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Army raps Cagayan, seals V-L title duel vs PLDT

Army’s Honey Royse Tubino (right) bangs away a spike against Cagayan Valley’s Wenneth Eulalio and Pau Soriano during their faceoff for the second finals berth in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.(pr photo)
Army’s Honey Royse Tubino (right) bangs away a spike against Cagayan Valley’s Wenneth Eulalio and Pau Soriano during their faceoff for the second finals berth in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.(pr photo)

Games tomorrow
2 p.m. – Cagayan vs Meralco (best-of-three for third)
4 p.m. – PLDT vs Army (best-of-three for title)

Jovelyn Gonzaga dished out a superb all-around performance as Army wore down Cagayan Valley, 25-23, 26-24, 25-17, yesterday to arrange a showdown with powerhouse PLDT Home Ultera for the Shakey’s V-League Season 12-Open Conference crown at The Arena in San Juan City.

Gonzaga rammed in 10 kills and came away with six blocks to finish with 16 hits with last year’s MVP capping her game-long brilliance with nine digs to power the Lady Troopers to the one-hour and 22-minute romp and on track of their title-retention bid in the season-opening conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.

Dragged into another five-setter, this time by ousted Meralco, PLDT Home Ultera leaned on its key players to eke out a 22-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-16, 18-16 victory and preserve its unbeaten run heading to the best-of-three finals.

Alyssa Valdez came off the bench to fire 23 hits, including 21 on attacks, while top blocker Jaja Santiago went on attack mode again and banged away 19 points as the Ultra Fast Hitters fended off the Power Spikers’ upset bid to stretch its streak to 10.

Aby Maraño and Maica Morada combined to help power Meralco to victories in the first and third sets but Valdez and company proved steadier in the decider to snatch the win.

Earlier, Honey Royse Tubino also stepped up to fire 14 hits, including 10 attacks, two blocks and two aces, while Mary Jean Balse and Dindin Manabat backing them with 11 and 10 points, respectively, and ace spiker Rachel Ann Daquis adding eight hits.

“She’s been one of our key players and we wouldn’t have reached this far without her,” said Army coach Rico de Guzman, referring to the fiery Iloilo southpaw.

But Gonzaga – and the rest of the Lady Troopers – will have to double their effort when they face the Ultra Fast Hitters in the opener of their best-of-three title duel tomorrow.
PLDT thus finished the single round semis with a 3-0 card while Army ended up with a 2-1 mark and Cagayan and Meralco finished with 1-2 and 0-3, respectively.
Army thus finished the single round semis with a 2-1 mark while Cagayan closed out with a 1-2 mark and dropped to the battle for third with Meralco.

The Lady Troopers missed clinching an outright finals slot when they blew a 2-1 lead and yielded a heartbreaking 21-25, 26-24, 25-20, 24-26, 12-15 defeat to Alyssa Valdez and PLDT, which kept its win run going and took the first championship seat last Sunday.

The Lady Troopers, however, made sure to notch it this time.

“We just focused on winning this one and not think about our missed chances in our last game,” said de Guzman.

This will be Army’s fifth finals appearance in the Open Conference of the league presented by PLDT Home Ultera and backed by Mikasa and Accel, winning it twice four years ago and last year.

Army’s tough net defense likewise held Cagayan’s top scorer Aiza Maizo-Pontillas to just eight hits with Rosemarie Vargas finishing with a topscoring 11 hits and Marivic Meneses, setter Relea Saet, Pau Soriano and Janine Marciano combining for just 19 hits for the Lady Rising Suns, who sorely missed the power and leadership of injured skipper Angeli Tabaquero.

Army actually struggled to ward off Cagayan in the first two sets, needing to toughen up on reception, but cruised to a straight-set romp as the Lady Rising Suns lost steam in the third.

Meanwhile, the Army-Cagayan match will be shown at 1 p.m. today on GMA News TV Channel 11 with the PLDT-Meralco tiff to be aired tomorrow, according to the organizing Sports Vision.(pr)

Lady Troopers sweep Suns, cop Shakey’s V-L crown

The Army Lady Troopers pose after winning the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference crown with a sweep of last year’s champion Cagayan Valley.(pr photo)
The Army Lady Troopers pose after winning the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference crown with a sweep of last year’s champion Cagayan Valley.(pr photo)


Army carried out the Shakey’s V-League mission in grand fashion, holding Cagayan Valley to another single-digit output in the second frame before battling back from two points down late in the third to carve out a 25-14, 25-7, 25-23 victory and complete a sweep of the Season 11 Open Conference crown before a full-house crowd at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

