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UAAP VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bernadeth Pons of FEU

Bernadeth Pons is making the most out of her final year with the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament. The graduating hitter towed the Morayta-based squad to a second spot finish after the eliminations and helped the Lady Tamaraws clinch the much-needed twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four. Her heroics in the last two matches of FEU gave her the thumbs up to claim her second straight UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week honor. Like what she promised last week, Pons was at the helm of FEU’s successful run to bag the semis incentive – the Lady Tams’ first since Season 71. The 21-year old spiker, who hails from Talisay, Negros Occidental, stepped up when it mattered most as FEU closed the elims with a 10-4 win-loss record and most importantly the Lady Tams armed themselves with a twice-to-beat edge over third running Ateneo de Manila University in the semis next week. The do-it-all outside hitter delivered 13 points and added 13 digs and as many as excellent receptions in making a quick work of University of the East, 25-17, 25-15, 25-20, last Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. She followed it up with a 17-point, 16-reception performance in beating National University, 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, to clinch the No.2 spot on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena. “Masaya kami na natapos namin yung second round, na naipanalo namin ang last three games namin,” said Pons. “Ang pressure palagi namang nand'yan, palagi naman naming nire-remind ang bawat isa na hindi namin siya dapat i-take as pressure, kasi lalo lang kaming mawawala sa kung ano ang dapat naming gawin.” “So tsina-challenge namin palagi nag sarili namin, kung ano 'yung mga dapat naming gawin, kung ano ang role namin sa team, 'yun,” she added. Pons bested De La Salle’s Kianna Dy and Michelle Cobb, Adamson’s graduating players Mylene Paat and Jema Galanza as well as Tots Carlos of University of the Philippines for the last weekly honor given by sportswriters from broadsheets, tabloids and online websites covering the beat. Pons’ performance in the elims also gave her a good chance to vie for the coveted Most Valuable Player plum. She finished fourth in the scoring race with a total of 215 points, eighth in attacjs with 198 kills on 30.6 percent success rate and third both in digs (208 digs) and receptions (170 receptions on 45.2 % efficiency rate. But Pons is looking at the bigger picture than individual accolades. “‘Yung mga individual awards naman bonus na lang ‘yun. Ako palagi lang akong nagfofocus kung ano ‘yung dapat kong ibigay na maitutulong ko sa team, kung ano ‘yung kailangan ko ma-perform as a team captain and as a senior,” said Pons, who is hoping help end a decade-long title drought of FEU and deliver the school’s 30th crown. “‘Yung target naman namin is ‘yung trophy ng champion. ‘Yun ang pinakagusto naming makuha.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnApr 16th, 2018

UAAP PRESS CORPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bernadeth Pons of FEU

Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons is determined to make the most out of her final playing year. After another superb all-around performance that allowed the Lady Tamaraws to clinch a Final Four berth in the Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, Pons has earned the UAAP Player of the Week recognition. She bested National University’s Jaja Santiago, University of the Philippines' Tots Carlos, De La University’s Kim Kianna Dy, and Ateneo de Manila University’s Kat Tolentino for the weekly nod. The FEU skipper, who averages 15.4 points per game, stands out because of her remarkable defensive skills on top of her scoring prowess. She ranks third in receiving (44.88 percent reception efficiency) and digging (3.84 digs per set), edging out all liberos in the league not named Kath Arado and Dawn Macandili.  In the Lady Tamaraws’ five-set victory over the Adamson Lady Falcons last Saturday, Pons finished with stellar triple-double numbers of 22 points, 23 digs, and 24 excellent receptions. “Sobrang laking factor siya para ma-build talaga yung confidence ng team,” she said about the crucial win that secured them a ticket to the semifinals for the fourth year in a row. Despite the guaranteed playoffs entry, the 21-year-old spiker is not yet satisfied with what her team has achieved. Sporting an 8-4 record, FEU currently sits at the third spot behind De La Salle University (10-2) and Ateneo de Manila University (9-4). With two games remaining in the elimination round, the Lady Tamaraws are still in the hunt for a twice-to-beat bonus. “Ang target namin is yung number two, so kailangan ma-straight namin yung natitirang games para makuha namin yung number two spot,” said Pons, ahead of their closing matches against University of the East on Wednesday and National University on Sunday. “Ito na lang yung last chance ko. Gusto talaga namin na makapasok kami ng Finals, pero syempre gusto namin makakuha ng twice-to-beat advantage kasi malaking bagay nga naman siya para sa team,” she added. The graduating hitter hopes to end her collegiate career with a bang, but she knows that focusing on their ultimate goal of reaching the championship can be overwhelming. So instead of keeping their eyes on the prize, she wants her teammates to focus on what they need to do on the court......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

Pons gets vindication in UST win after futile showing against Ateneo

After a crucial loss, Bernadeth Pons got her vindication against Far Eastern University's all-time rival. In the Lady Tamaraws' shock three-set defeat to Ateneo last week, Pons was held to just five measly points afteraveraging 18.67 points a game in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament. It came like a wake-up call for Pons and vowed to a better player in the Lady Tamaraws' next game as the elimination round enters a crucial stretch. She found retribution when she led FEU to a 25-21, 25-21, 25-23 win over University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday where she finished with 15 points. READ:UAAP Volleyball: Ateneo recovers, stops FEU's winning run ...Keep on reading: Pons gets vindication in UST win after futile showing against Ateneo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL Press Corps POW: Eli Soyud of Adamson U

