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  1. #11
    Near-perfect attendance as PH volleyball team buildup for SEA Games shifts to high gear

    FOR the first time in over a week, practice for the Philippine women's volleyball team bound for the Southeast Asian Games enjoyed near-perfect attendance at the Blue eagle Gym inside the Ateneo campus.

    "Andito 'yan silang lahat kanina," said national coach Roger Gorayeb, who had all but one of the 13 players in his pool showing up for the training he supervises with assistant coach Tai Bundit.

    "Umalis lang ng maaga 'yung iba kasi may practice din daw sila sa mga club teams nila," he added.

    Present were Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago, Gretcel Soltones, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Rachel Anne Daquis, Aby Maraño, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, Jia Morado, Bea de Leon and libero Denden Lazaro were present.

    The lone player missing was Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, who posted on her Twitter account on Friday night that she was cut from the Singapore-bound team.

    However, Gorayeb said no one has yet to be cut from the team, explaining that Maizo-Pontillas failed to show up for practice due to her commitment with V-league club team Cagayan Valley.

    "Si Aiza lang ang wala kasi may practice daw sa Cagayan," said Gorayeb Changing The Face of The Game!

  2. #12
    PLDT escapes Meralco to remain unbeaten in V-League

    By Camille B. Naredo,
    Posted at 05/19/2015 8:03 PM

    MANILA, Philippines – PLDT Home Ultera overcame an inspired challenge by a gutsy Meralco squad to win in five sets and remain unbeaten heading into the Finals of the Shakey's V-League Season 12 Open Conference Tuesday at the Arena in San Juan.

    PLDT had already clinched a spot in the Finals, where they will face a veteran Army squad, but got a momentum boost nevertheless with a heart-stopping 22-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-16, and 18-16 victory over Meralco.

    The victory, which took PLDT a little over two hours to complete, extended their winning streak to 10 games, and finished 3-0 in the round-robin semi-finals.

    "Gusto ko rin magpahinga at maraming may sakit sa team," admitted PLDT head coach Roger Gorayeb after their game, as quoted by Tie Breaker Times. "Si Alyssa (Valdez), 'di ko pa nga pinasok ng first set."

    Valdez entered late in the opening set, and was able to immediately score, but it was not enough as Meralco nabbed the opener, 25-22. PLDT recovered in the second, with Valdez and Jaja Santiago leading the way, and won comfortably, 25-15.

    With Abigail Maraño and Maica Morada leading the charge, Meralco bounced back in the third set to push PLDT to the brink, only to see the Fast Hitters get off to a quick start in the fourth set and push the match into a do-or-die fifth set.

    PLDT raced to a quick 4-1 start in the final set, but Meralco recovered and soon the two squads were going back-and-forth, with Valdez and Maraño spearheading their respective squads.

    After Valdez gave PLDT an 11-9 lead, Maraño sparked a 4-0 run – capped by back-to-back blocks on Valdez – to suddenly put Meralco in control, 13-11. Valdez halted the run with a crosscourt kill, only to see Maraño respond with her trademark running attack to put Meralco at match point, 14-12.

    PLDT was able to tie the match at 14-all thanks to Valdez and veteran Sue Roces, and Santiago's re-entry gave the Fast Hitters a huge boost. Her quick hit, followed by a hitting error by Meralco's Cha Cruz, put PLDT at match point for the first time, 16-15.

    Valdez, however, committed a service error to tie the game for the last time at 16-all. Santiago quickly came to PLDT's rescue, scoring again on a quick hit in the middle, and another hitting error by Cruz – this time, going wide on a down-the-line attack – sealed the deal for the Fast Hitters.

    "Nag-work sa amin halos lahat. Wala akong masabi," said Santiago, who finished the game with 19 points including 16 attacks.

    Valdez scored 23 points, 21 coming off attacks, while Gretchel Soltones shook off a poor start to finish with 12 points, including five blocks.

    Maraño had 19 points on 13 attacks and four blocks for Meralco, which failed to win a single match in the semi-finals. Morada added 14 points.

    PLDT will now move on to face Army in the Finals, starting Thursday.

    "One day lang ang preparation namin for the Finals, kaya bahala na," said Gorayeb, who noted that Army has the advantage of being a veteran team that has played together for a long time now.

