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Creamline, Cignal roll to sweeping starts in PVL Reinforced semifinal round

Creamline and Cignal get their PVL Reinforced Conference title bids going in emphatic fashion with their respective semis opener sweeps against Petro Gazz and Chery Tiggo.....»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerNov 25th, 2022

Petro Gazz sweeps Cignal, completes 3-year PVL Reinforced Conference title defense

The Petro Gazz Angels complete a three-year journey back to PVL Reinforced Conference supremacy after sweeping their finals series with the Cignal HD Spikers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 6th, 2022

Angels eye outright semis passage

Petro Gazz guns for an outright semifinal berth as it tackles United Auctioneers Army even as Cignal and F2 Logistics battle for semis survival today in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 19th, 2022

Creamline, Choco Mucho rekindle sibling rivalry in pivotal PVL duel

Expect a record crowd as Creamline clashes with sister team Choco Mucho in a crucial Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference elimination round game at the MOA Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 16th, 2022

Cignal, F2 resume hunt for semis slots

Cignal and F2 Logistics aim to stay in the semifinal hunt when they tackle PLDT and Akari, respectively, today in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2022

HD Spikers beat Angels in five-set nail-biter

Cignal showed incredible resilience in the fifth and final set, and turned back Petro Gazz, 25-22, 34-32, 15-25, 16-25, 15-13, in a nerve-wracker yesterday to boost its semifinal bid in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 11th, 2022

Petro Gazz, Cignal clash to boost PVL semis hopes

Petro Gazz and Cignal try to bolster their bid for a semifinal berth as they face off Thursday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 9th, 2022

Creamline ices Akari, nears PVL semis

Despite giving up a 23-21 lead in the opening set, Creamline rebounded well in the next three salvos to move closer to a slot in the semifinal round, where they will play a single round-robin format against their fellow Top 4 teams......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 27th, 2022

Creamline starts slam chase versus PLDT

Creamline takes the first step towards a historic Grand Slam as it tackles opening day winner PLDT today in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 12th, 2022

10 things that make Alyssa Valdez phenomenal

Alyssa Valdez has arguably made the biggest impact in Philippine volleyball.   Her skills, passion and charisma endeared her to volleyball supporters, purists or casual fans, from all walks of life. She brings energy and leadership to every team that she’s joined. Valdez draws a huge crowd every time she plays. Valdez is the poster girl of the sport that for years struggled to draw mainstream attention in a nation which considers basketball as its biggest sporting event. The 27-year old pride of San Juan, Batangas is the face of local volleyball. So on her birthday today, let’s look at some of the things that makes the Phenom really phenomenal.   Two-time UAAP women’s champion Valdez is Ateneo de Manila University’s undisputed Queen Eagle. Talks about the Lady Eagles’ breakthrough championship will not be complete without the mention of her name. After two years of bridesmaid finishes, Ateneo bagged its first-ever UAAP title in 2014 after beating the thrice-to-beat De La Salle University in four games in the Finals despite leading a young band of Lady Eagles playing under the new system of Thai coach Tai Bundit. The following year, Ateneo, with Valdez at the helm, retained its crown in a tournament-sweeping fashion.      Three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Her skills during her collegiate career stood out among her peers. Valdez’s effort was rewarded with three Most Valuable Player awards in Season 76, Season 77 and in her last playing year in Season 78 in 2016. She also pocketed the Season 76 Finals MVP award.   Young phenom Valdez didn’t build her reputation overnight. It was her hard work and effort that brought her where she is right now. She was still a diamond in the rough when she was recruited by University of Sto. Tomas in a regional meet. But the Espana-based squad polished Valdez into a real gem of a player. Valdez, backed by a powerful lineup that featured the likes of Kim Fajardo and Jaja Santiago, won three straight UAAP girls’ titles and in the process collected three season MVPs. She was also named UAAP high school athlete of the year twice.        National team mainstay With her talents, dedication and good work ethics, Valdez has been a mainstay with the national team. Her first tour of duty was in 2008 when she represented the country in the Asian Youth Championship held in Pasig City. She joined the PHI Team in the 2014 FIVB Southeast Asian Zone qualifier in Vietnam. In 2015, she donned the tricolors for the Asian U-23 Championship and on the same year saw action in the country’s return in the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore after a decade of absence. Since then Valdez participated in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur and 2019 Manila SEA Games. She also took part in the 2017 Asian Senior Women’s Championship and the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games.     2015 SEA Games flagbearer Valdez also carries the honor as being the first-ever volleyball player to become the PHI flag-bearer in the SEA Games. She marched holding the national color in front of Team Philippines during the traditional parade of nations inside the OCBC Arena in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games.   Accomplished commercial league star She has been collecting commercial league titles since high school starting from the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League. Valdez was also successful in the different conferences of the defunct V-League, racking up championships and individual accolades. In the Premier Volleyball League, she powered Creamline to three titles including a sweep of the Season 2 Reinforced and Open Conferences in 2018. She won three conference MVP awards.      Import abroad International leagues took notice of Valdez’s talents and charm so it’s not surprising that she landed offers to play abroad. Valdez played as an import in Thailand for 3BB Nakornnont from 2016 to 2017. After her stint in Thailand, Valdez flew to Taiwan to play for Attack Line.   Host, Actress, TV personality Valdez is a regular fixture in different sports shows in ABS-CBN S+A. She’s a host, courtside reporter and a game analyst.   Valdez also had a few showbiz stints. She appeared in some Kapamilya teleserye including a cameo in ‘And I Love You So’ in 2016 alongside Julia Barretto and Miles Ocampo and in the movie ‘My Letters to Happy’ with by TJ Trinidad and Glaiza De Castro.    Aside from her TV and movie career, Valdez is also one of the most recognizable athlete product endorsers.   Social media influencer She is also one of the most popular Filipino athlete on social media. As of posting, Valdez has 1.9 million Twitter followers, 1.3 million followers on Instagram and her YouTube channel has more than 76,000 subscribers.   Featured in the Olympics Channel website While the likes of Sisi Rondina, Jaja Santiago and Bryan Bagunas were featured in the FIVB website, Valdez’s impact on Philippine Volleyball was highlighted in a feature article in no less than the Olympic Channel website. The article touched about her humble beginnings to her meteoric rise and why she is regarded as the nation’s brightest star in the sport. These are just some of the things take make Valdez a true pride of our nation in the sport Happy birthday, Alyssa!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

