Rising Suns whip Navy, seize solo lead

Air Force’s Maika Ortiz (right) foils FEU’s Marie Simborio’s attack as Jude Ann Caballejo tries to provide help during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference clash.
Air Force’s Maika Ortiz (right) foils FEU’s Marie Simborio’s attack as Jude Ann Caballejo tries to provide help during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference clash.


Cagayan made short work of a listless Phl Navy side, 25-12, 25-12, 25-16, to wrest the solo lead even as Air Force bounced back with a similar straight-set win over Far Eastern U in the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

Aiza Maizo and Angeli Tabaquero took turns in attack and combined for 25 hits, including 22 on kills while Wenneth Eulalio and Thai reinforcement Kannika Tipachot scattered 14 points apiece to power the Rising Suns to their third straight victory.
The Rising Suns had a virtual workout against the debuting Lady Sailors, pumping in 47 kills from 39 excellent sets spearheaded by Relea Saet. Navy only produced a measly 18-attack effort and drew just 18 excellent sets
Earlier, Air Force leaned on its superb reception and its power game to down FEU, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19, and snap a two-game skid in the season-ending conference sponsored by Shakey’s.
Judy Ann Caballejo, a UST standout, banged away 12 hits she laced with three service aces and two blocks, carrying the Air Women past the Lady Tams in a duel of winless teams.
“She showed in the game that she’s a force to reckon with,” said Air Force coach Clarence Esteban in Filipino of Caballejo.
Maika Ortiz blocked Marie Toni Basas’ attack to wrap up the 78-minute encounter with the former finishing nine points, one behind the crisp-hitting Joy Cases, who unloaded all her points on kills.
Esteban liked how they received the ball.
“We received well, that started it all for us,” he said.
FEU, mentored by Shaq delos Santos, threatened last at 15-17 after stringing four straight points on Air Force’s miscues but Cases took over by scoring four of her team’s last eight points.
The Air Women also drew strength from Wendy Semana’s superb set plays to overpower the Lady Tams, 42-30, with Cases and Ortiz combining for 18 kills. Semana, who produced 22 excellent sets, also finished with eight points.
The victory was Air Force’s first after dropping its first two games to Cagayan Province and Army last week, putting it back in the hunt for one of the six quarterfinal berths in the tournament backed by Mikasa and Accel.
Meanwhile, the Air Force-FEU match will be shown on GMA News TV Channel 11 at 1 p.m. today while the Navy-Cagayan duel, being played at presstime, will be telecast on Monday, according to the organizing Sports Vision.
Skipper Liza de Ramos added seven hits while Jennifer Manzano and Rhea Dimaculangan chipped in four and two, respectively, for the Air Women, who also toughened up on defense after a strong start in each of the three sets.
FEU, which dragged Meralco into a five-setter before losing steam in the decider, fell to 0-3, its bid to advance diminishing each game. The Lady Tams will take a week-long break to further hone up but will face a fancied Cagayan Province side when they return to action next Friday.(pr)

Cyna cruises to 8-shot romp over Agojo

Cyna Rodriguez marked her pro debut in smashing fashion, outclassing the field with a closing 72 for a whopping eight-shot victory over Jayvie Agojo in the third leg of the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour at Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in Gen. Trias, Cavite yesterday.
Enjoying a big eight-shot cushion after two rounds, Rodriguez played pressure-free all day, settling for pars in the first eight holes and mixing two birdies against two bogeys in the next 10 for a 37-35 round at the Aoki layout.
She missed completing a run of under-par rounds in three days after a 69 and 71 but succeeded in nailing the victory right in her maiden stint on the pro circuit with a four-under 212 total.
“I never became over confident. I still took it hole by hole not thinking of the big lead,” said Rodriguez, who virtually wrapped it all up with an eight-shot lead over Agojo and Apple Fudolin after 36 holes Thursday.
“But it feels good playing and battling with friends and teammates for the crown. And I’m very happy to win on my pro debut,” added the former Philippine Ladies Open champion and last year’s Hong Kong Ladies Amateur Open winner who joined the pros after winning her last two amateur titles back-to-back in Long Beach and Sacramento last month.
Rodriguez produced the only under-par total in the tournament put up by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and pocketed the top purse of P100,000 handed over by ICTSI Public Relations head Narlene Soriano during awards rites.
Her win also matched Dottie Ardina’s eight-shot victory over Chihiro Ikeda in the second leg of the circuit in Canlubang. Ardina also topped the first leg at The Country Club, coming from behind to beat amateurs Princess Superal and Rodriguez last May.
Agojo recovered from two early bogeys with two birdies in the last 12 holes to likewise card an even par 72 and clinch runner-up honors in the P500,000 event with a 220 worth P70,000 in the event backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports, Gatorade, Sharp and Custom Clubmakers.
Apple Fudolin likewise turned in her best finish thus far in the new ladies pro circuit shooting a 73 for third at 221. She took home P45,000.
Anya Tanpinco shot the only under-par round of 71 in scorching heat and salvaged fourth place with a 224 while Sarah Ababa made a 75 and wound up joint fifth at 232 with former Phl Ladies Open winner Heidi Chua, who made a 79.
Reb Bareng and Lucy Landicho shared seventh place at 235 after a 79 and 73, respectively, while Lovelynn Guioguio limped with a second 81 for ninth at 236 and Tracy Que ended up 10th at 239 after a 78.(pr)

