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PVL: Perlas Spikers look to keep hold of the top spot

BanKo seeks to score a follow up to its morale-boosting opening day win when it squares off with PacificTown Army on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Opening serve is at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Perlas Spikers are tied with defending champion Creamline at the top spot after hurdling their respective opponents to start the season-ending conference. BanKo will be extra-motivated when they face the Lady Troopers as the Perlas Spikers look to exact revenge over their Reinforced Conference battle for third tormentors. The veteran duo of Dzi Gervacio and Nicole Tiamzon, who led BanKo to a 25-20, 11-25, 25-21, 25-18, win over PetroGazz, are again at the forefront of the Perlas Spikers’ charge. Fresh from their podium finish in their first run in the league, the Lady Troopers march back into action with the same battle-tested core led by Royse Tubino, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Ging Balse-Pabayo, Nene Bautista and young setter Alina Bicar.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 13th, 2019

PVL: Tan shines as Perlas Spikers bounce back

Gizelle Tan stepped big time in the absence of main playmaker Jem Ferrer as BanKo returned to the win column with a 25-13, 25-18, 25-19, domination of Air Force Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Tan, who was converted to setter from libero position with Ferrer still recovering from dengue, held the ailing Perlas Spikers together for a mighty bounce for a 2-1 win-loss record. The Ateneo de Manila University product dished out 26 excellent sets to help BanKo hammer 47 attacks.   “We were also worried because Gizelle got sick also, she skipped practice two days ago,” said Dzi Gervacio, who led the Perlas Spikers with 19 points including 17 kills and three excellent receptions. “‘Yun yung magkakasunod si Jem wasn’t feeling well noong game pa namin noong Wednesday [against PacificTown Army] and right after that she went straight to the hospital,” added Gervacio. “Confirmed it was dengue and at the same time Gizelle was suffering from a viral infection pala so we were worried na baka dengue rin buti na lang it wasn’t.” Tan’s great ball distribution gave BanKo a balance scoring with Nicole Tiamzon scoring 15 points while Kathy Bersola and Sue Roces combined for 13 markers. “Ok naman. Not so much expectation naman from her kasi nga iba rin ang maglaro as a setter in the professional level and we’re glad she stepped up talaga to fill up Jem’s spot,” said Gervacio of Tan, who also played setter with the Lady Eagles. The Jet Spikers threatened to bring extend the match when they built a 16-13 separation before BanKo answered with a blistering run to take a 23-16 advantage. Air Force saved two match points before yielding to their second straight defeat. Javen Sabas logged in 13 points while Mae Antipuesto and Dell Palomata scored seven and six, respectively, for the Jet Spikers.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News9 hr. 15 min. ago

PVL: Valdez claims third MVP award

Creamline star Alyssa Valdez added another feather to her cap after bagging the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Most Valuable Player award. The prized hitter collected her third conference MVP hardware on Saturday before the Cool Smashers’ Game 2 match against PetroGazz in the best-of-three Finals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Valdez averaged 12 points per game, tallied a 35.77% success rate in attacks and led the rest of the field at the service line with 0.68 aces per set during the 10-game elimination round. The national team member also landed at the 10th spot in digging with 2.24 digs per frame for a consistent all-around performance that fueled Creamline’s return to the championship round for the third straight tournament. The Cool Smashers’ skipper, who won the inaugural import-laden conference and last year’s Open Conference MVP recognitions, was also named 2nd Best Open Spiker. BanKo’s Nicole Tiamzon won the 1st Best Open Spiker award. The Perlas Spikers hitter averaged 13 points per game, the highest scoring norm from a local player.      Tiamzon’s teammates Dzi Gervacio and Kathy Bersola won the Best Opposite Hitter and 1st Best Middle Blocker, respectively, Angela Nunag was named Best Libero while Jia Morado pocketed her fourth straight Best Setter award. Morado, who averaged 5.94 excellent sets per frame, ruled the playmaking position since joining the league in the inaugural Open Conference two years ago.               Rounding up the award winners were PetroGazz players Cherry Nunag (2nd Best Middle Blocker) and Cuban Wilma Salas (Best Foreign Guest Player).   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2019

