MANILA, Philippines – With a solid local crew and a pair of powerful imports, Pocari Sweat is brimming with confidence as it opens its campaign in the V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference next week.
"We're optimistic of our chances," Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella said ahead of the tournament, which formally opens on Saturday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
"Our imports arrived last month, and we've conducted team-building activities that strengthened our chemistry," Abella explained. "The team is in high spirits."
American open spiker Stephanie Niemer, touted to be an explosive hitter, only has one complaint about playing here in the Philippines: hot, humid weather.
“It’s pretty hot, I am sweating a lot. Pretty fought just with the heat and getting back into playing again after the summer,” said Niemer after Wednesday’s practice at Arellano Gym.
It’s understandable because she came from the United States and the last country she’s gone to was Azerbaijan.
MANILA, Philippines – Cignal looms as the heaviest contender when the 2016 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix fires off on October 8 at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.
After launching a major overhaul, the HD Spikers are tipped to dominate with the return of former Most Valuable Player (MVP) Venus Bernal and the recruitment of Janine Marciano, Stephanie Mercado, Mylene Paat, Lourdes Patillano and Filipino-American setter Shawna-Lei Santos.
They will be powered by 6-foot5 open spiker Laura Schaudt of the United States and Lynda Morales, who skippered the Puerto Rican national women’s team in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next year.
MANILA, Philippines – Defending champion Foton will have its hands full as it defends its championship in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix that opens on October 8 at the Arena in San Juan.
The Tornadoes recruited Dindin Santiago-Manabat to join her younger sister Jaja, Maika Ortiz, and Angeli Araneta at the middle position. Last year's MVP, Lindsay Stalzer, will be back as well and will conspire with Ariel Usher in another bid for the crown.
Calling the shots for Foton is Serbian coach Moro Branislav, who replaced Fabio Menta of Italy.
MANILA, Philippines – Michele Gumabao and Pocari Sweat are out to win another title even as Alyssa Valdez leads a new team when the V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference opens on Saturday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.
Gumabao and the Lady Warriors, competing in the V-League for the first time, triumphed in the Open Conference after beating Air Force in a sudden death showdown. But they expect a tougher outing this time with seven teams out to foil their bid in the season-ending conference.
They include newcomer Bureau of Customs, which has tapped Valdez to lead its team as it makes its V-League debut.
The Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference is scheduled to open on Saturday at Philsports Arena with power-hitting imports spicing up the season-ending tournament.
But eyes are also on the locals with Michelle Gumabao stays with Open conference champion Pocari Sweat while Alyssa Valdez joins newcomer Bureau of Customs.
The likes of Myla Pablo and Melissa Gohing also return for the Lady Warriors.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Superliga (PSL)-Manila team may have a rock solid unit, but expectations for the squad should still be tempered when it competes in the FIVB Women's Club World Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena from October 18 to 23.
A week after formally opening their training camp, the seven Filipina and seven foreign players are working to develop their chemistry inside and outside the court in preparation for the event.
Team captain Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga of RC Cola-Army, Frances Molina and Jen Reyes of Petron, Mika Reyes and Kim Fajardo of F2 Logistics, and Jaja Santiago of Foton all reported in top shape as they brace for an all-out war against some of the world's best players.