga. Army got the match point advantage back after Carrie Pronuevo sent her service long as Ging Balse-Pabayo smashed the closing hit to finish off BaliPure. The Water Defenders suffered their third defeat in a row to slid to 2-6 card at sixth place to end their first round campaign. Grazielle Bombita was the only BaliPure player in double figures with 13 points while Satrianni Espiritu and Shirley Salamagos combined for 13 markers.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 11th, 2019

Ravena, Animam headline PSA basketball honors

Three individuals who played a huge part in completing a season to remember are bound to reap the fruits of their hard work. Jack Danielle Animam and her venerable coach at National University Patrick Aquino, along with Ateneo stalwart Thirdy Ravena will be the recipients of special awards in the coming SMC-PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) Annual Awards Night at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel. Ravena is the year’s Mr. Basketball, while Animam and Aquino are going to be the first awardees of Ms. Basketball and Coach of the Year honors from the country’s oldest media organization established in 1949. The three are part of the long honor roll list headed by 2019 Athlete of the Year Team Philippines which will be feted in a grand March 6 ceremony presented by the Philippine Sports Commission, MILO, Cignal TV, Philippine Basketball Association, Rain or Shine, and AirAsia. Animam and Aquino formed part of the undefeated National University Lady Bulldogs who extended their reign as UAAP women’s basketball champion following yet another perfect season campaign. The team copped a sixth straight UAAP title with another 16-0 record, including a sweep of University of Santo Tomas in the finals. Overall, the Bulldogs have extended their unprecedented winning streak to 96 games in a six-year span. Aquino also served as architect of the Gilas Pilipinas women’s 5-on-5 and 3x3 teams that brought home the breakthrough golds in the last 30th Southeast Asian Games. Working behind the core of the Lady Bulldogs led by Animam, Aquino steered the Filipina cagebelles on top of the podium for the first time ever by toppling long-time rival Thailand in the final game of the tournament, 91-71, ending a long year of agony for Philippine women’s basketball. They did the same thing in the inaugural 3x3 event when they likewise thrashed the Thais, 17-13, for the gold. The same season also saw the Gilas Pilipinas women’s team retaining its spot in Division A of the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup. And Ravena? The well-built Ateneo guard served as the catalyst of the Blue Eagles completing an unprecedented 16-0 campaign in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.n The school retained the varsity title undefeated following a two-game sweep of University of Santo Tomas in the finals for their third straight championship. No men’s team in UAAP history has won the crown with a perfect 16-0 record, and was the first unbeaten champion squad since UST (14-0) in 1993. Ravena, who will forever be remembered for that iconic photo showing him standing on the scorer’s table and facing the Ateneo crowd while spreading his arms wide in the din of the championship celebration, were part of that Ateneo three-peat, which he capped by emerging as finals MVP each time, a first in UAAP history. Earlier in the year, Ravena made the final 12-man roster of Gilas Pilipinas in the final window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers as the lone collegiate player......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2020

PVL: Lady Jet Spikers end campaign on a high note

Philippine Air Force closed its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference on a winning note as the Lady Jet Spikes beat PacificTown Army, 28-26, 25-20, 26-28, 26-24, on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Jet Spikers finished the conference with back-to-back victories for an even 8-8 win-loss record. Veterans Dell Palomata and Judy Ann Caballejo scored 15 points each and combined for 30 of Air Force’s 59 attack points. Joy Cases got 13 markers while May Ann Pantino chipped in 10 markers, 25 digs and 20 excellent receptions for the Lady Jet Spikers, who took advantage of the Lady Troopers missing opposite hitter Jovelyn Gonzaga. Gonzaga, Eya Laure and Army coach Kungfu Reyes are set to fly to Japan Wednesday night to join the national team in its training camp. “Minotivate ko sila na hindi tayo pwede matalo dahil wala ang isang pamato nila dyan na si Jovelyn saka ito yung time na pagkakataon nating bumawi sa kanila dahil tinalo nila kami sa AFP Olympics. Sila ang nag-champion,” said Air Force head coach Jasper Jimenez. Playing without one of its main hitters and court leader, the Lady Troopers bowed down for the six straight game and finished their campaign with a 6-10 rcord. Honey Royse Tubino posted 14 points while Nene Bautista and Jem Gutierrez had 12 and 11 markers, respectively, for Army.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2019

