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Abella quits Foton, might return to PVL

Rommel Abella could be making a return to the Premier Volleyball League. A league source told ABS-CBN Sports that the former Pocari Sweat head coach might get another coaching job in the PVL after parting ways with his Philippine Superliga club team Foton. Abella called it quits after two conferences with the Tornadoes. Foton Philippines president and team owner Rommel Sytin promoted assistant coach Edjet Mabbayad as interim coach. Abella was hired as a replacement for Moro Branislav late last year in time for Foton’s campaign in the 2018 Grand Prix. But the multi-titled mentor faced a tough challenge in the import-laden conference playing without ace hitters EJ Laure, who made a leave of absence because of a shoulder injury, and 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago. Foton, which won back-to-back Grand Prix titles from 2015 to 2016, placed third in this year’s edition. The Tornadoes beefed up its lineup for the Invitational by adding former Generika-Ayala hitter Shaya Adorador, San Beda University stars Nieza and Jeziela Viray and a blue-chip recruit in Ateneo de Manila Univetsity standout Bea de Leon. But even with their new recruits that bolstered the already solid and towering core of Jaja Santiago, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, CJ Rosario, Gen Casugod Maika Ortiz, with veterans Gyzelle Sy, Ivy Perez and libero Jen Reyes, Foton failed to live up to expectations. “The team is playing at the lowest level and we feel that there’s a need for change,” said Sytin. However, the coach might just get another chance in the PVL. Under his watch the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors led by the trio of Myla Pablo, Michele Gumabao and Mel Gohing dominated the defunct V-League in the 2016 Reinforced and Open Conferences before piloting Pocari Sweat into the Reinforced Conference throne of the PVL last year. The source declined to put on record which team will get the services of Abella.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

