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AVC Asian Cup: PHI repeats over Kazakhstan for ninth place

Cha Cruz-Behag displayed veteran composure down the stretch to will the Philippines to a hard-fought, 25-13, 23-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-8 repeat win over Kazakhstan Saturday to salvage a ninth place finish in the AVC Asian Cup at the Korat Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. The F2 Logistics team captain scored five of the Filipinas last seven points including the match-clinching crosscourt kill in the PHI second straight win over the young Kazakhstan team. The Philippines closed the tournament at ninth spot to end their campaign on a high note despite being relegated into the Challenge Cup after falling short of advancing in the quarterfinals. Mylene Paat led the Nationals with 18 points built on 12 kills, four aces and two kill blocks, Alyssa Valdez had 17 markers while Cruz-Behag copped 16 markers highlighted by 14 spikes.    Mika Reyes sparked the PHI’s closing charge to push the country’s 8-7 lead into a seven-point gap. After Reyes attack, Cruz-Behag punched in four straight points before the Kazakhs committed an error to give the PHI a 14-7 lead. The Filipinas committed an error in the next play before Cruz-Behag  whipped a killer crosscourt to finish off Kazakhstan, which the Philippines defeated in the group stage in four sets. Overall, the PHI finished with a 2-3 win-loss record while Kazakhstan ended their stint without a single win in five outings. Diana Grokhotova and Dinara Syzdykova posted 16 points each to lead Kazakhstan......»»

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PH exacts revenge on Kazakhstan for 1st win in AVC Cup

  MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine spikers earned their first 2018 Asian Women's Volleyball Cup win over Kazakhstan in 4 sets, 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17, on Tuesday, September 18 at the Korat Chathai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand. The three straight errors by Kazakhstan midway through the 4th set gave ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 18th, 2018Related News

Philippine spikers whip Kazakhstan in Asian Cup

Team Philippines ended a string of setbacks to Kazakhstan, carving out a 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17 victory in pool play in the AVC Asian Cup at the Korat Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsSep 18th, 2018Related News

AVC Asian Cup: PHI bows out of quarterfinals race

Iran came back from a 1-2 match deficit to boot out the Philippines in the quarterfinals race with a 27-29, 25-16, 17-25, 25-12, 15-13, win in Pool C Monday in the AVC Asian Cup at the Korat Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.      The Filipinas pushed the Iranians to the limit in the fifth set but Iran came up mentally tougher in the battle of nerves to claim its second straight win in as many outings. Iran joined Australia, which also got a scare from the Filipinas before escaping with a come-from-behind five-set win after clawing back from two sets down, in the quarterfinals. The Filipinas were relegated to the Challenge Cup. Alyssa Valdez and Mylene Paat kept the PHI alive in the fifth frame after a shaky start. The Filipinas tied the frame at 13 only to see the Iranians seal the match with back-to-back hits. Mahsa Kadkhoda paced the Iranians with 30 points off 19 hits, six aces and five kill blocks while skipper Maeda Borhani scored all of her 18 points on attacks. Neda Cahamlanian and Mahsa Saberi scored 12 and 10, respectively, for Iran.  The PHI took a 2-1 match lead after dominating the Iranians in the third frame. But Iran kept its composure and came back mightily in the fourth, leading by double-digits early to force a decider.   Iran went up 12-10 in the fifth but faced nervous moments in the closing stretch as Valdez tied it at 12. Iran again took the lead but an attack error that knotted the frame at 13.     Valdez finished with 24 points to lead the Filipinas while Paat added 10. Aby Marano and Cha Cruz-Behag combined for 14 markers for PHI.  The Nationals (0-2) will close the pool play on Tuesday against Kazakhstan, which also dropped its first two games, in a rematch of their seventh place battle in the Asian Games.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 17th, 2018Related News

Iran Beats Kazakhstan in AVC Cup for Women

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran defeated Kazakhstan 3-2 (23-25 25-17 19-25 25-23 15-6) in the opening match of the 2018 Asian Women's Volleyball Cup, so-called 2018 AVC Cup for Women in Nakhon Ratchasima, T.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsSep 17th, 2018Related News

