Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines survived Australia in a five-set war to earn its first win in the 18th Asian Women's Under-19 Volleyball Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Sunday.

The young Filipinas overcame a slow start and came through with a 15-25, 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 15-11 victory in Group D.

University of the East's Mary Anne Mendrez and National University's Jasmine Nabor had 18 points each, including a combined 30 kills.

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 Petron's Frances Molina. ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Petron's Frances Molina became the sixth player to earn a "golden ticket" to the Philippine Superliga (PSL) team that will compete in the FIVB Women's Club World Championship on October 18-23 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Molina was awarded the golden ticket on Sunday by PSL president Ramon Suzara and training director Sammy Acaylar ahead of the All-Filipino Conference game between F2 Logistics and RC Cola-Army at the Arena in San Juan.

The 21-year-old open hitter gained valuable international experience during the AVC Asian Women's Club Championship in 2015 and the Thai-Denmark Super League in Bangkok earlier this year.

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 F2 Logistics defeats Army in straight sets. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – One day after laboring to a five-set victory over RC Cola-Army, F2 Logistics made quick work of the Lady Troopers, 25-16, 25-12, 25-15, in the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.

In the final day of the elimination round on Saturday, the Cargo Movers nearly squandered a two-set advantage before pulling out a fifth-set win over Army, but there was no such let-up this time around for the young team as they secured their first win in second round of the tournament.

Mika Reyes led F2 Logistics with 12 points on nine kills, while Cha Cruz had 10 points.

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 Standard Insurance-Navy kicked off its second round campaign with a straight sets win over Amy's. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Pau Soriano led the charge as Standard Insurance-Navy pounced on the erratic play of a young Amy's team to pull off a 25-17, 25-9, 25-14 win in the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.

Soriano had 11 points and two aces to finish with 13 points, while Florence Madulid and Lilet Mabbayad had nine and seven, respectively, as the Corvettes claimed their first win in the single-round classification battle for fifth to eighth place.

Standard Insurance-Navy failed to advance to the semi-finals of the tournament, but the players remain motivated and played to the best of their abilities against Amy's, said head coach Nene Chavez.

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Maizo-Pontillas fuels Petron's domination of Navy (July 24, 2016)
Mark Escarlote [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Lefty Aiza Maizo-Pontillas of Petron scores a kill over through the defense of Standard Insurance-Navy.

Petron vented its ire on Standard Insurance-Navy to rebound from a setback the last time out with an empathic 25-16, 25-18, 25-19 win to build momentum heading to the next round of the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

Veteran hitter Aiza Maizo-Pontillas smashed 13 kills with a pair of service aces for game-high 15 points to lead the Tri-Activ Spikers to its fifth win in seven games to end the first round of eliminations at third spot behind league-leading RC Cola-Army and F2 Logistics, who are still playing as of posting time.

Maica Morada added 13 markers while Benadeth Pons, Remy Palma and Frances Molina scored nine points each for Petron, which is in Group A in the next round bunched with Army, F2 Logistics and Foton.

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Cignal shuts down Amy's for second win (July 24, 2016)
Mark Escarlote [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Jannine Navarro of Cignal hits a spike over Coleen Bravo and Christine Sto. Domingo of Amy's.

Cignal dodged a third set collapse to salvage its second win to end the preliminary round of the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference women’s volleyball tournament on a high note Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

The HD Spikers added more woes to the hapless Amy’s Kitchen-Perpetual Spikers, 25-21, 25-12, 25-21, to carry momentum heading into the second round classification phase for teams that finished the first round at the bottom four.

Head coach Sammy Acaylar said that he is far from satisfied with their win that gave Cignal a 2-5 win-loss record tied with the Generika Lifesavers, the only other team beaten by Cignal.

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F2 Logistics outlasts RC Cola-Army (July 24, 2016)
Marc Anthony Reyes [ Source: Inquirer ]

F2 Logistics. INQUIRER.net PHOTO/TRISTAN TAMAYO

The game hyped as the preview of the championship played out to be just that Saturday night.

And it was F2 Logistics’ newly discovered weapon of spunk and speed that prevailed over RC Cola-Army’s deliberate, slow-burn game for a thrilling 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, 26-28, 15-10, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.

The roaring full-capacity crowd at FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City and the stirring buzz it created on social media practically established them to be the league’s marquee rivalry.

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