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UST stuns La Salle, seizes twice-to-beat semis bonus

    MANILA, Philippines – The UST Golden Tigresses came out dominant from the get-go to stun the La Salle Lady Spikers in 4 sets, 25-14, 25-13, 23-25, 25-19, and claim the No. 2 spot and the twice-to-beat semifinal advantage in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball wars at the jampacked FilOil Flying V Centre ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2019

Pocari Sweat wins six in a row, takes semis No. 1 spot

Pocari Sweat occupied the No. 1 seat in the Final Four after taming the University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses, 25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 25-14, Wednesday for the Lady Warriors’ sixth straight win to close the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference eliminatio.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2016

ADMU overpowers UST to stay on semis track

THE Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles overpowered the young University of Santo Tomas (UST) Tigresses in straight sets to remain in contention for a spot in the semifinals of the V-League Season 13 Collegiate Conference. The Lady Eagles pounced on t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsAug 30th, 2016

Ateneo battles UST in bid to remain in semis contention

With their campaign for a semifinals spot hanging by a thread, the Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles face an also-ran yet still dangerous University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses on Monday in the 13th V-League Collegiate Conference at the PhilSports Arena in .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2016

11 years after epic, Federer tops Nadal in Wimbledon semis

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — After waiting 11 years to get another shot against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, Roger Federer was so, so close to the finish line. One match point slipped away when Federer missed a forehand return. A second came and went on a backhand return. Later, serving for a spot in a record 12th final at the All England Club, Federer shanked a leaping overhead off the top edge of his racket frame, giving Nadal a break point. After Nadal wasted that chance, Federer earned two more match points — and failed to convert those, either, as his wife, Mirka, peeked through the fingers covering her face. Federer knew it wouldn't be easy against his great rival. Never is, really, no matter where they play. Eventually, Nadal pushed a backhand long on match point No. 5, bringing an anticlimactic close to the otherwise classic contest and allowing Federer to win their semifinal 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Friday. "I'm exhausted. It was tough at the end," Federer said. "I'm just very relieved it's all over." Federer closed in on a ninth championship at the All England Club and 21st Grand Slam trophy in all. To get to those numbers in Sunday's final, Federer must get past Novak Djokovic, who is the defending champion and seeded No. 1. "We all know how good he is anywhere," Djokovic said about Federer, "but especially here." Djokovic isn't too shabby himself. He reached his sixth final at the grass-court major by beating 23rd-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 earlier Friday. Djokovic is eyeing a fifth championship at Wimbledon and 16th major title. As entertaining as that first semifinal was — including a 45-stroke point won by Djokovic — it was merely a tasty appetizer ahead of the day's delectable main course. Not only was this the 40th installment of Federer vs. Nadal, but it also was their first meeting at Wimbledon since the 2008 final. In a match many consider the best in the sport's lengthy annals, Nadal edged Federer 9-7 in a fifth set that ended after 9 p.m., as any trace of daylight disappeared. How excited, then, were the spectators for the rematch? When Federer and Nadal strode out into the sunshine at 4:30 p.m. Friday, they were welcomed by a standing ovation before ever swinging a racket. Quickly, that greeting was justified. These are, of course, two of the greats of all-time — maybe the two greatest — and they lived up to that status for stretches. One key, for Federer, was that his rebuilt backhand, hit strong and flat more frequently than it used to be, held steady against Nadal's bullwhip of a lefty forehand. Another was that Federer was able to withstand Nadal's serve, which has improved a ton over the years. Federer amassed 10 break points, and though he succeeded on just two, that was enough, with the last, vital conversion making it 2-1 in the fourth set. And then there was this: Federer won 25 of the 33 points when he went to the net. "I didn't play well enough," said Nadal, who lost a five-set semifinal to Djokovic a year ago at Wimbledon. There was something of an "Anything you can do, I can do, too" vibe to Friday's proceedings. Federer would kick up chalk with an ace to a corner, and Nadal would do the same in the next game. When Nadal jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the first-set tiebreaker, Federer used sublime returning to reel off five points in a row to claim it. Who else but Federer could strike a serve so well that Nadal's wild reply would be caught by someone in the Royal Box behind him, as happened early in the second set? Who else but Nadal could attack Federer's generally unassailable forehand in such a manner as to draw one so off the mark that it landed in the third row? "I thought probably the biggest points in the match went my way. There were some tight ones and long rallies," Federer said. "He plays with such velocity and spins and everything, you're not always sure you're going to connect the right way." No one ever has managed to reduce Federer to mid-match mediocrity quite the way Nadal can, part of why the Spaniard entered Friday with a 24-15 overall lead head-to-head, including 10-3 at Grand Slam tournaments. This was the second major in a row where they've faced off: Nadal won their windy French Open semifinal last month en route to his 12th championship on the red clay and 18th Slam overall. But Wimbledon is Federer's dominion: He's won 101 matches at the place — more than any other man at any other Slam, even Nadal at Roland Garros — and all of those trophies. Djokovic, meanwhile, leads his series with Federer 25-22, including 9-6 in Grand Slam matches. "I hope I can push him to the brink and hopefully beat him. But it's going to be very difficult, as we know," Federer said. "He's not No. 1 just by chance." On Friday, Djokovic was as animated as ever. When Bautista Agut's shot hit the net tape, popped in the air and slid over for a winner that tied their semifinal at a set apiece, Djokovic motioned to the roaring fans, sarcastically encouraging folks to get louder. When Djokovic ended that 45-stroke point — the longest on record at Wimbledon, where such stats date to 2005 — with a backhand winner, he cupped his ear while glaring into the stands. "I had," Djokovic said, "to dig deep." Even Bautista Agut didn't really expect his visit to the All England Club to last this long: The Spaniard was supposed to meet a half-dozen of his buddies on the island of Ibiza this weekend for his bachelor party. Instead, those pals were sitting in a guest box at Centre Court on Friday. Eventually, Djokovic took control with his enviable ability to return serves, track down balls and go from defense to offense. Now he's Federer's problem......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

