Nationals face Indonesia in ASEAN Grand Prix opener

National team head coach Shaq Delos Santos has high hopes for his squad as it marches into action against Indonesia in the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix on Friday at the Terminal 21 Mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Despite only a couple of weeks of preparation and missing a key player, the mentor believes that his team is ready to take on the Indonesians in their scheduled 3:00 p.m. match (Manila time). The Filipinas are coming off a 12-day training camp in Bangkok that saw the squad play a series of tune-up games including the Thai national team and Japan V. Premier League club Toraay Arrows. “We learned a lot from the training camp, every match we felt that we are getting better,” said Delos Santos, whose squad is also preparing for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila in November. “Conditioning-wise and skills-wise we are good.” The Nationals have been training twice a day during the training camp and have been working on their chemistry but Delos Santos admits that the squad might be at a disadvantage especially with the team just playing together for a short time. Only 10 players from the 14-woman squad have completed the training camp with Maddie Madayag, setter Jia Morado, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Eya Laure joining the squad just last Sunday as they are all playing in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League. Top hitter and veteran national team member Alyssa Valdez skipped the training and the tournament to rest after injuring her right ankle just days before her scheduled flight to Thailand. “So we need to make quick adjustments,” said Delos Santos. “But these are mostly veteran players they can make do with what’s given. We will do our best under the circumstance.” Carrying the country’s fight are Kalei Mau, Ces Molina, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mylene Paat, team captain Aby Marano, Majoy Baron, Roselyn Doria, Madayag, Laure, Gonzaga, liberos Dawn Macandili and Kath Arado and setters Morado and Alohi Robins-Hardy. The Nationals will face Thailand on Saturday and Vietnam on Sunday. The Philippines will host the second leg of the Grand Prix on Oct. 4-6 in Sta. Rosa, Laguna......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 19th, 2019Related News

Valdez injures ankle, will miss Thailand training camp

Creamline’s Alyssa Valdez will not join the national team in its Thailand training camp after sustaining an ankle injury. A source monitoring the development confirmed that the three-time Premier Volleyball League Most Valuable Player went down with an injury just two days before her supposed flight on Sunday to join the bulk of the Nationals already in Thailand training for the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix on September 20 in Nakhon Ratchasima. Valdez’s injury was posted in Rebisco Pilipinas Volleyball Team Instagram on Friday night. The national team veteran will undergo therapy.         View this post on Instagram                   Let's give our love and all-out support to our Phenom Alyssa Valdez who injured her ankle. Because of this, she won't be able to train in Thailand as she was advised to undergo physical therapy. As she recovers over the next few days, ituloy lang natin ang suporta para sa #RebiscoPilipinas Women’s National Volleyball Team sa kanilang laban para sa bayan! #Sambansa #AlyssaValdez #Phenom #getwellsoon #LabanPilipinas A post shared by Rebisco Pilipinas (@rebiscosambansa) on Sep 13, 2019 at 4:21am PDT Valdez is expected to rest for a few days. Unbeaten defending champion Creamline will open the PVL Season 3 Open Conference second round on Saturday. With Valdez out, the national team is now down to only 14 players after Motolite setter Iris Tolenada failed to get the green light from her club to join the Nationals. Only Creamline setter Jia Morado, Jovelyn Gonzaga of PacificTown Army, ChocoMucho's Maddie Madayag and Eya Laure of University of Sto. Tomas will accompany assistant coach Kungfu Reyes on Sunday to Thailand.       Already in Thailand are skipper Aby Marano, Fil-American spiker Kalei Mau, Alohi Robins-Hardy, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mylene Paat, Majoy Baron, Ces Molina, Roselyn Doria, Dawn Macandili and Kath Arado......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 13th, 2019Related News

