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Weiss targets 3-peat as Xterra Albay unfolds

Reigning Xterra world champion Bradley Weiss of South Africa braces for a tough challenge from an elite compact field on a demanding course in hot conditions as he launches his bid for a record Xterra Off-Road Triathlon three-peat today......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJun 16th, 2018

Weiss shoots for triathlon three-peat

Bradley Weiss sets out for a third straight triumph in the Xterra Off-Road Triathlon firing off Sunday in Albay. Though the South African ace stressed his readiness to take on his fellow Xterra ath.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Weiss seeks 3-peat in XTerra triathlon

Bradley Weiss braces for a tougher, rougher challenge from an elite international cast out to foil his record bid in the XTerra Off-Road Triathlon, which makes its grand return to Albay, Legazpi City on June 17......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

World champ seeks 3-peat in Xterra off-road triathlon

Reigning world champion Bradley Weiss of South Africa leads a crack field of pros and competitors testing their skills on a new, challenging race course set up in Legazpi City for XTERRA Off-road Triathlon’s return staging in Albay on June 17......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Retooled XTERRA returns to Albay

The 2018 XTERRA off-road triathlon will return bigger on June 17 in Legazpi City, Albay. The premier off-road triathlon consisting of 1.5km swim-28km mountain bike-8km trail run was originally set to be held last March but was postponed due to the threat of eruption of Mayon Volcano. Bradley Weiss, who posted back-to-back wins in 2015, [...] The post Retooled XTERRA returns to Albay appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Weiss, wasle top Xterra Danao

DANAO, Cebu , Philippines  – From the rugged terrains of Albay to the steep mountain roads of Danao, South African Bradley Weiss showed his ability to handle.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2017

