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Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines—A first set blunder would not dash their victory hopes as the Cagayan Valley Lady Rising Suns took down the Meralco Power Spikers 3-1, 17-25, 25-14, 26-24, 25-21, in the last match of the eliminations of the women’s division of the Shakey’s V-League at the Arena in San Juan Thursday evening.

Luck eventually smiled upon the Rising Suns after a tumultuous third set as Power Spiker Wanida Kotruang committed a blunder that ended Meralco’s hopes for a single victory and giving the second-seeded Cagayan a win before going into the Finals.

Cagayan head coach Nes Pamilar said he was perplexed on what happened to his team which gave away the first set and nearly lost the third.

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IEM lashes out on Systema on finals V-League preview (October 31, 2014)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines—In a prelude to the finals, the IEM Phoenix Volley Masters swooped down on the Systema Active Smashers 3-1, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21, during their matchup at the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Men’s Division at the Arena in San Juan.

Down by two points, the Phoenix Volley Masters used a 7-2 blast that ultimately ended the non-bearing match.
IEM head coach Ernesto Balubar said he wanted his team to go for it and enjoy the game but make sure that winning would not be sacrificed.

“My order to my players was that they enjoy the game but winning should not be compromised,” Balubar said.

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Petron whips Cignal, grabs solo PSL lead (October 30, 2014)
Marc Anthony Reyes [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

Fully revved up, Petron used speed and power to disrupt Cignal’s smooth game and prevail, 25-17, 25-20, 25-23, last night and grab the solo lead with three straight wins in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix presented by Asics at Cuneta Astrodome.

The Blaze Spikers turned what was expected to be a bruising battle between the top two squads into a mismatch with powerful imports Alaina Bergsma and Erica Adachi jelling with local superstar Dindin Santiago.

Bergsma finished with 23 points including 20 kills for the Blaze Spikers who dealt the HD Spikers their first defeat in three games.

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Warm-up tiff for Shakey’s V-L finalists (October 30, 2014)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

System Tooth and Gum Care and Instituto Estetico Manila provide a glimpse of what to expect in their best-of-three men’s championship series when they square off today in the Shakey’s V-League Third Conference at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Gametime is at 4 p.m. with the Volley Masters and Active Smashers, who both own 4-1 records, disputing the top seeding at the close of the elimination round.

Cagayan Valley warms up for its title showdown with Army as it battles also-ran Meralco in the women’s class at 6 p.m.

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Army razes PLDT hopes (October 29, 2014)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines–Philippine Army snuffed out PLDT Home Telpad’s title ambitions with a marathon 23-25, 25-16, 16-25, 25-21, 15-10 victory Tuesday night in the women’s division of the Shakey’s V-League Third Conference at Filoil Flying V Arena.

The Lady Troopers, who are already assured of a finals spot, once again showed strength and resolve in coming back from a set down twice to keep their perfect record.

Rachel Anne Daquis stepped up with 18 points, including a decisive kill late in the fifth set, while Nene Bautista, Jovelyn Gonzaga and MJ Balse each delivered 15 hits for Army which completed a six-game sweep of the elimination round.

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Systema rips RTU spikers (October 29, 2014)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

Systema Tooth and Gum Care warmed up for the tougher battle ahead with a clinical 25-14, 25-19, 25-22 victory over Rizal Technological U (RTU) last night in the men’s division of the Shakey’s V League Third Conference at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Already assured of a finals berth, the Active Smashers refused to pull their punches as they pummeled the hapless Blue Thunder to tie fellow finalist Instituto Estetico Manila at 4-1.

The Active Smashers and Volley Masters will still meet for the No. 1 seeding tomorrow before starting their best of three finals series on Sunday.  RTU and Far Eastern U have been relegated to a battle for third place on Tuesday.

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Petron, Cignal square off with solo PSL lead at stake (October 29, 2014)
Marc Anthony Reyes [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

Petron and Cignal HD battle it out for overall leadership while Mane ‘N Tail and Foton clash for win No. 1 today in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix volleyball tournament presented by Asics at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.

The Blaze Spikers of Petron, powered by beauty queen-turned spiker Alaina Bergsma and Erica Adachi, have so far collected two victories at the expense of Mane ‘N Tail and Generika.

Petron coach George Pascua, however, said the true test of the team’s character will come against the Cignal HD Spikers, who have assembled a similar 2-0 record on wins over RC Cola-Air Force and Mane ‘N Tail.

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