Finals MVP Jovelyn Gonzaga scored two of Army’s last four hits, the first a cross-smash that shattered the 23-all count and the last a down-the-line kill, ending the brief 69-minute encounter and sparking a frenzied celebration by the Lady Troopers, who thus reclaimed the crown they won in Season 8 in 2011.
Held to a close fight after a breeze in the second frame, the Lady Troopers came out of their final huddle smoking, quickly wiping out a 23-21 Cagayan lead as Rachel Ann Daquis rammed in a kill then Gonzaga, loading up at mid-air, fired away a cross-smash to force a tie.
After foiling another Cagayan attack, Army uncoiled another hit before ace setter Tina Salak set up Gonzaga for the big finish.
“I’m lucky to be blessed with great players,” said Army coach Rico de Guzman, who also boasts of former MVPs Mary Jean Balse, a native of Davao del Norte Province, and Nerissa Bautista plus a slew of role players in Genie Sabas, Joanne Bunag and Sarah Jane Gonzales.
But Salak, 38, has hinted at hanging up her jersey to give way to the other young players, including Gonzaga.
“I told coach that this may be my last,” said Salak, an Army Corporal who has been in the service for 17 years. “I’m training her (Gonzaga) as a setter and I see her taking my spot when I leave.”
The victory capped Army’s dominating performance in the mid-season conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s with the Lady Troopers co-topping the elims with Cagayan Valley and PLDT Home Telpad before clinching the top berth in the Final Four.
They swept the Air Force spikers in the semis then clipped the Rising Suns in the opener of the title playoff, highlighted by holding last year’s champions to a finals low out of five in the fourth, 25-19, 18-25, 25-18, 25-5.
As in practically all their matches, Gonzaga, Daquis, Balse and Bautista churned out double-digit outputs with the first three all pumping in 13 hits and Bautista backing them up with 10 points.
Blessed with so many options, Salak produced another solid game of 30 excellent sets while adding six points, the same output put in by Genie Sabas, while libero Christine Agno kept the ball in play with her and Gonzaga’s brilliant digs.
Like in the series opener, the Lady Troopers lorded it over the net on both ends, firing away 46 smashes against the Suns’ 29 and coming through with 11 blocks as against their rivals’ two.
So tough was Army’s defense that no Cagayan spiker scored in double-figure with top hitter Aiza Maizo held to eight points. Pau Soriano wound up with five hits while Rosemarie Vargas, Wenneth Eulalio and Joy Benito chipped in four markers apiece for the Rising Suns, who posted a record 16-game sweep of this conference last year.(pr)

Smart-Maynilad foils Army, sets title duel vs Cagayan

Game tomorrow
2 p.m. – Air Force vs Army
Awards rites
4 p.m. – Cagayan vs Smart-Maynilad

National U star Din Din Santiago finally showed up and Smart-Maynilad outhit Army in the decider of their sudden death to carve out a 21-25, 25-20, 25-13, 21-25, 15-10 victory last night and arrange a showdown with Cagayan Province for the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference crown at The Arena in San Juan City.

Santiago, who had been in the Smart-Maynilad roster since the start but only got the go-signal from NU yesterday, blasted 19 kills as she teamed up with Alyssa Valdez and Thai Lithawat Kesinee in delivering the goods on both sides to carry the Net Spikers to victory.
“We were surprised she was given permisssion to play because as of last night (Saturday), there was no word yet if she’d play,” said Smart coach Roger Gorayeb in Filipino referring to Santiago.
But though the troika combined for 65 hits, the Net Spikers still had to go through a decider to overcome the tough-defending Army Women and seal a dream duel with the unbeaten Rising Suns for the championship in the season-ending conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.
Game One of the best-of-three finals starts tomorrow at 4 p.m. after the 2 p.m. battle for third, also a best-of-three, between Army and Air Force. The awards rites for the conference’s top performers will be held after the Army-Air Force duel.
The 6-foot-1 Santiago, who steered the Lady Bulldogs to their first Shakey’s V-League crown in the First Conference last May where she also bagged the MVP, highlighted her rather late debut with three blocks while altering Army’s offensive thrusts with her intimidating presence on the net.
Valdez played true to form and pummeled Army’s court with 23 kills for a 24-point output while Kesinee backed her with 22 as the third seeded Net Spikers frustrated the No. 2 Army Women in another thriller of a five-setter, their third in four face-offs this conference.
Smart-Maynilad regrouped after dropping the opening set and swept the next two but reeled back in the face of Army’s strong fightback in the fourth that forced the decider.
But the Net Spikers broke away from a tight game at 9-8, racking up four of the next five points for a 13-9 cushion before players sandwiched an Army point for the victory.
Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis paced Army with 17 and 12 hits, respectively, but failed to draw solid support from the rest with Dahlia Cruz, who fired eight points in the last two sets to help Army clinch the Game Two win, failing to score in the second and third sets.
Heading to the do-or-die game, Santiago said on her Twitter account, @dindinquicker16: “Sa lahat po ng umaasa na lalaro po ako for “SMART” wag na po kayo umasa di po talaga ako makakalaro. Di po ako talaga ako pinayagan. (For those hoping I’ll play for Smart, don’t hope anymore because I will not get to play any more because I wasn’t given permission.”

