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Premier Volleyball League: Serving it right

Premier Volleyball League: Serving it right
With a new name and a wide-reaching television partner in ABS-CBN, the Premier Volleyball League served its inaugural season quite well.
For one, three different champions emerged from what was formerly known as the Shakey’s V-League with Pocari Sweat topping the season-opening Reinforced Conference, BaliPure ruling the Open Conference before National U dominated the Collegiate Conference.
The league also featured the men’s side, the former Spikers’ Turf, with Cignal stamping its class in the first two conferences while Ateneo went all the way in the season-closing Collegiate Conference.
The PVL also threw its full support to the national team with Alyssa Valdez of the Creamline Cool Smashers and the league’s leading men’s players backstopping the country’s campaign.
Creamline, in particular, didn’t think twice in allowing Valdez, who became the first Filipino to play as an import in the Thailand and Chinese Taipei leagues, to suit up for the Nationals that stymied the Cool Smashers’ bid for a potential crack at the championship.
The PVL also cut one of their conferences short to allow its fans to support the country’s campaign in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur last August.
To cap its maiden season, the league held the All-Star Game with proceeds going to charity and launched the “PVL on Tour” to widen its fan base where games were held in Batangas, Cagayan Valley, Iloilo, Bacolod and most recently, in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
With new teams and key players expected to join next year, the Sports Vision-organized league looks forward not only to a more explosive, exciting 2018 season but also to drawing bigger, wider audience via the PVL livestream.

BaliPure quenches thirst for volley crown

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Members of BaliPure whoop it up at center court after completing their surprise sweep of three-time champion Pocari Sweat to capture the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference crown Wednesday.
BaliPure quenches thirst for volley crown
Members of BaliPure whoop it up at center court after completing their surprise sweep of three-time champion Pocari Sweat to capture the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference crown Wednesday.
Like most championships, this one didn’t come easy. In fact, BaliPure almost didn’t make it to the semis.
But with sheer determination, guts plus some luck, the Water Defenders can now call themselves champions in only their second year in the country’s premier women’s volleyball league.
“It was a tough road (to the championship),” said BaliPure coach Roger Gorayeb, moments after steering the Water Defenders to their maiden championship with a sweep of the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors in their best-of-three series for the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference crown Wednesday.
“Before the tournament started, a lot of teams had tried to woo my players to join them. Then we almost didn’t make it to the semis and barely escaped from going through a playoff to advance,” said Gorayeb.
Against the unbeaten Creamline side in the Final Four, BaliPure dropped the first game and moved to the brink again.
But the Water Defenders got some break as the Cool Smashers had to play sans top hitter Alyssa Valdez after the management decided to give the national player her much deserved rest for two big international tournaments.
Still, the Cool Smashers fought back hard but the Water Defenders proved steadier, more determined and earned another crack at the championship.
“We lost the first game (against Creamline) and we almost didn’t make it to the finals,” recalled Gorayeb.
But the Water Defenders swept the Cool Smashers in their next two games then did the same against the defending champions in the finals to crown themselves the new volley queens.
“The girls persevered (in the elims). After that, it’s a different story. Iba na yung character namin,” said Gorayeb, tracing their long, hard trek to the top of women’s volley world.
What made it sweeter was the fact that they did it against the very team that foiled their bid the first time out.
“We’re very happy since we worked so hard to get this (championship). As a team, we went through a lot,” said BaliPure ace Grethcel Soltones.
They vowed to work harder even as they brace for a lot tougher challenge when they resume their quest for another championship in the near future.(pr)

Kabacan ES wins Kadayawan crown

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BACK-TO-BACK. Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner Charles Raymond A. Maxey awards the champion’s trophy to Kabacan Elementary School after topping the Kadayawan Girls Volleyball Tournament that closed Sunday afternoon at the University of Mindanao (UM) gym in Matina, Davao City. KES, which then represented Barangay 76-A Bucana, was also champion of the Davao Children’s Games held in May. PSC-PSI
Kabacan ES wins Kadayawan crown
DAVAO CITY – Davao Children’s Games 2017 champion Kabacan Elementary School (KES) of Barangay 76-A Bucana added a feather on its cap by capturing the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)-backed Kadayawan Girls Volleyball title at the University of Mindanao (UM) Gym here Sunday afternoon.
KES defeated Tambobong Elementary School (TES), 25-12, 25-10, in the championship match, relying on team captain Sophia Pabilona who swept the best attacker and most valuable player (MVP) titles.
Pabilona’s service aces helped KES secure the crown and the P10,000 championship prize while TES received P7,000 in the three-day league for girls 13 years old and below.
Talandang Elementary School, which beat Vicente Hizon Sr. Elementary School, 25-22, 25-21, placed third and got P5,000.
Twelve-year-old Pabilona said, “Lipay kaayo mi nga nag-champion mi kay mao jud ang goal namo (We’re happy to be champions again, that’s really our goal).”
She also thanked the PSC for holding a tournament for them as they get rarely invited for competitions that often feature private school teams.
The other special awardees were best server Princess Juanillo (KES), best digger Aiza Suazo (Tambobong), best setter Lynette Putian (KES) and second best attacker Cherrylou Tomas (Talandang Elementary School).
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner Charles Raymond A. Maxey awarded the prizes, trophies and certificates to the winners during the closing program.
Maxey, in his message, thanked the parents for supporting their children as well as school officials and the participating teams for making the event successful.
“Nagpasalamat ko sa inyong tanan, wala ning padula kung wala mo. Hinaut sa sunod pa namo nga mga programa sa sports diri inyo gihapong suportahan (We thank you for your support, this would have not been possible if not for you. I hope that in our future programs here you will still continue to support us),” he said.
He also thanked their partners in organizing the tournament  – the city government of Davao through the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor’s Office (SDD-CMO), Department of Education (Deped) Davao City Division and Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA).
The event was held in coordination with the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) in Mindanao and was officiated by the Balibolista de Dabaw. PSC-PSI

