DAVAO CITY—It will be a reunion of sorts between Alyssa Valdez and Francis Vicente when the national volleyball team tryouts holds its final leg here Saturday.
Vicente and Valdez were part of the University of Santo Tomas girls’ team that won the UAAP juniors volleyball championship from 2008 to 2010.
“We go back a long way, and she knows that she’s not dealing with a stranger but an old friend and coach,” said Vicente, who will spearhead the tryouts at University of Southeastern Philippines here.
Even before the season rolled off, Ateneo already had University of the Philippines on its target.
The Lady Eagles finally get a crack at the Lady Maroons, who have emerged as the early leaders in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament, on Sunday.
“Coach (Tai Bundit) and I talked about it and before the season even began, we already had our eyes on UP because they are the contenders,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sherwin Meneses in Filipino Wednesday after their three-set win over winless University of the East.
Alyssa Valdez will take a break from her participation in the Thailand volleyball league and make a brief return to Manila to take part in the ongoing Philippine national volleyball team tryouts in Davao City this weekend.
“Alyssa’s inclusion in the tryouts is such a big boost to our team,” said Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. acting president Pete Cayco. “At least, all of the country’s best talents have made themselves available.”
But he added that Valdez’s mere appearance is not tantamount to outright inclusion.
MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle University team captain Kim Fajardo had a simple explanation for the Lady Spikers' stunning straight sets loss to University of the Philippines last week, a result that shook up the UAAP Season 79 women's volleyball tournament.
"Kita naman namin lahat na wala talaga kaming ginawang laro," Fajardo said frankly on Wednesday, after La Salle routed Adamson University, 25-12, 25-16, 25-15.
Against the Lady Falcons, the Lady Spikers were their usual sharp selves. Libero Dawn Macandili had little trouble against Adamson's services, and Fajardo orchestrated the offense en route to 36 attack points.
Newly-crowned NCAA champion Arellano University will reinforce newcomer Cocolife in its campaign in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference starting March 4.
The Asset Managers tapped the Lady Chiefs key players Regine Arocha, Andrea Marzan, Rhea Ramirez, Mary Anne Esguerra, Eunice Galang and Finals Most Valuable Player Jovie Prado to join veterans Michele Gumabao, Denden Lazaro, Rose Vargas and Iris Patrona.
Cocolife also tapped Arellano coach Obet Javier to handle the team after negotiations with Adamson coach Airess Padda fizzled out. Asset Managers team official Joshua Ylaya earlier announced that Padda will call the shots for the team but the American mentor said that her focus is on the Lady Falcons’ campaign in the UAAP.
MANILA, Philippines — Defending champion De La Salle University encountered little trouble against Adamson University, winning 25-12, 25-16, 25-15, for its fourth victory in the UAAP Season 79 women's volleyball tournament Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan.
With Dawn Macandili anchoring their reception and floor defense, the Lady Spikers soared to their fourth win in five games to earn a share of second place with archrival Ateneo de Manila University.
La Salle led only 14-12 midway through the second frame after giving up back-to-back aces to Fatima Joaquin, but middle blockers Majoy Baron and Aduke Ogunsanya anchored a 5-1 exchange that gave them a more comfortable 19-13 advantage.
MANILA, Philippines — The Ateneo Lady Eagles needed only three sets to down University of the East, 25-14, 25-21, 25-21, and rack up their third straight victory in the UAAP Season 79 women's volleyball tournament on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles withstood the Lady Warriors' show of force at the net to register 42 attack points, and pounced on their foes' poor service reception to register aces. Ateneo completed the victory in just an hour and 11 minutes to improve to 4-1.
"Kapag tiningnan mo ang UE, kapag hindi ka lumaro ng maganda, talagang lalaban kasi ang lalaki," said Ateneo assistant coach Sherwin Meneses of the Lady Warriors, who registered 12 kill blocks in the game.