Explosive PVL semis gets going

Defending champion and top seed Creamline battles No.4 F2 Logistics while second-ranked Petro Gazz slugs it out with No. 3 PLDT today in a pair of explosive semifinal matches in the PVL All-Filipino Conference at PhilSports Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarMar 17th, 2023

Ikeda, Malixi set explosive duel

Chihiro Ikeda and Rianne Malixi produced another pair of lopsided wins to arrange an explosive semis showdown while Harmie Constantino fended off a late-charging Sunshine Baraquiel to set up a clash with Marvi Monsalve in the ICTSI Villamor Match Play at the Villamor Golf Club yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 17th, 2022

Ikeda forges semis clash vs Malixi; Harmie, Marvi collide

Chihiro Ikeda and Rianne Malixi produced another pair of lopsided wins to arrange an explosive showdown while Harmie Constantino needed to fend off a late-charging Sunshine Baraquiel to forge a clash with Marvi Monsalve......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 16th, 2022

TNT, phoenix clash in semis

Twice-to-beat TNT Tropang Giga and Phoenix Super LPG blitzed past their respective quarterfinals foes to forge an explosive semifinal duel in the PBA Philippine Cup last night at the AUF Sports Arena Powered by Smart 5G......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 15th, 2020

SUPER SHOWDOWN: rookie EJ Laure vs. rookie Eya Laure

University of Sto. Tomas fans waited a long time to see sisters EJ and Eya Laure play together for the Tigresses after their explosive tandem won it all for the school during their stint with the girls' team. UAAP Season 82 saw the reunion of the Laure sisters albeit brief – two games to be exact – before the tournament was scrapped because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  One could just imagine what impact the Laure siblings would have brought to the Tigresses if not for the cancellation of the season. Skills-wise, both can contribute on points as well as provide support on defense. They have already proven it during their respective rookie seasons. In fact, both earned Rookie of the Year awards. But which Laure played better in her maiden stint with the black and gold? For this week’s ‘Super Showdown: Volleyball edition’, we compare the two well-rounded siblings based on their offense and defense, impact, competition and lasting impression for the Tigresses.        OFFENSE AND DEFENSE EJ brought the much-needed firepower for the then Odjie Mamon-mentored Tigresses in Season 77. In her first year, EJ averaged 11.7 points per game while providing help on net and floor defense. However, her main role in that UST batch was to contribute on points at the wing. She had a 32.17% success rate in attacks. On the defensive side, EJ contributed 13 kill blocks while playing a decent role on floor defense.     Eya, on the other hand, gave UST an added scoring option to a squad that already had veteran Sisi Rondina and 6-foot-2 Milena Alessandrini.     Eya averaged 16.4 points per outing behind Rondina’s 18.5 points per game in the elimination round of Season 81. Eya placed second in UST kill blocks with 19 during the elims behind Kecelyn Galdones’ 23. Eya also punched in 35.90% of her attacks.    TEAM IMPACT EJ gave UST faithful a ray of light when the highly-recruited talent decided to remain with UST after powering the Junior Tigresses to the girls’ title the year before.   