Jamie bests Juan GDL, Thirdy in dunk-off for a cause

It was crystal clear that Jamie Malonzo prepared from start to finish for Home Jam: Dunkers Only. Malonzo's right-handed slam jam after jumping over teammate Kurt Lojera set the tone from the get-go as he wound up as the winner in the dunk-off for a cause organized by ABS-CBN Sports. Jamie starts things off with a BEAUTY ???? ???????? ABS-CBN Sports' Instagram and Facebook pic.twitter.com/Df6pfEq0Ro — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) June 27, 2020 De La Salle University's one-and-done star followed that up with a reverse two-hander off of a bounce pass for Round 2: JAMIE ???????? FROM ???????? THE ???????? SECOND ???????? FLOOR ???????? ???????? ABS-CBN Sports' Instagram and Facebook pic.twitter.com/87heC9FmCi — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) June 27, 2020 And then an off-the-bounce windmill for his last attempt: JAMIE ISN'T PLAYING AROUND ???? ???????? ABS-CBN Sports' Instagram and Facebook pic.twitter.com/rESXPNbgFt — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) June 27, 2020 In all, judges Kobe Paras and Robert Bolick gave him a total score of 59 points - one better than second-placer Juan Gomez de Liano and two better than third-ranked Thirdy Ravena. Malonzo was even prepared for his awarding, as he had a trophy ready to roll when it became official that he was the king of Home Jam: Dunkers Only. JAMIE MALONZO. HOME JAM DUNK CHAMP. He was ready ???? pic.twitter.com/jtSdN0fr3m — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) June 27, 2020 The top pick in the 2019 PBA D-League Draft also took home the award for the best shoes. Meanwhile, Juan GDL was adjudged to have used the best prop after leaping over dad Bert for a thunderous throwdown. .@juan_swish9 x @bertlovesanna ???? ???????? ABS-CBN Sports' Instagram and Facebook pic.twitter.com/cspT7J9vhb — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) June 27, 2020 Japan-bound Thirdy claimed the best dunk as he sidestepped manong Kiefer before a Statue of Liberty dunk. Thirdy asks Kiefer for an assist ???? ???????? ABS-CBN Sports' Instagram and Facebook pic.twitter.com/mvfgHTjEtZ — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) June 27, 2020 The dunk-off was organized to raise funds for ABS-CBN Foundation's relief drive in the continuing COVID-19 crisis. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2020

