Meanwhile, action resumes Feb. 14-17 for the third leg in Los Baños, Laguna. Registration is free. For details, call tournament director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.(pr)
Meanwhile, Flores and Raymundo go for another sweep of their respective divisions as they head the cast in the second leg firing off Friday at the Center Court Tennis Court in Bacolod. For details, contact Philta referee Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.(pr)
Justine Dorog came away with 18 kills to go with one block while Ma. Lina Isabel Molde made 17 attacks, a block and an ace to spearhead NCR’s assault for a third consecutive crown in the annual event sponsored by Shakey’s.
The Hope Christian-represented NCR quickly made their presence felt and took the first two sets of the best-of-five finale with relative ease.
But they dropped the third and went through the wringer in the fourth before Molde and Dorog bailed them out with pivotal hits to complete their domination of the event organized by Metro Sports.
NCR actually missed some of its players in the championship backed by Mikasa, Asics, Tune Hotel, Burlington, BioFresh, Food Health, YSA Botanica and Science Magazine as half of the team played in the NCR Palaro in San Juan on the same day.
The Metro Manilans repeated over CVI. Last year, NCR beat a CVI rival represented by Southwestern U.
“Medyo intimidated sila sa amin, naging factor din yun,” said Yee.
Frances Derder and Mary Dominic Pacres led CVI with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
Earlier, New Zealand recovered from a shaky start to prevail over Western Visayas, 18-25, 26-24, 25-16, and capture third place honors in the event
New Zealand scored 11 points off the block and its towering presence in the net held WVI to just seven kills in the third set.
Analise Vukets posted nine spikes and one block while Kelcy Ballantyne came through with seven kills, two service aces and one block as they powered New Zealand to victory at the close of the five-day event.
Bianca Lizares and Princess Robles paced WVI with nine points apiece.
Fancied National Capital Region was defending its title against Central Visayas at presstime.
Hope Christian High-bannered NCR advanced to the gold medal match via a 25-19, 25-7 disposal of New Zealand in the morning’s semifinals.
NCR swept the Pool A elims by beating Western Visayas, 25-5, 25-21, while Central Visayas, making the battle for the crown a duel of the top teams in the event which gathers the eight regional champions and two foreign squads, the other being the Victoria team from Australia.(pr)
IOC awards 2014-2016 broadcast rights in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded broadcast rights in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa* to SuperSport International for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
SuperSport has acquired broadcast rights on pay satellite television, and internet and mobile.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We are delighted to have reached this agreement to continue to work with SuperSport to bring fantastic Olympic Games coverage to fans across the region.”
IOC member Richard Carrión, who led the negotiations, said: “SuperSport has a wealth of knowledge in broadcasting the Olympic Games, and this agreement will ensure a first class broadcast experience of both the Sochi and Rio Olympic Games.”
Brandon Foot, Acting CEO of SuperSport, said: “This agreement continues a long and proud tradition of SuperSport broadcasting the Olympic Games, which we have done since 1996. I’m delighted with this acquisition as the Olympic Games is one of the crown jewels in SuperSport’s programming with each edition proving enormously popular with viewers. For the next Games in Sochi, we will have a dedicated 24-hour High Definition channel, while the 2016 Games will enjoy multi-channel coverage, including magazine shows, highlights and much more.”
4. Burkina Faso
7. Cape Verde
8. Central Africa Republic
11. Congo, Democratic Republic of
12. Congo, Republic of
13. Côte d’Ivoire
14. Equatorial Guinea
34. São Tomé and Príncipe
37. Sierra Leone
National Capital Region (NCR) kicked off its title defense on a winning note, beating Northern Luzon in three sets, 22-25, 25-16, 25-11, in the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League Season 11 Tournament of Champions yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Represented by Hope Christian High School, the Metro Manila titlists took some time to get going against the bets from Baguio City National High School but regained their form in the second and third sets to escape with the win in Pool A.
“We haven’t much practice session with our two guest players – Marian Buitre and Eden Maturan –yet and it showed in our slow start. But fortunately we clicked in the second and third sets,” said NCR coach Jerry Yee in Pilipino.
Central Visayas, bannered by University of San Jose-Recoletos, also emerged victorious in its Pool B debut, dispatching Ateneo de Davao of Mindanao in straight sets, 25-19, 25-18.
The 11th staging of the tournament, which also features two foreign teams in New Zealand and Victoria from Australia, opened with Shakey’s marketing manager Barbie Ocampo and Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia in attendance.
The tournament is backed by Mikasa, Asics, Tune Hotel, Burlington, BioFresh, Food Health and Science Magazine and organized by Metro Sports headed by Freddie Infante.
New Zealand used its height and experience to the hilt, essaying a 25-17, 25-12 rout of Southern Luzon leg winner La Salle-Lipa in the other contest.
The Kiwis struggled in the early going but settled down in time to blast the La Salle tossers and join the USJ-Recoletos side in the early lead in Pool B.
CVI stormed to a 12-2 lead in the opening frame but fell into a spate of errors, allowing Mindanao to catch up at 15-15 and even wrest the lead at 18-17.
But a timely timeout arrested CVI’s mild skid as the Cebuanas came out of the huddle firing, winning eight of the next nine points to take the first set. They sustained the form in the second to secure the triumph.(pr)