The Season 76 Girls’ MVP adjusted well with setter Alex Cabanos and showed good chemistry with veterans Pam Lastimosa, Mela Tunay and Ria Meneses. EJ’s presence also brought back the UST crowd that in the past two years slowly dwindled after lumbering at fifth and sixth place in Season 75 and 76, respectively. Just like her older sister, Eya brought excitement to the Tigresses supporters. UST was then coming off its worst finish in decades – landing at seventh place in Season 80. Eya, Rondina and Alessandrini formed the deadly trio that brought great promise for UST heading into the season. The former high school MVP, Best Setter and two-time Best Opposite Spiker winner did not disappoint right from her debut game.   COMPETITION Although the favorite for the RoY award, EJ had to contend with one of league’s best batch of rookies. She played alongside another promising freshman in Rondina, who delivered UST’s first gold medal of the season in beach volleyball while bagging the rookie of the year and MVP awards. Ateneo had a prized recruit in middle Bea de Leon while De La Salle University's rookies were Eli Soyud and Aduke Ogunsanya. Far Eastern University also introduced solid young guns in ChinChin Basas, Heather Guino-o and Jerrili Malabanan. National University had Jorelle Singh and University of the Philippines got then rookie libero Ayel Estranero. Adamson University recruited a solid middle in Joy Dacoron while University boasted of skilled newcomers in libero Kath Arado and Judith Abil. EJ did pocket the RoY award as expected. But for the first time in the last two decades EJ shared the recognition with another impressive freshman in Arado – the first libero to receive the award since Mel Gohing of DLSU in Season 71. Just like her older sister, Eya came in as the odds-on favorite for RoY, considering the implementation of the K-12 education program. However, she still had to work to lay her claim. Eya faced her high school rivals Princess Robles, Ivy Lacsina of Jen Nierva of National University. Jolina Dela Cruz made immediate impact as DLSU’s leading scorer while Far Eastern University got Lycha Ebon, who unfortunately had her rookie year cut short after sustaining a knee injury.   LASTING IMPRESSION While EJ did give UST the boost it needed, the Tigresses still closed Season 77 outside of the top four. UST finished the elimination round with 6-8 win-loss record tied with FEU at fourth to fifth spot. Actually, UST came one set win away to a bus ride to the stepladder semifinals. EJ in the most important game for the Tigresses went cold, scoring only five points in just three sets of action. She started in the first two frames that UST yielded, sat out the third and fourth sets with Rondina playing better, before playing off the bench in the fifth.       It would take EJ two more years for a taste of a Final Four appearance. Unfortunately, EJ suffered a shoulder injury that forced her to sit out two seasons. Eya was a vital cog in the Tigresses’ rise in Season 81. She was consistent and her all-around game was a plus for the Kungfu Reyes-mentored team, which closed the elims with a 10-4 mark tied with the Lady Spikers. Eya’s heroics during the playoff against DLSU for the semis twice-to-beat advantage, where she dropped 17 points in the Tigresses’ four set win, pushed UST on the brink of ending an eight-year Finals stint drought. Eya erupted for 25 points in the Final Four to dethrone the four-peat seeking Lady Spikers in five sets. She backed Rondina in UST shocking Game 1 sweep of Ateneo in Game 1 of the Finals. Eya also showed big heart and great character in Games 2 and 3 despite playing hurt only to close her first year with a heartbreak after losing to the seasoned Lady Eagles. She averaged 10.6 points per game in the Finals.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