Army mows down Air Force in Shakey’s V-League Season 10

Jude Ann Caballejo of Air Force (right) fires away a kill against Army’s Jovelyn Gonzaga during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference clash at The Arena in San Juan.(photo release)
Army flaunted its superb defensive prowess to dispose of Air Force, 25-13, 25-22, 25-18, and serve notice of its title bid in the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.
Outhit by the Air Women, 35-37, the Army Women leaned on their net defense to neutralize their rivals, coming through with 11 blocks, including six from Jovelyn Gonzaga to fashion out the straight-set victory.
Army debuted without some of its stars but Gonzaga, Davao del Norte native Mary Jean Balse, Joanne Bunag, Cristina Salak, Jacqueline Alarca, Michelle Carolino and libero Patricia Torres hardly felt their absence and got the job done just the same in 71 minutes.
Gonzaga came away with 16 hits, Balse tossed in 11 and skipper Bunag and setter Salak chipped in nine points apiece for the Army Women, who also boast of Rachel Anne Daquis, Nene Bautista, Ma. Theresa Iratay, Dahlia Cruz and Marietta Carolino.
Army also scored heavily off the serve, delivering eight aces, including four from Balse, as the Troopers overcame the Air Women’s advantage in non-scoring skills – dig (25-34), set (22-25) and reception (10-17) – to hurdle their first match in the season-ending conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza and backed by Mikasa and Accel.
It was a sorry setback for Air Force, which rallied to seize a 19-17 edge in the second set only to blow it as Gonzaga took charge to turn things around for Army.
Air Force kept it close in the third, forcing a 10-all count but Army re-stamped its class to pull away and deal the Air Women’s second straight setback after a four-set loss to Cagayan Province last Friday.
Joy Cases and Jennifer Manzano scored nine hits apiece for Air Force, which also drew eight points from Maika Ortiz and a combined 15-point output from Wendy Semana, Judy Ann Caballejo, Iari Yongco, Rhea Dimaculangan and skipper Liza de Ramos.
The Cagayan-Air Force duel last Friday will be aired on GMA News TV Channel 11 at 1 p.m. today while yesterday’s Army-Air Force clash will be telecast tomorrow. The Smart-Meralco clash, being played at presstime, will be shown on Wednesday, according to the organizing Sports Vision.(pr)

Meralco repulses PNP in V-League opener

Meralco’s Maica Morada soars for a kill against PNP’s Michelle Datuin during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference showdown at The Arena.
Meralco churned out enough power in the decider to outlast Philippine National Police and hack out a 25-17, 17-25, 21-25, 25-15, 15-9 victory in its maiden campaign in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.
Skipper Maureen Penetrante-Ouano spewed 19 hits, including 12 kills, while three other turned in double-digit outputs to help steer the Power Spikers to the scrambling win in the one-hour, 48-minute encounter kicking off the Second Conference of the league’s 10th season.
Maica Morada and guest player Ivy Remulla blasted away 15 hits apiece while former La Salle mainstay Stephanie Mercado unleashed a 12-kill performance as the Power Spikers put to naught Frances Molina and Janine Marciano’s combined 44-point effort for PNP.
“Our more experienced players stepped up in this match,” said Meralco coach Oliver Almadro in Filipino, referring to Ouano, a former league MVP, Remulla and Maica Morada.

“We’ve only practiced for two weeks and it’s only just a week that we have been practicing as a complete team because most of my players are working,” added Almadro.
Meanwhile, the Meralco-PNP match will be shown on GMA News TV Channel 11 starting at 1 p.m. today, according to the organizing Sports Vision.
Molina and Marciano uncorked 22 hits apiece for the Lady PATROLers, including a combined 38-attack production but couldn’t pull it off in the last two sets, enabling the Power Spikers to bounce back and launch their first-ever stint in the Shakey’s-sponsored league on a winning note.
Meralco charged back from a 1-2 set deficit with a fiery performance in the fourth set to force the decider, which appeared headed to a down-to-the-wire finish until the Power Spikers racked up four straight points to break a 5-5 count.
Both teams traded hits in the first 10 exchanges off their service turns before the Power Spikers strung up four straight points to post a 9-5 lead. PNP broke the spell to close within three but Meralco countered by winning four of the next five points to pull away, 13-7, en route to victory in the league backed by Mikasa and Accel.
Former Ateneo star Fille Cainglet added seven hits and also came away with seven digs to complement with libero Jen Reyes’ 11 while ace setter April Jose added six points while putting up 31 excellent sets that anchored Meralco’s attacks.
In contrast, Ana Conception could only dish off 13 excellent sets for PNP, which also drew seven points apiece from starters Michelle Datuin and Melissa Ogana while Concepcion and skipper Jennifer Mia tossed in three and two points, respectively.
In the second game, Powerhouse Smart-Maynilad lived up to its hype as it rolled past Far Eastern U, 25-16, 25-5, 25-19, to gain an early share of the lead.
Former UST stalwart Maru Banaticla came away with 19 hits while former MVP Sue Roces and rising star Gretchel Soltones added nine points apiece and Charo Soriano and Nica Guliman scored five hits each for the Smart side, which even showed up without former Ateneo star Alyssa Valdez.
Mary Palma fired 13 points for FEU which however failed to draw solid games from the rest with Jerrili Malabanan adding just four hits, Samantha Dawson three and Bernadeth Pons, Marie Basas and Charlene Nerio two apiece.(pr)

