In line with the adidas King of Davao Run on September 4, RunClub has invited one of Manila’s running gurus, Hector Yuzon to give a series of talks on September 3 (Saturday) from 3:30-5PM. Yuzon will be at RunClub Davao to talk about training regimes for half and full marathon. Yuzon is a well-known ultra-marathoner who started running seriously early in 2000. Yuzon and his group started with mountain biking. He liked the endurance sport triathlon when he and his friends registered for a sprint distance triathlon event to test themselves. From then on, Yuzon got hooked to running and took it off seriously. Yuzon has become a popular name in conducting running clinics and talks on running footwear and equipment. He is one of the select Filipino runners who got qualified for the 2010 LA marathon. Aside from being an active runner, Yuzon regularly blogs about running and also is a long time contributor to the Pinoy Ultra Runners website. He used to work for Nike Philippines and is now the president of Manila’s first running specialty store, Second Wind. Yuzon’s talks on September 3 is open to participants of adidas King of Davao Run on limited basis. Only 30 slots are available. It is free and reservations are on first-come first-serve basis. RunClub is located at Plaza del Carmen A. Loyola St. Bo. Obrero, Davao City. For more details, call tel. no. (082) 222-8-RUN (222-8786). Or email at email@example.com. adidas King of Davao Run is brought by RunClub Davao and Sports Town in partnership with Rancho Palos Verdes Sports & Country Club, Jollibee, Sunday Runners, Dole Philippines-Stanfilco, Aqualogic, Runner’s World Magazine, Viva! Mineral Water, MIX FM, Sun Star Davao, Nature’s Spring, and Pau Liniment.(pr)
Army 3 0
SSC 3 0
Ateneo 1 2
Navy 1 2
Air Force 1 2
Maynilad 0 3
2 p.m. – Navy vs Ateneo
4 p.m. – SSC vs Army
San Sebastian fended off Ateneo’s stubborn stand and escaped with a 25-22, 25-16, 24-26, 27-29, 15-9 victory to notch its third straight win and tie Army at the helm in the quarterfinal round of the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan, Tuesday.
The Lady Stags drew a whopping 32-hit performance from American import Lauren Ford and a combined 60-point output from five other players as they recovered their bearing in the decider to repulse the Lady Eagles in a thrilling 1:55-hour encounter.
But the scrambling win didn’t augur well for SSC’s preparation for its keenly awaited duel with Army tomorrow when the unbeaten teams duel for the first Final Four berth in the tournament sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza.
Alyssa Valdez unloaded 28 hits while Fille Cainglet added 18 kills as the Eagles battled back from two sets to win the next two, only to fizzle out in the end. They dropped to 1-2 in a three-way tie with Navy and Air Force.
Earlier, Air Force survived a fierce Maynilad fightback in the third set as it completed a 25-17, 25-17, 26-24 victory to bounce into contention.
A timely timeout by Air Force coach Ariel dela Cruz stalled the Water Dragons’ momentum as the Airwomen strung up four straight points to turn a 22-24 deficit into a two-point win with Jennifer Manzano clinching the 70-minute victory for Air Force with a kill after an exchange of spikes.
The win was Air Force’s first after back-to-back losses in the single round quarters as it joined Navy in fourth while dampening Maynilad’s semifinal chances in the league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Accel, Mikasa and Maynilad Water.
Maynilad slid to 0-3 and would need to sweep its last two games against Army and San Sebastian and hope Ateneo, Navy and Air Force not to win more than two games to force a playoff for the last semis berth.
It was sorry loss by the Water Dragons, who showed a big fighting heart in coming back from a big deficit in the third to force a deadlock twice, the last at 22 on a quick play anchored on Nica Guliman.
Syvie Artates then scored on a block off Jennifer Manzano to give Maynilad its first taste of the lead then added a kill for a two-point cushion.
But dela Cruz sued for time and Air Force quickly scored behind Irish Patrona before Amelia Guanco scored off a seemingly soft serve that the Water Dragons had failed to return.
The Airwomen regained the lead at 25-24 on another Patrona attack then after a brief rally, Manzano soared to deliver the clincher.
“We have to focus on our defense and reception if we want to win our last two games,” said Patrona, who emerged the game’s best player with 11 kills and five digs.
The left-handed Aiza Maizo topscored for Air Force with 15 hits, including 14 attacks, while Guanco added nine points and Liza Deramos, Wendy Semana and Manzano combined for 14 hits.
Artates wound up with 11 hits, the same output put in by Mervic Mangui, who starred in Maynilad’s rally in the third with her vicious kills. But top hitter Joy Cases continued to struggle, finishing with just seven hits while Guliman added five points.
Meanwhile, the Air Force-Maynilad match will be aired on Wednesday on NBN 4 starting at 2 p.m. an on GMA-7’s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA LifeTV and GMA News TV, according to the organizing Sports Vision.(pr)
Army 3 0
SSC 2 0
Ateneo 1 1
Navy 1 2
Air Force 0 2
Maynilad 0 2
2 p.m. – Maynilad vs Air Force
4 p.m. – Ateneo vs SSC
San Sebastian stakes its win streak against a resurgent Ateneo on Tuesday, looking for a victory and a playoff for a semis berth even as Air Force and Maynilad collide in a virtual knockout in the quarterfinal round of the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Stags toppled the Lady Eagles in four in the elims last Aug. 9 and went on pocket four more wins, including two in the quarters that put them just behind fancied Army (3-0) going to the last four playdates of the quarters.
A victory by SSC in the 4 p.m. match will assure the team of at least a playoff for a Final Four seat and a boost to its keenly awaited clash with Army on Thursday.
But Ateneo is also going flat out to get back at SSC for an all-important victory in its own semis bid in the league sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza. At 1-1, the first conference champions are in third but are chased by Navy (1-2) with Air Force and Maynilad still in the hunt despite dropping their first two games in the single round quarters.
Led by the league’s leading scorer American Lauren Ford and Thai Jang Baulee, the Lady Stags have been dishing out fine form although they had to pull off a five-setter over the Navy side last Aug. 25 to preserve their win run in the tournament backed by Accel, Mikasa and Maynilad Water.
But the Lady Eagles will also have to deal with SSC’s other mainstays in Joy Benito and setter Rubie de Leon, top receivers Mary Jane Pepito and Jill Gustilo if they are to stop the Stags and come up with a follow up to their four-set victory over the Maynilad Water Dragons last Sunday.
The Maynilad-Air Force match at 2 p.m. also generates interest with Maynilad’s Joy Cases and PAF’s Aiza Maizo expected to lead their respective teams in net attacks with support to come from Nica Guliman, Mervic Mangui, Syvie Artates and Beverly Boto (Maynilad) and Jennifer Manzano, Liza Deramos, Amelia Guanco and Wendy Semana (Air Force).
Meanwhile, the Army-Air Force game last Sunday will be shown today (Tuesday) starting at 2 p.m. on NBN 4 and on GMA-7’s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA LifeTV and GMA News TV, according to the organizing Sports Vision.(pr)