PVL: Angels eye eighth win in a row

Red-hot PetroGazz puts its remarkable seven-game winning run on the line in a rematch with PacificTown Army on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the University of San Agustin gym in Iloilo. Opening serve is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Angels racked up seven straight wins for an 8-2 win-loss record at solo second spot behind unbeaten defending champion Creamline (11-0). Jonah Sabete, Jeanette Panaga, Paneng Mercado, Jovielyn Prado and Cai Baloaloa will banner PetroGazz in its attempt to duplicate a straight-set romp over the Lady Troopers last Aug. 28. But the veteran-laden Army side is also itching to rebound from a sorry five-set setback to Choco Mucho the last time out with Royse Tubino, Jovelyn Gonzaga, MJ Balse-Pabayo, Nene Bautista, Luth Malaluan and Jem Gutierrez expected to lead the charge and firm up their own semis bid. Pacifictown Army holds a 6-6 slate.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2019

PVL: Angels target seventh consecutive victory

Red-hot PetroGazz tries to claim another victim to add in its win streak as the Angels face listless Chef’s Classics on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. It has been more than a month since PetroGazz absorbed a straight sets drubbing from unbeaten defending champion Creamline. From there the Angels racked up victories over PacificTown Army Lady Troopers and the Air Force, ChocoMucho, Motolite, the Lady Red Spikers and BanKo to move to second at 7-2 record behind the Cool Smashers. Add the experience PetroGazz had in its stint in a tournament in Taiwan two weeks ago, the Angels are favored to chalk up another victory against a team that has yet to win a game in the season-ending conference in their 6:00 p.m. clash that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via  livestream.   PetroGazz parades a solid crew led by Jonah Sabete, Paneng Mercado, Jovielyn Prado, Jeanette Panaga, Cherry Nunag and setter Djanel Cheng, giving the Angels a huge advantage in experience and firepower over the young Lady Red Spikers. Chef’s Classics remains in search for a breakthrough win in its maiden stint after 13 fruitless games.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers, Lady Jet Spikers stake win streak

Unbeaten defending champion Creamline shoots to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four seat against soaring Air Force on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers sport a perfect 10-0 win-loss record and are looking to repeat over the Lady Jet Spikers in their 4:00 p.m. clash that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Top hitter Alyssa Valdez is expected to suit up after sitting out two games to rest a foot injury while setter Jia Morado will also be back after a tour of duty with the national team in the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Thailand recently where the Philippines bagged a bronze medal finish. Creamline defeated Air Force, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, to open its campaign in the season-ending conference. Meanwhile, the Jet Spikers are on a roll, winning five straight after five consecutive losses. Air Force hopes to ride the momentum of its straight sets win over BanKo to exact revenge on the Cool Smashers, with Dell Palomata, setter Wendy Semana, Joy Cases and Angel Antipuesto at the helm.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2019

PVL: Perlas Spikers eye to solidify hold of second

BanKo tries to keep a tight grip of the solo second spot when the Perlas Spikers take on resurging Air Force on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. BanKo sits behind unbeaten defending champion Creamline (10-0) with a 6-3 win-loss record and is coming off a four-set win over BaliPure last week. The Perlas Spikers will bank on the trio of Nicole Tiamzon, Dzi Gervacio and Kathy Bersola to duplicate their first round win over the Lady Jet Spikers, who are currently on a four-game roll. Air Force found its winning ways after starting its campaign with five straight losses. The Lady Jet Spikers are fresh from a straight sets rout of Motolite last Wednesday.     ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2019

PVL: Lady Troopers try to reignite win streak

PacificTown Army started the second round on a high note and the Lady Troopers hope to sustain that momentum when they take on slumping BaliPure on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. PacificTown Army defeated Chef’s Classics in straight sets last Wednesday to get back on the winning track after closing the first round with a stinging setback to Air Force last week for a 5-4 win-loss card. The Lady Troopers has fully adjusted from the absence of opposite hitter Jovelyn Gonzaga, who with head coach Kungfu Reyes joined the national team in Thailand to play in the ongoing inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima.      The trio of Honey Royse Tubino, Jem Gutierrez and Ging Balse-Pabayo, who tallied double-digit scoring the last time out, will again lead the charge of PacificTown Army against the squad they beat in four sets in the first round. On the other hand, BaliPure tries to stop a five-game bleeding behind the troika of Grazielle Bombita, Menchie Tubiera and Shirley Salamagos. The Water Defenders suffered a straight sets beating at the hands of unbeaten defending champion Creamline last Wednesday to fall to a 2-8 mark.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2019

