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Ateneo stays undefeated with gutsy win over Adamson (January 29, 2015)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Ateneo's Bea De Leon returns the ball against Adamson. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines -- Defending champion Ateneo de Manila University blew hot and cold before finally stabilizing in the fifth set to claim a hard-earned 25-21, 17-25, 25-14, 22-25, and 15-10 victory over the Adamson University Lady Falcons in the UAAP Season 77 women's volleyball tournament Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Skipper Alyssa Valdez scored a season-high 30 points on 24 attacks and four aces to go along with 14 digs to lead the Lady Eagles to their ninth straight victory in the tournament.

"Adamson always gives us a good fight talaga," said Valdez, the reigning UAAP MVP. "Ever since nag-start ako maglaro ng collegiate volleyball, Adamson, 'yung defense nila is superb."

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Volleyball

MANILA -- The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) just gave the final verdict: No more Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF).

The FIVB formally recognized the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas (LVP) led by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) as the new governing body of the sport in the country.

POC vice president Joey Romasanta presented Wednesday the one-page letter dated January 27 from FIVB president Ary Graca, granting its provisionary blessing to the POC-assembled federation pending the staging of its election on or before February 15.

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UST huddles after scoring against NU. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines -- University of Santo Tomas (UST) overcame a slow start and went on to dominate National University (NU) to rack up its third consecutive victory in the UAAP Season 77 women's volleyball tournament Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Golden Tigresses trailed early but were energized by the entry of unheralded rookie Cherry Rondina, and went on to win 25-22, 25-19, and 25-18.

It was UST's third win in a row after a five-game losing streak to put its record at 4-5. The Tigresses have now forced a four-way tie for the third to sixth spots in the team standings along with NU, Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines.

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Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines – Defending champion Ateneo de Manila University looks to move closer to securing a sixth straight semi-finals appearance as it takes on the skidding Adamson University Wednesday in the UAAP Season 77 women's volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Reigning MVP Alyssa Valdez noted that while the Lady Falcons have lost three straight, they always play like there's no tomorrow against the Lady Eagles.

"Adamson, for sure, laging binibigyan ng magandang fight ang kalaban. As usual, si Coach Tai (Bundit), may plan siya na I hope, it would work," said Valdez.

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Volleyball

MANILA -- Denied the first time, Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals made sure that they will sit on the throne as the 90th NCAA men’s volleyball champion in their second try.

Season Most Valuable Player Howard Mojica dropped 28 points, all coming from power kills, to help the Generals pulverize the College of St. Benilde (CSB) Blazers 25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20 in the deciding Game 3 of the championship series held at The Arena in San Juan Monday.

EAC bucked a slow start and after yielding the second set, the Generals heated up in the next frames to complete a come-from-behind series win and raise their first title since joining the league in 2009.

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Tiamzon wants to bring UP to first semis in over a decade (January 27, 2015)
Mark Escarlote [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Nicole Tiamzon (No. 10) wants to lead the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons in the Final Four for the first time since Season 65. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA -- She may not be as popular and as flashy like her contemporaries from other big teams, but Nicole Tiamzon has been leading the University of the Philippines (UP) in its impressive run in the 77th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.

Her breakout performance this year for the undermanned Lady Maroons has put UP back in the radar as a Final Four contender. The Katipunan-based tossers are currently in fourth place in the standings with a 4-5 card, tied with Far Eastern University.

A big part of it is Tiamzon’s scoring prowess, averaging 15.7 points per game.

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Volleyball

Defending champion Ateneo de Manila University collected its eighth straight win in as many outings after beating National University (NU) in the 77th uaap women's volleyball tournament.

Reigning Most Valuable Player Alyssa Caldez was unstoppable with 20 points. And due to their solid net defense, the Lady Eagles also stopped 6-foot-4 Jaja Santiago of the Lady Bulldogs.

With the loss, NU slid to a 4-4 record.

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