BATCH CLASH: Season 76 Bulldogs vs Season 81 Bulldogs

Seven years ago, National University made history by claiming its breakthrough UAAP men’s volleyball title. The following season, the Bulldogs blasted their way to back-to-back titles. It took NU four years to return on top after snapping Ateneo de Manila’s three-season reign before duplicating a repeat championship the following year. Two different breeds of Bulldogs will take center stage in this week’s edition of Batch Clash as we pit the back-to-back NU champion teams of Season 76 and Season 81. Just like in the past showdowns, we’ll see which team will shine brighter based on offense, net defense, floor defense, level of competition and playoff performances. Then, we'll let you decide which batch is better.   OFFENSE Height, speed and power. That’s the name of the game for the Bulldogs. Both teams took advantage of these strengths to extend their respective reigns. Batch 76 had Reuben Inaudito, Edwin Tolentino, Peter Torres and Berlin Paglinawan while Batch 81 featured the high-flying Bryan Bagunas, Nico Almendras and James Natividad. With the departure of Ateneo’s Marck Espejo, Bagunas dominated the scoring category in Season 81. The 6-foot-5 open spiker averaged 20.3 points per game in his swan song. Bagunas was also hitting with precision, nailing 53.49% success rate in attacks while landing an average of 0.47 ace per frame. Bagunas had a steady back-up with Almendras averaging 10.2 points per game while Natividad normed with nine markers per outing. Natividad had a 42.92% spike success rate and averaged 0.24 ace per set while Almendras had a 38.93% attacking rate.   Compared to Batch 81, the Bulldogs of Season 76 had more balanced scoring. Inaudito averaged 12.1 points per game with a 40.18% success rate in kills and an average of 0.23 ace per frame. Paglinawan averaged 11.5 points per game, Torres had 10.3 markers per outing while Tolentino normed 9.8 points. Tolentino was hitting 36.14% with a 0.31 average ace per set.   In the setters’ head-to-head match-up, Vince Mangulabnan was dishing out an average of 6.75 excellent sets per frame while Owa Retamar had 7.40 assists per set. Incidentally, both NU playmakers finished second in the category to Ateneo setters Ish Polvorosa and Lawrence Magadia, in their respective seasons. As a team, Batch 76 had a 41.96% success rate in spikes and landed an average of 1.17 aces per set. Batch 81 recorded a 45.82% success rate in attacks with 1.27 aces per frame. In setting, Batch 76 tallied 6.98 average excellent sets per frame compared to Batch 81’s 7.84.   NET DEFENSE      In the battle of defensive walls, Batch 76 had three players in the top 10. Torres averaged 0.69 kill blocks per set, Reyson Fuentes had 0.62 while Inaudito posted 0.54. Batch 76 normed 3.10 kills blocks per frame. Taking care of business at the net for Batch 81 were Francis Saura (0.62), Kim Malabunga (0.49) and Almendras (0.47). Batch 81 averaged 2.80 kill blocks per set.   FLOOR DEFENSE Floor defense wasn’t really the strong suit of NU ever since. Both batches did struggle when their net defense didn't work the way they wanted it to. Batch 76 was dead last in digs as a team with just 3.87 digs per set and its reception wasn’t impressive either with just a 21.29% efficiency. Libero Mark Dizon of Batch 76 averaged 1.27 digs per set and a 29.74% efficiency in reception. Batch 81 averaged 11.24 digs per set with a decent 55.61% efficiency rate in reception. However, unlike Batch 76, the Season 81 Bulldogs didn’t rely too much in their libero for digs. Ricky Marcos had 3.51 digs per set and was backed by Natividad’s 2.42. Marcos had a 62.20% reception efficiency.     LEVEL OF COMPETITION Batch 76 saw the rise of what would become one of the most explosive and well-rounded players in the UAAP in years. Ateneo’s then rookie Espejo made an immediate impact in his first year together with Blue Eagles Rex Intal and Ysay Marasigan. University of Sto. Tomas had that season’s top scorer Mark Alfafara, Romnick Rico and Anthony Arbast. Bannering Adamson University were Michael Sudaria and Bryan Saraza while Red Christensen and Raymark Woo led De La Salle University. Far Eastern University had Ian Dela Calzada, Greg Dolor and Alexis Faytaren. University of the Philippines was spearheaded by Evan Raymundo and Jeffrey Lansangan; while University of the East had Angelone Soria and Ace Mandani. Batch 81 also battled against a strong field with FEU’s Jude Garcia and JP Bugaoan; Ateneo’s Tony Koyfman and Ron Medalla; Paolo Pablico and George Labang of Adamson; Chris Dumago and Billie Anima of DLSU; UST’s Joshua Umandal and Wewe Mendina; Mark Millete and Jerry San Pedro of UP and the pair of Cliffor Inoferio and Lloyd Josafat of UE.      PLAYOFF PERFORMANCE Batch 76 finished the elimination round with a 12-2 win-loss record for the top seed. The Season 76 Bulldogs swept Adamson, which had to defeat DLSU in the playoff for no. 4, in the Final Four to face a young Ateneo side. In the Finals, the seasoned NU squad bullied its way to series sweep of the Blue Eagles as the Bulldogs won their second title. Batch 81 started off on the wrong foot, dropping their first game against the Tamaraws. The Bulldogs bounced back from a bad start to win their next 13 games to take the top seed in the Final Four. They ran over Adamson in straight sets in the semis before crushing the Tams in two games in the Finals rematch of the two proud teams six years the making.   VERDICT Who do you think is the better Bulldogs squad?   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2020