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

Comm. Silver, NBPA say competitive imbalance not a problem

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com LAS VEGAS -- First came the backlash. Next, backlash to the backlash. By Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), much of the whipsawing over competitive balance -- or more accurately, imbalance -- as an NBA problem rising to the level of crisis had calmed down. Yet powerful voices from the league’s summer nerve center could not dismiss it entirely as an issue meriting closer inspection. “I'm not here to say we have a problem,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday after the Board of Governors meeting. “And I love where the league is right now. [But] I think we can create a better system.” Neither Silver nor Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, sounded an alarm in their separate news conferences about what many see as a widening gap between the league’s haves and have-nots. Roberts, in fact, seemed to feel that all is well and that talent inequality is in the eye of the beholder. “Competitive balance, it almost depends on what your favorite team is,” said Roberts, who was rehired as head of the players union in another four-year contract announced Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). “I don’t hear anybody in the Bay Area worrying about competitive balance. I also don’t hear the people in Philadelphia worrying about competitive balance, or Houston. “We’ve got great teams. And it’s never been the case, as far as I’m concerned, where I was not able most of the time to predict what teams were going to be in the Finals.” The topic came up in precisely that context before the Finals last month when Silver was asked about Golden State and Cleveland meeting in the championship series for the fourth consecutive year, a first in any of the major professional sports leagues. It reared its head again this month soon after free agency opened on July 1, with events conspiring to make insiders wonder about a growing disparity among teams. LeBron James’ signing with the Los Angeles Lakers was the biggest move in what appeared to be a continuing shift of strength into the league’s Western Conference. That was followed by the news that DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans’ All-Star center, had joined the champion Warriors. That signing sparked the initial backlash, a rich-getting-richer cry that pointed not to Cousins’ one-year deal for $5.3 million in 2018-19 salary but the fact that the Warriors will spend in excess of $20 million for it when luxury taxes are counted. Golden State had the NBA’s fattest payroll in 2017-18 of $137.5 million, despite a $99 million salary cap, thanks to various exceptions in the prevailing “soft cap” system. “I don't necessarily think it's per se bad that the Warriors are so dominant,” Silver told reporters, not long after discussing the “competitive landscape” with the owners. “As I've said before, we're not trying to create some sort of forced parity. What we really focus on is parity of opportunity. And a fair point could be made in the tax system, when certain teams are spending significantly more than others, that that's not parity of opportunity.” The counter-backlash came from folks who rushed to the Warriors’ and Cousins’ defense, correctly noting that neither did anything wrong, conducting their business within the rules as specified by the collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the players. That CBA is the object of endless study and imagined revision, with amendments possible if negotiated prior to the end of the current deal after the 2023-24 season. Shooting for a “hard cap” likely would be a tough sell to players accustomed to the freedom of movement they currently enjoy. “It's not necessarily [Roberts’] issue,” Silver said in response to the union director’s characterization. “I think it's on me and our Labor Relations Committee, ultimately, to sit with the players and their committee and convince them that there may be a better way of doing things.” Silver mentioned Charlotte owner and legendary NBA superstar Michael Jordan, chairman of that Labor Relations Committee, as a valuable resource in addressing owners’ and players’ competition concerns. Both sides have valid arguments. Interest in the NBA never has been higher by almost any metric chosen, from selected TV ratings and licensing revenues to the game’s growth globally. Attendance at the MGM Resorts Las Vegas Summer League keeps pushing higher, with fans eager to see top rookies, second-year players and relative free-agent unknowns chasing their pro hoops’ dreams. The valuations of the 30 NBA franchises, of course, all have soared beyond $1 billion, according to Forbes.com, with the Knicks, the Lakers and the Warriors all estimated to be worth more than $3 billion. Longtime NBA observers such as TNT’s David Aldridge wrote a column this week that argued on behalf of dominant teams, anyway, saying that they actually drive rather than depress fan interest. As for any inability to win games or titles, he laid the blame for that on poor franchise management. The Knicks and the Clippers have all sorts of big-market advantages but haven’t won any championships lately (or at all in the Clippers' case). For Roberts, whose players reap 51 percent of NBA basketball-related income that tops $7 billion annually, business is good, period. “I’m excited about this new season,” she said Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). “This free agency, there’s been a lot to write about so we’re all, I think, looking forward to what’s going to happen come October. “To the extent that people are predicting the end of the game, I just don’t think so. I would be surprised if Adam called me to say, ‘What the hell are we going to do?’ I think he’s as happy as I am. ... I think we’re in good shape.” Critics note Golden State’s on-court dominance in winning the last two championships. It only took nine NBA Finals games --one over the minimum -- while facing arguably the league’s best player in LeBron James. But those same critics seem to foget that the Warriors were pushed to the full seven games in the conference finals, and actually faced elimination twice before beating the Rockets. “I recognize what Michele's saying,” Silver said. “But at the same time, if you talk to players in the league, and I've talked to plenty of individual players as well, they want to be in the most competitive league possible too.” For every player on the Warriors' roster -- or the Rockets, the Thunder, the Celtics or the Sixers -- there are five or six on teams that realistically have no chance of chasing a ring or the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Cleveland went to four straight Finals thanks to James; no one envisions the Cavaliers getting back any time soon. “Maybe there are some players who think they’re on a second-class team,” said Sacramento wing Garrett Temple, one of the NBPA vice presidents. “But most players I’ve played with or been around, their thought process is, ‘We’re gonna get our team to become one of those first-class teams.’ It’s more of a challenge. More so than, ‘We need them to disband so we can make everybody equal.’ Because we’re competitors.” That really is the crux of the issue. Silver and some franchises want most of the competition to come on the floor, in games, in full view of fans who believe their teams can sufficiently compete. The league’s current title contenders are fine with a system that allows them to compete all the way to the top, with an owner stroking gargantuan checks to crowd out rivals. “Let me make clear that under the current system we want teams to compete like crazy,” Silver said. “So I think the Warriors within the framework of this deal should be doing everything they can to increase their dominance. That's what you want to see in a league. “You want teams to compete in every way they can within the rules.” Silver addressed a variety of topics that were came from the BOG agenda, including: -- Change is coming on multiple fronts, most notably in the league’s age limit. That seems likely to be re-set back to 18 years old from 19, permitting players to enter the league from high school. It’s a move that the NBA should be better equipped to handle with a near 30-for-30 farm-system affiliation with its G League. It also fits with the findings of an NCAA task force that cites dissatisfaction with “one-and-done” college players. Said Silver: “My personal view is that we’re ready to make that change.” -- The start of free agency, annually triggered at midnight ET on July 1 (12:00pm, July 1, PHL time), will be moved to a daytime or prime time opening bell. It’s one of those traditions that no one thought to change, Silver said. -- The league’s investigation into the Dallas Mavericks’ sexual harassment issues should be completed by the end of the month. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