    Meralco, meanwhile, will play Cagayan for third place. Changing The Face of The Game!

  3. #13
    PLDT, Army kick off V-League title showdown
    Posted at 05/21/2015 7:56 AM

    MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten PLDT Home Ultera goes for the first of two wins it needs to cap a record campaign, but is expected to face a tough challenge from a veteran Army side as the two powerhouse squads face off in Game 1 of the best-of-three Shakey's V-League Season 12 Open Conference Finals Thursday at the San Juan Arena.

    PLDT has already beaten Army twice this conference – a straight-sets romp in the elimination round, and then a come-from-behind five-set victory in the semifinals last Sunday.

    PLDT's aura of invincibility has taken a dent, however, as they also had to struggle before escaping a gritty Meralco side in another five-set encounter last Tuesday.

    Moreover, Army has the tools and materials to match PLDT's vaunted firepower, and they also have the experience that can help them in the championship.

    With open spikers Rachel Ann Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, and Dindin Santiago-Manabat in charge at the net, Mary Jean Balse and Nerissa Bautista – both former MVPs – must provide the team with the stability it needs if matches go down-the-wire once more.

    Army likely needs to click on all cylinders to stop PLDT's offense.

    In their previous game against Meralco, Alyssa Valdez came off the bench and still finished with 23 hits to help the Ultra Fast Hitters past the Power Spikers, who came just short of becoming the first team to deal PLDT with a loss.

    Expected to back up Valdez are Jaja Santiago, Gretchel Soltones, Suzanne Roces, as well as setter Rubie de Leon.

    Army is expected to come out smoking in their 4 p.m. showdown, as they are determined to finally end PLDT's 10-game winning streak and fuel their own drive for the title.

    With Soltones, the standout from San Sebastian, completing PLDT's fearsome frontline, the Lady Troopers will have to devise plays on how to neutralize the Fast Hitters' offensive options, though Army also has a slew of power hitters and veteran stoppers.

    Reception and floor defense are also expected to play a big role for each side, especially their service, which has stalled many former teams' bids in a championship series.

    Meanwhile, Cagayan Valley and Meralco will also start their own best-of-three series for third place at 2 p.m. Changing The Face of The Game!

  4. #14
    PLDT forces do-or-die game for V-League crown

    By Camille B. Naredo,
    Posted at 05/24/2015 3:30 PM
    MANILA, Philippines – PLDT Home Ultera struck back with a vengeance as they defeated Philippine Army in four sets to send the Shakey's V-League Season 12 Open Conference Finals into a third and deciding game Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.

    Led by newly crowned league MVP Alyssa Valdez, PLDT claimed a 25-16, 25-22, 19-25, and 25-16 victory in just under two hours to tie the best-of-three series at one game apiece.

    After a straightforward win by PLDT in the opening set, Army looked as though they would equalize as they took the lead in the second, 11-6, only to see Valdez rally the Ultra Fast Hitters.

    Valdez displayed her remarkable talent for scoring as she broke through triple blocks and scored even from the backrow, helping PLDT steal take a 16-15 advantage after trailing by as much as five points.

    They were able to hold off Army the rest of the way to take a 2-0 lead.

    Army pulled one back with a 24-19 win in the third set, but Valdez and company made sure that there would be no comeback for the Lady Troopers as they triumphed in the fourth set.

    Jaja Santiago put the finishing touches on the win with a huge hit from the middle, her 20th point of the game.

    "Nag-work as a team kami, and it really went well for the team," said Valdez, who finished with 26 points on 20 attacks, four aces, and two blocks.

    Santiago had 13 attacks and five blocks in the game, while Charo Soriano battled through an injury to post eight points, including three straight quick hits in the fourth set that boosted the Ultra Fast Hitters.

    Mary Jean Balse finished with 17 points on nine attacks, six blocks, and two service aces, and Jovelyn Gonzaga added 12 markers.

    But the veteran Army squad could not find their rhythm in time, and committed costly errors – many from the service line – in the first two sets. They also showed frustration several times as calls did not go their way.

    The series will be decided in next Sunday's Game 3.

