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Lady Bulldogs swoop down on Patrollers; Ateneo pounds UP

National U whisked off Philippine National Police’s gutsy stand in the opener then imposed its will in the next two to fashion out a 25-23, 25-16, 25-18 victory to get back on track after back-to-back setbacks in the Shakey’s V-League Season II Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan, Sunday.
Jaja Santiago used her height and long reach to pummel the PNP defenders with 12 kills, the same number of attacks delivered by Myla Pablo, as the Lady Bulldogs rebounded strong after a pair of 0-3 defeats to powerhouse Army and defending champion Cagayan.
“We made defensive adjustments in the second set that’s why the complexion of the game changed,” said NU coach Ariel dela Cruz.
Santiago finished with 18 hits, including three blocks and the same number of aces, while setter Ivy Perez also came through with three blocks for a five-point output for the Lady Bulldgos, who evened their card at 2-2.
The Lady Patrollers, led by Frances Molina’s 15 hits, fell to 0-5 and on the brink of elimination in the mid-season conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.
Ateneo survived a surprisingly tough University of the Philippines side and needed to regroup in the decider to pound out a 25-15, 24-26, 25-21, 21-25, 15-11 victory in the second game.
Scoring leader Alyssa Valdez continued to pour in the points, this time firing 31 hits, including 28 kills, to lead the Lady Eagles to joint fifth with the Lady Bulldogs heading to the final week of the single round eliminations of the league backed by Mikasa and Accel and where it all started.
But the Lady Maroons proved to be a big revelation as they dragged the reigning UAAP champions to a thrilling finish but still fell short of their bid to nail the elusive win.
Nicole Tiamzon fired 21 points, Katherine Bersola unleashed a 19-hit effort and Pauline Araneta added 10 markers to practically negate Valdez’s output.
But Michelle Morente chipped in 16 points and Miren Gequillana, Amy Ahomiro and Bea de Leon stepped up and pooled 23 points for the Lady Eagles, who dealt the Lady Maroons their fifth straight loss.
The victory also primed up the Bustillos-based squad for a tough outing against PLDT Home Telpad tomorrow with the Power Boosters raring to atone for their straight-set loss to unbeaten Lady Troopers last Thursday.
Though PNP produced 32 kills against NU’s 37, the Lady Patrollers drew just 12 excellent sets from Jane Ticar, limiting the team’s scoring chances off the spike a bit. In contrast, Perez made 25 excellent sets that led to a number hits from Santiago and Pablo.
Jane Mandapat also chipped eight markers, Jorelle Singh and Perez each had five points and skipper Desiree Dadang added four hits for NU, seeking a follow-up to its First Conference win in Season 10.
NU’s defense also held Jane Maderazo to just eight markers while Charisse Perez and Michell Datuin combined for 11 points for PNP.
Meanwhile, the NU-PNP game will be aired on GMA News TV Channel starting at 1 p.m. on Monday with the Ateneo-UP duel, being played at presstime, to be shown tomorrow, according to the organizing Sports Vision.(pr)

PLDT Home Telpad’s Laurence Ann Latigay (11) unleashes a power tip against Army’s MJ Balse as Lady Trooper Jovelyn Gonzaga (left) tries to provide help.(pr photo)
PLDT Home Telpad’s Laurence Ann Latigay (11) unleashes a power tip against Army’s MJ Balse as Lady Trooper Jovelyn Gonzaga (left) tries to provide help.(pr photo)

NU sweeps UST, reaches Shakey’s V-L finals

NU’s Jaja Santiago towers over UST Jessey de Leon as she smashes a hit during Game Two of their Shakey’s V-League Final Four duel at The Arena in San Juan.(pr photo)
NU’s Jaja Santiago towers over UST Jessey de Leon as she smashes a hit during Game Two of their Shakey’s V-League Final Four duel at The Arena in San Juan.(pr photo)