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

PVL: Cool Smashers sweep way to breakthrough crown

Crowd-favorite Creamline quenched its thirst for the crown after completing a best-of-three Finals sweep over PayMaya, 25-19, 25-20, 25-11, to rule the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference Wednesday at the MOA Arena. After a couple of third place finishes in the inaugural season, the Cool Smashers finally captured the elusive title with a dominating series victory over the High Flyers. Creamline's win also handed BanKo the bronze medal after the Perlas Spikers defeated the dethroned Pocari Sweat-Air Force in Game 2 of their battle for third series in four sets. BanKo evened the series 1-1 but took the podium finish by virtiue of higher qoutient. Alyssa Valdez, who won her first title after three years and since winning the defunct V-League Reinforced Conference back in 2015,  led the Cool Smashers with 19 points built on 15 kills, three aces and a kill block. Michele Gumabao and Thai import Kuttika Kaepwin added 12 markers each while American Laura Schaudt had nine. Prized playmaker and Best Setter winner Jia Morado was named Finals Most Valuable Player after tallying 29 excellent sets for the Cool Smashers. Morado averaged 8.7 excellent sets per frame in the Finals.               Creamline played with the same intensity and power it showed when the Cool Smashers took the opening game in four sets, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, ast Sunday and never gave PayMaya a chance to mount any significant resistance. The High Flyers already waved the white flag in the third set after getting buried by as much as 23-9.  Gumabao pushed Creamline at match point, 24-10, before PayMaya saved a point in the next play. Jerrili Malabanan then surrendered the match after sending her service long as the Cool Smashers celebrate their conquest. American Tess Rountree was the only High Flyer in double figures with 12 points while Grethcel Soltones was limited to only six.        --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 11th, 2018Related News

Michele Roberts re-elected executive director of NBPA

NBPA press release NEW YORK -- Michele Roberts was re-elected as Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) at Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) annual summer meeting of the Board of NBA Player Representatives. The Board of Player Representatives and the Executive Committee voted unanimously to approve another four-year term for Ms. Roberts, who has served as Executive Director since September 2014. “I am honored that the players have put their trust in me for another four years,” said NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts. “It has been a pleasure to work on their behalf and I believe we as a union have accomplished a lot in addition to negotiating the latest collective bargaining agreement. I look forward to continuing to serve the best interests of the players by using my voice and my position to advocate on their behalf.” Ms. Roberts will continue to work alongside NBPA President Chris Paul, who himself was recently re-elected to a second four-year term in 2017. “Our goal when we hired Michele was to take back our union,” said NBPA President Chris Paul. “With her leadership and guidance, we have not only accomplished that but we have also established the NBPA as one of the strongest and most active unions in all of professional sports. She is truly an invaluable asset and I am thrilled that we will get to continue our work together.” Paul leads the NBPA’s Executive Committee whose other members include First Vice President LeBron James, Secretary-Treasurer Anthony Tolliver and Vice Presidents Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Pau Gasol, Andre Iguodala, CJ McCollum and Garrett Temple......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 11th, 2018Related News

PVL: Cool Smashers zero in on breakthrough crown

Creamline is now in a good position to finally claim its breakthrough title. And the Cool Smashers won’t let this opportunity pass. The crowd-favorite squad shoots to complete a sweep of the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference championship series on Wednesday against PayMaya at the MOA Arena.    “Ang motivation is really finish the game,” said Creamline star hitter Alyssa Valdez, who is looking to end a three-year personal title drought since winning the defunct V-League Reinforced Conference title back in 2015 while playing for PLDT. Action begins at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream. The Cool Smashers, who finished third in last year’s Reinforced and Open Conferences, drew first blood last Sunday, winning in four sets, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19. Creamline is not taking the High Flyers lightly, the Cool Smashers know that PayMaya is very much capable of mounting a comeback.    “There’s no mindset na we’re one game up,” said Creamline opposite spiker Michele Gumabao. “We have to enter Game 2 with a fresh mindset. We must be as eager as we were in Game 1. Start each and every set with confidence and power. We have to double our effort and play our game.” Aside from Valdez and Gumabao, the Cool Smashers will also bank on Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin, American Lausa Schaudt, Risa Sato, veteran libero Mel Gohing and prized setter Jia Morado. With their backs against the wall, PayMaya will need the help of other hitters to back up American Tess Rountree and Shelby Sullivan and local scorer Grethcel Soltones. Game 3, if needed, is on Sunday.     ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 11th, 2018Related News

