With the new programs being set by the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) in full swing, one of its immediate goals is the formation of a solid national team pool not only in the seniors ranks, but across all age divisions as sanctioned by the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) and the FIVB.

This is the mandate of the PVF leadership that conducted the four-day national team tryouts a few weeks back, led by its president Karl Chan and its secretary general Rustico “Otie” Camangian, as well as officials from telecommunication giant PLDT; the staunchest supporter of the sport.

“This process not only aims to create a competitive team for both the men’s and women’s divisions in the (upcoming Singapore) SEA Games, but also to create a lasting national team program that will be discovering talents for the age group competitions,” Chan explained during the women’s tryouts at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium (NAS) in Manila.

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Shakey’s V-League champ has new setter (September 02, 2014)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]


With experienced setter Tina Salak hinting at retirement, newly minted Shakey’s V-League Open champion Army has turned to Jovelyn Gonzaga to take her place as the Lady Troopers seek more glory.

Gonzaga expressed readiness to fill the role which has proven to be crucial to the success of the Lady Troopers, who swept the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns for the title last Sunday.

“I’m ready and I’m always willing to learn,” said Gonzaga, who was so effective as an open spiker in Army’s successful run.

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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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