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Gorayeb: No harm in dreaming of replicating Ateneo's feat (March 02, 2015)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU) head coach Roger Gorayeb has made no secret that he hopes his Lady Bulldogs can replicate the historic feat that the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles achieved in the UAAP Season 76 women's volleyball tournament.

The Lady Eagles battled their way in the step-ladder semi-finals – beating NU twice in the process – for the right to face then-defending champions De La Salle University in the championship round.

The Lady Spikers had a thrice-to-beat advantage by virtue of sweeping the elimination round, but the Lady Eagles were peaking at the right time and defeated La Salle in four games to win their first UAAP volleyball title.

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Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines—If it’s not meant to be, then it won’t happen.

Looking back at his team’s campaign in the UAAP Season 77 women’s volleyball tournament, Lady Tamaraws head coach Shaq de los Santos said what’s done is done and it’s all in God’s plans.

“I’m still happy with what we’ve done this season,” De los Santos said after bowing out against National University 13-25, 17-25, 27-25, 23-25 on Saturday evening at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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Rizza Jane Mandapat (7) of NU against Mary Remy Joy Palma (9) and Bernadeth Pons (2) of FEU. Photo by Nonoy Lacza

MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU) shrugged off a tough Far Eastern University in the third and fourth set to hack out a tough 25-13, 25-17, 25-27, 25-23 win and staved off elimination Saturday in the UAAP Season 77 women's volleyball tournament.

“Maganda ang lamang namin sa third set, nauubos lang kami sa errors. Naiba ang timpla ng setting," said a relieved Lady Bulldogs coach Roger Gorayeb. "Maganda lahat ng first two sets, yung reception, setting at combination ng atake."

Myla Pablo had an impressive all-around game with 22 points and six digs, while Jaja Santiago had two service aces to finish with 20 hits for the NU.

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Mamon intends to return to UST (March 01, 2015)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines—Odjie Mamon will return to University of Santo Tomas to hopefully continue his coaching career with his alma mater.

Mamon said on Saturday he would meet with UST officials on Wednesday to discuss the Tiger Spikers’ performance and in the process give his letter of intent to return as coach of men’s volleyball team.

“We have a meeting on Wednesday and I will also bring my letter intent,” said Mamon, who will be on his second year as Tiger Spikers head coach.

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National U faces FEU, UST in KO matches (February 28, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines–Looking to sustain its peak form, National University battles gutsy Far Eastern University squad at the start of the stepladder semifinals in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“We’re treating every game a championship game, because one miss, you die,” said NU coach Roger Gorayeb.

The winner of the knockout match at 4 p.m. will advance against No. 2 La Salle, which totes a twice-to-beat advantage.

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Alfafara admits UST underestimated NU (February 27, 2015)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines – Mark Alfafara of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) saw his sensational performance go to waste after the Growling Tigers bowed to defending champions National University (NU) in the UAAP Season 77 men's volleyball Final Four last Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Alfafara scored a mind-boggling 37 points in four sets, but his efforts were not enough as UST lost 24-26, 26-28, 25-23, and 21-25.

Thanks to their twice-to-beat advantage, the second-seeded Tigers still have another chance on Saturday but Alfafara admitted that his team did not take the Bulldogs too seriously in Wednesday's match.

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PSL features Fil-foreign recruits (February 27, 2015)
[ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines - The third edition of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) set to fire off next month promises to be a slam-bang affair with Filipino-foreign recruits set to perk up the action and draw in bigger crowds to the venues.

League president Ramon “Tats” Suzara yesterday said that Filipino-foreign recruits would provide a serious challenge for the homegrown players when the PSL All-Filipino Conference opens on March 21 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Leading the pack of lovely newcomers are Fil-Swiss Jennifer Salgado, as well as Fil-Americans Alexa Micek, Kayla Williams, Maureen Loren and Iris Tolenada, who made her mark as the first San Francisco State University player to win the Most Valuable Player plum in the highly competitive California Collegiate Athletic Association.

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