FIBA WORLD CUP: Injury delays Slaughter s Gilas return once again

It's going to take a while before we see Greg Slaughter in a Gilas Pilipinas uniform. The Ginebra slotman got some welcome news a couple of weeks back after FIBA approved his eligibility, meaning he can play for the national team as a local moving forward. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Slaughter cleared as local for Team Pilipinas] Unfortunately, eight days before Team Pilipinas started round 2 of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Slaughter suffered an injury setback, tweaking his left ankle in a game against Northport in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Slaughter's recovery has been slow, causing him to miss Gilas' road loss to Iran last Sept. 13. The 7-foot center will also miss the home game vs. Qatar Monday on Sept. 17 at the Araneta Coliseum. "Greg Slaughter was not given the green light to play," SBP President Al Panlilio said in a statement. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Slaughter will not be 100 percent for Gilas if he does play] "We are hoping that in the December window, both Greg and Junemar will finally be healthy to represent Gilas Pilipinas. Both games in December will be played in Manila," he added. San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo is also sidelined after suffering a shin injury. The Philippines will have two home games in the next FIBA window, hosting Kazakhstan on Nov. 30 and Iran on Dec. 3. Gilas currently has a 4-3 record in Group F as they aim to get back on the winning track vs. Qatar.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 16th, 2018Related News

Iran Beats Kazakhstan in AVC Cup for Women

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran defeated Kazakhstan 3-2 (23-25 25-17 19-25 25-23 15-6) in the opening match of the 2018 Asian Women's Volleyball Cup, so-called 2018 AVC Cup for Women in Nakhon Ratchasima, T.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsSep 16th, 2018Related News

AVC Asian Cup: Pinays square off with Aussies in opener

The Philippine national women’s volleyball team begins its campaign in the AVC Asian Cup with an early test against a much taller Australian squad Sunday at the Korat Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Action in the Pool C match is set at 5:00 p.m. (Manila time). Team captain Aby Marano and Alyssa Valdez lead the way for the retooled Nationals, who are looking to win at least two games in the four-team group stage to advance in the quarterfinals. But it won’t be a walk in the park battle for the Filipinas as they will take on an experienced Australian squad bannered by middle blocker Beth Carey, who played for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix. It will be the country’s first encounter with the Aussies since the 2015 AVC Asian Seniors Women’s Championship in Tianjin, China. Australia defeated the PHI, 25-18, 25-18, 24-26, 25-15.  After taking on Australia, the Nationals will face Iran on Monday before squaring off with Kazakhstan in a rematch of their seventh place battle in the Asian Games a couple of weeks ago. The top two teams after the round robin pool play will advance in the quarterfinals. Head coach Shaq Delos Santos is managing their expectations after losing half of his Asiad core.    Towering sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat are unavailable because of their commitments with their respective Japanese clubs, setter Kim Fajardo sustained a knee injury while De La Salle University players Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron and 2017 Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championship 2nd Best Libero Dawn Macandili are in New York. Back for another tour of duty are Cha Cruz-Behag, Maika Ortiz, Mylene Paat, Denden Lazaro and Mika Reyes, who helped the PHI finish eighth in the Asiad. Joining them are Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Jasmine Nabor, Grethcel Soltones and Creamline’s Jema Galanza, Mel Gohing, Jia Morado and Risa Sato......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 16th, 2018Related News

SCHEDULE: PH in 2018 Asian Women s Volleyball Cup

MANILA, Philippines – Two weeks after its Asiad stint, the Philippine women's vollebyall team moves on quickly to its next challenge: the 2018 Asian Women's Volleyball Cup in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.  The Philippine spikers are grouped in Pool C together with Australia, Iran and Kazakhstan.    The Nationals will open ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 15th, 2018Related News