National University pounded University of Santo Tomas with its power game and imposing net defense to essay a 25-21, 25-22, 25-19 repeat victory and book a return trip to the finals of the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 First Conference at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.
Towering sisters Dindin and Jaja Santiago sustained their fierce form and dished out a pair of 14-hit games while Carmin Aganon rammed in 12 points as the Lady Bulldogs got past the Tigresses for the second straight time in three days to stay on track of their title-retention bid in the season-opening conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.
Like in their 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22 triumph in the opener of their best-of-three semis series last Sunday, the defending champions bucked a number of miscues with their awesome hitting power, superb court coverage and daunting defense upfront anchored on Myla Pablo, who came through with four blocks and finished with nine markers.
The outcome would have been a lopsided one if not for the Lady Bulldogs miscues.
“Everytime we are on the verge of pulling away, we would commit errors. We’re to blame that we’re allowing them to bounce back,” said NU coach Ariel dela Cruz in Filipino.
NU produced 41 kills in the 80-minute encounter as against UST’s 31 with the Lady Bulldogs’ blockers making life tougher for UST’s hitters, including ace rookie Ennajie Laure, who was held to 10 hits after averaging 16.
Despite the sweep, Dela Cruz still stressed the need for his wards to raise the level of their game a notch higher as they head to the finals of the league backed by Mikasa, Accel and Lion Tiger Mosquito Coil.
“We can’t afford to play like this in the championship, we have to step up our game in the finals,” said Dela Cruz.
Pablo teamed up with the 6-3 Jaja in neutralizing Laure, combing for six blocks.
“I always tell my players that its our defense that will bring us to the finals and I’m glad they listened,” said dela Cruz.
What made the win impressive was that NU played without top spiker Aiko Urdas, who sustained a knee injury in the third set of their Game One triumph.
Pam Lastimosa did finish with 11 points but the rest of the Tigresses failed to provide the needed support with Rhea Dimaculangan adding six markers and Jessey de Leon and top blocker Marivic Meneses chipping in five points each.
But while NU advanced, Far Eastern U stalled Adamson as the Lady Tams pulled off a 25-22, 25-23, 26-24 victory to force a sudden death for the other championship berth.
FEU and Adamson go at it again tomorrow starting at 4 p.m.
Bernadette Pons stepped up to provide the needed help to reinforcements Rachel Ann Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga, firing a match best 16 hits, including three service aces and blocks to help the Lady Tams bounce back from a heartbreaking 19-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-15, 15-12 loss in the opener of their side of the best-of-three series.
The pretty pair of Daquis and Gonzaga, playing out of Philippine Army, combined for 29 hits, including 26 on kills.
Shiela Pineda punched in 15 hits and Thai import Pacharee Sangmuang blasted 10 kills for a 12-point effort and Pau Soriano added 10 markers for the Lady Falcons, who were outsteadied at endgame by the Lady Tams in each of the three sets.(pr)

Cagayan, Army face off in clash of titans on Sunday

Cagayan’s Angeli Tabaquero, in action against Gyzelle Sy of FEU during last Friday’s match, will be a key figure for the Rising Suns against the Army Women.
Cagayan, Army face off in clash of titans
Games on Sunday
2 p.m. – Navy vs FEU
4 p.m. – Army vs Cagayan
Standings             W             L
Cagayan            5            0
Army                        3            0
Smart                        3            2
Meralco            3            2
Air Force            2           2
Navy                         0            3
PNP                        0            3
FEU                        0            4
Cagayan Province’s attacking game will be put to a tough test against Phl Army’s superb blocking as they clash today (Sunday) in a showdown of unbeaten teams in the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.
Drawing strength from their unrelenting net attack, the Rising Suns swept their first five matches and rolled into the quarters, including the last four which they fashioned out via sweep, capped by a 25-16, 25-17, 25-22 win over the Far Eastern U Lady Tams last Friday.
But they’ll be facing an Army crew boasting of an equally strong roster and which anchored its own sweep of its first three games on their net defense.
That guarantees a slambang, no-holds-barred duel at 4 p.m. in perhaps the most anticipated matchup thus far in the season-ending conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.
“Our strength is creating attacking opportunities,” said Cagayan coach Nes Pamilar, whose wards are tops in spiking with 40.20 percent success.
But the league’s top defensive squad, with 2.44 blocks per set norm, is ready to stop the Rising Suns.
“We have prepared hard against them and we hope our defense will hold,” said Army mentor Rico de Guzman, whose charges primed up for the big match with a 25-14, 25-15, 25-15 demolition of the Phl National Police last Tuesday
Phl Navy and FEU, meanwhile, collide at 2 p.m. in a duel of winless teams in the league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Accel.
Expect the power-spiking Thai import Kannika Thipachot, Angeli Tabaquero and Aiza Maizo to carry the scoring cudgels for Cagayan with the troika running first, third and sixth in scoring with 79, 73 and 58, and fifth, third and sixth in spiking successes, respectively.
Army, for its part, will lean again on Jovelyn Gonzaga, who leads the team not only in defense but also in offense.
“She’s the anchor of this team,” said de Guzman referring to his prized ward, who is at No. 8 in scoring with 47 points in three games and second to Meralco’s Chinese import Coco Wang (50.82 percent) in spiking with 50 percent success.
De Guzman also hopes to draw big games from his star-studded crew that includes former MVPs MJ Balse, Nene Bautista and Michelle Carolino with support from Joanne Bunag, Dahlia Cruz, Cristina Salak and Genie Sabas.(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)