    "Magt-training muna kami," Valdez said when asked if she can promise a win on Sunday. "Every team naman goes inside the court thinking na mananalo, s'yempre, and we're gonna work hard for it."

    PLDT tallied 47 attacks against 39 by Army. Both teams had 11 blocks, but PLDT registered 10 service aces against only five for the Lady Troopers. Changing The Face of The Game!

  5. #15
    Alyssa Valdez named MVP of V-League Open Conference

    From: Mei-Lin Lozada
    May 24, 2015, 01:30 pm

    Alyssa Valdez named MVP of V-League Open Conference

    Alyssa Valdez wins trophies in the commercial league to add to her collection from the UAAP. Dante Peralta

    ALYSSA Alyssa Valdez has been named Most Valuable Player of the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Open Conference.

    The Ateneo star, back-to-back winner of the UAAP MVP title, also bagged the First Best Outside Spiker award, while Army mainstay Rachel Anne Daquis was the Second Best Outside Spiker.

    Meralco’s Jen Reyes was named Best Libero and PLDT’s Rubie de Leon won the award for Best Setter.

    Rookie Ria Meneses of Cagayan Valley was awarded First Best Blocker, while PLDT’s Jaja Santiago was the Second Best Blocker.

    Lady Trooper Jovelyn Gonzaga was named Best Opposite Spiker Changing The Face of The Game!

  6. #16
    No shame in loss to PLDT, says Army skipper Tina Salak
    From: Mei-Lin Lozada
    June 1, 2015, 05:52 pm

    ARMY skipper Tina Salak admits being disappointed, but said there is no shame in the loss to PLDT in the Shakey's V-League Open Conference finals.

    The veteran setter and her Lady Troopers fell short in their title defense against the younger Ultra Fast Hitters on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan. But she praised her teammates for the effort while giving credit to PLDT’s fine play.

    [See PLDT survives five-set thriller against Army to claim V-League Open Conference title]

    "Hindi nakakahiyang talo," said Salak. "Hindi namin iniisip na ganon kasi grabe ang hirap ng team lahat naman nag-contribute."

    The ageless playmaker admitted that she had to hide the sadness behind a smile to lift her teammates’ morale after the five-set loss.

    "Pagdating lang sa dugout medyo malungkot pero sabi ko sa kanila ang dami natin na inspire," she said. "Kung hindi man natin nakuha or hindi natin na-achieve 'yung goal natin pero iba 'yung pina-achieve ni God sa atin eh."

    But it was a genuine smile Salak had when she was emerged from the dugout to the sight of screaming fans waiting to have their pictures taken with her.

    "Ang dami natin na-inspire na bata na nanonood," she stressed. "Ang dami namin napasaya kasi ang ganda ng game namin at ng PLDT." Changing The Face of The Game!

  7. #17
    La Salle Lady Spikers returning to Shakey's V-League after seven-year absence
    From: Mei-Lin LozadaJune 2, 2015, 05:48 pm

    LA Salle returns to the V-League after a seven-year absence, battling 11 other teams in the pioneering volleyball league's Collegiate Conference starting on July 4.

    Winners of three straight conferences from the First Conference of Season 2, the Lady Spikers return to battle familiar rivals in UAAP back-to-back champion Ateneo, University of Santo Tomas, National University, Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines.

    Also seeing action are NCAA titlist Arellano University, San Sebastian, Colege of St. Benilde, De La Salle-Dasmarinas, National College of Business Administration and a team from Batangas.

    Organizers have yet to release the team lineups. The teams battle in a single round robin eliminations with the top four squads advancing to the semifinals.

    “We are confident that the Collegiate Conference will be as successful as the Open,” said Sports Vision president Ricky Palou on Tuesday during the PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate.

    Matches will be held on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Meanwhile, the Spikers’ Turf will also feature 12 teams led by UAAP men’s champion Ateneo, La Salle, UST, NU, Adamson and FEU.

    Also fielding teams are NCAA titlist Emilio Aguinaldo College, Perpetual, SSC, Rizal Technlogical University, CSB and La Salle-Dasmarinas.

    Spikers’ Turf matches are scheduled Mondays and Wednesdays.

    Read more at Changing The Face of The Game!

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