FIBA WORLD CUP: SMC stars get first shot as Gilas challenges Iran

Whether you will stick to Gilas Pilipinas or go with the simpler Team Pilipinas, the fact remains, a new era for the Philippine national team will officially start Thursday. Gilas continues its bid to return to the FIBA World Cup as round 2 of the Asian Qualifiers tip off, pitting the Philippines against Iran to start the action in the merged Group F. [Related: FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers: Chot Reyes steps aside as NT coach] It's unclear whether or not coach Yeng Guiao will take over full time from coach Chot Reyes, who officially stepped down two days ago, but the fiery mentor gets his first crack in these Asian Qualifiers as his version of Team Pilipinas look to score a road win against the Iranians, a longtime rival of Filipinos in international play. Coach Yeng's version of Team Pilipinas will feature Scottie Thompson, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Alex Cabagnot, Paul Lee, JP Erram, Marcio Lassiter, Allein Maliksi, Gabe Norwood, Ian Sangalang, Christian Standhardinger, and Asi Taulava. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Scottie in, Greg out in Gilas vs. Iran] After round 1, the Philippines sports a 4-2 record, with the two defeats coming from Australia. Meanwhile, Iran has compiled a strong 5-1 mark and is in the middle of a five-game winning streak. The merged Group F also include the Boomers, Japan, Qatar, and Kazakhstan. To qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gilas needs to finish at least third in its new group. The Philippines is currently third, one full game behind Australia and Iran. A win against the Iranians on the road will be a huge boost to Gilas' World Cup bid without a doubt. The Philippines-Iran match will tip off at 8:30 p.m. Manila time.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 12th, 2018Related News

FIBA WORLD CUP: Team Pilipinas set to leave for Iran to start round 2 of Asian Qualifiers

Team Pilipinas is off to Iran to start round 2 of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas had one last morning practice on Monday and the national team is off to Tehran in the evening. The Philippines will take on Iran on September 13. No final 12 has been announced still and Team Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao said last week that the lineup will be revealed once they're already in Iran. And so, all 16 players will make the trip. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Yeng says Gilas will take 16-man pool to Iran] Gilas currently has a pool that includes Beau Belga, Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, Scottie Thompson, Asi Taulava, Alex Cabagnot, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Ian Sangalang, Matthew Wright, Raymond Almazan, Christian Standhardinger, Marcio Lassiter, Greg Slaughter, Stanley Pringle, and Poy Erram. However, for the Iran game, Wright and Aguilar are suspended while Guiao will have to drop either Standhardinger or Pringle due to eligibility issues. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Slaughter cleared as local for Team Pilipinas] The Philippines is part of a merged group F with Australia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Japan, and Qatar. Team Pilipinas is sitting at third place so far with a 4-2 record behind the Boomers (5-1) and the Iranians (5-1) themselves. Gilas will take on Iran at 8:30 p.m. (Philippine time) on Thursday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 10th, 2018Related News

Satisfied Guiao lauds PH cagers

They came to Jakarta a week before the 18th Asian Games opened hostilities. Coach Yeng Guiao and his rag-tag Philippine basketball team had barely a week of preparations in Manila and hoped to whip his boys to competitive form seven days before they plunge into action against opening day assignment Kazakhstan. In the absence of [...] The post Satisfied Guiao lauds PH cagers appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Volleybelles drop tight five-setter vs Kazakhs

The Philippine volleybelles came to within two points of shocking central Asian power Kazakhstan but missed a finishing kick in a heartbreaker of a defeat, 11-25, 25-22, 15-25, 25-19, 14-16, in the penultimate play date of the 18th Asian Games women’s volleyball competition at the GBK Indoor Tennis court here yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 31st, 2018Related News

Kazakhs down Pinays

JAKARTA--The Philippine women’s volleyball squad lost again, this time at the hands of Kazakhstan in the 1 8th Asian Games here Friday. The Filipinas, starring Jaja Santiago and Alyssa Valdez, went down in defeat swinging, winning the second and fourth sets before eventually losing to Kazakhstan and showing that the….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsAug 31st, 2018Related News