PVL: Lady Jet Spikers submit Lady Troopers in three

Philippine Air Force stamped its class over archrival PacificTown Army, 25-22, 25-21, 25-19, on Saturday to stretch its winning streak to three in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre. 6-foot-2 Dell Palomata bullied her way to 20 points as the Lady Jet Spikers closed the first round with a 3-5 win-loss record. Palomata hammered 17 of Air Force’s 41 attack points and had three kill blocks. May Ann Pantino and Judy Ann Caballejo scored nine markers each for the resurging Lady Jet Spikers, who started their campaign on a sour note after losing five straight. “Sana magtuluy-tuloy pa para makapasok kami sa top four. Yun naman ang aim ng team, makapasok muna sa top four and another plan naman pagdating doon,” said Air Force coach Jasper Jimenez. The Lady Jet Spikers needed only one hour and 22 minutes to dispose of the Lady Troopers, who Air Force beat in a tournament in Cagayan De Oro three weeks ago. “Kasama siguro yun, yung mindset. Sabi ko, ‘kahit idagdag dyan ang (Jovelyn) Gonzaga. Gonzaga lang yun eh kayo buo, so talo nyo ang isa. Basta maglaro kayo ng buo,’” said Jimenez. PacificTown Army slid to 4-4 slate. Honey Royse Tubino led the Lady Troopers with 13 points while Jovelyn Gonzaga was limited to only nine markers.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2019

PVL: Army, Air Force stake win streaks

Resurgent Philippine Air Force and PacificTown Army battle to keep their winning streaks going on Saturday at the close of their respective first round campaigns in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Opening serve is at 4:00 p.m. and it will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. After struggling with losing slumps, the AFP Olympics rivals managed to regroup and rediscover their winning ways to score back-to-back victories. The match will also serve as a preview of the coming 2019 AFP Olympics two weeks from now.  The Lady Jet Spikers are at sixth seventh spot with a 2-5 win-loss record tied with skidding ChocoMucho, which Air Force outlasted in five sets last Wednesday. Veterans Dell Palomata, Angel Antipuesto, Jozza Cabalsa and setter Wendy Semana will again lead the way for Air Force, which hopes to reassert its mastery over PacificTown Army which it beat in a tournament in Cagayan De Oro three weeks ago. On the other hand, the Lady Troopers are also on a roll after snapping a three-game skid. PacificTown Army behind the trio of Royse Tubino, Lutgarda Malaluan and Jovelyn Gonzaga beat BaliPure last Wednesday for a 4-3 slate at fifth spot. Lady Troopers head coach Kungfu Reyes and Gonzaga will try to give Army another win before they fly to Thailand on Sunday to join the national team in its training camp and to participate in the ASEAN Grand Prix on Sept. 20 in Nakhon Ratchasima.     ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 13th, 2019

PVL: Motolite zooms to fourth win in a row

Myla Pablo waxed-hot as Motolite stretched its winning streak to four in a daring five-set escape, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-10, over veteran-laden PacificTown Army on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The prized hitter registered 24 of her 25 points on attacks and had plenty of help from young bloods Isa Molde and Tots Carlos to improve Motolite’s record to 4-1 at solo second spot behind unbeaten defending champion Creamline (6-0). The trio connived in the fifth set with Molde hitting back-to-back through the block spikes to punctuate Motolite’s two-hour, 14-minute win. Molde scored 19 points with all but one coming off kills and added 11 excellent receptions while Carlos had 14 markers, 17 digs and 10 excellent receptions for an all-around performance for Motolite. It was an ugly victory according to head coach Godfrey Okumu.       “A win is a win but we won struggling,” said Okumu, who got a yellow card together with Fil-Am setter Iris Tolenada midway in the fifth set for continuous complaining. Motolite broke free from a close 5-4 lead in the deciding frame with three unanswered points. Okumu was booked with a yellow card after complaining on a non-call on Lady Trooper Alina Bicar’s two touches after a ball she retrieved also hit her shoulder. Tolenada also got a yellow after a long talk with the second referee.      Fueled by the calls, Motolite created a 13-9 separation. A service error from Marist Layug gave PacificTown Army a free point before Molde wrapped up the win with consecutive kills. The Lady Troopers absorbed their second straight defeat for a 2-2 slate. Jovelyn Gonzaga got 19 points and 20 digs, Royse Tubino put up 16 markers with all but one coming off spikes while Nene Bautista had nine markers for PacificTown Army.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2019