PHI spikers produce better showing in THA U-23 rematch

The Philippine national women’s volleyball team had a better showing on Wednesday as the Filipinas won two of the four sets they played against Thailand's U-23 squad. Playing in their third straight tune-up game, the Pinay spikers eked out a 24-26, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25, result over the host team, which requested to only play four sets. The 10-woman squad is halfway through its scheduled series of friendlies in the 12-day training camp which serves as part of the team’s buildup for the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima starting on Sept. 20 and for the 30th Southeast Asian Game in Manila in November. The Nationals lost to THA U-23 team, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 13-15, on Monday and only won one set against the powerhouse Thailand senior squad, 12-25, 19-25, 12-25, 21-25, 15-9, on Tuesday.      The Nationals, composed of skipper Aby Marano, Fil-American spiker Kalei Mau, Alohi Robins-Hardy, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mylene Paat, Majoy Baron, Ces Molina, Roselyn Doria, Dawn Macandili and Kath Arado, will play Bangkok University on Thursday. After taking on Bangkok U, the Filipinas will have a two-day break before taking on Japan's V-League runner-up Toray Arrows on Sunday where they will be joined by the remaining members of the 15-woman team in Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag, Eya Laure and Jovelyn Gonzaga......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 11th, 2019Related News

Nationals come up short in first tune-up game

The national women’s volleyball team had a great start only to falter in the end as the Filipinas fell short in their first of a series of tune-up games in their training camp in Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok University dealt the Nationals a 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 13-15, loss on Monday at the FIVB-Development Center. All of the 10 members of the squad who were already in Thailand saw minutes on the floor as the Nationals took the first two sets before the host university team regrouped to steal the match from the Filipinas, who are preparing for the ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sept. 20.      Thailand’s powerhouse senior squad will host the Filipinas on Tuesday at the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) Gym. The PHI team will then take on Thailand's U23 national team on Sept. 11. On Sept. 12, Bangkok University will again play the Nationals and on Sept. 15, the Filipinas will face Japan's V-League runner-up Toray Arrows, who also bagged the championship of 2018-19 All-Japan Kurowashiki tournament. Already in Thailand are skipper Aby Marano, Fil-American spiker Kalei Mau, Alohi Robins-Hardy, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mylene Paat, Majoy Baron, Ces Molina, Roselyn Doria, Dawn Macandili and Kath Arado. Other members of the squad Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag, Eya Laure and Jovelyn Gonzaga are set to join the team on Sept. 15 in the team’s first step in its buildup for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila in November......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 9th, 2019Related News

Valdez banners Phl team to SEA Grand Prix

Alyssa Valdez and Fil-Ams Kalei Mau and Alohi Robins-Hardy spearhead the 16-player Philippine team plunging into action in the Southeast Asian Grand Prix slated Sept. 20-22 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsSep 6th, 2019Related News

Valdez, Mau, Robins-Hardy banner Philippine volleybelles in Southeast Asian Grand Prix

Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Joey Romasanta made the announcement during Thursday’s team practice at the Arellano University Gym in Pasay City......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsSep 5th, 2019Related News