VOLLEYBALL IS LIFE: A look back at Philippine volleyball in 2018

Glorious victories, dynasties, historic feats, controversies and memorable moments once again highlighted another fruitful year for Philippine volleyball.   Now, let us take a look back in the year that was in volleyball:   DYNASTY Powerhouse teams continued to thrive in the country’s most popular collegiate leagues. Arellano University muscled its way back into the NCAA Season 93 Finals and met a newcomer in San Beda University. The Lady Chiefs did find the Lady Red Spikers as feisty opponents in their first championship meeting, needing five sets to survive San Beda in Game One. But it didn’t take long for Arellano U to stomp its class over the newbies to capture its second straight title and fourth overall crown in five years. De La Salle University painted UAAP Season 80 green after annexing its third straight title handing legendary head coach Ramil De Jesus his third grand slam in the country’s most popular and competitive collegiate league. Second year setter Michelle Cobb stepped up to the challenge of filling the big shoes left by Kim Fajardo and complemented the depth and firepower of DLSU. Far Eastern University, which advanced into the Finals for the first time after a decade, stood no chance against the onslaught of the Lady Spikers, which swept their way onto throne. University of Perpetual Help completed a four-peat in the NCAA juniors after sweeping Letran. Philippine Air Force snatched the Premier Volleyball League men’s Reinforced Conference crown and the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference title. Sisi Rondina cemented her legacy as the UAAP’s queen of the sands after completing a three-peat in women’s beach volleyball. Rondina wrapped her tour of duty with four titles in five years. The Tigers ruled the men’s division.       YEAR OF THE UNDERDOGS San Beda University made great strides in NCAA Season 93 after earning its first-ever Finals appearance behind the efforts of Cesca Racraquin and twins Nieza and Jiezela Viray. The Lady Red Spikers closed the elims with an 8-1 win-loss record and took down Perpetual in the semis. Languishing at the bottom half of the standings since the return of its women’s volleyball program in 2008, Jose Rizal University made history by advancing into the Final Four. Shola Alvarez capped the Lady Bombers’ remarkable season by pocketing the Most Valuable Player award.   Far Eastern University made it to the UAAP women’s volleyball Finals by booting out crowd-favorite Ateneo de Manila University in the semis.  For the first time in five years, the Blue Eagles found themselves in a very difficult position in the Final Four. With a twice-to-win disadvantage, the Marck Espejo-led Ateneo shocked FEU – a team that beat them twice in the elims – to march to its fifth straight championship appearance.      But the real underdog story belonged to NU. After three years of finishing runner-up to the Blue Eagles, the Bulldogs led by Bryan Bagunas finally got their long-awaited revenge as they swept Ateneo off its three-year reign at the throne.     OFF COURT STORIES, CONTROVERSIES University of the East parted ways with head coach Francis Vicente midway in Season 80 after three and a half seasons with the Lady Warriors. Vicente left for ‘personal reasons’ with a UE coaching record of 2-45 (win-loss). Red Warriors head coach Sammy Acaylar also resigned from his post midway in the season. University of Sto. Tomas hitter EJ Laure after months of speculations to the real reason of her sitting out UAAP Season 80 broke her silence by saying that needed time to recover from her right shoulder injury to end all the rumors circulating including an alleged pregnancy.    Sound bites, videos and clips that show collegiate players’ ‘human side’ made its rounds around social media that drew mixed reactions from fans.  Just like in the previous years, controversy filled the formation of the national women’s volleyball team. Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. initially named Ramil De Jesus as the national team coach but just two months after his designation, the multi-titled DLSU mentor resigned from his post citing ‘conflict of schedule’. Shaq Delos Santos took over De Jesus’ spot. Netizens went abuzz when the composition of the national team that participated in the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games was released as fans give their different views on who should and should not be included in the roster.             LVPI named a new president in Peter Cayco of Arellano U to replace Joey Romasanta during the association’s election.   WRITING HISTORY Smart’s Cuban import Gigi Silva carved a world scoring record in the Philippine Superliga after scoring 56 points in a lost cause against Cocolife in the 2018 Grand Prix. Silva pounded 53 kills and had three aces to land her name in the fourth spot in the women’s world scoring record behind Polina Rahimova of Azerbaijan’s 58 points in 2015 while playing in Japan, American Madison Kingdon’s 57 (2017 Korea Volleyball League) and Bulgarian Elitsa Vasileva’s 57 (2013 Korea Volleyball League). Silva also surpassed the 55 points of Americans Nicole Fawcett (2013 KVL) and Alaina Bergsma, who led Petron to the 2014 PSL Grand Prix crown, (2016 KVL).     Not to be outdone, local volleyball star Marck Espejo had a 55-point explosion of his own in the Blue Eagles’ five-set Game 1 UAAP Final Four win over FEU. The five-time MVP pounded 47 attacks, had six kill blocks and two service aces for the Katipunan-based squad. Espejo scored 11 points in the deciding frame including Ateneo’s last four to seal the win in the match that lasted for two hours and 21 minutes. Espejo’s feat fueled Ateneo’s eventual semis series win over the twice-to-beat Tamaraws.  Espejo and DLSU libero Dawn Macandili were named as the Philippine Sportswriters Association’s 2017 Mr. and Miss Volleyball.     The Philippines saw three players make their mark in the international scene this year as Espejo and sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat were tapped as imports in Japan’s V. Premier League. Espejo is now playing for Oita Miyoshi Weiss Adler while Jaja and Dindin suit up for Saitama Ageo Medics and Toray Arrows, respectively.     After 36 long years, the Philippines sent a women’s volleyball team to participate in the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. The squad won against Hong Kong in straight sets in pool play in the country’s first Asian Games victory since defeating India in the 1982 New Delhi Games. The PHI advanced in the quarterfinals but went home empty-handed. The Filipinas ended up at ninth place in the AVC Asian Cup. Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio made waves in the country’s hosting of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open after the duo barged in the quarterfinals. The tandem eventually bowed down to eventual champion Japan. The NU Bulldogs brought its bark into the international scene and howled its way to giving honor to country by winning the ASEAN University Games gold medal at the expense of Thailand. Volleyball proved to be the most talked about sport in the country as #UAAPSeason80Volleyball became the most tweeted sports hashtag in 2018.   SMASHING WIN, BLAZING VICTORY Creamline became the most successful club in the Premier Volleyball League this year after winning its breakthrough Reinforced Conference crown before following it up with a title romp in the Open Conference. Alyssa Valdez finally ended a two-year title drought after leading the Cool Smashers to the Reinforced Conference throne.   Creamline’s Michele Gumabao joined Binibining Pilipinas and represented the country im the 2018 Miss Globe in Albania, landing at the top 15.     Petron lorded it over in the PSL after winning the Grand Prix and All-Filipino Conference titles at the expense of archrival F2 Logistics, which ruled the Invitational Conference. University of the Philippines ended a 36-year title drought by claiming the PVL Collegiate Conference championship and followed it up by reigning supreme in the PSL Collegiate Grand Slam The SiPons tandem of Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons of Petron annexed their second straight PSL Challenge Cup beach volleyball title. University of Perpetual Help reclaimed the NCAA men’s title after taking down Arellano University as the Altas bagged it 11th title overall.           National University took back the title it lost last year in the UAAP boys’ tournament while De La Salle-Zobel bagged the girls’ mint. The Beach Volleyball Republic continued its advocacy of propagating the sport throughout the country.   END OF THE ROAD After winning three straight UAAP titles, the Lady Spikers bid goodbye to its Big Three in Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili. Season 80 saw the end of the six-year Ateneo-DLSU Finals rivalry as the Lady Eagles bowed down to FEU in the semis. The Blue Eagles three-year reign ended at the hands of NU as Ateneo gave its farewell to its greatest men’s volleyball star Marck Espejo and prized setter Ish Povorosa.    NU’s four-year domination in the girls’ division was snapped by DLS-Zobel. After a dry 2018 PVL season, Pocari Sweat parted ways with its franchise player Myla Pablo as newcomer Motolite agreed to buyout the hitter’s last three contract years.      Thai coach Tai Bundit after five years and bringing two titles including a rare tournament sweep to the Lady Eagles finally called it quits after Ateneo’s campaign in UAAP Season 80. Creamline gave Bundit a farewell championship trophy in the PVL.      A NEW BEGINNING It was a colorful 2018, indeed, for volleyball but 2019 is another promising year for the sport. Can the Lady Chiefs complete a three-peat in the NCAA? Newcomers are sure to bring more excitement and interest in the UAAP. DLSU will try to extend its reign for another season while NU is looking for a repeat crown in the men’s side. Another season for the PSL and the PVL will open while the national men’s and women’s team will highlight the country’s Southeast Asian Games hosting.        --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2018

