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Alcala draws tough rival in World Jrs opener

Malvinne Ann Alcala will have her hands full when she opens her World Juniors Championships campaign tonight (Wednesday) as she drew joint fifth seed Sonia Su Ya Cheah of Malaysia in one of the ladies singles matches in Chinese-Taipei.

The 16-year-old Alcala, coming off a sweep of the Under-19 and Open singles titles in the PBaRS’ VP Binay Cup Badminton Championships, hopes to come out strong in her 6:55 p.m. duel with one of the leading junior players of talent-rich Malaysia in the upper half of the 128-player event which features the world’s leading Under-19 players.

Janelle de Vera, who reached the quarterfinals of the girls’ U-19 class in the Binay Cup, kicks off the Philippine team’s bid in the week-long tournament as she takes on England’s Emily Westwood in the lower bracket at 10:45 a.m.

De Vera, whose campaign along with the other Filipino bets are sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association, later teams up with Kevin Cudiamat as they slug it out with Singpore’s Asraf Ishak and Wei Han Tan in the mixed doubles at 1:05 p.m.

Cudiamat, joint third placer in the boys’ U-19 division in the PBaRs fourth leg, also sees action in the boys’ singles against Russian Anatolly Yartsev at 3:25 p.m.

Joper Escueta, the country’s No. 1 junior player, draws an opening round bye and will face the winner of the Jason King Ching Lo and Tolga Oszoy clash in the second round.(pr)

Troopers, Viets topple rivals in V-League Invit’l opener

Games Friday
2 p.m. – Ateneo vs Malaysia
4 p.m. – Army vs Vietnam

Philippine Army pounced on Malaysia’s poor reception and leaned on the Carolino sisters’ power game as it came away with a 25-14, 25-18, 25-21 victory at the start of the V-League Invitational Club Championship before a big crowd at The Arena in San Juan, Thursday.

Michelle and Marietta Carolino rammed in 12 kills apiece while the Troopers scored nine points off the serve, including five from Davao del Norte native Mary Jean Balse, to complete the straight-set romp that augured well in their campaign in the short tournament among four teams.

Michelle added two blocks for a 15-hit production while Marietta and Balse ended up with 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Troopers, who looked sharp and ready for another title crack after dominating the Shakey’s V-League second conference recently.

The Malaysians struggled with their reception and floor defense and failed to neutralize the Carolino sisters, who stepped their attacks on both sides to prime themselves up for an expected explosive showdown with the fancied Vietnam side on Friday’s resumption of the four-day event sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza.

Vietnam, powered by two Russian hitters and a five-time SEA Games runner-up, likewise geared up for a faceoff with Army by beating Ateneo, 25-15, 25-16, 25-17, later in the day.
Anactaxia Trernai gave a sample of what to expect for the Troopers by unleashing a 12-attack performance while Ekaterina Martynova topscored with 14 hits, including three blocks.

Nguyen Thi Ngoan also scored 12 points while Nguyen Thi Huong and Tran Thi Loan added nine hits apiece to underscore Vietnam’s balanced offensive sock.

Alyssa Valdez and Dzi Gervacio fired 11 hits apiece for the Lady Eagles, who could not get their offense going as Fille Cainglet struggled to finish with nine hits.

Teh Huei Hong topscored for Malaysia with nine hits, including eight kills, but the rest groped for form in the face of the Troopers’ unrelenting attack with Jocelyn Teoh,, Yew Sook Ting, Tan Chiew Lee, Wong Fei Tien and Lim Lay Kuan combining for 21 points.

Rachel Ann Daquis added eight hits for the Troopers, who also drew four points apiece from Joanne Buñag and Cristina Salak, who held the team together with 27 excellent sets. Salak also scored three service aces.

Meanwhile, the organizing Sports Vision said matches can be viewed on live streaming at www.v-league.ph while ringside, lower box and general admission tickets are pegged at P300, P200, and P75, respectively.

All matches will be aired on NBN 4 on a delayed basis with the first game to be telecast in the night of the same day. The second match will be shown the following day.

The Troopers sized their rivals in the early going but quickly asserted their might midway in the opening set although they needed a pair of strong finishing kicks in the next two frames to fashion out the 69-minute victory.

The four teams will clash in a single round-robin format with the top two clashing for the crown and the two others will dispute third place honors in the event being considered to be integrated into the Shakey’s V-League calendar starting next year.(pr)

Troopers, Eagles get going as V-League Invit’l begins Thursday

Games on Thursday
2 p.m. – Malaysia vs Army
4 p.m. – Vietnam vs Ateneo

A slam-bang, high-powered action looms right in the opener of the V-League Invitational Club Championship on Thursday, Oct. 27 as Army slugs it out with Malaysia and Ateneo clashes with Vietnam at The Arena in San Juan.