Army would’ve hoped she did not.(pr)

Smart-Maynilad’s Din Din Santiago blasts a spike against Army’s Mary Jean Balse as Rachel Anne Daquis tries to provide help during their knockout match for the second finals berth in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference.

Cagayan edges Army, completes V-League sweep

Air Foce’s Joy Cases bangs away a kill against PNP’s Janine Marciano, Michelle Datuin and Ana Concepcion during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference duel yesterday.(PR photo)
Cagayan Province put on a strong finishing kick to thwart Army in a power-game, 25-15, 20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9, and complete an amazing sweep of the elims and the quarters in the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference before a big Sunday crowd at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Rising Suns fought back from 1-2 set down by taking the last two, breaking away from a tight 8-7 count in the decider behind its fancied troika of Thai ace Kannika Thipachot, Aiza Maizo and Angeli Tabaquero en route to the 1:50-hour victory, their 12th straight, and formalizing their claim on the top seeding in the Final Four.
Cagayan will take on No. 4 Air Force in the best-of-three semis beginning tomorrow with the No. 2 Army and the third seeded Smart-Maynilad clashing for the other finals berth.
The Rising Suns won four of next five points after changing court in the fifth to turn a shaky 8-7 margin into a 12-8 lead then took three of the next four points to wrap up the match and re-assert their mastery over the Army Women, whom they swept in the elims.
The five-setter was also Cagayan and Army’s third straight game that went the distance, underscoring the level playing field in the league sponsored by Shakey’s.
Thipachot finished with 24 hits while Tabaquero and Maizo dished out a 17-point game each as the Rising Suns head to their duel with the Air Women oozing with confidence following a 12-game run.
In contrast, Army goes to its keenly awaited showdown with a souped-up Smart-Maynilad squad reeling from back-to-back setbacks.
Rachel Anne Daquis fired 20 hits while Jovelyn Gonzaga added 15 for the Army Women, who seized control after three sets but lost steam in the face of the Rising Suns’ mighty comeback.
Earlier, Air Force, behind Joy Cases and Judy Caballejo, subdued Phl National Police, 25-16, 26-22, 14-25, 25-17, to finish with a 7-5 card.
Cases unloaded 22 kills for a 24-point game while Caballejo added 17 hits as the Air Women recovered from a third set defeat to finish off the Patrolers with a strong fourth-set performance.
Maika Ortiz tossed in eight markers while skipper Liza de Ramos and Wendy Semana added seven points apiece for Air Force, which will face powerhouse Cagayan Province in tomorrow’s Final Four.

Thai Sangmuang Patcharee came through with 17 hits while Frances Molina and Janine Marciano combined for 29 points for PNP which closed out their stint in the season-ending conference of the league backed by Mikasa and Accel with a 2-10 mark.(pr)

Cagayan Province edges Smart-Maynilad, Army repulses gutsy Air Force

Aiza Maizo and Angeli Tabaquero came through in the decider as Cagayan Province edged Smart-Maynilad, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 17-25, 15-13, to extend its amazing run to 10 in the quarterfinal round of the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City last night.
Maizo and Tabaquero scored on kills to shatter the 13-all count and seal the Rising Suns’ one-hour, 52-minute victory to delight of a season-best 3,000-plus crowd.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game, good thing we delivered in the end,” said Cagayan coach Nes Pamilar in Filipino, whose wards thus repeated over the Net Spikers, whom they swept in the elims.
Thai reinforcement Kannika Thipachot led Cagayan with 22 hits, including 20 kills, while Tabaquero and Maizo finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Ateneo standout Alyssa Valdez unloaded 22 hits while Thai import Lithawat Kesinee and Gretchel Soltones added 15 and 12 points for the Net Spikers, who controlled the first half of the fifth set, 8-7, and rallied from 11-13 to send the match into a thrilling finish.
The Rising Suns thus denied the Net Spikers an outright entry to the Final Four as the latter absorbed their fourth loss against six wins.
Earlier, Army squandered a two-set lead and needed to scramble in the decider to repulse a gutsy Air Force side, 25-22, 25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 15-13, and stay within sight of Cagayan Province in the quarterfinal round.
The Army Women leaned on former UAAP MVP and UST standout Mary Jean Balse, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis in the crunch to thwart the upset bid of their PAF counterparts for their ninth win against a loss, keeping them on track for the No. 1 spot in the Final Four.
They remained just behind unbeaten Cagayan Province (10-0) heading to the last three playdates in the carryover quarters phase of the tournament sponsored by Shakey’s.