WATCH: How Ironman darling Mendez fell in love with PH

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – Despite the numerous selfies and swooning from fans, elite triathlete Mauricio Mendez will never forget the first group of Filipinos who warmly welcomed him to the Philippines.  "The first time I came here, I went to Albay for XTERRA race, and I became close to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

Couple sweeps Xterra Albay race titles

  LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – A couple from New Zealand completed a sweep of the Xterra Albay race titles here on Sunday, June 17. Sam Osborne and Samantha Kingsford – who have been competing in international races together – conquered one of the toughest off-road triathlon competitions in the country to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Osborne, Kingsford dominate Xterra Albay

Sam Osborne and fiancée Samantha Kingsford of New Zealand turned the Xterra Off-Road Triathlon into a “personal” show as the sweethearts in real life ruled their respective sides in emphatic fashions in tough condition here yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Former New Zealand beauty queen competes in Xterra Albay

MANILA, Philippines – Former beauty queen Kristy Jennings of New Zealand joined the off-road triathlon  Xterra  Albay for the first time, under the professional category. Crowned as a beauty queen in 1999, she is now set to compete against professional and world title holders from 11 other countries, such as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Duathlon spices up Xterra Off-Road Albay

Hundreds of duathletes gear up for a fierce showdown in their side of the battle as they share center stage with the elite pros in the Xterra Off-Road Triathlon set tomorrow in Albay, Legazpi City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Great course awaits XTERRA bidders

More than the majestic Mayon Volcano as finish line backdrop, the elite cast of pros and the entire field will be in for a tough outing when the XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon makes its grand return to Albay, Legazpi City this Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Great course awaits XTERRA Albay bidders

More than the majestic Mayon Volcano as finish line backdrop, the elite cast of pros and the entire field will be in for a tough outing when the XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon makes its grand return to Albay, Legazpi City on June 17. The mountain biking and trail running stages, for one, offer a new set [...] The post Great course awaits XTERRA Albay bidders appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

World champion banners tough Xterra Legazpi cast

World champion Bradley Weiss of South Africa will pursue a third Philippine title while the women's division, sans its defending champion, will be a wide-open contest as the premier off-road t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Bradley Weiss, Carina Wasle retain XTERRA Danao Asia Pacific Triathlon

  CEBU, Philippines - The heat did not stop XTERRA World champion Bradley Weiss of South Africa and Carina Wasle of Austria from retaining Sunday, April 22 their respective titles in the second edition of XTERRA Danao, an off-road triathlon series.  The organizing Sunrise Events ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Bradley Weiss, Carina Wasle repeat as XTERRA champs

Bradley Weiss and Carina Wasle bucked the odds, including the punishing terrain in the mountain bike part, the excruciating heat in the trail run and the tough field to reign as XTERRA Danao champions the second time around here yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Weiss, Wasle upbeat as XTERRA Danao unwraps

Bradley Weiss and Carina Wasle insist they’re ready and raring for a repeat, so do the rest of the elite pro field, guaranteeing a fierce showdown from the swim-to-mountain bike-to-trail run events of XTerra Danao Asia-Pacific Championship firing off today here......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Bradley Weiss, Carina Wasle eye Xterra Philippines repeat

South African Bradley Weiss and Carina Wasle of Austria gear up for a tougher, more grueling battle of endurance, power and wits as they try to make it two-in-row in the XTERRA Off Road Triathlon unfolding Sunday in Danao, Cebu......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: La Salle targets three-peat

  Head coach: Ramil De Jesus Last Season: 11-3 (no.2 seed, champion) Key holdovers: Mary Joy Baron, Kianna Dy, Dawn Macandili, Desiree Cheng, Aduke Ogunsanya Key loss: Kim Fajardo De La Salle is gunning for its third straight title in the UAAP women's volleyball championship, but such a daunting task isn't new for the mighty Lady Spikers. The last team to successfully go on a three-peat was La Salle when the girls in green-and-white won the big trophy from Seasons 73 to 75. And the Lady Spikers have set their sights on a sixth championship in eight years, the most titles in an eight-year period since University of Santo Tomas won seven straight from 1985 to 1991. ...Keep on reading: UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: La Salle targets three-peat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

Del Rosario targets No. 5 as LPGT So Forbes unfolds

Pauline del Rosario braces for a tough outing against a slew of seasoned rivals, seeking to cap a sterling rookie season with another victory in the ICTSI South Forbes Ladies Invitational firing off today at the South Forbes Golf Club in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. But while she admits to have wished for another win to [...] The post Del Rosario targets No. 5 as LPGT So Forbes unfolds appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 18th, 2017