F2 Logistics weathers Cignal’s challenge, draws first blood

F2 Logistics got a big scare after squandering a two-set lead before hanging tough in the deciding frame to weather a determined Cignal side, 25-22, 26-24, 18-25, 17-25, 15-8, in Game 1 of the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Finals on Saturday at the Big Dome. The Cargo Movers drew first blood in the best-of-three series but not after sweating it out in five sets to move a step closer to claiming their first AFC crown since winning it all in 2016. Kalei Mau poured in 27 points with 25 coming off kills and added six excellent receptions for F2 Logistics. Ara Galang and Majoy Baron finished with 11 markers each.    F2 Logistics took advantage of the HD Spikers’ unforced errors and difficulty in controlling the first ball in the deciding frame to open 9-4 gap. “Nu’ng nag-8-4 medyo kontrolado na namin na sitwasyon,” said F2 Logistics head coach Ramil De Jesus, whose wards will try to close the series on Tuesday at the MOA Arena.    The Cargo Movers went up 10-6 before Cignal coach Edgar Barroga burned his two challenges that were unsuccessful as F2 Logistics extended its lead to 12-6. Rachel Anne Daquis stopped the bleeding before Desiree Cheng put the Cargo Movers at match point. Jovelyn Gonzaga saved a match point before F2 Logistics finished off the HD Spikers. “Wala akong ini-expect na madaling laban. Ini-expect talaga namin na hindi madaling laban ang pagdadaanan namin,” said De Jesus. Janine Navarro scored 16 points while Jovelyn Gonzaga had 12 markers for Cignal. Setter Alohi Robins-Hardy tallied 17 excellent sets on top of 11 points. Meanwhile, Sisi Rondina delivered big as she came through with clutch hits to power Petron to a 28-26, 25-27, 25-21, 24-26, 15-12 win over Foton in the bronze-medal match. Rondina, the reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player, scored five of Petron’s last six points for the Blaze Spikers, who were relegated to the consolation round following a pair of semifinal setbacks to Cignal. Down, 5-9, in the fifth set, the Blaze Spikers inched to within two, 9-11, as Rondina put Petron at match point, 14-11. Dindin Santiago-Manabat saved a match point, 12-14, before Rondina sealed the win for Petron. Rondina finished with a game-high 33 points, built on 30 attacks, in the match that took almost three hours to finish. Team captain Ces Molina had 15 points for Petron, while Mika Reyes and Remy Palma each added 11 markers. Dindin Santiago-Manabat led the way for the Tornadoes, with 26 points, while Jaja Santiago chipped in 22, Mina Aganon had 11, Eya Laure scored 11 and Shaya Adorador contributed 10 markers......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 24th, 2019Related News

Cignal scores sweet revenge over Generika, advances to PSL semis

Cignal leaned on its rock-solid defense to beat Generika-Ayala, 25-15, 17-25, 25-18, 25-22, on Saturday and book a semifinal berth in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City. The fifth-seeded HD Spikers produced 16 blocks, including seven from Alohi Robins-Hardy and four from Jovelyn Gonzaga in knocking out the […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsAug 17th, 2019Related News

Robins-Hardy, Cignal bumawi kontra Foton

Sinandalan ng Cignal HD Spikers si Alohi R­obins-Hardy para gulantangin ang tigasing Foton, 25-23, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21 sa 7th Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference 2019 prelims 2 sa Filoil Flying V Centre sa San Juan Huwebes nang gabi......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsAug 2nd, 2019Related News

HD Spikers win three in a row

Cignal played like a well-oiled machine, disposing Foton, 25-23, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21, to cop its third straight win in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Team captain Rachel Anne Daquis paced the assault for the HD Spikers, who improved to 6-5 to forge a tie with idle Generika-Ayala at the fourth spot. Daquis finished with 18 points and 25 digs while Mylene Paat chipped in 17 markers and setter Alohi Robins-Hardy submitted 15 markers of top of 24 of the HD Spikers’ 26 excellent receptions in the match that took two hours and five minutes to finish. From a 4-4 contest in the third set, the HD Spikers went with an 11-2 run to put up a commanding, 15-6, and Daquis took over with her own 3-0 spurt to widen the gap, 21-9, en route to set point, 24-10. Foton, however, refused to surrender and saved four set points, 14-24, before Daquis ended the Tornadoes’ agony. Alohi, who was converted to opposite spiker late in the match, put on a show as Cignal broke loose from a, 19-19, contest to give the HD Spikers a, 22-19, breather while Daquis did the finishing touches for her team. Jaja Santiago had a game-high 25 points for Foton, while skipper Mina Aganon had 11 markers and Dindin Santiago-Manabat added 10. It was an even contest in spikes (52-52) but the Tornadoes only had four blocks against 12 of the HD Spikers. Foton, which came from a loss to F2 Logistics, slid to 7-5. Meanwhile, Generika-Ayala returned in the win column after shaking off Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 25-9. Playing sans skipper Angeli Araneta, who injured her left knee last Saturday in a five-set loss to F2 Logistics, the Lifesavers banked on the duo of Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain for their seventh win in 12 games for a two-way tie at third spot with Foton. Ceballos had 16 points, Orendain finished with 15 while Ria Meneses added 11 for Generika-Ayala.  Bad luck haunted the Lady Realtors anew as hitter Amanda Villanueva sprained her left ankle in the opening set and didn't return. Pam Lastimosa got 12 points while Amy Ahomiro posted 11 markers for the Lady Realtors, who closed the preliminary round with a 2-12 slate and continued to miss the services of MJ Phillips. Phillips left for the US to attend to personal matters.    .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 1st, 2019Related News