After an impressive game against her former team La Salle, Adamson University standout Eli Soyud emerged as the UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week. The opposite spiker finished with a game-high 18 points, from 13 kills, three blocks and two service aces, in the Lady Falcons’ four-set victory over the Lady Spikers, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, on Saturday. Soyud’s stellar performance helped Adamson to score its first win over La Salle since the second round of the Season 70. “Bumalik ‘yung trust ko sa sarili ko siyempre ‘yung trust ng coaches sa akin parang naging buo ulit kasi nga mas nakakatulong ako hindi na parang dadalhin pa ako,” she said. Lady Falcons coach Air Padda couldn’t be any prouder of Soyud. “She had a rough start and now a lot of people want to underestimate her but then I never underestimated her. I know what Eli is capable of, she’s capable of a lot and man I’m so proud of her,” said Padda. Soyud, who suited up for La Salle in Seasons 77 and 78, edged NationalUniversity stalwart Jaja Santiago, Ateneo skipper Maddie Madayag, Far Eastern University top hitter Bernadeth Pons and La Salle defense specialist Dawn Macandili......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Top performers after the elims (women s)

University of Sto. Tomas’ explosive hitter Sisi Rodina and graduating player Jaja Santiago of National University topped the statistics race on offense while University of the East libero Kath Arado dominated the rest of the field in floor defense after the elimination round of the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament. The 5-foot-5 Rondina led the league in scoring with a total of 296 points she accumulated from 271 spikes, 17 service aces and eight kill blocks, edging Santiago by 16 points. Santiago finished at second with 280 points (223 kills, 36 kill blocks, 21 aces) followed by Tots Carlos of University of the Philippines’ 274 (235 kills, 17 kill blocks, 22 aces), Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons’ 215 markers (198 kills, 7 kill blocks, 10 aces) and Jema Galanza of Adamson University’s 207 points (183 kills, 10 kill blocks, 14 aces). But the 6-foot-5 Santiago was the most efficient attacker during the elims with a 41.76% success rate followed by Rondina (38.44%), Adamson’s Mylene Paat (34.84%), Jho Maraguinot of Ateneo (33.15%) and Carlos (32.73). On defense, Arado, the Season 77 Rookie of the Year, bested De La Salle University’s Dawn Macandili in both digs and reception. The fourth year libero averaged 6.72 digs per set ahead of Macandili (6.34), Pons (3.71), Isa Molde of UP (3.10) and Rondina (3.00). Arado also showed her efficiency in reception with a 53.07% success rate to eclipse Macandili (52.31%), Pons (45.16%), Kyla Atienza of FEU (42.47%) and Galanza (39.13%). Meanwhile, FEU’s Celine Domingo topped the blocking department as she collected 41 kill blocks overall and averaged 0.73 kill blocks per set. Santiago landed at second with 0.68 kill blocks per set followed by Majoy Baron of DLSU (0.66), Paat (0.63) and Roselyn Doria of NU (0.60). La Salle’s Desiree Cheng was the most dangerous player on the service line after she landed a total of 35 aces or 0.66 service winners per set followed by teammate Michelle Cobb (31, 0.58 per set), Toni Basas of FEU (32, 0.57 per set), Ateneo’s Kat Tolentino (26, 0.46 per set) and Kyle Negrito of FEU (25, 0.45 per set). Deanna Wong of Ateneo took the no. 1 spot in setting with an average of 8.54 excellent sets per frame ahead of NU’s Jasmine Nabor (8.32), Cobb (8.26), Fenela Emnas of Adamson (7.67) and Negrito (6.79).   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