PVL: Motolite showing great character in four-game win run

Motolite head coach Godfrey Okumu saw his squad’s hard-earned win over PacificTown Army as a good sign. After a sour start in its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference, Motolite is now on a four-game roll and Okumu praised his wards in terms of building the right character.   Motolite was tested on Sunday as the squad needed to thread the proverbial eye of a needle to keep its winning streak alive. “Of course, it'll help us. It also build a character for our team that we have to keep fighting. Today, that's what saw us through to win this game,” said Okumu after Motolite outlasted the Lady Troopers, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-10, to improve to 4-1 record behind league-leading defending champion Creamline (6-0). Before its latest conquest, Motolite swept past Chef’s Classics, BaliPure and Air Force. Against the experienced Lady Troopers, the young Motolite squad was pushed to its limit and Okumu’s wards passed the challenge. At the forefront of Motolite’s huge win over PacificTown Army were young guns Isa Molde and Tots Carlos, who brought the much-needed backup for veteran hitter Myla Pablo. “As I say, it's not easy to beat an experienced team as oppose to our young team but it brought up a character of fighting against older, experience and the like,” said Okumu. The two-time Most Valuable Player Pablo also lauded her teammates for stepping up big time and for doing their role for the cause. “Actually, itong game namin against Army talaga, dito namin nakita 'yung teamwork namin as a team,” said Pablo, who finished with 24 points. “Kumbaga nagtulong tulong kami, walang bibitaw hanggang matapos 'yung game namin.” Molde finished with 19 points with 18 coming off kills including back-to-back through the block hits that sealed the win. Carlos displayed her all-around game with 14 markers, 17 digs and 10 excellent receptions for Motolite. “'Yung four-game win streak namin, malaking bagay 'yun na sunod sunod 'yung mga panalo namin and I hope magtuloy-tuloy kami sa mga incoming games namin,” Pablo said. Motolite will take a one week rest before taking on PetroGazz.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2019

PVL: Angels dominate Lady Troopers in rebound win

PetroGazz overwhelmed a weary PacificTown Army side, 25-15, 25-15, 25-19, on Wednesday to get back on the winning track in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Jeanette Panaga and Jovielyn Prado provided the firepower for the Angels as PetroGazz evened its record to a 2-2 win-loss slate while handing the Lady Troopers their first loss in the season-ending conference after a two-game romp. Panaga pounded seven kills and added three kill blocks and three aces to lead the Angels, who rebounded from a straight sets loss to unbeaten defending champion Creamline last Saturday in a rematch of the Reinforced Conference Finals. Prado had 12 points and eight excellent receptions while Jonah Sabete and Paneng Mercado scored nine markers each. PetroGazz head coach Arnold Laniog felt that they had the advantage with the core of PacificTown Army coming off a one-week local league in Cagayan De Oro while Lady Troopers top hitter Jovelyn Gonzaga came from a stint in the Philippine Superliga Finals with Cignal the night before.      “Eh ‘yung Air force at Army galing sa one week tournament, sila pa naglaban dun,” he said. “Tinake advantage namin na pagod sila. Di rin ganun pa nakaka-recover katawan nila.” PetroGazz broke an 18-18 deadlock in the third set with three straight points for a 21-18 lead. After a Cai Baloaloa attack error, the Angels poured a closing four-point barrage with Sabete ending the 75-minute encounter with a kill block on Nene Bautista. Royse Tubino was the only PacificTown Army in double figures with 10 points while Gonzaga was limited to only eight markers.   ---              Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2019

Lady Troopers shoot for third win vs Angels

PacificTown Army hopes to come out fresh from a week-long break – and a draining escape over young Choco Mucho – in pursuit of a third straight victory as it clashes with PetroGazz in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan today......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 28th, 2019