Cargo Movers haul 10th straight win

F2 Logistics flirted with disaster before escaping with a thrilling 25-19, 25-27, 25-22, 18-25, 15-13 win over Generika-Ayala to preserve its unbeaten record in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.  The Cargo Movers nearly collapsed in the deciding set as they committed five of their 32 errors but recovered just in time to escape with their 10th straight win. F2 Logistics trailed, 7-10, in the fifth set before Desiree Cheng, Ara Galang and Kianna Dy stopped the bleeding and knotted the frame at 11.  Skipper Angeli Araneta tried to keep the Lifesavers afloat with an attack, but she crashed with a knee injury, allowing the Cargo Movers to deliver the knockout blows and wrap up the battle after two hours and 42 minutes. Kalei Mau had 25 points but struggled at the attack zone, hitting only 24 of 77 attempts and protected the floor with 23 digs and 16 excellent receptions while Ara Galang put up 16 points. Majoy Baron hosted a block party providing nine of her team’s 17 blocks for 14 points. Cheng added 10 markers while Dawn Macandili was everywhere with 43 digs and 12 excellent receptions. Fiola Ceballos led Generika-Ayala with 22 points including 27 digs. Patty Orendain had 16 points including 11 excellent receptions, while Araneta and Ria Meneses added 11 markers apiece. The Lifesavers dropped to 6-5 win-loss record at fourth place. Meanwhile, Cignal turned back a feisty Marinerang Pilipina side, 25-20, 25-15, 24-26, 27-25, for a 5-5 slate at fifth spot. Rachel Anne Daquis led the way for the HD Spikers with 18 points off 14 hits, three kills blocks and an ace while Mylene Paat finished with 14 markers. Six-foot-2 setter Alohi Robins-Hardy tallied 19 excellent sets and scored 13 points for Cignal. The Lady Skippers avoided a shut out as Cignal squandered its match point advantage, 24-22. But Marinerang Pilipina paid dearly in their gallant stand as outside hitter Chiara Permentilla was stretchered off the court  after hurting her left knee following an awkward landing after a spike attempt that was turned back by Robins-Hardy’s solid block with the set at tied 19-all. The Lady Skippers forced two deuces in the fourth before the the HD Spikers pulled off their escape following an error by Marinerang Pilipina sealed by a Roselyn Doria block on Caitlyn Viray. Zilfa Olarve scored 13 points off the bench, veteran Ivy Remulla had 12 points while Permentilla chipped in 11 points in the Lady Skippers' 10th defeat in as many games......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 27th, 2019Related News

Cignal too much for Sta. Lucia in PSL

Mylene Paat and Alohi Robins-Hardy fired 12 and 10 points for the HD Spikers, who hiked their tally to 4-5 and remained in the middle standings......»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJul 20th, 2019Related News

