Gorayeb brings NU back to basics (May 30, 2016)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

National University was supposed to be the team to challenge eventual champions De La Salle University and Ateneo in the 78th Season of the UAAP.

What happened, however, was the Lady Spikers battling the Lady Eagles in the Finals for the fifth straight time, Far Eastern University making the Final Four interesting with its duel against La Salle, and the upstarts-laden University of the Philippines providing the season’s surprise as the Lady Maroons became the fourth seed.

As for the Lady Bulldogs, they became just afterthoughts after dropping out of the Final Four, finishing the tournament as the fifth seed.

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RC Cola-Army’s Gonzaga, Bautista rule PSL beach volley (May 30, 2016)
Marc Anthony Reyes [ Source: Inquirer ]

RC Cola-Army’s Jovelyn Gonzaga and Nene Bautista celebrate after winning the Philippine Superliga beach volleyball crown. Marc Anthony Reyes/INQUIRER

RC COLA-ARMY’S Jovelyn Gonzaga and Nene Bautista parried everything thrown at them by the intrepid tandem of Foton’s Cherry Rondina and Patty Orendain to crown themselves the queens of the 2016 Philippine Superliga Volleyball Challenge.

Before a huge Sunday crowd at Sands at SM by the Bay at Mall of Asia gounds, Gonzaga and Bautista fought off sustained attacks by Rondina and Orendain to score a 21-18, 18-21, 15-13, triumph.

Gonzaga, who kept her unblemished stint in the beach competitions, slumped on the sands as Bautista dived on her after their opponents returned long at match point.

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Myla Pablo in a NU Bulldogs jersey. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

For the last five years of her life, Myla Pablo called National University home and the Lady Bulldogs her de facto family.

It’s been a harmonious stay for Pablo at NU but come Wednesday, the former Lady Bulldog captain will face her underlings in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference

“Dati kong teammates yan, for five years magkakasama kami, halos kapatid mo na yan,” said Pablo Saturday as her new team Pocari Sweat trumped University of the Philippines, 25-18, 25-14, 25-22. “Alam mo na yung mga palo nila, mga kahinaan, mga strengths din.”

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Cruz excited to team up with Lady Spikers anew (May 29, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

F2 Logistics’ Cha Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Cha Cruz is excited about the imminent La Salle reunion at F2 Logistics in the upcoming 2016 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.

With the addition of Ara Galang in the Cargo Movers roster after being selected first in the 2016 PSL Draft on Friday, she’s just glad to have her old teammates back together in one squad.

“Syempre, I’m really happy. Ang tagal ko na sya nakalaro, pero ngayon na kaka-graduate lang nilang lahat, it’s really nice na lahat sila magiging teammates ko ulit,” said Cruz.

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Pocari Sweat sweeps UP to open V-League campaign (May 29, 2016)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

Pocari Sweat eased into its new league and immediately started to work by sweeping University of the Philippines, 25-18, 25-14, 25-22, in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference Saturday at San Juan Arena.

Formerly carrying the Philips Gold banner in the Philippine Super Liga, the Lady Warriors had a change of color scheme and joined the V-League.

Holding on to a slim one-point lead, 22-21, Roselle Baliton converted on back-to-back blocks to give Pocari Sweat a 24-21 lead before Nicole Tiamzon gave UP a small sigh of relief with a through-the-block kill to stave the lead 24-22.

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Volleyball

National University began its rebuilding phase with a convincing victory over Laoag, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21, in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference Saturday at San Juan Arena.

Lady Bulldogs head coach Roger Gorayeb only fielded 11 players, with setter-spiker hybrid Jasmin Nabor putting the finishing touch in their win with a block on Jema Galanza.

Gorayeb credited Nabong’s play that eventually built up their performance against the Power Smashers.

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Volleyball

 MANILA, Philippines – Ara Galang said it will be a dream come true if she gets to play with her former La Salle teammates at F2 Logistics. 

Wish granted.

Galang, who was a vital cog in La Salle's UAAP title conquest of bitter rival Ateneo early this month, was picked first overall by F2 Logistics in Friday's Philippine Super Liga (PSL) rookie draft at the Music Hall of the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

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