PVL: Cool Smashers demolish handicapped Lady Warriors to advance in the Finals

Crowd favorite Creamline exploited the advantage of playing against a handicapped Pocari Sweat-Air Force to cruise to a 25-15, 25-18, 25-16 win to advance to its first Finals gig and dethrone the defending champions Friday. The Cool Smashers demolished the Lady Warriors sans top local scorer Myla Pablo to complete a best-of-three semifinals series come-from-behind victory and book their breakthrough championship stint after back-to-back bronze medal finishes last season. Alyssa Valdez was sharp as always to pace Creamline in the crucial match as the popular star advanced to her first Finals stint since a runne rup finish in the now-defunct V-League back in 2016, while playing for Bureau of Customs in the Reinforced Conference. Valdez had 15 points with 14 digs while Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin finished with 15 markers for Creamline, which outgunned the Lady Warriors, 45-25, in kills. Risa Sato had 10 points, Michele Gumabao scored eight while setter Jia Morado tallied 29 excellent sets for Creamline.  The Cool Smashers will meet in the best-of-three Finals starting on Sunday at the MOA Arena the survivor between BanKo and PayMaya in the other semis pairing. Creamline broke a 14-14 deadlock in the third set with eight unanswered points for a 22-14 lead before closing the match with a 3-2 scoring spurt. Pocari Sweat played without Pablo, who suffered a lower back injury during the warmups minutes before the start of the series decider, and marched into battle with American imports Ari Love and Maddi Palmer recovering from bum stomachs. Pocari Sweat missed the Finals for the first time in three years since it joined the V-League in 2016. Love posted 11 points while Palmer got nine points for the Lady Warriors, who will take on the loser between BanKo and PayMaya in the battle for third on Sunday.   ---          Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 6th, 2018Related News

We have to be ready sa mga surprises nila -- Valdez on Game 3

Crowd-favorite Creamline braces for a dogfight on Friday when the Cool Smashers march into battle against defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force for the last time in Game 3 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference Final Four. Michele Gumabao played big against her former team as the opposite hitter did most of the damage on offense in the Cool Smashers’ four-set win Wednesday that evened the best-of-three semifinals series to one game apiece. The rubber match is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream. Gumabao scored a conference-high 18 points while top hitter Alyssa Valdez had 15 markers, 23 digs and 13 excellent receptions in the Cool Smashers’ 25-16, 26-24, 22-25, 25-17, Game 2 win. But Creamline knows that the wounded Lady Warriors won’t be an easy picking in the series decider. “Pero definitely, Air Force will go back and will fight harder on Friday so we have to be ready also sa mga surprises na ipapakita nila,” said Valdez. Pocari Sweat-Air Force surprised the top seed Cool Smashers in the series opener with an emphatic straight sets 25-23, 25-12, 25-23, win with only Valdez scoring in double figures. “We really talked after the game noong Sunday, so we talked kung ano 'yung technicalities na pagkukulang namin, and ano ang pagkukulang namin as a team,” Valdez said. Backing Valdez and Gumabao up are American import Laura Schaudt, Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin, prized setter Jia Morado, Risa Sato and veteran libero Mel Gohing, who is also a recruit from Pocari Sweat. They will take on a seasoned squad bannered by last year’s Finals Most Valuable Player Myla Pablo, Jeanette Panaga and American reinforcements Maddie Palmer and Ari Love. With the series tied and each team parading a solid line up, the ticket to the best-of-three Finals starting on Sunday will all boil down to who wants it more. “Hindi natin masasabi (na nasa amin ang momentum) kasi sabi nga nila bilog ang bola. Kahit anong mangyari momentum man or even sa games or even sa set, hindi mo makukuha yun eh,” said Valdez. “Kung sino ang mas gustong manalo, yun talaga ang mananalo. Kung sinong pabor ang suwerte yun ang mananalo. It’s anybody’s ballgame on Friday.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 5th, 2018Related News

Creamline rebounds to force deciding Game 3

MANILA, Philippines – Michele Gumabao and  Alyssa Valdez took charge as the Creamline Cool Smashers downed Pocari Sweat-Air Force in ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 4th, 2018Related News

Creamline turns back Pocari-Air Force, forces semis rubber match

Creamline kept its title aspirations alive after turning back Pocari Sweat-Air Force, 25-16, 26-24, 22-25, 25-17, in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball Reinforced Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. The Cool Smashers pulled out all the stops and tied the three-game series at 1-1. From a close 8-6 affair in the start of the fourth set, the Cool Smashers upped the ante and built a 16-10 lead courtesy of Kuttika Kaewpin's back-to-back crosscourt kills. Michele Gumabao pushed the envelope further later in the fourth set scoring two consecutive points for Creamline for the 23-15 lead. "I think it was shown in today's game that everyone really wanted this win,...Keep on reading: Creamline turns back Pocari-Air Force, forces semis rubber match.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 4th, 2018Related News