Tornadoes make it six in a row

Foton cruised to its sixth straight win, defeating Generika-Ayala, 25-16, 28-26, 25-15, behind the heroics of Dindin Santiago-Manabat on Saturday in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Santiago-Manabat had 19 points, all but one from spikes, while her younger sister Jaja added 15 markers, including the match-clinching quick attack for the Tornadoes, who improved to 7-3 win-loss record. Mina Aganon had an all-around game of eight markers, 22 digs and 7 excellent receptions for Foton. “Of course, like I said, this second round is really a game of positioning,” said Foton coach Aaron Velez. “One thing that I like with my players today is they just kept on believing in themselves and then they were able to, although there was a little struggle, they just keep on getting our rhythm and we never lost our focus.” After a hard-fought second set, where Generika-Ayala reached the first set point, Foton looked more aggressive in the third set despite trailing, 4-7. The Tornadoes refused to yield as they turned the tables to their favor before taking a, 21-12, lead en route to the win. Velez, however, admitted that he wasn’t surprised to win the match in straight sets. “No one needs to be surprised, actually,” he said. “Every team in the league has the capacity to win.” Patty Orendain finished with 13 points for Generika-Ayala, which dropped to 5-4.   Meanwhile, Cignal added to Sta. Lucia’s misery after hammering an impressive 25-8, 25-16, 25-22 victory for a 4-5 mark. Opposite Mylene Paat and setter Alohi Robins-Hardy led the way for the HD Spikers with nine attacks to finish with 12 points.  Robins-Hardy chipped in 10 markers laced with four aces and eight excellent sets for the HD Spikers, who turned the match into a rout in the first set. Janine Marciano and May Luna combined for 17 points for the HD Spikers in the match that took an hour and 24 minutes to finish. Roselle Baliton, Joy Dacoron and MJ Philips each had six markers for Sta. Lucia, which slid to 1-9.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 20th, 2019Related News

Cignal whips hapless Sta. Lucia

Alohi Robins Hardy led the way for Cignal with 10 points and eight excellent sets......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJul 20th, 2019Related News

PLDT wins back-to-back, Cignal debuts with a bang

PLDT Home Fibr turned back Marinerang Pilipina, 25-21, 25-20, 18-25, 25-14, for its second straight win in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. Gretchel Soltones has a strong start and a stronger finish as the Power Hitters kept the Lady Skippers winless. Soltones, the former San Sebastian College star, delivered 19 kills and two blocks for a 19-point performance for the Power Hitters, who joined idle Generika-Ayala at the third spot with a 2-1 win-loss slate. Meanwhile, Cignal bucked a slow start before taking down Sta. Lucia, 25-27, 25-22, 25-10, 25-21, to kick off its campaign on a high note in the second game. The HD Spikers made a rousing debut with new setter Alohi Robins-Hardy putting up 18 excellent sets and unleashed 12 points from seven kills, three aces and two blocks. Mylene Paat had 14 points while skipper Rachel Anne Daquis delivered 13 points including 19 digs. Returning Jovelyn Gonzaga, who suffered an ACL injury two years ago, added 11 markers. MJ Phillips carried the cudgels of Sta. Lucia with 19 points while Rachel Austero and Joy Dacoron added 13 and 11 points, respectively. The Lady Realtors, who gave up 38 errors, dropped their third straight match sliding to a 1-3 record. Aside from Soltones, who also had 12 digs and 10 excellent receptions, Aiko Urdas was also impressive with 15 points while setter Jasmine Nabor did a marvelous job controlling the tempo with 21 excellent sets. Despite the victory, however, PLDT head coach Roger Gorayeb wasn’t satisfied. The Power Hitters lost steam in the third set that allowed the Lady Skippers to extend the match. But PLDT caught fire in the fourth set with a 15-5 start off an ace from Joyce Sta. Rita before Soltones buckled down to work, delivering four straight points that put them at match point, 24-13. Judith Abil saved a point but she committed a crucial service error. Abil had an all-around effort with 11 points laced with 19 digs and 17 excellent receptions while Chiara Permentilla delivered 10 points on top of 11 digs off the bench for Marinerang Pilipina, which suffered its fourth straight loss......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 25th, 2019Related News

Former tennis star auctions trophies to pay off debts

LONDON, UK – Trophies and personal souvenirs belonging to German tennis star Boris Becker will be auctioned online from Monday, June 24, by British firm Wyles Hardy to partially clear the bankrupt champion's debts.  The youngest winner in Wimbledon history, who claimed the first of 3 titles aged just 17, is ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 24th, 2019Related News

