Santiago, Foton pound Amy’s Kitchen (June 29, 2016)
June Navarro [ Source: Inquirer ]

Foton. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

PETRON smothered Cignal, 25-14, 25-13, 27-25, Tuesday night to claim the solo lead in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Cuneta Astrodome.

Skipper Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Ces Molina each had 11 points for the Tri-Activ Spikers, who improved to  3-0.

Former Far Eastern standout Cherry May Vivas and University of Santo Tomas alumnus Mela Tunay each had six points for the HD Spikers, who dropped to 0-3.

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V-League semifinals too close to call (June 29, 2016)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Bali Pure celebrates a point in a Shakey’s V-League game. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

PHILIPPINE Air Force may be the fancied team after snatching the No. 1 spot on the last day of eliminations, but Air Force coach Jasper Jimenez doesn’t see it that way.

The Jet Spikers clash with Team Laoag—the only team that dealt them their lone defeat so far—at the start of the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference semifinals Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Although ranked No. 4, the Power Smashers stunned the Jet Spikers in straight sets, 25-14, 25-23, 25-23.

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Jaja Santiago leads hopefuls for world club tilt (June 25, 2016)
Marc Anthony Reyes [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

SIX-FOOT-FOUR Jaja Santiago has the inside track in the search for homegrown members of the Philippine team to the coming FIVB (international volleyball federation) Women’s Club World Championship.

According to sources, Santiago—more than just her height and skills—has shown a big fighting heart, which will be put to the test when the world’s top eight clubs clash against each other starting Oct. 18.

The 22-year-old Santiago is slowly being transformed into an open hitter from middle blocker so she can be useful in the flanks for the PH team, which will also be beefed up by taller foreign players, according to website volleyverse.com.

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Petron, RC eye share of Superliga top spot (June 25, 2016)
Marc Anthony Reyes [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

A SHARE of the lead is at stake when league favorites Petron and RC Cola-Army tangle with separate foes today in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference women’s volleyball at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Petron, the rebooted defending champion, will test Generika at 2 p.m., while four-time champ RC Cola-Army face Cignal at 4 p.m., hoping to match idle F2 Logistics’ 2-0 start.

The Tri-Activ Spikers are trying to strike it on their own minus the big stars they had when they swept their way to the crown last year.

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Pocari puts Shakey’s run on the line vs Bali Pure (June 25, 2016)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

FOUR teams figure in a pair of crucial matches on the penultimate day of the elimination round in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference today.

Pocari Sweat stakes its perfect run against the fancied Bali Pure as the two leaders clash for the No. 1 spot at 6:30 p.m. at Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

National University also targets at least a playoff for the last semifinal berth versus a University of the Philippines squad fighting for survival at 4 p.m.

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 F2 Logistics team captain Cha Cruz. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – F2 Logistics head coach Ramil de Jesus wants to see better performances from team captain Cha Cruz, who has continued to struggle for the Cargo Movers early in the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference.

Cruz had six points in F2 Logistics' straight sets win over Amy's Spikers on Thursday that hiked their record to 2-0, but the former De La Salle University star had several attack errors that breathed life into their opponents' game.

"Si Cha Cruz, siya 'yung team captain pero mas hirap siya," De Jesus said after the contest when asked who among his players still need to make adjustments.

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F2 Logistics overpowers Amy's for 2nd straight win (June 24, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Mika Reyes of F2 Logistics scores. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – F2 Logistics claimed the solo lead in the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference as they made short work of the young Amy's Kitchen squad, 25-13, 25-14, 25-23, Thursday at the Arena in San Juan.

The Cargo Movers cruised to victory in the first two sets, taking advantage of Amy's poor floor defense with Ara Galang and Kianny Dy taking turns scoring off powerful spikes and clever off-speed hits.

Amy's Spikers, however, came alive in the third set, opening up a 16-12 hit, thanks in part to errors from the Cargo Movers. Veterans Cha Cruz and Paneng Mercado, along with setter Kim Fajardo, all committed hitting errors that allowed Amy's to outscore them 10-1 in a stunning stretch.

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