UAAP Volleyball: Bernadeth Pons: Probinsyana with a Superstar Soul

In a time where gadgets have pretty much taken over the lives of majority of the world’s population, Bernadeth Pons prefers to keep things simple. Instead of swiping her phone for the latest news on Twitter or organizing her feed on Instagram, FEU’s Team Captain and graduate of Financial Management would rather spend time inside the athlete’s dormitory to sleep. While that sounds boring, the 21-year old Pons reasons that she needs all the energy she can get to complete her Master’s degree in Business Administration and perform at the highest level in her final season in the UAAP. The 5’7” open spiker is currently the fourth best scorer in the league averaging 15.2 points per match. She is also ranked third in both digging and receiving. Because of her all-around brilliance, there is a fairly good amount of fans on social media who have been campaigning for Pons to be named MVP of Season 80. But, of course, Pons is oblivious to that. In fact, she didn’t even know that she was included in the 34-player wish list of new National Team Head Coach Ramil de Jesus. It took a text message from her younger sister, Melody, who lives in their hometown of Talisay, Negros Occidental for Pons to learn about the development. “Ha? Saan galing yan?” was her honest reply. To Pons, playing for the national team goes beyond her wildest dreams. And while she feels very much honored to have her name considered for a spot, Pons says her current focus is with FEU. After all, it was the school that provided her with a means to fulfill her goals and make her parents proud. From Softball to Volleyball Pons was born in Malolos, Bulacan where her father, Roberto and mother, Maryjen met. A year after her birth, the family moved to Talisay where Roberto started playing baseball recreationally. When his eldest daughter grew big enough to play, she also took a liking to the sport. Pons would even join the boys play catch during her elementary days at Efigenio-Enrica Lizares Memorial School. Unfortunately, there was no softball team for Pons to try-out for. That’s when her classmate, Allen Joy Esponilia invited her to try-out for the volleyball team. “Nung una, sobrang hirap kasi wala talaga akong alam eh. Kahit dig, dig lang, kung saan-saan pumupunta. Nahihiya ako sa ka-partner ko kasi syempre, alam na niya yung basics ng volleyball. Naiiyak na nga ako kasi palagi nalang tumatalsik,” recalled Pons, who was 10 years old at the time. But, the challenge of excelling at a sport where she had no background in challenged the young Pons. Eventually, she learned how to dig up powerful spikes and became a libero. In the fifth grade, she experienced her first major competition by participating in the Palarong Pambansa held in Palawan and representing Region 6 – Western Visayas where she teamed up with Kim Gequillana and Ayel Estraňero. It was the first of five Palarong Pambansa events she would participate in. In those competitions, Pons played against numerous future UAAP stars like Jia Morado, Desiree Cheng, Majoy Baron, Jhoana Maraguinot and a powerhouse Region 7 – Central Visayas squad that featured Sisi Rondina, Dimdim Pacres, Rica Rivera and CJ Saga. Leap of Faith As she got older, Pons began developing her spiking prowess and caught the eye of the legendary Roger Gorayeb, who wanted to bring her to San Sebastian College-Recoletos. But, she was reluctant to leave home. “Wala akong idea about life dito sa Manila. So, hindi ko alam kung tutuloy ba ako or hindi. Dumating sa point na nag-decide kami ng Papa ko na doon nalang sa amin ako mag college,” explained Pons. During her final year in high school in 2013, then FEU Head Coach Shaq delos Santos went to the Regional Meet in Roxas City, Capiz to recruit the reluctant Pons. Delos Santos was persistent in convincing her to come and be a part of his plan to revive the volleyball program of the university. The free education, food and accessibility to the training facilities finally convinced Pons to take a leap of faith.   “Naisip ko, pag doon ako sa probinsya, mamamasahe ako every day, mabigat din sa parents ko. So, yun talaga yung sabi ko, ‘O-oo na ako’. Nag-decide ako na mag go-go na ako sa Maynila,” recalled Pons. For someone who never imagined leaving her hometown, Pons didn’t have any trouble making her mark in the UAAP as she immediately led the Lady Tamaraws in scoring (11.8 points per match) as a rookie. She would become FEU’s leading scorer in each of her UAAP stints which includes Final Four appearances in the past three seasons. Last Stretch Now that Pons is approaching the last stretch of her collegiate career and with FEU in a good position to attain a twice-to-beat advantage in the post-season for the first time since 2009, she is more focused than ever on the task at hand. Should the Lady Tamaraws beat NU in their last elimination round game on Sunday and if Ateneo loses to La Salle, FEU will enter the Final Four as the number two ranked team. But, Pons knows it won’t be easy as the Lady Bulldogs will be out for redemption. “Kami kasi yung unang tumalo sa kanila sa first round. So, palagi namin rine-remind yung bawat isa na yung NU, pipilitin nilang bumawi sa atin. Tapos sila, nothing to lose kasi kahit ano mangyari, number four na sila. Eh tayo, may hinahabol tayo na number two. Hindi puwedeng magpabaya tayo kasi NU pa rin yan. Lalaban at lalaban yan,” shared Pons. It’s been a decade since FEU last won the UAAP Women’s Volleyball title. While Pons has already achieved her initial goal of earning a college degree, she still has that burning desire to give back to the school that gave her the opportunity to help her family and leave a lasting legacy in the process. “Gusto ko maalala nila ako bilang isa sa mga nakapagbalik ng crown sa FEU. Sobrang tagal nang nawala ang FEU sa championship. Yun yung gusto namin ibalik ulit,” declared Pons. All Pons ever wanted was to ease the burden on her parents by graduating from school. The game of volleyball has given her a means to accomplish that and so much more. She’s become one of the UAAP’s brightest stars and may wear the colors of the Philippine flag one day. But, no matter what happens, she will always be that same humble girl from Talisay, inspiring countless others like her to be brave and go for great. Catch Bernadeth Pons and the FEU Tamaraws take on the NU Bulldogs on April 15, Sunday, 12 noon LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, Liga, Liga HD and via livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Kailangang trabahuhin ang NU -- Pons

Far Eastern University is already through to the Final Four but the Lady Tamaraws will treat their last 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament elimination round game against National University on Sunday as a do-or-die match. At stake in the all-important game is a golden opportunity for FEU to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four against Ateneo de Manila University. FEU defeated University of the East 25-17, 25-15, 25-20, Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan to tie the Lady Eagles at 9-4 win-loss record with both teams engaged in a wild race for the semis incentive.       “Sobrang importante pa rin talaga ‘yung NU game namin ‘yun nga sabi nga na nabigyan kami ng opportunity para makuha namin ‘yung no. 2 spot,” said graduating hitter Bernadeth Pons, who had a triple-double performance of 13 points, 13 digs and 13 excellent receptions. “Pero kailangan pa rin namin trabahuin yung natitirang game namin which is yung NU,” she added. “So paghahandaan pa rin namin sila, aaralin namin yung galaw ng kalaban.” The Lady Tamaraws handed the Lady Bulldogs their first loss of the season in four sets. NU bounced back after that loss but FEU’s win exposed the Lady Bulldogs’ weaknesses as the Jaja Santiago-led squad struggled in the second round with five straight losses before bouncing back with a win over the lowly Lady Warriors. “Although bumaba ‘yung standing ng NU ng second round then nakabawi sila ng isa, sa player kasi walang gustong natatalo so andun pa rin yung babawi, magba-bounce back,” Pons stressed. “So kami din ayaw namin na mabawian kami kasi sobrang importante ng game namin so pagtatrabahuan talaga namin.” The Morayta-based squad can clinch the semis advantage with a win over NU and Ateneo loses to the defending two-time champion De La Salle University. In case both the Lady Tams and Lady Eagles drop their last assignments or if FEU falls to NU and Ateneo wins over the Lady Spikers both teams will dispute the semis advantage via playoff.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU secures Final Four berth