To get me prepared for the SEA Games -- Mau on her transfer

Filipino-American power-hitter Kalei Mau found a new home in F2 Logistics. The 6-foot-2 open spiker chose to join the Cargo Movers not only to help F2 Logistics reclaim the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference crown but also to improve her game in time for the 30th Southeast Asian Games under the system of Ramil de Jesus.      “The reason why I chose F2 was mainly I thought about what team will benefit me as a player,” said Mau on Thursday in Day 2 of the national women’s volleyball team practice at the Arellano University Gym in Taft.   Mau transferred to the Cargo Movers after her former team United VC disbanded just days before the 2019 PSL AFC. F2 Logistics last won the AFC title back in 2016.  [Related story: Cargo Movers sign Kalei Mau] The hitter said that playing under De Jesus will benefit her for her first-ever stint for the tri-colors. “For a long time in UVC we didn’t really have a system that I was used to in playing overseas and playing back home in the States,” she said. “What I wanted to do is to try and find something close to my training level back in the States back to when I was playing in college just to really get me prepared for the SEA Games.” Playing for the F2 Logistics, Mau will be playing alongside national team teammates Aby Marano, libero Dawn Macandili and middle blocker Majoy Baron.   “I asked a lot of people what’s the best environment to put myself in if that’s my end goal. So I chose F2 not only because they have a good coach but also they have most of my teammates here in the national team,” said Mau. “The girls in the gym, they’re really holding me accountable.” The Hawaiian started to train with the Cargo Movers Thursday morning.     “The only thing that I would say is I would really want to spend a little more time connecting with my setters there, just because I know that a lot of Filipina setters they’re smaller,” said Mau. “A lot of the hitters here are also smaller. It might be a little hard to try to adjust but it’s not impossible.” Mau will need to adjust and make a connection with F2 Logistics setters Kim Fajardo, a former member of the national squad,  and Alex Cabanos. “What I like is high and faster sets to the pin. Something that a connection that me and Alohi (Robins-Hardy) like it was natural to,” said Mau. “But definitely, I’m excited to play with the setters that we have in our gym and see where it’s gonna take us.”   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 13th, 2019Related News

Cargo Movers sign Kalei Mau

F2 Logistics made a huge recruitment coup after signing United Volleyball Club star Kalei Mau just days before the start of the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference. The Fil-American open spiker officially announced her transfer through her Instagram, posting a picture of her wearing a Cargo Movers shirt.         View this post on Instagram                   God continues to bless me with endless opportunities to play this sport???? I am happy to announce that I am officially a member of @f2cargomovers ???? New chapter, same Goal???? Thank you for the all love and support! #PSLAFC2019 A post shared by ?α??ι ?α?? (@leimau_) on Jun 11, 2019 at 10:01pm PDT “I am happy to announce that I am officially a member of @f2cargomovers,” according to her IG post. The 6-foot-2 national team member joined UVC-Cocolife last year and helped the Asset Managers finished fifth in the 2019 Grand Prix. The 24-year-old Hawaiian’s transfer came following rumors that UVC has folded due to lack of financial backers. UVC has yet to make an official announcement. Fil-Am setter Alohi Robins-Hardy has joined Cignal earlier while Amy Ahomiro, according to reports, has moved to Sta. Lucia. The PSL AFC will open on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 12th, 2019Related News