Viets silence Troopers in decider, bag V-League crown

VIETSOVPETRO shut out Philippine Army in the fifth set behind its two Russian hitters and completed its fightback from two sets down to snatch an 18-25, 14-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-8 victory and capture the V-League Invitational Club Championship at The Arena in San Juan recently.

Anactaxia Trernai took over in a fiery charge in the decider, accounting for six of the first 10 points that the Vietnamese took in a rather straightforward fashion as the Troopers lost the ferociousness they showed in overpowering their fancied rivals in the first two sets.

The hosts failed to recover from that 0-10 hole in the race-to-15 fifth set although Rachel Daquis and Joanne Bunag tried to rally the Troopers to no avail as Tam Minh Hoang and Loan Thi Tran stepped up to deliver the last two points, including Tran’s spike that slipped past the hands of Mary Jean Balse.

Vietnam, which also beat Army in three in the elims of the four-team tournament sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza, thus swept all its four matches, including one that mattered most.

Trernai, who led VIETSOVPETRO’s comeback in the third set, wound up with 24 points, including 22 attacks, while fellow Russian import Ekaterina Martynova backed her up with 17 points, mostly from running attacks coming off the back of the team’s setter.

Martynova later bagged the MVP honors in the tournament organized by Sports Vision and backed by Accel and Mikasa.

It was a sorry loss for the Troopers, who had appeared to have pinned down the Viets with their heads-up play in the first two sets, which they won in convincing fashions. But after Trernai and Martynova imposed their will in the third, the Shakey’s V-League Season 8 second conference champions wavered and reeled with botched plays and errors.

They nearly completed a big comeback in the fourth set as they battled back from seven points down to grab a 23-21 lead through the combination of Daquis, Bunag and Cristina Salak.

But Trernai came through with a kill and a service ace and after Daquis committed an error, Bunag hit it long, enabling the Viets to force a decider and gain the needed momentum.

Bunag finished with 17 hits while Daquis added 15, Marietta Carolino scored 13 and Michelle Carolino added 10. Salak and Balse combined for 17 points.

Earlier, Malaysia struggled past Ateneo in the first two sets but stamped its class in the third to essay a 25-22, 25-21, 25-13 victory and clinch third place honors.

The Malaysians broke away from a tight contest in the third with solid net defense and a series of kills from Yew Sook Ting as they took the last seven points to complete the straight-set victory.

The Eagles kept the game close at 12-15 and 13-16 in the third but after losing the next two points on a quick set by Malaysia and an error, the first conference champions of the Shakey’s V-League Season 8 failed to deliver coming off their final timeout.
The visiting team scored on a couple of kills, a service ace and blocks, the last against Fille Cainglet that wrapped up the one-hour and 14-minute encounter.
“The level of play here is tough and we came here to win. But we lost our first two games so this is a memorable win,” said Malaysian coach Mohd Shaili Sukor.
Malaysia also dropped its third game in the elims, bowing to powerhouse Vietnam, 13-25, 21-25, 26-24, 16-25, last Saturday.
But they came out strong in their second face-off with the Eagles as Yew, along with Teh Huei Hong and Tan Chiew Lee, spearheaded the Malaysians charge from start to finish.

Yew finished with 18 hits, including 14 attacks and three blocks, while Teh wound up with 13 and Tan added 10 for Malaysia, which also drew a combined 21-point output from Jocelyn Teoh, Tien Fei Wong, Kuan Lay Lim and Jay See Lee.
Alyssa Valdez came away with 15 kills for a 17-point production while Cainglet added 12 points for the Eagles, who simply lost steam in the end. Dzi Gervacio scored seven points while Gretchen Ho and Jem Ferrer had four and two hits, respectively.(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)