Far Eastern University banked on the fifth set heroics of graduating hitter Bernadeth Pons and Heather Guino-o as the Lady Tamaraws secured the third Final Four berth in a come-from-behind 25-22, 25-27, 14-25, 25-22, 15-11, win Saturday over Adamson University in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena. The Lady Tams duo delivered nine points in the fifth frame including the crucial hits in the closing stretch of the match to advance in the semis for the fourth straight year and keep their semis twice-to-beat hopes alive. FEU improved to 8-4 win-loss record while dropping their first round tormentors to 5-7 card. “‘Yun naman talaga ang goal namin na mag-top two kasi hinahabol namin ang twice-to-beat advantage so ‘yun nakuha naming,” said FEU coach George Pascua. The Lady Tams must sweep their last two games against University of the East and National University and hope that either of the grand slam-seeking De La Salle University (9-2) and Ateneo de Manila University (9-3) won't reach 11 wins to force at least a playoff for a semis twice-to-beat.     “Hopefully ‘yung mga susunod na games pa namin mas pagbubutihan namin kasi nabigyan kami ng chance, so ‘yung chance na nabigay sa amin hindi na namin pakakawalan,” said Pascua. Pons had another all-around performance, boosting her stock in for the Most Valuable Player award, scoring 22 points highlighted by 20 attacks while adding 24 excellent receptions and 23 digs for the Morayta-based squad. Celine Domingo dominated the front of the net with six kill blocks in her 18-point explosion while Toni Rose Basas and Guino-o posted 16 and 12 markers, respectively, for FEU.   After clawing their way from a 1-2 match deficit, the  Lady Tam raced to an 8-5 lead capped by Guino-o's hit only to allow the Lady Falcons behind Jema Galanza to overtake them, 10-8, with five straight points. Pons scored four of the Lady Tams' closing 7-1 blitz. Galanza finished with 16 points while Mylene Paat had 15 markers for Adamson. Joy Dacoron and Eli Soyud added 12 and 11 markers, respectively, for the Lady Falcons., who now need to win their last two elims games against two-time defending champion De La Salle and University of Sto. Tomas and hope that National University (6-6) won't reach eight wins to force at least a playoff for the last semis spot.      ---              Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

Pons, Galanza take breather during Holy Week lull

If there are players in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament who opted to train during the Holy Week---cue La Salle and Ateneo---there were also some used the short break to get some much needed breather. Captains of their respective teams, Bernadeth Pons and Jema Galanza chose to use Good Friday and Black Saturday as their own version of a long weekend. Although the two captains will be having their little vacations in the middle of the second round, Galanza and Pons have a different approach on how they will take their breaks. Galanza said she'd be with her family and go to their hometown of Liliw, Laguna where she'd spend the Holy Week the traditional Catholic...Keep on reading: Pons, Galanza take breather during Holy Week lull.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 30th, 2018

UAAP PRESS CORPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kim Kianna Dy

Kim Kianna Dy proved to be the key to the two-time defending champion De La Salle University’s victory over archrivals Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles, meriting her the UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week (POW) recognition. Dy exploded with a personal season-high of 21 points off 11 spikes, seven kill blocks and three service aces, aiding the Lady Spikers in snapping the Lady Eagles’ four-game winning streak with a 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, win Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. The opposite spiker vowed to head coach Ramil de Jesus that she would makeup for her lackluster performance in La Salle’s four-set loss to Adamson a week ago. Her efforts allowed the Lady Spikers to get back on their winning ways for a 5-2 win-loss record at second spot tied with Far Eastern University. "After naming matalo sa Adamson, nag-message sa akin 'yung bata na 'yan. Sabi niya, sorry, nag-sorry and then babawi ako. Eto naman, pinakita naman niya,” said de Jesus. Dy was convinced of the fact that the Lady Spikers needed to bounce back and regain their confidence. “I think, coming from a loss kasi, kailangan talaga naming mag-bounce back. And we need to get that confidence again,” said Dy. Dy was chosen over other POW candidates University of the East’s Shaya Adorador and Kath Arado, Far Easter University captain Bernadeth Pons, National University stalwart Jaja Santiago and University of the Philippines’ leading scorer Tots Carlos......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 5th, 2018

UAAP Volleyball: Pons: Our team still lacks right decision-making

The FEU Lady Tamaraws played three games thus far in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament.  So far, they all played five-setters. In their five-setter against the De La Salle Lady Spikers, FEU came up short for the second straight game, and team captain Bernadeth Pons still rues that her team lacks in right decision-making, reiterating her coach George Pascua's sentiments, who said almost the same thing in an interview earlier. 'Siguro kulang 'yung decision-making rin namin, especially pagdating palagi ng fifth set kasi 15 points lang so laging konting focus lang, yung decision-making namin, hindi pa kami ganoon ka-mentally tough pagdating sa fifth set," Pons said after the game. Just like Pascua, Pons is not frustrated on the sets setters Gel Cayuna and Kyle Negrito had been giving, instead putting the blame on herself for not correctly converting the chances given to her in the game. "Frustrated, oo, kasi 'di namin nakuha [ang puntos], pero sa mga sets naman, kahit ano na set, mapaganda or pangit, basta pag na-set na yan, kailangan magawan ng paraan, as a spiker." The hitter added that she does not blame the sets given to her, and mentioned that it is her job to attack correctly, in any form the ball be directed to her. "Hindi ko siya puwede isisi sa setter kasi na-set na yun eh. Kailangan gagawan ko siya ng paraan pero hindi ko nagawa. So yun rin yung isa sa mga naging kulang ko kanina." Pons, who finished with a game-high 21 points lamented that the team could use a more balanced scoring output, so that the team will benefit more. "Sabi ko nga sa amin noon, noong nag-meeting kami noong last na hindi ko naman kailangan pumuntos ng sobrang dami, kailangan na pumuntos ng sobrang dami ni Chin [Basas], kung puwede tig-sampu lang kami, mas madali, mas maganda, kasi lahat nag-cocontribute." Though FEU had already faced such tough games, the 21-year old mentioned that the experience will benefit the team more than harm, since they experience the same intensity in practice. What is the difference, however, is the execution of set plays in crunch time, which the Lady Tamaraws had come up short for the second straight game. "Kailangan kung kukunin lang rin namin, kukunin na talaga namin yung mismong laro na kasi sayang lang rin yung dalawang set na kinuha namin, tapos talo rin pala sa dulo," the skipper said. "So, kailangan yung decision-making namin, parang isang click, alam mo agad yung gagawin mo kasi pagdating sa fifth set kailangan yung player mo mentally tough na so hindi puwede power ng power, at ang sabi ni coach na pagdating sa fifth set, pagod na. Parehas kayong pagod na. Kailangan, yung decision-making yung pinaka-importante. " -- Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU wants share of lead, Adamson seeks rebound