The short, single round tournament gives the compact four-team field no other choice but to pour it all out in each set of each game to get a crack at the championship set Sunday.

The Troopers are raring to go, ready to slug it out with a Malaysian team powered by former SEA Games campaigners, members of the national team and a number of junior standouts.

“We really had to prepare for this tournament, especially against Vietnam, which is very strong,” said Army coach Rico de Guzman.

But before they tackle the Vietnamese on Friday, the Troopers hope to hurdle the Malaysians in their 2 p.m. encounter, kicking off the event sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza and backed by Accel and Mikasa.

Matches can be viewed on live streaming at www.v-league.ph, according to the organizing Sports Vision.

Vietnam, runner-up to Thailand in the last five stagings of the SEA Games, has been installed as the pre-tournament favorite with a roster bolstered by two Russian six footers in Anactaxia Trernai and Ekoterina Martynova.
Ateneo, champion of the Shakey’s V-League Season 8 first conference, will get a first crack at the Viets at 4 p.m. with coach Roger Gorayeb pinning his hopes on the power-hitting duo of Alyssa Valdez and Fille Cainglet and mainstays Gretchen Ho, Dzi Gervacio, Dennise Lazaro, Jem Ferrer and Leal Patnongon.
The Troopers, meanwhile, boast of a number of Shakey’s V-League MVPs, headed by former national team members Michelle Carolino and Mary Jean Balse, Nerissa Bautista and the talented Rachel Ann Daquis, making them a strong title contender.
Backing up the squad, which dominated the second conference of this year’s Shakey’s V-League, are Cristina Salak, Marietta Carolino, Patricia Siasan-Torres, Ma. Theresa Iratay and Jennelyn Reyes.
Malaysia will be led by former SEA Games players Teon Kwan Kee, Lim Lay Kuan, Josephine Goh and Nur Haizreen, who are expected to provide the experience and poise for the team, which includes national players Tan Chiew Lee, Jessie Lee, Ursula Moh and Yew Sook Ting and junior standouts Low Wan Jin, The Huei Hoing, Wong Fei Tien and Ho Xiao Hui.

Trernai and Martynova, on the other hand, hope to draw solid back up from an equally talented Vietnam players, led by ace setter and former national team mainstay Pham Thu Ha

The four teams will clash in a single round robin format with the top two clashing for the crown and the two others will dispute third place honors in the event being considered to be integrated into the Shakey’s V-League calendar starting next year.

All matches will be aired on NBN 4 on a delayed basis with the first game to be telecast in the night of the same day. The second match will be shown the following day.(pr)

Army, Ateneo brace for tough V-League Invit’l

Philippine Army and Ateneo get the chance to test their strength as they slug it out with Vietnam and Malaysia in the V-League Invitational Club Championship unfolding Oct. 27 at The Arena in San Juan.

 

The Troopers and the Lady Eagles split the twin titles disputed in the Shakey’s V-League Season 8 with the former putting up a dominating performance to rule the season-ending conference of the country’s premier women’s volley league.

 

But they will be as much tested as the Eagles when they face the Russian-backed Vietnam side and the Malaysian team vying for top honors in the four-day tournament, which also serves as part of the two foreign teams’ buildup for next month’s SEA Games.

 

Army coach Rico de Guzman is again expected to lean on the power-hitting sisters Michelle and Marietta Carolino and the talented Dahli Cruz, Joanne Buñag, Cristina Salak, Ma. Theresa Iratay, Patricia Siatan-Torres and former Shakey’s V-League MVP Mary Jean Balse as they bid for the crown in the tournament sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza.

 

The Lady Eagles, on the other hand, will pin their hopes on top hitters Alyssa Valdez and Fille Cainglet and mainstays Gretchen Ho, Dzi Gervacio, Dennise Lazaro, Jem Ferrer and Leal Patnongon in the tournament organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa (official volleyball) and Accel (official outfitter).

 

Vietnam, represented by the Vietsovpetro squad, looms as the early favorite with a roster boosted by Russian reinforcements Trernai Anactaxi and Martynova Ekoterina while Malaysia will be bannered by veterans Josephine Dee, Tan Chiew Lee, Ursula Ching and Jessie Lee See, Wong Fei Tien and Ho Xiao Hui.

 

Action is expected to be fierce in the single round robin tournament where the top two teams disputing the crown and the two others clashing for third place honors. Two matches will be held each day starting at 2 p.m. with the other match set at 4 p.m.

 

Matches can also be viewed on live streaming at www.v-league.ph.

 

The games will be aired on NBN 4 on delayed basis with the first game to be shown in the night of the same day and the other to be telecast the following day starting at 2 p.m.(pr)