CA affirms kidnapping conviction of actor Dennis Roldan

MANILA, Philippines – The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed a lower court's 2014 decision that convicted former Quezon City congressman and actor Dennis Roldan – Mitchell Gumabao in real life – of kidnapping a Filipino-Chinese boy in 2005. The appellate court's Fourteenth Division sustained the decision of ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 23rd, 2018Related News

PVL: Gumabao a perfect fit with the Cool Smashers

Even after delivering her accurate cross-court kills, former De La Salle Lady Spiker Michele Gumabao would land on the floor, trade celebratory high fives with teammates and return to her position head held high and straight-backed. Like the beauty queen that she is. The inclusion of the reigning Miss Philippines Globe to the star-studded Creamline squad has infused more power and a touch of glamour to the Cool Smashers. Known for the patented Lady Spikers’ swagger, Gumabao says her on-court behavior has mellowed not because a beauty queen is expected to show regal ways at all times, but rather, she claims, because setter Jia Morado is very commanding when in play.       “Jia is very commanding when we’re playing and that has mellowed me some,” she disclosed. “Her quiet but forceful presence on the court has rubbed off on me.” Gumabao keeps telling anyone who cares to listen that she tremendously enjoys playing with former Ateneo Lady Eagles Alyssa Valdez and Morado, whose alma mater will always be the arch nemesis of hers. “The two and the rest of the Cool Smashers have welcomed me with so much genuine warmth and sincerity that I feel we’ve been teammates for long.”   She has quickly proven her worth after she was the third best scorer behind Thai reinforcement Kuttika Kaewpkin and Valdez in Creamline’s first three games, contributing nine points against the Petro Gazz Angels, 10 against the Banko Perlas Spikers in a losing cause, and eight against the PayMaya High Flyers.    Fans, particularly those from the provinces, have found the athlete-beauty queen very sweet during the meet-and-greet features of the Premier Volleyball League on Tour matches held in Tuguegarao and Batangas.      There hasn't been a trace of impatience or feigned smiles on her face whenever she has posed for a selfie or signed an autograph during the meet-and-greet sessions. She will oblige any fan who will request her for a photo op with a radiant smile that never fails to reach her eyes. On and off the court, Gumabao has indeed been a perfect fit with the Cool Smashers......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 1st, 2018Related News

NBA players’ union hires director of mental health

NEW YORK --- The National Basketball Players Association has hired its first director of mental health and wellness. Dr. William D. Parham will oversee the union's new program designed to help members with mental health issues. The program will be headquartered in Los Angeles. NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts says the union has "heard our players' stories and are making mental health a priority now." Earlier this season, NBA stars Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors revealed issues they've struggle with on and off the court. Love detailed his experience with panic attacks and anxiety. DeRozan talked about battles with depr...Keep on reading: NBA players’ union hires director of mental health.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 1st, 2018Related News

Beauty queens’ advice to youth: Finish your studies, love yourself

  Finish your studies and love yourself. This was the advice given by two Bb. Pilipinas queens to those who aspire to become beauty title holders. Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Jehza Huelar said studies should be their number one priority because a college degree can serve as a fallback no matter what happens after the pageant. Huelar, who has a degree in finance from Ateneo de Davao University, said the "sky is the limit" for anyone who has credentials. READ: What Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Jehza Huelar has in common with Pia Wurtzbach Meanwhile, Bb. Pilipinas Globe Michele Gumabao said the youth should "love themselves and know their worth." She said that lovin...Keep on reading: Beauty queens’ advice to youth: Finish your studies, love yourself.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 16th, 2018Related News

Back on track

Creamline played every inch a title contender when it stopped erstwhile unbeaten leader PayMaya, 25-18, 25-23, 25-19, Sunday night to take a share of the top spot in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Tuguegarao City People's Gymnasium. It was a big departure from the Cool Smashers' anemic showing against the BanKo-Perlas Spikers on Saturday, and one that tied them with the High Flyers at 2-1. Kuttika Kaewpin scored 17 points, while Alyssa Valdez added 12 for Creamline, which also got eight points from Michele Gumabao---including the match-clinching kill-block off Jerrili Malabanan. Tess Rountree led the High Flyers with 17 points, but failed to get enough he...Keep on reading: Back on track.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 14th, 2018Related News