Far Eastern University coach George Pascua wants his wards to ride the momentum of their opening day win when they meet an equally dangerous Adamson University side Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Tams outlasted Ateneo de Manila University, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 15-9, for the first time after five seasons last week behind the 14 points each of graduating hitter Bernadeth Pons and Toni Basas.     “Sa amin it’s ano ‘to pampa-high morale sa mga players kasi knowing Ateneo ang tinalo namin,” said Pascua, who will try to lead his team to its second straight win for a share of the lead with idle National University. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.       The Lady Falcons, on the other hand, are looking to bounce back from a 15-25, 23-25, 25-16, 13-25, defeat at the hands of NU. Returning veteran Mylene Paat and rookie Chiara Permentilla scored in double figures last game, but will need to get more support from Eli Soyud, Joy Dacoron and graduating hitter Jema Galanza. The trio combined for only 22 points the last time out.               --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Kailangan mag-level up siya -- FEU coach Pascua on Pons

Hitter Bernadeth Pons has been a delivering on offense for the past four years for Far Eastern University. A consistent scoring threat and a reliable piece on floor defense, Pons is undeniably the Lady Tamaraws’ do-it-all, go-to-player. But in her last playing year with the Morayta-based squad, head coach George Pascua has one final request to his graduating ward come UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament: assume the leadership role left by Remy Palma last year. Pons was also appointed as team captain of a Lady Tams squad hungry to reclaim the title they last held in 2008.       “Oo 'yun naman ang gusto ko sa kanya kasi siya 'yung captain ball, so gusto ko masanay din siya doon,” said Pascua of his 21-year old ward. His appointment of Pons as skipper is both a challenge and a show of trust to the outgoing player. Pons is known for his offense and decent floor defense but is yet to prove her leadership skills especially after hiding behind the shadows of the more vocal Palma. “Kasi si Pons, hindi ganoon (vocal) sa kasama before eh. Pero ngayon, nagbago na. Kasi dahil andun siguro si Remy. Ngayon, siya na 'yung nasa position ni Remy, nagagawa niya naman,” said Pascua. Pons herself admitted that she’s still adjusting to her new role. “Naga-adjust lang kami kasi ‘yung grumaduate sa amin na si Ate Rem and alam naman natin kung paano siya maglaro and yung angas niya inside the court na nakaka-boost din talaga ng morale ng bawat isa sa amin,” she said. “Konting adjustments lang naman and napag-adjustan naman namin.” FEU parades a veteran and almost intact core with key holdovers Toni Basas, Jerrili Malabanan, Czarina Carandang, Jeannete Villareal and Kyla Atienza and the returning Rosemarie Vargas, who unfortunately will miss the first round due to an injury (muscle strain). But Pascua is pinning his hopes on Pons to lead the team to a successful year. “(Dapat) mag-level up siya ulit, kasi ang laro namang ito para sa kanila eh, 'yung sa mga ga-graduate na,” he said. “So sabi ko nga, magtulungan tayo. Ayusin mo 'yung mga kasama mo, team mo, tapos usap tayo, mag-plano tayo. Para sa inyo 'yung laban.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2018

SWEEP VICTORY: NU claims PVL Collegiate Conference title

Perfect run. National University completed a tournament sweep Saturday after crushing the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, in Game 2 of the best-of-three championship series of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Conference Most Valuable Player Jaja Santiago was unstoppable as she led the Lady Bulldogs to the throne, NU’s third Collegiate Conference title after winning the defunct V-League’s last two editions in 2015 and 2016, in an unbeaten nine-game run. Santiago had 22 points she collected from 19 attacks and three aces while Jorelle Singh and Aiko Urdas, who hammered the championship-clinching crosscourt kill, chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for NU. Playmaker Jasmine Nabor, named Finals MVP, tallied 45 excellent sets in the Lady Bulldogs' 55 attacks while adding six points.  NU, who barely used Best Libero winner Gayle Valdez (sore left foot), submitted FEU, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24, Wednesday in the series opener. Jeannette Villareal and Czarina Carandang scored 10 points each while Toni Rose Basas had nine markers for the Lady Tams, who suffered another painful championship setback after Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza who skipped the match also fell short in the 80th UAAP women's beach volleyball tournament earlier.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2017