Cignal HD Spikers gain top seeding

Ysay Marasigan and Marck Espejo combined for 23 points as the HD Spikers finished the single round elims among 12 teams at 10-1 then nipped the Air Force Jet Spikers in the tiebreak to claim the No. 1 spot in the crossover semis......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

Lady Troopers secure third semis slot; BaliPure import says sorry for hitting teammate

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 Final Four of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 29th, 2019

Petro Gazz ousts Motolite to take top spot

The Petro Gazz Angels secured the No. 1 spot of the Premier Volleyball Reinforced Conference semis after besting Motolite in straight sets, 25-19, 25-15, 25-15......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 29th, 2019

PVL: Angels claim top seed, boot out Motolite

PetroGazz locked the top seeding in the Final Four after showing Motolite the exit door in the race to the Final Four in a 25-19, 25-15, 25-15, victory to close the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference elimination round Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in Sa Juan. The Angels forged a best-of-three showdown with No. 4 seed BanKo in the semifinals, which will begin on Wednesday. American Janisa Johnson scored 15 points off 10 attacks and 10 kill blocks and added eight digs and six excellent receptions while Cuban Wilma Salas posted 14 markers with all but one coming off spikes for PetroGazz, which closed the elims with a 9-1 win-loss record tied with defending champion Creamline. The Angels took the no. 1 seed by virtue of higher tiebreak. The Cool Smashers will face PacificTown Army in the other Final Four pairing. Even with the seat in the semis already secured, PetroGazz played with a mindset of building momentum heading into the all-important Final Four series. “Sila (Motolite) ang naghahabol, sila ang may chance na maka-playoff ang BanKo so tayo panindigan natin na tayo ang nasa taas na nasa no. 1 spot going to the semifinals,” said Angels coach Arnold Laniog. “Better na galing kami sa panalo.” Cherry Nunag, who suffered cramps in the second set and sat out the third frame, and Paneng Mercado combined for 10 markers for PetroGazz, who played solid net defense with 11 kill blocks. Motolite came up short of forcing a playoff for the last semis berth with its seventh loss in 10 games. Trinidadian Channon Thompson was the only Motolite player in double figures with 17 points – all from attacks – while compatriot Krystle Esdelle made nine markers and seven digs.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2019

Army, BanKo dispute No. 3; Motolite seeks playoff

PacificTown Army and BanKo-Perlas collide today for the third spot in the Final Four while Motolite tries to force a playoff for the last semis berth against PetroGazz in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 28th, 2019

Army, BanKo dispute No. 3; Motolite seeks playoff

PacificTown Army and BanKo-Perlas collide Saturday for the third spot in the Final Four while Motolite tries to force a playoff for the last semis berth against PetroGazz in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 28th, 2019

Domingo to skipper Nat l U-23 women s team in Thai tourney

National women’s Under-23 volleyball team head coach Kungfu Reyes will bank on the experience and veteran presence of Celine Domingo come the 2019 Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Championships on July 4 to 10. Reyes named Domingo of Far Eastern University as team captain of the 14-woman squad that will participate in the prestigious invitational tournament for club and U-23 teams from different Asian countries. “Si Celine [Domingo] ang magba-banner ngayon ng Under-23 ngayon. Siya na ‘yung pinaka-senior,” said Reyes, who was thankful to Domingo’s club team Creamline for loaning the middle blocker to the Nationals despite the Cool Smashers’ ongoing campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. Domingo will take over the position of University of the Philippines’ Isa Molde, who was named skipper during the introduction of the national U-23 pool. Molde as well as Tots Carlos and Marist Layug are all included in the pool but the trio had to beg off because of their club team Motolite’s push for a semis spot in the PVL.   “‘Yun nga kasi hindi rin mapayagan kasi meron rin silang ipinaglalaban e,” said Reyes. “Kasi nga nagbi-build rin sila ng new team so naintindihan namin yung mga ganoong part. Hindi rin naman kami insisting na kasi meron din silang dapat gawin para sa team nila.” Reyes said that he submitted the 14-man lineup, a very young team, last Monday.   Included in the roster are University of Sto. Tomas players Mafe Galanza, Kecelyn Galdones, Ysa Jimenez, setter Maji Mangulabnan, Rachelle Roldan, Imee Hernandez, and Janna Torres. Rossie Rosier and Jewel Encarnacion of University of the Philippines, FEU’s Ivanna Agudo and Lyann De Guzman, Justine Jazareno of De La Salle University and UAAP Season 81 high school Most Valuable Player Angel Canino of De La Salle-Zobel complete the very young lineup.   “So si Celine na ‘yung pinaka-senior na maglalaro doon so that's why she will be our captain ball,” said Reyes. The U-23 team will fly to Thailand on July 3 together with the national men's team.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers seek win no. 8; Lady Troopers try to secure semis spot