PSC execs urged Kadayawan girls volley participants

Study hard, pursue your dreams’
PSC execs urged Kadayawan girls volley participants
DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)-backed Kadayawan Girls Volleyball opened at the University of Mindanao
(UM) Gym in Matina here yesterday with some 150 under-13 players from 10 teams urged by top PSC officials to study hard and
pursue their dreams.
PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said, “Kini dula-dula ra ni pero tanang nisikat sama sa mga national athletes nato wala
mideretso og daug sa gold, silver or bronze. Sugod ra pud sila og enjoy-enjoy sa dula. Mag-eskwela jud ta og tarong kay
importante na. Kung dili ta mag-eskwela dili mabuak ang kapobre (This tournament is just for fun but all our popular national
athletes did not win the gold, silver or bronze automatically. They also began with fun games like this. What’s really
important is for you to study hard and study well).”
Education, according to him, is the only way to alleviate anybody from poverty. Thus, he encouraged the girl players from
different public elementary schools in the city to be serious in their studies as well as in their sport.
“Ako promdi raman ko, maayo gani mo kay taga syudad mo. Nag-eskwela ko parehas ra pud ninyo, nagtuon… wala damha mamahimo kong government official og mag libot-libot sa laing lugar (I’m from the province, you are all better than me because you are
from the city. I also studied just like you, I learned in school… who would ever think I would become a government official
and be able to go around the world),” the PSC chief who grew up in Padada, Davao del Sur said during his keynote speech.
Commissioner Maxey, meanwhile, inspired the girls to dream and play for the country.
“Gabii nag-send off mi sa mga atleta nga mudula sa KL, nakita nako ngadto nga determinado sila. Pero ang pag-apil sa sports
naay kadaugan, naay kapildihan. Gi-awhag tamo aspire someday nga makadula mo sa atong national team. Pursue inyong sport,
inyong dreams. Pasalamat mi sa inyong parents kay ginasuportahan mo sa inyong pagdula (We sent off the national athletes who
will compete in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In sports, however, there is victory and defeat. I
encourage you to aspire to be in the national team someday. Pursue your sport, your dreams. We thank your parents for
supporting you),” Maxey said.
In the opening games, Davao Children’s Games girls volleyball champion Kabacan Elementary School drew first blood by beating
Matina Central Elementary School, 25-8, 25-7, while Tambobong Elementary School of Baguio District bested Vicente Hizon Sr.
Elementary School, 25-15, 25-15.
Matches were still being played as of this writing in the volleyfest organized in coordination with the city government of
Davao through the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor’s Office (SDD-CMO) and the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI_ Mindanao staff. It is officiated by Balibolista de Davao.
Cash prizes, trophies and certificates are at stake in the tournament that aims to provide opportunity to public elementary
schools to compete.  PSC-PSI

Japanese coach gives Nationals impressive grade

OKAYAMA CITY, Japan —  The Philippine women’s volleyball team shrugged off a 10-hour journey from Manila to this city to impress the Japanese coach who led his Okayama City Seagulls to a hard-fought win over the games Filipinas late Tuesday.
 Akiyoshi Kawamoto, the Seagulls coach, gave the Nationals an impressive grade at the start of their 17-day training camp in preparation for the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
Kawamoto, whose squad is a powerhouse in the Japan V.Premier League, said the Filipinas possess impressive skills and talent and could blossom into a regional force anytime soon.
“I like your speed. You are very skilled and talented,” Kawamoto told the Nationals after the match.
“But one thing I noticed is that you lack concentration. You easily panic whenever you’re being attacked. You have to control yourselves and maintain your composure in tight situations.”
Kawamoto was referring to the first set where the Nationals stayed in the game, 16-14. But the Japanese made a furious rally, turning the slim lead into a 25-16 victory that dictated the tempo of the match.
“You were intimidated after that,”Kawamoto added. “But I see a bright future for your team. You will go far, believe me. All I want you to do is to have concentration, good communication, don’t panic and don’t be complacent whenever you’re leading.”
Kawamoto wants to improve the Filipinos’ floor defense and blocking as well as build their character, especially when the game is on the line.
“We love how the Japanese coach has been training us,” said team captain Mika Reyes. “This is an eye-opener for us. We realized that we still have a lot to learn and a lot to improve.”
The Nationals and the Seagulls will figure in an official match on Saturday with no less than Department of Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the organizing committee for the AVC Women’s Seniors Volleyball Championship, joining a group of Filipino expats and overseas contract workers in the gallery.
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. acting president Peter Cayco, meanwhile, will arrive to join the squad on July 25.(pr)