Meet FEU's new swag queen Czarina Carandang

Far Eastern University middle Czarina Carandang smacked the ball right at an open spot in the middle of Adamson University’s side in the fourth set of their best-of-three semifinals Game 2 of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Saturday. The third-year player gave a long stare down at the Lady Falcons. “Aba palaban!,” National University setter Jasmine Nabor joked while she and the Lady Bulldogs watched the match near the entrance to FilOil Flying V Centre’s dugouts . During the closing juncture of the fifth set, Carandang gave Adamson scorer Eli Soyud a grin and another dose of stare down after scoring on a kill block. FEU needed an inspiration when its back was against the wall in the semis series. Carandang unleashed her inner Remy Palma, the former FEU skipper known for her swag, as the Lady Tams survived elimination to keep their semifinals hopes alive in a thrilling, 21-25, 27-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-11, win that tied the series at 1-1.        “Kasi po kapag crucial point lalo na po ngayon na do-or-die kami kailangan pong ipakita ko ‘yung tapang ko lalo na po’t wala si Ate (Bernadeth) Pons saka si Ate Kyla (Atienza),” said Carandang, who had a breakout night with 20 points. “Parang naisip ko rin po na parang pam-boost din siya ng confidence,” she added.     Carandang had 15 spikes, three kill blocks and two service winners while playing and starting in all five sets. But her swag and antics in her inspired play was something that definitely made Palma, who witnessed the match, proud. “Kanina nga nagkaka-eye to eye kami ni Ate Remy. Gumaganoon siya sa akin na, ‘relax lang Czar, relax lang.’ So sa kanya lang ako tumitingin, ‘na Ate Rem anong gagawin ko?’ said Carandang. The Tanauan, Batangas player looked up to Palma, who exhausted all her five playing years in the UAAP last season, even before. “Kasi ever since noong simula pa lang noong rookie year ko pa lang. Hindi po ako volleyball player talaga eh. May height lang ako talaga pero wala pong skills, si coach Shaq (Delos Santos) po ang kumuha sa akin tapos pinalakas nya po ako,” she said. “Tapos every time na may gagawin, ‘Ate Rem paano po ito? Paano po ang ganito?’ Sa kanya lang po ako nagtatanong lalo na po kung nalilito ako. Kanina po nag-eye to eye lang po kami na parang ‘Ate paano?’ Alam nya na po sa isip niya yun na, ‘Relax lang Czar, kaya mo ‘yan.’” Asked if she’s a Remy Palma in the making, Carandang said that nothing beats the original. “Si Ate Rem po talaga yung parang ‘The Boss’ talaga, paran ako kampon na lang,” she said. “Konting angas lang, low key lang.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2017

Tigresses, Lady Tams remain unbeaten

Powerhouse teams defending champion University of Sto. Tomas and Far Eastern University kept their unblemished records intact in Day 2 of the 80th UAAP women’s beach volleyball tournament at the Sands SM by the Bay Friday. The tandem of reigning Most Valuable Player Sisi Rondina and Caitlyn Viray delivered the Tigresses’ third win in as many outings after a quick work of Ateneo de Manila University’s Bea De Leon and Jules Samonte, 22-20, 21-15. Rondina, who teamed up with Jem Gutierrez last year for the Espana-based squad’s fourth crown overalla, felt that they still have a lot to work on to.     “Kanina sa performance namin sobrang kulang pa, 'di namin alam kung ano ang ginawa namin pero siguro kulang sa mindset (wala kami sa focus),' said the fourth year Rondina. '(But) I always think po na kung 'di ko kaya or 'di niya (Viray) kaya, nagdadalahan kami, we got each other's back.” The Tams pair of Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza, who finished runner-up last year, needed to comeback from a set down to defeat the De La Salle University tandem of Tin Tiamzon and May Luna, 21-23, 21-13, 15-10, for a 3-0 win-loss record. DLSU and Ateneo dropped to 1-2 slates. University of the East’s Judith Abil and Angelica Dacaymat earned their first win in three outing while handing the listless National University pair of Romajoy Doromal and Audrey Paran their straight loss in a 21-14, 71-21, 15-11, decision.    In men’s play, KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto of defending champion UST claimed their second win in as many games with a 21-14, 21-12 win over Adamson’s Paolo Pablico and John Yude. NU won its second straight match at the expense of UE, 21-14, 21-20; last year’s runner-up FEU bounced back from an opening day loss with a 21-9, 15-21, 15-12 win over Ateneo; while UP topped DLSU, 21-17, 21-12, for a 1-1 card. The Blue Eagles slid to 1-1 mark tied with the Green Spikers while the Falcons and Red Warriors remained winless in two games.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2017

Tigresses down Lady Spikers in beach volleyball opener

University of Sto. Tomas opened its title-retention bid in the 80th UAAP women’s beach volleyball tournament on a high note Thursday at the Sands SM by the Bay. Reigning Most Valuable Player Sisi Rondina and new partner Caitlyn Viray turned back De La Salle University’s Tin Tiamzon and May Luna, 21-23, 21-19, 15-11, in the day’s opening duel. The UST duo needed to comeback from a set down to score an early win in the Espana-based squad’s drive for fifth crown overall and second back-to-back since ruling Season 74 and 75. 'Hindi ko na control emotion ko kanina, gigil ako kanina,' said Rondina, who teamed up with Jem Gutierrez last year to claim her second crown after ruling Season 77. 'Hindi kami mag-iiwan ng salita (kung itutuluy-tuloy na panalo) pero tatrabahuhin namin itong tournament,' added Rondina, who came fresh from a fifth place finish in the Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Singapore with partner Bernadeth Pons. In other women’s results, last year's runner up Pons and Kyla Atienza of Far Eastern University defeated Ateneo de Manila University’s Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte, 21-8, 21-14. Bernadette Flora and Chrislyn Uy of Adamson swept the duo of Audrey Paran and Roma Doromal of National University, 21-18, 21-19, while Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero of University of the Philippines dominated Judith Abil and Angelica Dacaymat, 21-19, 21-13. Meanwhile, defending men’s champions KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto of UST came up with thrilling come-from-behind, 12-21, 21-15, 17-15, win against the UP pair of Nicolo Consuelo and Wendel Miguel. The Tigers reached match point, 14-10, only to see the Fighting Maroons counter with five unanswered points capped by a drop shot by Miguel for a 15-10 advantage.    Guzman forced a deuce at 15, Arbasto scored an ace in the next play before sealing the win with a heady play, tapping  the ball away at UP's undefended spot at the back  to end their opening day with a morale-boosting victory.      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 2017