Defending champion Creamline eyes to keep its hot streak going as it takes on PacificTown Army on Wednesday in the penultimate elimination round playdate of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The semifinals-bound Cool Smashers are riding the crest of their seven-game winning romp including a 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 26-24, victory over first round tormentor PetroGazz on Saturday. Creamline marches back into action at 3:00 p.m. with hopes of taking a slice of the lead with the Angels (8-1 win-loss record). The match will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Imports Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand and Venezuelan Ale Blanco, who showed the way for the Cool Smashers in their rousing win over the erstwhile unbeaten PetroGazz, will again be at the helm of Creamline’s charge together with locals Alyssa Valdez, setter Jia Morado, Michele Gumabao and Risa Sato. Meanwhile, the Lady Troopers try to seal the third Final Four seat to join Creamline and PetroGazz. PacificTown Army holds a 4-4 slate and still in a precarious position in the race for the last two Final Four seats with BanKo (3-5) and Motolite (3-6) still in the thick of the battle. The Lady Troopers are coming off a 27-29, 20-25, 14-25, loss to the Angels last Sunday in Binan, Laguna. PacificTown Army will pin its hopes on Ukrainian Lena Lymareva-Flink, American Jenelle Jordan, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Jem Gutierrez, Royse Tubino and setter Alina Bicar.     ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 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: We re down but we re not letting it defeat us – Johnson

For the first time in eight games PetroGazz found itself on the losing end of a hard-fought battle in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. The Angels suffered an 18-25, 25-21, 19-25, 24-26, loss at the hands of defending champion Creamline on Saturday that ended PetroGazz’s seven game winning streak. But the Angels are not losing sleep from their first setback. “It was quiet [in the locker room],” said American import Janisa Johnson. “But I mean, I think everyone was reflecting on what happened.” The semis-bound Angels and Cool Smashers are tied at the top spot with 7-1 win-loss slates. “We're bummed out but we still have a good record in the season. So I mean, we're down but we're not letting it defeat us,” said Johnson, who scored 22 points with 20 coming off kills. The Angels had a chance to force a deciding set after taking a 24-21 lead in the fourth frame but the breaks of the game didn’t go their way as Creamline escaped with its seventh straight win since bowing down to PetroGazz in the conference opener. “It happens. We put up a fight, but I guess we know we could have done more,” said Johnson. “But the next game now we know what to do. I mean, losses happen. It sucks when it happens, but they're part of the game,” she added. “Of course, it hits home when you have your first loss but the season's not over yet. So this is a push for us that we needed.” The Angels will try to get back on the win column on Sunday against PacificTown Army at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 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

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: 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

7-man CEU wills its way to PBA D-League Finals date opposite Cignal-Ateneo

Centro Escolar University dug deep and pulled off an 89-72 Game Three semifinal shocker to boot St. Clare College Virtual Reality Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig and progress to the 2019 PBA D-League Finals. "We didn't expect to be here, to make it to the Finals, but the heart and the desire to win ng mga players, there's no substitute for that," said coach Derrick Pumaren. The duo of Rich Guinitaran and Dave Bernabe stepped up big for the Scorpions, which had to deal with the absence of Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf in the final three minutes of the game. Guinitaran uncorked 23 points and seven rebounds, as well as hitting the big three that erected an 83-68 advantage with 2:49 left. Bernabe contributed 16 of his 22 points in the second half, as well as hauling down 14 rebounds and five steals in the win. Diouf had to sit the waning moments of the game after being whistled for a flagrant foul penalty one for his landing spot foul against Raymond Rubio at the 3:11 mark of the fourth. But CEU's 20-4 third quarter tear was the x-factor in the game, changing the tide from a tight 38-39 halftime affair to a commanding 58-43 lead en route to taking the best-of-three series, two wins to one. CEU now makes a quick pivot with the best-of-five Finals against Cignal-Ateneo already set on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. "For me, this team is already a champion. With all the adversities na nangyari, we still made it," sighed Pumaren. Junjie Hallare carried St. Clare with 19 points, while Joshua Fontanilla got 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, and five steals in the semis exit. BOX SCORES CEU 89 -- Guinitaran 23, Bernabe 22, Diouf 14, Sunga 12, Santos 8, Diaz 7, Abastillas 3. ST. CLARE 72 -- Hallare 19, Fontanilla 16, Pare 11, Lunor 7, Tiquia 7, Santos 6, Ambulodto 4, Rubio 2, Penaredondo 0. QUARTER SCORES: 16-21, 38-39, 67-52, 89-72......»»

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