Schauffele leads Colonial over host of stars in tour return

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The PGA Tour went three months without playing. It took three days to show fans what they were missing, even if all they could do was watch on TV. Eight players had at least a share of the lead at some point Saturday in the Charles Schwab Challenge. When the third round at Colonial ended, 14 players were separated by three shots. And not just anybody. Xander Schauffele, among the growing roster of young stars in golf, finished off his six-birdie round with a 12-footer on the last hole for a 4-under 66. The six players one shot behind included Jordan Spieth, whose short game helped him navigate some early trouble and nerves. He had the lead until going not making a birdie on the back nine. Still, his 68 gave him his best 54-hole position since Colonial a year ago as he tries to end three years without winning. Also one shot behind was Justin Thomas (66) and U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, who quickly got into the mix with birdies on his last two holes for a 66. Rory McIlroy (69) and Justin Rose (68) were among those three shots behind. Patrick Reed, who had to birdie three of his last six holes Friday to make the cut with one shot to spare, shot 63 and was three back. All this with hardly any noise. “I don’t have like a huge effect on the crowd I’d say, so not having fans isn’t the craziest thing to me,” Schauffele said. “It just does feel like I’m playing at home with some of my buddies. It’s quiet. You make three birdies in a row, you can kind of give yourself a pat on the back.” This wasn't entirely a TV show. A few houses in the Colonial neighborhood put up their own hospitality tents to see limited golf, the rowdiest behind the 16th tee and another down the 15th fairway. Fans gathered on the balcony of an apartment complex along the 14th, which also brought ou the first, “Get in the hole!” since the PGA Tour returned for the first since since March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the course, there were no bursts of cheers as Spieth rammed in a 40-foot putt on the eighth hole or stuffed his approach to 3 feet on No. 9 to take the lead. A few dozen of the essential personnel — broadcast crews, volunteers for scoring — were around when Schauffele made his birdie for the lead at 13-under 197. But there are leaderboards that show only the score — no need for updates on FedEx Cup leaders or statistical data for each player as he prepares a shot because that's for the fans, and there are none. That will be the only way anyone knows where they stand in what figures to be a wild chase to the finish. “When you have spectators and things, you get on a roll, and most of the time you feed off of that,” said Branden Grace, whose third straight 66 left him one shot behind. “I remember when I won Hilton Head and played well in the majors, the crowd started getting behind you and you start feeling like you can’t do anything wrong. At the moment, it’s just you and your caddie out there.” Colonial is the first of five tournaments in the return to golf that doesn't allow spectators. Players have had three days to adjust to the lack of sound. Sunday is different, everyone trying to generate their own momentum without the energy typically delivered from outside the ropes. “When you get into contention and have a chance to win a golf tournament, that adrenaline starts pumping,” Woodland said. “It’s been a little different. The first two days there wasn’t too much adrenaline. There will be adrenaline going, which you have with fans or without fans. Tomorrow should be fun.” Spieth passed a big test, with another to come as he tries to end nearly three years without a victory. Five times last year, he started a tournament with two rounds in the 60s and was left behind when he couldn't break par on Saturday. There were a few anxious moments for him, such as an iron off the fifth tee that would have finished on the practice range if not for a fence in place for the tournament. He got up-and-down from short of the green to escape with birdie. His next tee shot was right and banged off a cart — one the loudest sounds of the day — leaving him blocked by a tree. He punched it low into a back bunker and saved par. But he didn't make a birdie over the final nine holes, and the 15th cost him when he decided to wait for the players to hit on the 16th tee and started thinking too much about an 81-yard wedge. He hit it fat and made bogey. “ I feel comfortable going into tomorrow that I can shoot a good score,” Spieth said. “If it happens, it happens, and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. But I learned a bit about what was going on when I really felt kind of the nerves kick in today, and hopefully compensate for that tomorrow and hit some better shots.” The field was the strongest Colonial has seen, not surprising because so many players stuck at home for the last three months were eager for competition. And this week has made clear that so many of them came to play......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2020

DO YOU REMEMBER… Jia Morado’s PVL debut?