Lady Troopers bring A-game vs BanKo Perlas

The Pacifictown Army Lady Troopers secured the third spot in the Philippine Volleyball League Reinforced Conference semifinals after a dominant three-set win against fourth-seeded BanKo Perlas Spikers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 30th, 2019

Lady Troopers crush Perlas Spikers, nail No. 3

PacificTown Army turned an expected fierce duel for third with BanKo-Perlas into a virtual workout, scoring a lopsided 25-18, 25-14, 25-20 victory to secure the No 3 spot in the…READ The post Lady Troopers crush Perlas Spikers, nail No. 3 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 29th, 2019

PVL: Perlas Spikers zero in on semis spot playoff

BanKo goes for at least a playoff for a Final Four seat when the Perlas Spikers clash with also-ran BaliPure on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is set at 5:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. BanKo is coming off a pulsating win last Sunday over Motolite, 19-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 17-15, to arrest a three-game losing skid for a 3-5 win-loss slate.  Nicole Tiamzon, who scored 19 points the last time out, spearheads the Perlas Spikers' charge to spark a late winning run with two playdates remaining in the elimination round. "Last two games ito ang pinakaimportante. All out pa rin kami," said Tiamzon, who will be backed by Thai import Sutadta Cheuwulim, Turkish reinforcement Yasemin Yildirim, Kathy Bersola and Suzanne Roces. Meanwhile, with a 0-8 card, the Water Defenders are just looking to end their campaign on a high note, playing with nothing to lose. "Ang gusto lang namin makita ay ma-develop sila as individuals and as a team. Kasi looking forward na kami sa next conference and gusto namin going to the next conference ay may baon naman kaming maganda," said BaliPure coach Rommel Abella. Slovenian Alexandra Vajdova, Montenegrin Danijela Dzakovic, Grazielle Bombita, Satrianni Espiritu and Sandra Delos Santos will try to help the Water Defenders barge in the win column. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers secure at least a playoff for a semis spot

Creamline secured at least a playoff for a semifinals berth after making quick work of BanKo, 25-12, 25-19, 25-16, on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the University of San Agustin gym in Iloilo. The Cool Smashers won their fifth straight win in six outings to open the second round on a high note. Creamline's victory also gave idle unbeaten, league-leading PetroGazz (6-0) the first Final Four ticket. The Perlas Spikers, who fielded Thai import Sutadta Chuewulim as replacement for American Kia Bright, absorbed their third straight loss for a 2-5 slate.  (To be updated) ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers out to end out-of-town skid vs. Perlas Spikers

Streaking defending champion Creamline will have an extra motivation when the Cool Smashers face BanKo in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference’s out-of-town game on Saturday at the University of San Agustin gym in Iloilo City. “Alam niyo, statistics wise, 0-2 kami sa BanKo whenever we play out of town,” said Creamline star player Alyssa Valdez. That losing head-to-head record is enough to fuel the Cool Smashers when they march into the 4:00 p.m. duel that is set to 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 finished the first round with a straight sets win over listless BaliPure for a 4-1 win-loss record at solo second spot behind unbeaten league-leading PetroGazz (6-0). The Cool Smashers defeated the Perlas Spikers in their first meeting, 23-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-23, but Valdez and the rest of Creamline know that when it comes to out-of-town games, BanKo has the psychological advantage.        The Perlas Spikers defeated Creamline in Tuguegarao in the import-laden conference and in Cagayan de Oro City in the Open Conference last year – both in five sets. “So this time, siyempre andoon pa rin 'yung nerves namin, if it's against BanKo, all the time, it's gonna be a great game talaga kasi we're really fighting to win,” said Valdez. “Knowing that at the back of our minds, siyempre magpu-push kami talaga to win this time and to play better as a team din.” Meanwhile, BanKo is down with back-to-back losses for a 2-4 slate. The Perlas Spikers bowed down to the Angels 23-25, 11-25, 25-22, 20-25, last Wednesday in a match that saw American import Kia Bright and Turkish reinforcement Yasemin Yildirim play limited minutes. BanKo head coach Apichat Kongsawat decided to utilize his locals for most of the match with Nicole Tiamzon, Dzi Gervacio, Kathy Bersola and Sue Roces playing well on both offense and defense albeit in a losing cause. The Perlas Spikers locals and imports are expected to play better this time against the star-studded Cool Smashers lead by Valdez, Thai import Kuttika Kaepwin, Ale Blanco of Venezuela, Risa Sato, Michele Gumabao and setter Jia Morado.     ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