Cyna makes pro debut at LPGT 3rd leg

Cyna Rodriguez, one of the most bemedalled players of the ICTSI amateur golf stable, finally joins the big league, signing up for the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour third leg which unwraps Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in Dasmarinas, Cavite.
Rodriguez, winner of the Hong Kong Amateur Ladies Open last year, capped her checkered amateur career with two victories at Long Beach and in Sacramento last month and reached the first round of the match play event of the recent US Women’s Amateur Championship.
The former Philippine Ladies Open champion will thus toughen up the field vying in the third leg of the inaugural ladies pro tour put up by long-time golf backer International Container Terminal Services, Inc. to give the country’s leading golfing ladies a circuit of their own.
Dottie Ardina, the former spearhead of Team ICTSI, swept the first two legs at The Country Club and Canlubang.
Also seeing action in this week’s event set at the Aoki layout are Jayvie Agojo, Lina de Guzman, Lovelynn Guioguio, Eva Minoza, Sarah Ababa, Tracy Que, Anya Tanpinco, Reb Bareng, Apple Fudolin, Lucy Landicho, Kristine Leonen, Marjorie Pulumbarit and Sylvia Torres.
Former Phl Ladies Open champions Mary Grace Estuesta and Heidi Chua are also competing in the 54-hole tournament organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by Nike Golf, Pacsports, Gatorade, Sharp and Custom Clubmakers.
Chihiro Ikeda, another former Phl Ladies Open winner and SEA Games gold medalist has also confirmed her participation, raring to improve on her runner-up finish in Canlubang.
Nikkie Bruce, Angele de Villa and Felicia Medalla head the amateur players vying for the crown in the P500,000 tournament offering a top purse of P100,000.
From Eagle Ridge, the five-stage tour will go to Wack Wack for the ICTSI Wack Wack LPGT on Sept. 10-12 before winding up in Baguio for the ICTSI Camp John Hay LPGT on Oct. 29-31.(pr)

Balce, Amistad roll into Olivarez Cup semis

Top seed Maia Balce and No. 2 Andrea Nicole Amistad overpowered their respective rivals with a pair of shutout wins to remain on course of a title clash in the girls’ 16-and-under division of the Olivarez Cup presented by Palawan Pawnshop at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat yesterday.
Balce and Amistad eased out Johanna Capinpin and Sophia Yap with 6-0, 6-0 romps with the latter taking on Monica Therese Cruz, who posted the lone upset in the group with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over third ranked Chloe Mae Saraza.
Balce will meet the winner between No. 4 Rafaella Villanueva, who will still face the victor in the Bettina Bautista-Karamina Atangan duel in the first round of the weeklong event held in honor of Philta president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez and backed by Dunlop Sports as official ball and Olivarez Sports Center.
Balce also moved into the quarterfinal round of the 18-and-under division against Stefi Del Rosario, who subdued Denise Jimenez, 6-4, 6-1, while top seed Katrina Orteza will square off with Torrance Arejola, who edged Patricia Rivera, 7-5, 6-4.
The third seeded Amistad duels with Ma. Angela Sunga while No. 4 Isabela Mendoza faces off with Jana Hernandez, who ousted Capinpin, 6-0, 6-2.
In boys’ play, Narahara Yosuke stunned No. 8 Jorou Librodo in a grueling match, 6-7(7), 6-2, 10-5, to barge into the second round of the 18-and-under class paced by fancied Andrew Cano, Marcen Gonzales, Romnee Joseph, Jose Nicolas Cano and Marc Agner.
Top seed Cano and No. 2 Gonzales drew opening round byes while Joseph and Cano scored walkover wins over Joshua Masangkay and Claudio Canlas, respectively, and Agner beat Nino Balanay, 6-3, 6-2.
Top seed Eric Jed Olivarez also won by default over Rodolfo Gabaldon and will take on Aljon Lusanta in the second round of the boys’ 16-and-under category of the event, part of the nationwide circuit put up by Palawan Pawnshop and sanctioned by Philta.
Joining Olivarez and Lusanta in the next round are No. 2 Jerome Romualdez, No. 3 Julian Dayrit, sixth ranked Emmanuel Fuellas, No. 7 Vincent Alanis and No. 8 Crhis Prulla.(pr)