PVL: Creamline-ChocoMucho clash highlights this week s PVL action

Defending champion Creamline gets a chance to test the mettle of sister-team ChocoMucho in this week’s marquee match in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The Cool Smashers remain unbeaten in five outings and will be coming off a one-week rest when they march back into action on Saturday to face the Flying Titans, who will take on the veteran-laden BanKo first on Wednesday before facing Creamline in their pair of heavyweight assignments. The Creamline-ChocoMucho clash is slated at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. On Wednesday, the Flying Titans, who are on a two-way tie with Motolite at 2-1 win-loss slate, gets and acid test against the Perlas Spikers, who are looking to improve their 3-2 slate and spark a winning streak at 6:00 p.m. Facing off in the curtain-raiser are Moolite and listless Air Force (0-3) at 2:00 p.m. in a match that 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. At 4:00 p.m. unbeaten PacificTown Army guns for its third straight win when it pairs with PetroGazz (1-2). Winless Chef’s Classics (0-4) tries to arrest its slump on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. against BaliPure (1-3) before Creamlin and ChocoMucho take the spotlight. The Lady Troopers and Motolite cap their week with an encounter on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. to be followed by the Angels and Lady Jet Spikers’ bout at 6:00 p.m. In the Collegiate Conference, Ateneo de Manila University eyes its third straight win when it battles San Beda University (1-1) on Saturday at 12:00 noon in Group A action. Group B leader Arellano University (2-0) collides with Far Eastern University (1-1) at 10:00 a.m. while College of St. Benilde (1-1) looks to get back on the winning track also in Group B when it clashes with Lyceum of the Philippines University (0-2) in the 8:00 a.m. curtain-raiser. UAAP powerhouse teams University of Sto. Tomas and Adamson University try to keep their grip of the lead in their respective groups on Sunday. The Tigresses (2-0) take on winless TIP at 10:00 a.m. in Group B while at 12:00 noon the Lady Falcons square off with San Sebastian College (0-2). University of Perpetual Help (1-1) and Letran (0-2) begin the triple-bill playdate at 8:00 a.m. All Collegiate Conference games are available via iWant and livestream.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles       .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 27th, 2019