PVL: Angels secure at least a playoff for semis spot

Unbeaten PetroGazz picked up from where it left off in the first round as the Angels secured at least a playoff for a Final Four seat after taking down BanKo, 25-23, 25-11, 22-25, 25-20, on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Angels extended their winning streak to six straight – albeit dropping a set for the first time in the import-laden conference – to put a foot inside the semifinals. PetroGazz can formally clinch a Final Four slot with another victory. Imports Wilma Salas of Cuba and American Janisa Johnson carried the Angels to an elims sweep the Perlas Spikers, who showed grit despite playing with an all-Filipino lineup for most of the match with reinforcements American Kia Bright and Yasimin Yildirim logging in limited minutes. Salas finished with a personal league-best 37 points built on 35 attacks and two kill blocks while adding 13 excellent receptions for the Angels. Johnson added 24 markers with all but one coming off spikes laced with 16 digs and 13 excellent receptions for PetroGazz, which punished the Perlas Spikers with 70 attack points with nine kill blocks. Jeanette Panaga had nine markers while Cherry Nunag and Cai Baloaloa combined for 10 points for Angels. BanKo pulled a surprise in the third set as they stunned the Angels early on to build a 15-5 cushion. PetroGazz rallied for a final push in the frame as the Angels saved a set point, 24-22, off a Salas attack but setter Djanel Cheng served short in the next play to surrender the frame. The Perlas Spikers caught PetroGazz off-guard in the opening frame with veterans Nicole Tiamzon, Dzi Gervacio and Sue Roces leading the way to take a 22-17 lead only to see the Angels close it out with an 8-1 blitz. PetroGazz controlled the second frame to cruise to a 2-0 match lead.     The Perlas Spikers suffered their second straight loss for a 2-4 win-loss slate. Tiamzon had 20 points off 16 spikes, three aces and a kill block with 17 digs while Gervacio and Kathy Bersola finished with 13 and nine points, respectively, for BanKo. Yildirim had three points while Bright played for only two sets with only one point under her name for the Perlas Spikers.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 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

PVL: [I speak] little English but the team knows how to talk to me – Kuttika Kaewpin

Creamline’s Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin doesn’t need to be fluent in English to communicate and understand her teammates. The Cool Smashers have their own way to relay what they want from the third year import and Kaewpin is always ready to oblige.         “[I speak] little English but the team knows how to talk to me,” said Kaewpin. The guest player displayed an exceptional service game as she powered Creamline to a 23-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-23, victory over BanKo on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Down by a set, Kaewpin sparked the decisive second set run by the Cool Smashers with a string of aces that broke the back of the Perlas Spikers. Kaewpin landed nine of her 24 service clips and hammered 18-of-38 on spikes for game-high 27 points. She also showed her prowess on floor defense with 15 excellent receptions and eight digs for Creamline.            “I think today team’s so very good. [Our] serve and defense were very good,” said Kaewpin, who tried her best to answer questions from reporters. The Cool Smashers won their second straight win in three games to tie PacficTown Army at second spot behind unbeaten PetroGazz.      Kaewpin said that compared to their first two games, Creamline played fluidly and communicated well inside the court. “I think the team [communicated well inside the court compared to our previous games],” she said. “I think today [we played relax] and happy.” The Cool Smashers will take on Motolite on Saturday.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2019