PVL: Adamson, Ateneo, DLSU squads hold unexpected reunions in Tuguegarao

The Philippine volleyball community really is just one tight-knit family.  If you need any proof of that claim, just witness the unplanned, yet awesome impromptu reunion that took place after the Premier Volleyball League On Tour in Tuguegarao during the Mother’s Day weekend. After finishing the two-day slugfest away from Manila (in one of the hottest places in the country, right smack in the middle of summer, no less) the volleybelles found a piece of home in each other. Out of the four teams who travelled to the capital of Cagayan, there were three groups that were able to represent their UAAP squads, while having time to catch up before they head back to the city. The Adamson Lady Falcons were well-represented by San Marcelino legends Amanda Villanueva, Lizlee Ann Gata-Pantone, and Pau Soriano, as well as fresh grads Jema Galanza, Fhen Emnas, Joy Dacoron, and Jellie Tempiatura. Too bad Coach Airess Padda wasn’t in attendace.   Generations of Adamson Lady Falcons enjoying their #PVL stint in Tugegarao! @joydacoron @aamandavillanueva @jemagalanza @tatanpantone @fhenfhenlang @tempiaturajellie @pausoriano02 A post shared by UPFRONT (@upfront_official) on May 13, 2018 at 5:50am PDT   Meanwhile, the Ateneo squad is just a nice mixture of past players, coaches, managers and personalities that underline their presence in the sport. And yes, coaches Roger Gorayeb (Now with PayMaya) and Tai Bundit (Creamline) are still going strong.   Former ATENEO players and coaches reunited here at #PVLonABSCBN Tugegarao ! A post shared by UPFRONT (@upfront_official) on May 13, 2018 at 6:06am PDT Last, but definitely not least, the DLSU Lady Spikers group, made up by a small but potent trio of Michele Gumabao, Melissa Gohing, and Ivy Remulla, are now all members of the Creamline Cool Smashers, and are look to bring their winning tradition to the hot pink squad.   From DLSU Lady Spikers to Creamline Coolsmashers @gumabaomichele @gohingmelissa Ivy Remulla A post shared by UPFRONT (@upfront_official) on May 13, 2018 at 6:09am PDT While most of the players who took the challenge of spreading volleyball sacrificed some time to miss Mother’s Day, they were still able to celebrate another kind of togetherness......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 13th, 2018Related News

Creamline bounces back, tops PayMaya

Creamline swerved right back on the winning track and bulldozed through PayMaya in straight sets, 25-18, 25-23, 25-19, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Sunday at People's Gym in Tuguegarao City. The vaunted Cool Smashers, who have the likes of Alyssa Valdez, Michele Gumabao, Melissa Gohing, and Jia Morado lost to BanKo in five sets, 22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 17-25, 15-11, on Saturday slashing their hopes if a sweep of the eliminations. Creamline improved to a 2-1 record the same record the High Flyers have. Kuttika Kaewpin led the way for the Cool Smashers with 17 points while Valdez and Gumabao pitched in a combined 20 points. Nicole Rountree put up 17 p...Keep on reading: Creamline bounces back, tops PayMaya.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 13th, 2018Related News