PVL: Reyes lauds Army s grit in marathon match win

Head coach Kungfu Reyes added another classic to his already long list of quotable lines. The PacificTown Army mentor amused the media on Wednesday with a humorous analogy to laud his veteran-laden crew’s gritty five-set win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference against the youthful ChocoMucho squad. Reyes compared the gutsy Lady Troopers to a shellfish deeply embedded in a rock following their hard-fought epic comeback win over the Flying Titans, 39-41, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-12, that needed two hours and 46 minutes to conclude.   “Kumbaga sa talaba, patay na kumakapit pa,” said Reyes as the press room at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan echoed with laughter.   PacificTown Army refused to just go down and surrender after getting buried to a 0-2 hole in the match and rallied to score one of the most memorable comebacks in league history. The Lady Troopers won their second straight game in as many outings and handed ChocoMucho its first loss in two starts. “Ganoon kami. Hindi kami umaayaw. The moment na umaayaw ka lalo ka naming pupukpukin. Patay na kami pero kakapit pa rin kami hanggang dulo, up to the last point, to the last whistle, sa long whistle ng referee na it’s time na tapos na saka lang kami aayaw,” said Reyes.   One for the books The first frame turned out to be one for the books. PacificTown Army and ChocoMucho engaged in a thrilling exchange of points and the winning set score came just nine markers short of doubling a regular set.    It was a 51-minute set that saw the Flying Titans save 11 set points, the Lady Troopers had three saved set points and 17 deadlocks since ChocoMucho came back from a 20-23 deficit. Reyes said that it was the longest set played he experienced in his career both as a player and as a coach. Unfortunately for him and the Lady Troopers, they were on the side of the stinging set loss. “Masakit nga lalo na kung talo,” quipped Reyes The wind-up of that frame was just insane. Kat Tolentino tied the set at 23 to cap 3-0 blast. Honey Royse Tubino put the Lady Troopers at set point before ChocoMucho displayed a gallant stand to save six straight set points. Tolentino put the Flying Titans on top, 30-29. PacificTown Army saved two set points and went back on top, 32-31, off a Jovelyn Gonzaga hit.            The Flying Titans saved two consecutive set points before moving in front, 34-33, after a Shang Berte ace. Jem Gutierrez knotted it at 34 on a hit before Bang Pineda’s down the line kill to put the Flying Titans at set point advantage. Madayag sent her serve long for another deadlock followed by ChocoMucho’s three straight set points saved. The Flying Titans again went ahead, 39-38, off a Gonzaga attack error. A service error by Arianne Angustia locked the score at 39 before Luth Malaluan’s service error and Tolentino’s kill as ChocoMucho emerged on top after a draining set. “Ang masasabi ko lang swerte ng mga fans,” said Reyes. “’Yun lang ang tumakbo sa isip ko, kasi naka-first time sila [na makapanood ng mahabang set].”   Slowing down the pace ChocoMucho’s athleticism and intensity worked to its advantage in the first two frames. But the battle-hardened and grizzled veteran core of Army turned it around by slowing down the pace and making the Flying Titans play on the Lady Troopers tempo. “Pero sabi ko nga play at the present. Tapos na yung first two sets sa kanila na, bawiin na lang natin sa tempong gagawin na namin,” said Reyes. ChocoMucho danced to Army’s tune. Reyes laid an ambush and the Flying Titans just stepped on the Lady Troopers’ kill zone.   “Padamihan kami ng bala, so hanggang sa dulo pumuputok kami. So malaking bagay,” he said. Reyes also gave credit to setter Alina Bicar, the squad’s young playmaker and civilian recruit who had 24 excellent sets that helped Army land 65 attack points. “’Yung setter namin ang nagdala. So takbo ng takbo ang setter namin, deliver ang bola sa mga spikers,” said Reyes. “Tapos ang spikers namin on the right position, on the highest percentage na pwedeng paluin so nakaka-deliver kami.” In the end, Reyes praised the Lady Titans for pushing a more senior team to the limit. “Young team pero promising kaya kailangan mong paghandaan,” he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 22nd, 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

PVL: Creamline sweeps Pacifictown for Finals return

MANILA, Philippines - The Creamline Cool Smashers made it to the final stretch of their Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference title defense.  The Cool Smashers showed no mercy on the Pacifictown Army Lady Troopers with a straight-set drubbing, 25-12, 25-18, 25-13, in Game 2 of the semifinals on Saturday, July ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers grab eighth straight win

Repeat-seeking Creamline shook off a cold start as the Cool Smashers turned back PacificTown Army, 16-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-16, on Wednesday to keep their winning streak alive in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Behind Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand, Alyssa Valdez and Venezuelan Ale Blanco, Creamline stretched its winning romp further with its eight straight victory in nine outings to join PetroGazz at the top spot with 8-1 win-loss record. Kaewpin fired 16 attacks and had three kill blocks for 19 points and added 16 digs for teh Cool Smashers, who will close their elims campaign on Saturday against also-ran BaliPure. Blanco added 16 points off 10 attacks, four kill blocks and two aces while Valdez got 11 markers for Creamline, which had 47 attack points behind setter Jia Morado's 287 excellent sets.  “For our team it was really a bad first set, for Army it was a perfect set for them from the service line, from their attacks to their floor defense and their blocking talaga,” said Valdez. “Our errors were too many to count, lampas ata sa daliri during the first set. So going to the second set, coach Tai (Bundit) was asking us to compose ourselves and stay focus.” The Cool Smashers regrouped after a sluggish opening frame outing that saw Creamline fall into a 14-24 hole following an ace by Lady Troopers setter Alina Bicar. Creamline got its rhythm going in the second set but had to weather PacificTown Army’s late third set uprising. The Cool Smashers saw its 23-20 lead in the third frame cut to just one with Ukrainian import Lena Lymareva-Flink scoring off an attack and an ace. Lymareva-Flink committed an attack error before Kaewpin scored on a kill block to wrap the frame. It was all Creamline in the fourth as the Cool Smashers sent the Lady Troopers to their second straight defeat for a 4-5 slate. Lymareva-Flink posted 22 points built on 19 spikes and three aces while Jovelyn Gonzaga and American Jenelle Jordan finished with 10 and six markers, respectively, for PacificTown Army.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019