PVL: Angels go for back-to-back wins

PetroGazz eyes to continue its hold of the early lead when the Angels face debuting BanKo on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 5:00 p.m. for the 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. The Angels opened their campaign with a morale-boosting 25-22, 26-24, 25-22, stunning win over repeat-seeking Creamline on Sunday with Cuban import Wilma Salas and American reinforcement Janisa Johnson conniving on offense. Salas impressed on her first game in the country as the Cuban national team member dropped 20 points while Johnson, who played for BaliPure last year, scored 16 markers for PetroGazz, which got significant contributions from its locals led by Jeanette Panaga and Cherry Nunag. The Perlas Spikers will parade balik-import Kia Bright and new partner in towering Turkish import Yasemin Sahin Yildirim.   Holdovers from last year’s lineup are Dzi Gervacio, Sue Roces, Mae Tajima, Ella De Jesus, Kathy Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon, Jem Ferrer, Gizelle Tan and Roma Doromal. BanKo also tapped a young middle blocker in Far Eastern University’s Jeanette Villareal after the departure of Joy Dacoron.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019

PVL Open Day 2: Creamline rolls, solid debut for Choco Mucho, PTA scores

The second play date of the Open Conference of the Premier Volleyball League saw Creamline notch its second win in as many games, Choco Mucho win its first ever official match, and Pacific Town Army knock Banko Perlas Spikers down a notch......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

PVL: Gutierrez, Tubino star as Lady Troopers down Perlas Spikers

PacificTown Army debuted with a bang after shooting down BanKo, 25-23, 25-23, 17-25, 25-20, behind the duo of Jem Gutierrez and Royse Tubino on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Despite a third set meltdown, the Lady Troopers re-asserted their mastery over the Perlas Spikers, who fell victim to PacificTown Army in the Reinforced Conference battle for third. Gutierrez scored 20 of her 22 points on kills while Tubino had 19 makers with 17 coming off attacks for PacificTown Army. Jovelyn Gonzaga and Lutgarda Malaluan had eight markers each for the Lady Troopers. Gonzaga also contributed on floor defense with 12 excellent receptions for PacificTown Army, which handed BanKo a stinging loss following the Perlas Spikers’ conquest of Reinforced Conference champion PetroGazz last Sunday. “Happy kasi first game [namin] considering na nanalo si BanKo sa PetroGazz. Momentum sila tapos first time kami na lalaro ng all-Filipino,” said Lady Troopers coach Kungfu Reyes. “Back to drawing board kami last time pero ngayon nandyan na. Gumagalaw na ulit ang mga tao namin.” BanKo fell to a 1-1 card. Nicole Tiamzon fired 21 points off 17 kills and four aces in a lost cause for the Perlas Spikers. Dzi Gervacio had 13 markers, 15 digs and 11 excellent receptions while Kathy Bersola had nine for BanKo.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 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

Blaze Spikers put lock on PSL playoff top spot

Reigning champion Petron sealed top seeding in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference playoffs with a 25-23, 24-26, 24-26, 25-22, 19-17 escape act versus Foton at the Corpus Christi Gym in Cagayan de Oro City late Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 12th, 2019

BanKo thwarts Petro Gazz in PVL opener

Despite a dismal performance in the second set, the Perlas Spikers were able to recover and close out in four......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 11th, 2019