Creamline is a powerhouse team in the Premier Volleyball League. Boasting of a deep roster of talents led by strong hitters in Alyssa Valdez, Jema Galanza and Michele Gumabao, the Cool Smashers have in their collection a total of three titles in three years including back-to-back Open Conference crowns. And making this star-studded team work and the Creamline players function at their best is setter Jia Morado. Morado joined the pink-clad squad in the PVL’s Open Conference back in 2017 after a short hiatus following Ateneo de Manila University’s runner-up finish in UAAP Season 79. In Creamline, which finished third in the Reinforced Conference during the league's inaugural season, Morado reunited with Valdez after last seeing action together in the UAAP in 2016.    The playmaker’s first official game as a Cool Smasher was on July 1, 2017 when Creamline opened its tournament campaign against the Jema Galanza-led Adamson University-Akari at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Morado got the starting role as the Cool Smashers’ main setter the previous conference Alex Cabanos took a backseat. In front of a very excited 1,205-strong crowd, Morado, who a couple months before announced her decision to forego her final year with the Lady Eagles after losing to archrival De La Salle University in the UAAP Finals, once again wove her magic. Despite still adjusting with her new teammates, Morado sure brought out the best in her spikers. Rosemarie Vargas hammered 16 attacks in her 18-point explosion, Valdez also had 16 kills for 18 markers while Pau Soriano got 11 points as Morado pulled the strings of the Creamline’s offense for an opening-day, 25-17, 18-25, 25-15, 25-22, win. Morado registered impressive numbers in her first action in the PVL. She dished out 36 excellent sets that helped the Cool Smashers nail the bulk of their 49 attack points. Morado also posted six points coming off three spikes, a kill block and two aces. On the defensive end, Morado was as sharp as she put up seven digs. “It feels great to play. It’s a great experience playing with new players naman this time,” said Morado in her first PVL post-game interview. In that first match, Morado also faced off with a young Adamson playmaker in Louie Romero. The then Kings’ Montessori setter held her own against Morado with 34 excellent sets. The Cool Smashers would eventually win their next six games in the single round eliminations. However, with Valdez joining the national team in its training for the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games, Creamline came up short in the semifinals against eventual champion BaliPure and settled for a third place finish. Morado won her first of five Best Setter awards in her debut tournament.     ---         Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2020

How Hackett and Harris went beyond 100 points

(This story was originally published on June 30, 2016) One-hundred-point explosions are a rarity in professional basketball. Even in the NBA, no one has ever eclipsed Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points in his game with the Philadelphia Warriors in trouncing the New York Knicks, 169-147, on March 2, 1962. So when you learn that two men, Americans playing as imports in the Philippine Basketball Association, had scored more than Wilt, you’d certainly be awed and astonished that such incredible feats in the history of the sport had actually occurred in our shores. Legends These legends, Michael Hackett, the man-mountain who leisurely takes care of business in the paint while reinforcing Ginebra San Miguel, and Tony Harris, the “Hurricane” who brings down opponents with his devastating scoring sprees through quick, shifty on court moves while playing for Swift Mighty Meaty Hotdogs, definitely left an indelible mark in PBA annals with those historic barrages that surely left everyone, foe or fan, stupefied and dazzled. Hackett, the hulking yet amiable giant, achieved the first-ever milestone on November 21, 1985 as Ginebra faced Great Taste in a battle for third place in the PBA Reinforced Conference.  His burly 6’5” frame would always have its way in the shaded lane, barreling his way through thick defensive walls and converting—all in bewildering succession. He pumped in 48 points at halftime, before scoring another 33 in the third quarter, and swishing 22 in the final period—for an eye-popping record-setting total of 103 points in one game. Breaching the Chamberlain record, Hackett had been praised as pro ball’s greatest scorer ever, even if he had not made the cut in the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup during the Showtime era after being the 22nd pick in the 3rd round of the 1982 NBA Draft. During that conference, Hackett averaged 50 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists in 24 games that made him a hands-down choice for Best Import. With this lofty achievement, who would even think, much less imagine that this record would be broken seven years later. Best scorer Perhaps the all-time best performing scorer in the PBA’s history walked into a packed town gym in Iloilo City on October 10, 1992 in the elimination round of the PBA Third Conference to show Robert Jaworski and his Ginebra squad what he’s got. And, it was simply merciless. Scoring relentlessly from the field through lane incursions, midrange jumpers, slam dunks off the fastbreak and baskets from beyond the arc, the Hurricane already reached the highest score anyone could produce at halftime, 59 points. Harris continued his romp in the last two quarters, just leaving the never-say-die squad in the dust with another 46 points, leading Swift to a 151-147 victory and achieving a record-breaking single-game individual score of 105, surpassing Hackett’s record by two points. This scoring record remains to this day. Indeed, a double heartbreak for the country’s most popular team and a historic achievement by the flamboyant and perplexing import. Tough fouls But what was really exceptional was that he accomplished this feat despite Ginebra players fouling him a record 52 times, which he claimed in an NBA Philippines interview two years ago as “tough fouls” with “knees purposely extended to hit my groin, or the spitting on my face.” He was unfazed and this motivated the Monroe, Louisiana native even more by converting most of his points in his amazing 105-point game from the free throw area, where he made 45 out of 53 attempts. But what’s even more mind-blowing about Harris is that this was no single-game fluke or a stroke of luck. He scored 98 points only seven days after his 105-point game to lead Swift to a 157-147 victory over Presto Ice Cream.  Harris also scored 82 points in Swift’s conquest of Purefoods in Davao City a day before that record-breaking feat.  Before all of these scoring exploits, he actually “introduced” himself to the league with an 87-point performance in his debut in routing the San Miguel Beermen, 134-106. He also had 69, 57, and 54-point games throughout the season, ending up with a record 60.4 scoring average. Best achievement The best achievement of them all was that he steered the Mighty Meaties to the RFM franchise’s first-ever PBA championship by sweeping the 7-Up Uncolas in the Finals, 4-0. It was the current Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao’s first title. After his high-flying PBA stint, Harris tried his luck in the NBA via short 10-day deals with the Boston Celtics, but fell short with a mere 5-point clip in 14 games—a far cry from the fearsome offensive form he displayed in the PBA. He has since distanced himself from professional play, and now heads a sports apparel, supplies and equipment company in Los Angeles. Hackett, on the other hand, also did not engage in competitive basketball after his spectacular PBA run from 1985 to 1988, although he had once served as an assistant coach for a school in his native Jacksonville, Florida, and is now a sales consultant for a wine and beverage firm. But even if Harris or Hackett’s storied scoring feats and iconic stints did not replicate on their real home courts and since hung their jerseys for other careers, their astounding on-court achievements in the PBA remain an inspiration for greatness in this basketball-crazy nation......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2020