Pons could miss remainder of PVL Collegiate Conference

Far Eastern University might sit out its top scorer Bernadeth Pons for the remainder of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference. Pons skipped the Lady Tamaraws’ 28-26, 25-14, 25-15, win Wednesday over Jose Rizal University in Group A at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan for a tour of duty in Singapore. The fifth year player is playing alongside University of Sto. Tomas’ Sisi Rondina for the tricolors in the Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Singapore. Pons will return to Manila on Sunday but won’t be seeing action in FEU’s end of eliminations match against Lyceum of the Philippines University on Monday according to head coach George Pascua. The mentor added that he wants Pons to focus in the 80th UAAP beach volleyball tournament set to begin on October 6 at the SM by the Bay.  “Sa UAAP beach volleyball lang muna (si Pons) kasi medyo galing sa (international) tournament para ang focus niya doon na lang muna,” said Pascua, whose squad moved a step closer to clinching a semifinals berth with a 3-1 win-loss record. “Mayroon namang pamalit sa kanya.” Pascua hinted that he could sit out Pons for the remainder of the tournament. “Depende siguro. Pero nag-usap kami ng management na focus muna sa beach volleyball kasi UAAP 'yun eh. Kumbaga pre-season lang naman to eh,” said Pascua, who is looking at Heather Guino-o as replacement for Pons. Pons is averaging 15.6 points per game, has a 34.21% success rate in attacks, posts a norm of 4.55 digs per set and has a 31.15% efficiency rate in reception in three outings with the Lady Tams. Pons and partner Kyla Atienza finished as runner-ups to UST’s Rondina and Jem Gutierrez in UAAP Season 79 beach volleyball tournament.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 27th, 2017

Pons eyes revenge against La Salle in FEU title bid

The finals series of the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament isn't just about the matchup between defending champion De La Salle and the league's winningest team in Far Eastern University. On a larger scale this would pit two of the most successful schools in a finals rematch that waited 10 years to happen, but on the micro level there is another narrative that had brewed in a matter of months. La Salle, a 10-time champion, beat 29-time champion FEU twice in the eliminations and those losses have lit a fire inside Bernadeth Pons that the skipper of the Lady Tamaraws plan on unleashing in the finals. "I'm excited to get back at La Salle," said Pons in Filipino Wednes...Keep on reading: Pons eyes revenge against La Salle in FEU title bid.....»»

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UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU coach Pascua already preparing for DLSU

May it be a slip of the tongue or just an honest mistake, it seemed that Far Eastern University head coach George Pascua is already preparing for the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball championship against grand slam-seeking De La Salle University. Still high with euphoria after quenching a nine-year thirst for a Finals appearance, Pascua may have forgotten that the twice-to-beat Lady Spikers still need to hurdle National University on Sunday in their Final Four pairing.   Pascua was joined by graduating hitter Bernadeth Pons, Kyla Atienza and Toni Rose Basas during the postgame interview moments after FEU defeated Ateneo de Manila University, 25-20, 25-21, 14-25, 25-19, Saturday at the MOA Arena.      “Sabi ko sa kanila, the door is open. Ngayon, siyempre pag pasok mo, hindi mo alam kung ano 'yung papasukin mo muna eh. So kailangan mo planuhin,” said the first year Lady Tams mentor and former four-time champion coach of FEU’s men’s team. “Hindi ka basta papasok sa isang ano. Ibig sabihin, paplanuhin muna namin ng maayos,” he continued. “And then, ang kalaban namin is La Salle, defending champion.” That’s when Pons gave his mentor a little nudge before whispering that DLSU has yet to defeat the Lady Bulldogs to forge a best-of-three championship. “Uhmmmm, Sana. Either or, kahit sino, NU or La Salle,” Pascua said as the pressroom burst into soft chuckle with the mentor’s mistake. “Ready kami, ready kami.” FEU will have to wait for their opponent in the Finals, which will start on April 28. The Lady Tams are looking to end a decade-long title drought. In case DLSU does advance in the championship, the Lady Tams-Lady Spikers match will be the first time the two teams will clash for the title since Season 71 when the Taft-based squad dethroned FEU.     “Kasi talagang gusto naming makuha, ibalik sa Morayta ang trophy ulit na pinahiram ng FEU before,” said Pascua.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

