Army sweeps Cagayan, wins V-League title (September 01, 2014)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]


MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Army braced for a Cagayan Valley fightback in Game 2.

But there was little resistance Sunday and the Lady Troopers needed only three sets to close the Lady Rising Suns out, 25-14, 25-7, 25-23, and capture the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference title Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Ann Daquis stood at the forefront of Army’s attack and wound up with 13 points apiece.

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Army tries to claim Shakey’s V-League crown (August 31, 2014)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]


A DETERMINED Army squad tries to wrap up the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference title today when it takes on Cagayan Valley in Game 2 of the finals at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Lady Troopers, who crushed the Lady Rising Suns in four sets last Thursday, shoot for a sweep of the series at 2:45 p.m. The game will be aired live on GMA News TV channel.

A deciding Game Three, if necessary, will be held on Sept. 7.

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 Cagayan’s Aiza Maizo (right) smashes one against Army’s Rachel Ann Daquis in the opener of their Shakey’s V-League Open Conferende title duel won by the Lady Troopers in four last Thursday.       JOEY MENDOZA JR.

MANILA, Philippines - Down in a short best-of-three series and against the most fancied team in the fold, Cagayan Valley coach remains upbeat of the Rising Suns chances but stresses the need for consistency to be able to stop the Army Lady Troopers from sweeping the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference crown.

The Rising Suns have faced near-elimination in the quarters but rose to the occasion and the defending champions expect to do the same tomorrow in Game Two of their best-of-three series for the mid-season conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s.

“Our reception was really bad and our defense upfront was on and off. We just need to be consistent,” said Pamilar in Pilipino. “I was also disappointed with how we collapsed in the fourth set, we just lost it completely in there.”

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Army conquers Cagayan in first match of V-League Finals (August 29, 2014)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]


MANILA, Philippines—It was absolute dominance for the Philippine Army Lady Troopers as they darkened the skies for the Cagayan Lady Rising Suns in four sets, 25-19, 18-25, 25-18, 25-5, at the first match of the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference at the Arena in San Juan Thursday evening.

With the preceding scores looking rather typical, the Lady Troopers were in formation for a blitzkrieg as they held the Lady Rising Suns to the lowest-ever scoring output in a Finals set.

Veteran Mary Jean Balse fired the last shot with a service ace to knock down the defending champion and gain a one match series lead in the best-of-three finals.

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 Daquis with her MVP plum. Jeff Venancio

Philippine Army's Rachel Ann Daquis bagged the Most Valuable Player award for the Shakey's V-League Open Conference this season.

Daquis, who averaged 12.4 points, 8.4 hits, 1.8 blocks, and 2.2 service aces in the conference, also bagged the Best Server award as she led the Lady Troopers to a finals clash with defending champions Cagayan Valley.

Daquis is the fifth MVP winner in Army, along with teammates Jovelyn Gonzaga, Ging Balse, Nerissa Bautista, and Michelle Carolino.

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Air Force shakes off poor start, finishes PLDT in four (August 29, 2014)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]


MANILA, Philippines—Starting off shaky in the opening set, the Philippine Air Force Air Spikers dropped the bombs on the PLDT Turbo Boosters in the succeeding frames to record a 16-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-12 victory in the first game of the best-of-three bronze medal series of the Shakey’s V-League at the Arena in San Juan Thursday afternoon.

Late reserve Liza de Ramos notched the victory, and her only point of the match, with a light tap that found the unguarded middle court of PLDT to finish off a brilliant fourth set for Air Force.

Alternate coach Jessie Lopez said the players adjusted well after their first set blunder as they played without head coach Clarence Esteban who got the marching orders from the higher-ups of the PAF to focus on the upcoming Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Games.

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Army, Cagayan start V-League title tiff (August 28, 2014)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]


MANILA, Philippines — Playing its potential for most of the tournament, Army wants to cap its dominance with a championship. Rising from the brink of elimination, Cagayan Valley is seeking a repeat of its triumphant campaign last year.

The Lady Troopers and Rising Suns start their best-of-three title series for the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference title Thursday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Army and Cagayan took different paths to put themselves in position to take the crown. While the Lady Troopers had an almost trouble-free ride back to the finals, the Lady Rising Suns had to endure a rough stretch to survive.

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