Lady Warriors repel Perlas Spikers

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Pocari Sweat’s Jeanette Panaga fires away a hit against Amy Ahomiro of Perlas during their PVL Reinforced Conference clash at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.
Pocari Sweat picked up its second straight-set win following back-to-back setbacks, clipping Perlas, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18, to get back into the thick of things in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan yesterday.
With the imports’ stints still on hold pending the release of their ITCs (International Transfer Certificate), the locals continued to take the spotlight with Elaine Kasilag, Jeanette Panaga and Myla Pablo spearheading the Lady Warriors’ attack against the Lady Spikers, who struggled with their service reception and fell to a tie with their tormentors.
Dragged into a back-and-forth duel in the first two sets, the Lady Warriors finished strong in both frames to take control then survived their rivals’ tough stand in the third to complete the sweep.
“I guess they’re complementing with each other’s game now. But I want everybody to chip in since that’s what the team needs,” said Pocari coach Rommel Abella.
It was Pocari Sweat’s second straight win after dropping their first two matches to the Power Smashers and the BaliPure Water Defenders, putting the defending champions back in the hunt in the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.
Pablo slowed down with a 13-hit, including 11 attack points, effort after an 18-attack, three-ace and two-block performance against the Air Force Jet Spikers last Saturday. But Kasilag and Panaga chipped in 12 markers each while Maricar Nepomuceno added 10 points for the Lady Warriors.
Dzi Gervacio scored eight points for Perlas.
Earlier, Cignal TV Inc. fought back strong from a tight first-set defeat and foiled Café Lupe, 23-25, 25-19, 25-6, 25-23, to join Sta. Elena and Army in the lead of the men’s tournament in the league backed by Mikasa and Asics.
The Cignal HD Spikers actually overpowered the Sunrisers, 60-34, in attack points but needed to toughen up after yielding the opening frame with five players churning out double-digit scores, including 16 by Lorenzo Capate.
Café Lupe, which drew a combined 25-hit output from Jahir Ebrahim and Joshua Barrica, dropped to 0-3.(pr)

Cignal blasts Sta.Lucia away

MALOLOS CITY — Cignal took its sweet time before blasting away Sta. Lucia, 20-25, 25-10, 25-20, 25-10, yesterday in the Belo-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference Saturday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center here.
Rachel Anne Daquis had an impressive all-around performance while Honey Royse Tubino spearheaded a sizzling run in the deciding set to lift the HD Spikers to an easy triumph in this prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Mikasa, Asics, Senoh and Mueller with TV5 as official broadcast partner.
With the win, the HD Spikers have avenged their sorry five-set loss to Petron last Thursday and are now in the third spot with a 2-1 win-loss mark.
Daquis, a fresh recruit from RC Cola-Army, delivered seven kills, three aces and two blocks for 12 points while Tubino finished with 11 markers for the HD Spikers, who fielded their second unit early in the game before veterans like Daquis, Tubino, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Chie Saet restored order in the second and third sets.
In the second match, Foton flirted with disaster before hammering out a 25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24 win over Generika-Ayala.
Dindin Santiago and Gretchel Soltones finished with 19 and 18 points, respectively, for the Tornadoes, who started out slow but caught fire in the crucial stretch of the fourth set to claim the victory.
The HD Spikers and the Tornadoes are now tied at the second spot with a 2-1 win-loss mark behind unbeaten Petron.
The Blaze Spikers, however, are still playing neophyte Cocolife as of press time.
“We managed to cut down our errors unlike last game,” said Cignal coach George Pascua, admitting they cannot afford to relax now as they’re setting their sights on making it to the semifinals in this very short but competitive tournament that also has Gold’s Gym as official fitness partner and UCPB Gen as official insurance provider.
“We have a very good chance of making it to the top three. We just need to work hard and treat each game as if it’s a championship match.”
Daquis said their performance may have been impressive, but they still remain a work in progress.
“We’ve been together for only a month. We’re still working on making some adjustments,” said the comely open spiker, who was named Most Valuable Player of the PSL All-Filipino Conference two years ago.
The HD Spikers emerged with less errors compared to the Lady Realtors, 24-31, while having a huge advantage in the attack points, 50-31, and aces, 9-4.
One of the two new teams this year, the Lady Realtors came out firing in the opening set as 6-foot-1 Lourdes Clemente and hard-hitting Rachel Austero took turns in piercing the defensive blanket of Cignal in the first set.
But after Cignal equalized the match at one set apiece, the fire in the eyes of Sta. Lucia slowly diminished as the HD Spikers turned a 16-all deadlock into a 24-18 lead to capture the third set and gain a sky-high morale entering the fourth.
Clemente finished with eight kills for 10 points while Jonah Sabete had eight kills for the Lady Realtors, who have yet to win in two starts.