PVL: Angels, Perlas Spikers meet in early rivalry match

PetroGazz gets an early test to prove its previous conference title conquest is no fluke in a clash with redemption-seeking Banko on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The match at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan is set at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. It will air on a delayed basis on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23 and ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166.  Behind high-scoring imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson, the Angels bagged their breakthrough title after dethroning Creamline. Now playing in an all-Filipino tournament, PetroGazz wants to validate that it has a legitimate championship-caliber core. “Alam namin na mahirap ang trabaho sa season na ‘to pero ang nasa mind namin ngayong conference ay patunayan ang sarili namin,” said last conference’s 2nd Best Middle Blocker Cherry Nunag. “Protektahan kung ano ang mayroon kami at protektahan ang na-build namin last conference.” Also back in the fold for the Angels are Jeanette Panaga, Paneng Mercado, Jonah Sabete, Cai Baloaloa, Cienne Cruz and setter Djanel Cheng. BanKo, on the other hand, is motivated to exact revenge on its Reinforced Conference semifinals tormentors. “Kailangan maayos kami. Kailangan mong ayusin muna ang sarili mo bago mo tingnan ang ibang team,” said Perlas Spikers top hitter Nicole Tiamzon. Back to banner BanKo are Dzi Gervacio, Kathy Bersola, Suzanne Roces and Jem Ferrer while Ana Gopico and Cherilyn Sindayen are the new additions of the squad.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2019

PLDT, Petron survive cliffhanger battles

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Fans inside the jampacked Corpus Christi Gym here were treated to a night of thrill and excitement as Petron and PLDT Home Fibr carved out amazing five-setter victories in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on Saturday. Sisi Rondina delivered a performance to remember after dropping 32 points in the defending champion Blaze Spikers’ 25-23, 24-26, 24-26, 25-22, 19-17, win over Foton to lock the no. 1 seeding in the quarterfinals. The 5-foot-6 hotshot towered over the giants of the Tornadoes to fill up the stats sheet with 27 attacks, a game-high four kill blocks and an ace laced with 20 digs and 10 excellent receptions for Petron’s 11th straight win to end preliminary round. The Blaze Spikers closed the round with a 13-1 record at the top spot. “Grabe! Grabe! Bilib ako sa puso ng team. Ramdam na namin yung pagod nila pero siyempre sabi ko nga sa kanila wag maggigive up,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Talagang grabe sila (Foton). Grabeng effort yung ginawa nila at yung eagerness nila na talunin kami.”         Foton controlled the fifth set early before Petron stepped on the gas to engage the Tornadoes in a mad dash to the finish. Rondina made amends on an earlier error with an off the block kill to put Petron at match point before Bernadeth Pons sealed the deal with a cross-court hit. Skipper Ces Molina and Mika Reyes finished with 13 points each while Pons had 12 markers all coming off attacks for Petron, which will take on Marinerang Pilipina in the knockout quarterfinals. Dindin Santiago-Manabat led Foton, which fell to 7-6 card tied with Cignal, with 31 points anchored on 28 kills and three kill blocks. Jaja Santiago had 26 markers while Elaine Kasilag had 11 for the Tornadoes. Meanwhile, Jerrili Malabanan and Grethcel Soltones rose to the occasion as PLDT Home Fibr shocked powerhouse F2 Logistics, 25-21, 26-28, 15-25, 25-19, 15-11, in the curtain-raiser. Down 1-2 in the match as the Cargo Movers dominated them in the resumption of the third set, the duo of Malabanan and Soltones lifted the Power Hitters to force a decider, where both squads fought toe-to-toe lasting for three hours and 31 minutes due to air-conditioning malfunction. Tied at nine in the fifth set, Malabanan scored three of the team’s four straight points to reach match point, 14-10, before Kalei Mau saved a point. But Soltones soared to close out the match and sent F2 Logistics to its second straight defeat. Malabanan and Soltones finished with 21 points apiece with the San Sebastian College standout also putting up 24 digs and 19 excellent receptions. PLDT finished the preliminary with a 6-9 win-loss card, locked in at No.6. Game officials decided to temporarily stop the match with F2 Logistics holding an 8-7 lead in the third frame. It took almost an hour for the venue to reach a cool temperature before referees resumed the game with the Cargo Movers blazing hot dominating the third set for a 2-1 match advantage. But the Power Hitters caught fire in the last two sets also drawing a great game from setter Jasmine Nabor, who had 31 excellent sets on top of six points, as well as Aiko Urdas adding 10 markers. Mau erupted with 28 points including 19 digs and 10 excellent receptions while Ara Galang and Majoy Baron had 19 and 18 points, respectively, for the Cargo Movers, who suffered their second straight setback. Aby Marano added 12 markers while Kim Fajardo returned to action from a fracture finger last conference with 15 excellent sets as F2 Logistics slid to No. 2 with an 11-2 card......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2019