Beermen, Kings set up dream duel

The reigning Philippine Cup kingpin and the current Commissioner’s Cup ruler clash in an explosive best-of-five dispute for a ticket to the PBA Governors’ Cup finals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 19th, 2023

Race to semis on today

Twice-to-beat squads San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra go for the express lane to the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals as they quickly shift from Friday’s eliminations windup to today’s quarterfinals kickoff......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 18th, 2023

High Speed Hitters hope to repeat success vs Petro Gazz in PVL semis

Having won their elimination round matchup in five sets, PLDT head coach Rald Ricafort will look to replicate their success when it matters most......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 17th, 2023

High Speed Hitters clip Flying Titans, book 3rd spot in PVL semis

Mean Mendrez churned out 21 points built off 18 attacks, one block and two aces to lead PLDT in an all-around game......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 16th, 2023

Magis, Cavs boost bids

Judiciary and Armed Forces of the Philippines earned at least a playoff for a semis berth in the 9th UNTV Cup with their respective wins Sunday at the Novadeci Convention Center in Quezon City......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 15th, 2023

Angels formalize semis entry

Petro Gazz went for the kill against Chery Tiggo yesterday, scoring a 25-21, 28-26, 25-21 victory to formalize its Final Four stint in the PVL All-Filipino Conference at the packed San Agustin Gymnasium in Iloilo City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 14th, 2023

Highlands Cup returns

The Highlands Ladies Cup, put on hold the last three years due to the Taal Volcano eruption and pandemic, gears up for an explosive return when it holds its 15th edition on April 29 at the wind-raked, challenging Tagaytay Midlands Golf Course......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 13th, 2023

PVL brings action to Iloilo 

Chery Tiggo tries to keep its semis hopes alive when it meets Petro Gazz today in the Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference at the San Agustin Gym-nasium in Iloilo City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 13th, 2023

Quiban rallies to tie Tabuena at 21st; Aussie wins in playoff

Justin Quiban charged back with one of the day’s two best rounds of 64 although he posted his explosive card in bogey-free fashion as he came from out of nowhere to tie Miguel Tabuena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 13th, 2023

Cargo Movers relish breakthrough PVL semis berth

After missing the next round in the previous two conferences they competed in since transferring to the PVL, F2 moved on to the semifinal round for the first time......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 12th, 2023

Cargo Movers nail semis berth

After a pair of heartbreaks, the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers finally lived up to form and showed they belong with the big guns of the Premier Volleyball League......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 12th, 2023

Alex Eala, Lithuanian partner Mikulskyte stumble in W60 Trnava semis

Eala and Mikulskyte could not sustain their momentum after taking a 4-3 lead in the opening set after winning break point in Game 7......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 11th, 2023

Cargo Movers foil Lady Troopers to reach first-ever PVL semis

Their stinging second-set loss notwithstanding, the Cargo Movers came out of the match on top, thwarting the game Lady Troopers in a tense-filled third set skirmish then blasting them in the fourth to join early semifinalists the Creamline Cool Smashers and the Petro Gazz Angels in the next phase......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 11th, 2023

F2 targets outright semis slot

F2 Logistics shoots for an outright semifinal berth as it tackles Army Black Mamba while PLDT tries to close in on a semis ticket when it meets Cignal today in the PVL All-Filipino Conference at the Filoil EcoOil Center......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 10th, 2023

Alex Eala reaches doubles semis but crashes out of singles in Slovakia

Alex Eala came up with a mixed bag of results in her matches in the W60 Trnava in Slovakia on Thursday as she advanced in doubles but was given the early boot in singles......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 10th, 2023