National volleyball teams get PSC support

The national women's and men's volleyball teams will receive the full support of the Philippine Sports Commission. Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. got a shot in the arm from the PSC as the full line-up of their seniors pools are set to receive their monthly allowance and use of facilities inside the Rizal Memorial Complex. "Siyempre happy kami kasi recognized na kami ng PSC. Siyempre mas magiging smooth na rin ang takbo ng team, then yung relationship sa PSC," said women's head coach Shaq Delos Santos on Tuesday. The Nationals, who are preparing for the 30th Southeast Asian Games on November, are currently processing their medical examinations and other requirements for their PSC ID.  "Hopefully magtuloy-tuloy pa, kaya nga gusto rin namin mga coaches and sina (LVPI secretariat) Ma'am Marissa (Andres) at sina sir (LVPI president) Peter (Cayco) na matapos muna rin namin sa medical nila at 'yung mga kailangan para at least wala na kami po-problemahin para more on focus na lang kami sa training," said Delos Santos. The National women's team was supposed to start its scheduled Tuesday and Thursday training sessions this week but some members of the pool are yet to finish their respective PSC requirements.  Delos Santos said that they will start their training next week, plot a suitable schedule for their training camps in China and Japan as well as their planned stint in the Philippine Superliga Invitational in October.  The Nationals didn't receive monthly stipends from the PSC during the women's team's preparation and participation in the 18th Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games and the AVC Asian Cup in Thailand last year. Alyssa Valdez banners na women's pool with team captain Aby Maraño, veterans Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mika Reyes, sisters Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago, Majoy Baron, Denden Lazaro, Dawn Macandili, Jia Morado, Ces Molina, Mylene Paat, and MJ Phillips. Also in the pool are first-timers Kath Arado, Tots Carlos, Angel Cayuna, Ced Domingo, Jema Galanza, Eya Laure, Jerrili Malabanan, Kalei Mau, and Alohi Robins-Hardy.   The Dante Alinsunurin-mentored men's pool is composed captain Johnvic de Guzman, Marck Espejo, Ranran Adbilla, Mark Alfafara, Bryan Bagunas, Kim Dayandante, Joven dela Vega, and Rex Intal. Also joining the team are Fauzi Ismail, Jack Kalingking, Jessie Lopez, Jeffrey Malabanan, Kim Malabunga, Rikko Marmeto, Ricky Marcos, Ish Polvorosa, Francis Saura, Jayvee Sumagaysay, Peter Torres, and Joshua Umandal. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 4th, 2019Related News

Petron braces for tough three-peat bid

Petron is tipped to have a hard time defending its crown when the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino unfurls on June 15 at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Head coach Shaq Delos Santos admitted that the battle will be tough following the emergence of Cignal, F2 Logistics, Foton and new team Marinerang Pilipina. Cignal, for one, secured the services of Filipino-American playmaker Alohi Robins-Hardy while the Cargo Movers remain intact, but displayed eagerness to challenge the Blaze Spikers anew. Foton, for its part, secured the services of University of Santo Tomas ace Eya Laure as well as collegiate standouts Laizah Bendong of University of the East (UE) and Arianne Layug, Justine Dorog and Marianne Buitre of University of the Philippines to form a lethal squad that will welcome the return of explosive spiker EJ Laure. Rookie team Marinerang Pilipina is also a threat as young guns Judith Abil, Caitlin Viray, Cesca Racraquin and Dimdim Pacres conspire with veteran Ivy Remulla are all ready to make an immediate impact. Delos Santos, who welcomes the return of Sisi Rondina, Buding Duremdes and Chin Basas, knows that the road back to the title will never be easy. "I think it’s possible for us to be dethroned this conference. All teams are strong and it’s really hard to tell if we can keep our place on top,” said Delos Santos during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Braska Restaurant, Amelie Hotel and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp on Tuesday. “We can’t take this conference lightly. We have to work hard because other teams are also out to dethrone us.” PSL ambassadress Rachel Anne Daquis agreed with Delos Santos, saying that this conference is very tough as teams like Generika-Ayala, Sta. Lucia, United VC and PLDT all did their respective home works in the off-season. The Lifesavers will parade former UE star Mary Anne Mendez while the Lady Realtors will have a new libero in Filipino-American Alex Bollier to join the solid crew of Amanda Villanueva, Pamela Lastimosa, MJ Philips and Rebecca Rivera.   United VC is also solid force as Kalei Mau will be back while PLDT will have former Far Eastern University aces Jerili Malabanan, Czarina Carandang and Angel Cayuna to reinforce the core of Gretchel Soltones, Jasmine Nabor and Aiko Urdas. “I’m really looking forward to a high-level competition,” said Daquis, the 2015 All-Filipino Most Valuable Player who will skipper the HD Spikers.  “There’s a lot of changes in the league as most players switched teams while those from college joined their respective mother teams," she added. "This is going to be another exciting conference and we’re looking forward to give Petron a good fight.”  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 4th, 2019Related News