PVL: I have to prove myself – Manilla Santos-Ng

Returning Manilla Santos-Ng has to reintroduce herself. The volleyball legend may have an impressive résumé under her belt but after a decade removed from competitive play, Santos-Ng will have to start from scratch. It’s like her rookie year with De La Salle University all over again. Santos-Ng is staging a comeback since her last stint in the UAAP in 2009 after signing up with newcomer ChocoMucho in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. “It’s 10 years ago [since I last played]. Sa totoo lang, I consider myself a rookie in this pro-league, bago lang ako,” said the four-time UAAP champion. Just like other newbies, Santos-Ng, who during her time in the UAAP was known for her high-leaping exploits, high-octane offense and solid floor defense, has to vie for playing time under head coach Oliver Almadro. “I really have to prove myself also kung talagang karapa’t dapat kang makalaro,” said Santos-Ng. “Kung maglalaro ka go, if you can contribute go. If not, maybe in some other ways like inspiring the kids.” Santos-Ng has to compete against her younger and taller teammates to convince Alamdro for minutes. And earning her playing time won’t be easy for the 34-year old, 5-foot-4 hitter in a Flying Titans team stacked with young and very talented wing spikers in Kat Tolentino, Shang Berte, Carla Sandoval, Bang Pineda, Cindy Imbo, Shannen Palec and Gyra Barroga.    It’s a big challenge that Santos-Ng knows she has to face. “One thing I like about Coach Oliver is that he’s very honest with us,” said the UAAP Season 71 Most Valuable Player, who played under Almadro back when the mentor worked as deputy to DLSU head coach Ramil De Jesus.   “Kilala ko rin siya na, 'Hindi porke’t kilala kita bibigyan kita ng spot,'” she added. Santos-Ng also acknowledges that she has to work double time to adapt to this generation’s level of play and try to bring back if not exceed her vintage form.    “Honestly speaking may pressure because people are expecting a lot,” said Santos-Ng, who knows very well the hype that was built in her return. “But as I said, I consider myself a rookie here. Naga-adjust pa ako.” The three-time UAAP Best Receiver decided to come back to fulfill her son Kenzi's wish of seeing her in action. “When I decided to come back, I started losing weight muna, low impact. Adaptive phase kasi matagal akong di nakapaglaro tapos nagdyi-gym ako,” she said. Santos-Ng then trained with ChocoMucho’s sister-team Creamline for a few months. “I told my husband I need court skills also so he said since affiliated naman siya sa Rebisco, he asked the management and the management is gracious enough to accept me to train with them,” Santos-Ng said. “And then during training, there was a new team being formed under Coach Oliver. Sinabi ko naman if I could join sa ChocoMucho because Coach Oliver’s there,” she continued. The former Queen Lady Spiker, who had her jersey no. 14 retired by DLSU, is now working on bringing back her hops and hang time that wowed fans a decade ago when the sport’s following was limited only to Filipino volleyball purists.   “Ngayon lang ulit ako tumalon, nitong June. Nu’ng nag-start ako mag-training with Creamline noong February hanggang May more on floor defense lang ako, hindi pa ako kaagad tumatalon,” she said. “Again it’s been 10 years, it’s been a long time baka if nabigla ako ma-injury lang. So noong June pa lang ako nag-start, sakto noong nasa ChocoMucho ako.”         When asked if this generation will have a chance to see the vintage Illa Santos operate inside the court, Santos-Ng answered. “Let’s just say na my teammates nagsasabi na may talon pa rin naman,” she said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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