ASIAN GAMES: Kazakhs break Pinays hearts again

The Philippines faced a familiar foe and again ended up with the same stinging result. Kazakhstan reasserted its mastery over the Filipinas with a 25-11, 22-25, 25-15, 19-25, 16-14, win Friday to advance in the battle for fifth spot in the consolation round of the 2018 Asian Games at the GBK Indoor Hall. The Kazakhs set up a faceoff for no. 5 finish against Vietnam on Saturday. It was Kazakhstan’s third straight win over the PHI since defeating the Filipinas in straight sets in the pool play and in five in the battle for seventh in the AVC Asian Women’s Senior Volleyball Championship held in Laguna last year.      Vietnam defeated Indonesia, 29-27, 18-25, 25-22, 25-22, to advance in the battle for fifth. The Filipinas will meet pool play tormentors Aprilia Manganang-led Indonesia in the battle for seventh place Saturday. Kazakhstan erased a 0-3 deficit in the deciding frame and engaged the Filipinas in a see-saw battle for an exciting windup.    Kristina Karapetan gave the Filipinas a chance for a deuce when she sent her service short, 14-14. But the Kazakhs kept their composure with Alessya Safronova playing the hero’s role for her country with a running kill and the match-clinching kill block on Jaja Santiago. Yana Petrenko led Kazakhstan with 18 points off 12 kills, five aces and a block, Sana Anarkulova scored 15 while Safronova had 13 markers with her last point coming off her only kill block in the match. The Philippines recovered its bearing after a shaky start, putting setter Jia Morado on the wheel to run the Filipinas’ fast play as they took an early lead in the second frame before engaging the Kazakhs in a tight battle up until the closing stretch of the frame. The Filipinas went up, 21-19, only to see the Kazakhs tie at 22. Mylene Paat sparked the closing run of the PHI with a kill before Jaja Santiago sealed it with an ace. The Kazakhs were quick to adjust to the Filipinas’ game plan, using their height advantage to frustrate the PHI’s attackers and dictate the pace of the third frame at the price of losing top hitter Sana Anarkulova. Anarkulova, who returned in the fifth, hurt her right shoulder late in the third set after colliding with libero Tatyana Fendrikova attempting to receive Morado’s service. Down by a set, the Filipinas went charging early in the fourth set to build a 17-8 lead. Kazakhstan was forced to field its prized hitter Katerina Tatko, who punished the PHI in their previous two meetings, as the Kazakhs threatened to comeback but the Filipinas were able to turn back their opponents rally.        Jaja Santiago had 19 points, Mylene Paat, who is on her first national team stint, showed a lot of promise with 14 points while Alyssa Valdez recovered from a disappointing three-point outing in the PHI's straight sets loss to 2016 Rio Olympics champion China with 13 markers, 24 excellent receptions and 18 digs.    Morado tallied 26 excellent sets and finished with five points......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 31st, 2018Related News

ASIAN GAMES: Canoe s Macaranas and Fuentes advance to 200-meter men’s doubles finals

PALEMBANG — Hermie Macaranas and Ojay Fuentes finished third in the preliminaries to advance to the final of canoe’s 200-meter men’s doubles in the 18th Asian Games on Friday at the Jakabaring Sports City Lake. The Filipinos clocked 41.441 seconds in finishing behind China (38.473) and Kazakhstan (38.762) in Heat 1 of the five-team event. Uzbekistan (38.084), Indonesia (41.221) and Iran (41.596) finished 1-2-3 in Heat 2 to also advance to the medal race. The final is set at 9 a.m. (10 a.m. in Manila) on Saturday. The event is the Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragon Boat Federation’s last chance at a medal after failing in traditional boat race’s 200, 500 and 1000 meters last week. “The boys will keep on fighting. The opposition is tough, but we’ll see tomorrow,” coach Len Escollante said......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 31st, 2018Related News