DOC VOLLEYBALL: Breaking Down the UAAP Final Four match-ups

After what has been considered as the most unpredictable elimination round for the women’s division as well as an exciting triple threat fight for dominance over at the men’s side, the Final Four of UAAP Season 80 volleyball has finally arrived. With three out of four teams almost similar for both divisions, fans and supporters of these semifinal teams couldn't be more excited at who will emerge as the final contenders for the crown. Men's Division Final Four Season 80 became witness to a more exciting men's division as the Far Eastern University Tamaraws finally reclaimed its powerhouse status to challenge the perennial rivalry in recent history involving the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the National University Bulldogs. The elimination round became a rock-paper-scissor match-up amongst the three as FEU’s agility, NU’s strength and Ateneo’s skill challenged each other. NU (1) vs. UST (4) The NU Bulldogs are poised to reclaim the crown after edging out their rival Ateneo to secure top seed and twice-to-beat advantage. Fortune favored them once again by dodging a bullet as the team that upset them in round two, the Adamson Soaring Falcons, fell to the UST Golden Tigers in a close decider. NU has proven this season that they can outmuscle the league as their offense greatly compensates for their defense. The Bulldogs are expected to still get output from Bryan Bagunas on all ends while the middles provide stable support. Bryan Bagunas' hit was so strong it ricochets to the announcers' table! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/MqdtjNfgts — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 14, 2018 Kim Malabunga says N🚫PE to Marck Espejo! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/j3FJxhd2Gj — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) April 15, 2018 Not to be discredited, the UST Golden Tigers can significantly challenge the NU defense with continuous assaults from their middles most notably Tyrone Carodan, who has been providing high outputs in the second round. Likewise, the make or break factor for UST would be the consistency of left wing hitter Josh Umandal, whose height is a good match against the NU wall. Should UST be able to disrupt NU’s quick set-up and load up on the wings, they might have a chance at extending their run to a do-or-die encounter.  Josh Umandal WHAT A HIT 😱 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/a9QlDj5Yty — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) April 11, 2018   FEU (2) vs. Ateneo (3) After a crucial loss to the Bulldogs for the top spot, the defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles are in a tight spot as they lost a chance at a twice-to-beat advantage and are now up against their season tormentors, the FEU Tamaraws. In both encounters during the season, the Tamaraws exerted dominance over the defending champions as their bread and butter combination plays were left unchallenged by the Blue Eagle defense. JP Bugaoan taking over for FEU! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/SRkL6wANi7 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 4, 2018 FEU’s strength whole season long lies on solid floor passing care of their libero Rikko Marmeto that enables them to run their combinations. They also employ an unusual rotation where middles shift hitting positions in certain rallies in order to confuse opposing defenders. It would still be in the Tamaraws’ best interest to have their libero cover the most passing responsibility to ensure they can run their plays. You know you're hot when even your libero is scoring! What a smart hit by Rikko Marmeto! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/Xa8uaGh4gu — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 4, 2018 With their crown on the edge of being snatched by a team they haven't beaten all season, the Blue Eagles are hard pressed to rely on their solid passing and serving to at least prevent the Tamaraw assault. The Blue Eagles have proven that their service is the best in the league and it will be the most crucial factor in making the finals. Consistent aggressive serving to key locations would be their best option in mitigating the Tamaraw combination. No second touch needed for Marck Espejo 😳 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/Y7OqGUlAUH — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) April 7, 2018   Women's Division Final Four After a highly unpredictable elimination round filled with upsets and the most number of five set matches to date, the top four contenders during the first round were able to hold their ground in their quest for the crown. What's interesting for these Final Four match-ups is that all the teams have beaten each other and that the twice-to-beat advantage is indeed a breath of relief for the top two seeds De La Salle Lady Spikers and Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws. DLSU (1) vs. NU (4) Securing a twice to beat advantage against an NU team that is yet to recover their groove, the Lady Spikers are in the best position to defend their title in the Finals. Sticking to their guns of excellent serving and passing up until their last elimination game against rival Ateneo, La Salle would be once again expected to capitalize on NU’s passing struggles to prevent the Lady Bulldogs from setting up their offense especially Jaja Santiago from the middle. Aside from that, it can also be expected that the Lady Spikers will load up on another of their best assets which is blocking to capitalize on the lackluster output from the wings of NU recently. Majoy Baron BL🚫CKS Kat Tolentino, AND THEN SOME 😤 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/H55UobHbJO — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) April 15, 2018 On the other hand, the NU Lady Bulldogs have proven before that they can challenge the Archer supremacy. The challenge for them would be how to minimize La Salle’s free ball chances through better passing. While it is to be expected that the Lady Spikers will serve aggressively to limit Santiago’s quick attack opportunities, NU’s passers will be hard pressed to bring the ball at least on a settable location so Santiago can still hit a safety high ball. Likewise, output from the wings will be crucial in taking the spotlight off from Santiago. The set by Nabor! The quick by Sato! 💪 #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/Qs3hWOGYqW — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 25, 2018   FEU (2) vs. Ateneo (3) A more exciting match-up would be the battle between the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws and the Ateneo Lady Eagles since both teams have cancelled each other out in their elimination encounters. The Lady Tamaraws caught Ateneo off guard in three sets to start the season while the Lady Eagles were able to exact a revenge to FEU in five sets in their second round encounter. FEU, like La Salle, will pretty much utilize their best asset in their service and receive game to take advantage of Ateneo’s passing to limit Maddie Madayag and Bea De Leon from the middle while fortifying the floor to defend the wings. In addition, FEU would ensure that their passing is on point as well so that they can run their usual combinations to circumvent the Eagle’s wall. Bernadeth Pons tears right through the wall for the sharp, sharp kill! #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/AHjQ2Pmgqs — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 4, 2018 On the other hand, the Lady Eagles would be challenged to pass better compared to their most recent game against their rivals. It was highly noticeable that although not a lot of shank passes were made, the quality of the passes were not sufficient enough to at least be set by Deanna Wong to the wings. The Lady Eagles would be hard pressed to do high settable passes to at least drive a hard ball from the wings and extend the transition to involve the middles. Maddie Madayag CLUTCH. #UAAPSeason80Volleyball pic.twitter.com/UTTdUyk0Ns — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 25, 2018        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018