Balse, relegated to the background majority of their campaign, provided the experience and poise in a nerve-wracking decider, winding up with 24 hits and topscoring for the team for the first time with a superb performance she spiked with 20 kills and three aces.(pr)


Army stalwarts (from left) Rachel Anne Daquis, Davao del Norte native Mary Jean Balse and Cristina Salak celebrate a crucial hit against the Air Force side.

Cagayan, Army seek Shakey’s V-L semis

Unbeaten Cagayan Province and second-running Army try to make it two-in-row over Air Force and Meralco, respectively, and formalize their stint in the Final Four of the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City today (Tuesday).
The Rising Suns whisked off the Air Women in four in their face-off last Aug. 23, kicking off a run of lopsided victories en route to sweeping the eight-team, single round elims. But Cagayan is coming off a 12-day break although its core saw action for the national team in the recent Asian Championships.
Air Force, meanwhile, dropped a four-set setback to Smart-Maynilad at the start of the quarters phase last Sunday and is hard-pressed to bounce back in a bid to shore up its own semis drive in the season-ending conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.
Gametime is at 2 p.m. with Cagayan eyeing to stretch its win run to eight and firm up its bid for the No. 1 spot heading to the Final Four of the tournament backed by MIiasa and Accel.
But Army is just behind with a 7-1 card, launching its quarters campaign with a 25-13, 25-23, 25-22 victory over Phl National Police last Sunday. The Army Women swept the Power Spikers in the elims and are expected to re-assert their mastery to stay within striking distance of the Rising Suns.
Like Air Force, Meralco also needs a victory to remain in the semis hunt with the Power Spikers in fifth with a 3-4 card, behind Air Force and Smart-Maynilad’s identical 5-3 cards. PNP is way down in sixth with a 2-6 slate.
Meanwhile, the PNP-Army match last Sunday will be shown on GMA News TV Channel 11 today (Tuesday) starting at 1 p.m. with the Smart-Air Force duel to be aired tomorrow, according to the organizing Sports Vision.
Cagayan coach Nestor Pamilar is expected to lean again on the power-hitting troika of Thai Kannika Thipachot, Angeli Tabaquero and Aiza Maizo as the Rising Suns go for a repeat over the Air Women, who also boast of hitters Judy Ann Caballejo, Joy Cases and Maika Ortiz.
The Army-Meralco duel at 4 p.m. also promises to be an explosive match with Jovelyn Gonzaga, Mary Jean Balse, Nene Bautista, Michelle Carolino and Joanne Bunag and setter Cristina Salak going up against a Meralco side headed by Chinese guest player and the league’s leading spiker Coco Wang and backed by top blocker Maureen Ouano, Fille Cainglet, Maica Morada, Stephanie Mercado, ivy Remulla and playmaker April Jose and top digger and receiver Jennelyn Reyes.(pr)

Army Women foil Lady Tams, boost record

Army’s Rachel Anne Daquis rams in a spike against FEU’s Mary Palma and Gyzelle Sy during their Shakey’s V-League Open Conference encounter yesterday.(pr photo)
Army turned back a rallying Far Eastern U side and carved out a 25-15, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20 victory to stay closer to Cagayan Province at the close of the single round elims of the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.
Rachel Daquis sat out the first set but still topscored for the Army Women with 16 hits, including 14 kills, while Jovelyn Gonzaga added 12 markers while taking a break in the third when the Tams struck to force an extra set.
Bernadeth Pons and Mary Palma combined for 31 hits for FEU, which, however, lost steam while trying to send the match into a five-set affair.
The win hiked Army’s record to 6-1 which it will carry into the next phase beginning tomorrow (Sunday) while FEU closed out its stint with seven losses but with renewed confidence as it heads to the UAAP volley wars.
Cagayan Province heads the quarters cast with a 7-0 mark.
The star-studded Army Women uncorked a 62-spike game in the one-hour, 49-minute encounter, 22 more than their rivals while coming up with nine blocks as against the Lady Tams’ 4.
The Army Women appeared headed for another quick straight-set victory that marked their campaign in the elims but ended up stunned when the Lady Tams put on a strong stand to snatch the third set.
Shaken, Army put its act together in the fourth but needed to toughen up at endgame to frustrate the Morayta-based squad.
Army mentor Rico de Guzman rued his team’s complacency that gave FEU the upperhand and confidence.
“The team just relaxed, I’m disappointed,” said de Guzman.

Meanwhile, the Army-FEU match will be shown on GMA News TV Channel 11 today (Saturday) starting at 1 p.m. while the PNP-Navy clash, still being played at presstime, will be telecast on Monday, according to the organizing Sports Vision.(pr)