‘Mamathlete’ Fille Cainglet talks mom life

MANILA, Philippines – Walking with her hair pulled back and sporting that charming smile we knew too well, former Ateneo Lady Eagle Fille Cainglet didn’t seem to have changed when we bumped into her at a shopping destination in Taguig some Sunday ago. Except that, within seconds, we would notice her carrying a child and pushing a stroller around while a yaya followed closely. “I was just hanging around!” Fille said, with a laugh. The child, of course, was her son: Ino Phillip. And Fille was there to relax with her firstborn with husband Lino Cayetano. This is what makes up the life of a former member (and captain) of the Ateneo Lady Eagles now—taking her child for some form of weekend leisure as part of fulfilling her duties as a new mom. Fille, who graduated Psychology from the Katipunan-based university, was among the likes of Gretchen Ho, Michele Gumabao, and other volleybelles who would meet in UAAP Season 74—at the dawn of the rivalry between Ateneo and La Salle in women’s volleyball. Such would eventually help popularize the sport in the league, more than how men’s basketball or cheerdance would usually fare even outside it. Fille took a break from volleyball when she married the director-politician in 2013. She would give birth to Ino on May 13 the next year, and would only come back to play a few months later in October. That time, new mom and wife Fille had already slipped into a jersey that read “Cayetano.” “I can say I'm back (to volleyball). It took a while but it hasn't been a year pa nga since I gave birth,” Fille, who is now playing semipro, said. “C-section pa ako. But I was cleared naman by my OB 5 weeks pa lang after giving birth.” Fille, now keeps busy as a mom. She spends her day taking care of her child. What was everyone’s favorite Ateneo volleybelle once now feels challenged to be doing parental obligations for the first time.  “Pero I persevered!” she added, amused. “And I was able to breastfeed pa rin kahit naglalaro na ako.” Though, it helps that her husband Lino is also a “hands-on” dad to Ino. “He changes diapers, feeds him, and plays with him. Actually, ‘pag training ko minsan, sya naiiwan kay baby.” Fille’s new life as a mother and athlete can be stressful, but she doesn’t mind. “I’m still new at (being a mom), so I cant say I’m good at it or I’m bad at it. But I always try to do what's best for my son as what most parents would do. Being a mom is a lot of work, but it's all worth it. It’s true, all the late nights and no sleep can be exhausting but it’s all worth it when you see your baby smile and happy.” We didn’t bother ask Fille if she’s in a much better place now as we already knew the answer. Update: Fille Cainglet-Cayetano now has three kids: Ino Phillip, Fille Renee and newly-born Lily Saint......»»

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PVL: Creamline back in win column, sweeps PayMaya

Creamline bounced back mightily from a setback the day before as the Cool Smashers cruised in a cakewalk, 25-18, 25-23, 25-19, win over PayMaya Sunday in the in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the People’s Gym in Tuguegarao. Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin and skipper Alyssa Valdez led the way for Creamline, which handed the High Flyers their first loss in three outings. The Cool Smashers rebounded from a painful five-set defeat at the hands of BanKo Perlas to tie their victim at 2-1 win-loss slate. Kaewpin scored 17 points on 15 attacks and two service aces while Valdez added 12 markers, 11 off kills, for Creamline. Michele Gumabao had eight markers while playmaker Jia Morado tallied 26 excellent sets for the Cool Smashers. PayMaya saw its winning streak snapped with only American import Tess Rountree reaching double digit scoring with 17 points. Aiko Urdas and Jasmine Nabor had eight and six points, respectively, for the High Flyers.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

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PVL: BanKo Perlas shines bright in 5-set win over Creamline

BanKo Perlas outlasted crowd favorite Creamline in a five-set thriller, 22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 17-25, 15-11, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the People’s Gym in Tuguegarao.   Despite the darkness caused by three power interruptions during the match inside the packed venue, the Spikers shined bright and glittered in the closing stretch of the fifth set to open their campaign on a high note while exposing the weakness of the star-studded Cool Smashers squad. Reinforcement Kia Bright showed the way as the American smashed back-to-back hits to seal the deciding frame and hand Creamline its first loss in two outings. Thai import Jutarat Montripila dropped 29 points off 25 attacks, three aces and a kill block while posting 13 digs and 10 excellent receptions for BanKo Perlas. Bright had 19 markers while Amy Ahomiro added seven for the Spikers.  Bright tied the fifth set at 11 to spark the closing rally of BanKo Perlas, which will take on defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force on Sunday at the same venue. The Cool Smashers went ahead, 11-7, in the fifth frame only to see the Spikers rally to steal the match. Thai Kuttika Kaewpin scored 22 while Alyssa Valdez and Michele Gumabao added 20 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Cool Smashers.   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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BanKo stuns Creamline for season opening win

BanKo scored an early upset to kickstart its campaign dealing vaunted Creamline with a five-set defeat, 22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 17-25, 15-11, in the Premier Volleyball League Conference Saturday at People's Gym in Tuguegarao. Jutarat Montripila lit up for the Perlas Spikers with 29 points while Lakia Bright provided ample support with 19 points to eclipse the star power of the Cool Smashers that include Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Michele Gumabao, and Melissa Gohing. Creamline's Thai reinforcement Kuttika Kaewpin led the Cool Smashers with 22 points while Valdez and Gumabao added 20 and 10 points, respectively. Although the scores didn't fluctuate much in the spikes, blocks, and ace...Keep on reading: BanKo stuns Creamline for season opening win.....»»

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