ASIAN GAMES: Pinay spikers take on Kazakhs

JAKARTA --- After getting clobbered by Olympic champion China on Wednesday night, the Philippine women’s volleyball team shoots for some measure of respect when they battle Kazakhstan in the battle for fifth to eight places. The consolation round match between the Filipinas and Kazakhs is set at 2:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. in Manila) on Friday. The Chinese shoved the Filipinas to the exit with a methodically easy 25-15, 25-9, 25-7 victory in the quarterfinals, the same night the Kazakhs fell to the Japanese, 25-16, 25-18, 25-21. If the Philippine volleybelles beat the Kazakhs, they get a chance to finish fifth if they topple the winner of the other consolation round match between host Indonesia and Vietnam also set on Friday. The Filipinas fell to the Kazakhs twice in last year's AVC Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship, losing in straight sets in pool play before a sorry five-set defeat in the classification match for 7th place. China surged to the semifinals against Japan. Reigning champion South Korea tangles with Southeast Asian champion Thailand in the other semifinal pairing. If the Filipinas lose, the best they could attain for is a seventh-place finish—but that they have to earn by beating the loser of the Vietnam-Indonesia tussle. Zhu Ting, arguably the best and highest-paid player of this generation, delivered only five points in a very limited time on the floor, but just the same, the Chinese were still too strong and too dominant for the Filipinos to overcome. So strong that China ended the match in less than an hour with 6-foot-6 Jaja Santiago serving as the lone bright spot with 12 kills, three blocks and an ace for the Philippine side that is looking to gain experience for the 30th Southeast Asian Games next year. Philippine head coach Shaq Delos Santos admitted that they were awed with how China played them. “All I can say is that they played one heck of a match,” said Delos Santos, who obviously had a tough time matching the strategy of his counterpart, China’s legendary coach Jenny Lang Ping. “They are very tall with a combination of speed, skills and talent. They are very smart on the court. It’s really an honor being on the opposite floor with them.” Delos Santos reiterated that their aim is not to win the gold, but to gain experience they would need for the SEA Games the country is hosting next year. The Philippine campaign in the Games included losses to Japan, Thailand and Indonesia—which went to four sets—and a lone win over lowly Hongkong. “For us, this is truly a great experience. I hope this inspires the team,” de los Santos said. “As I’ve told them, we don’t need to feel down. Instead, we have to be inspired because we’re learning whenever we play against these giants regardless of the results.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 30th, 2018Related News

ASIAN GAMES: Olympic champion China whips PHI

Powerhouse China easily dismantled Asian Games newbie Philippines in a 25-15, 25-9, 25-7 beating in the quarterfinals of women's volleyball Wednesday night at the GBK Indoor Hall. The 2016 Rio Olympics champions advanced in the semifinals in a collision course with Japan.  Xiangyu Gong had 16 points while Xinyue Yuan finished with 15 for the Chinese. Xiaotung Liu tallied 10 points while Chinese superstar Zhu Ting registered five points, playing in the first two sets before sitting out the third frame. Defending Asian Games titlist South Korea faces Southeast Asian giant Thailand in the other Final Four pairing. The Filipinas, who are making their return in the Asiad after 36 years, were relegated into the classification round for 5th to eighth place. Six-foot-5 Jaja Santiago led the way for the Filipinas with 16 points off 12 spikes, three kill blocks and an ace.  Team PHI will take on Kazakhstan on Friday......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 29th, 2018Related News

ASIAN GAMES: Boxer Paalam assured of at least a bronze after reaching semis

JAKARTA — Carlo Paalam toppled an older and more seasoned foe from Kazakhstan, Termirtas Zhussupov, 4-1, on Wednesday to assure himself of a men’s flyweight bronze medal in 18th Asian Games boxing action at the Jakarta Expo Boxing Hall. Paalam, the youngest on the eight-boxer Philippine team at 20, scored the split decision victory over the 30-year-old Kazakh—a former Asian champion and two-time national titlist of his country. “Magaling siya at mautak kasi experienced siya,” said Paalam, who takes on China’s Wu Zhonglin—a controversial 5-0 winner over Indonesia’s Mario Blasius Kali earlier in the day—in the semifinals on Friday. “Kahit bata ako, gusto ko siyang sabayan,” said Paalam, who clinched a bronze medal in each of the 2016 Asian and World Youth Championships. Middleweight Eumir Felix Marcia was scheduled to fight South Korea’s Kim Jinjea in a middleweight quarterfinal bout late Wednesday. Olympian Rogen Ladon already advanced to the flyweight semifinal and will take on Thai Yuttapong Tongdee also on Friday......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 29th, 2018Related News

PH s Rogen Ladon assured of bronze in Asian Games boxing

Rogen Ladon (in red) of the Philippines competes against Kazakhstan's Azat Mahmetov (in blue) in their men's fly (52kg) quarter-final boxing match at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Au.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 29th, 2018Related News