Alyssa Valdez-less Creamline begins PVL All-Filipino title defense vs Petro Gazz

Team captain Alyssa Valdez will sit out their 6 p.m. encounter as she tries to recover from a knee injury she sustained in the Reinforced Conference late last year but stressed the Cool Smashers could compete even in her absence......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2023

All-Filipino Conference kicks off new PVL season

Formerly known as the Open Conference, the tournament will feature nine all-local teams that will engage in a single-round robin elimination round before the Top 4 teams at the end of it move on to the semifinal round......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 28th, 2023

Arcilla dominates Kinaadman, forges Naga Open title duel vs Seno

Johnny Arcilla kept his domination of Charles Kinaadman on Tuesday, hacking out a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 decision in the semifinal round to earn a crack at a third straight crown in the Naga Open National Tennis Championships......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 20th, 2022

Barquin stuns Anasta; Arcilla, Pague roll

Unranked Rodolfo Barquin provided the sparks in an otherwise cruising day for the top guns as he upended third seed Vicente Anasta, 2-6, 7-6(5), 10-3, to crash into the quarterfinal round of the Naga Open National Tennis Championships at the City of Naga tennis courts in Cebu......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 18th, 2022

PBA to play on Christmas Day

The PBA will roll out a holiday treat for fans with a Commissioner’s Cup semifinal schedule on Christmas Day at the MOA Arena. There will also be a schedule on Dec. 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum before the league takes a break and restarts on Jan. 4......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 8th, 2022

Alyssa Valdez won t need surgery after knee injury, says Creamline

Valdez, who hit her right knee on the floor early in the third set in their PVL Reinforced Conference battle for third match against the Chery Tiggo Crossovers, was assessed to just need rest and rehabilitation......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 7th, 2022

Petro Gazz kampeon sa PVL

MANILA – Nasungkit ng Petro Gazz ang kampeonato nitong Martes matapos umiskor  ng 25-17, 22-25, 25-12, 25-22 panalo laban sa Cignal a  Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference sa PhilSports Area sa Pasig City. Kumamada si import na si Lindsey Vander Weide na may 19 puntos para sa Angels, na nakaligtas sa Game One, 25-21, 27-25, […] The post Petro Gazz kampeon sa PVL appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsDec 7th, 2022