BIÑAN CITY, Philippines – Foton had to thread the proverbial eye of a needle before escaping with a dramatic 25-16, 25-20, 22-25, 19-25, 15-9 victory over Philips Gold yesterday in the 2015 Philippine Superliga (PSL) women’s volleyball tournament All-Filipino Conference at the Alonte Sports Arena here.
Patty Orendain delivered the crucial hits while Royce Estampa provided the spark for the Tornadoes, who snapped a three-game losing streak and moved closer to the second outright semifinals berth of this prestigious inter-club tourney organized by Sports Core and supported by Asics, Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller Sports Medicine, Via Mare, LGR and Heathway Medical.
Foton now fashions a 4-4 win-loss card, half-a-game behind Shopinas, which was playing at press time.
THE BATTLE for the last outright slot in the semifinals intensifies as teams behind runaway leader Petron mix it up to improve their respective rankings today in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.
Shopinas (4-3) and Philips Gold (4-4), the closest pursuers to the leaders, clash with Cignal (1-6) and Foton (3-4), respectively.
Petron dangles its 8-0 slate at 2:30 p.m. against Mane ‘n Tail (2-5), the only team to force the Blaze Spikers to a five-setter so far.
MANILA, Philippines -- Fil-Jap Rissa Sato was recently named into the Philippine women's team representing the country in the Asian Under-23 Volleyball Championships set May 1-10 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City and Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
Sato, a center spiker who had undergone residency with Ateneo to play in the UAAP, was named into the team as a replacement to Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who begged off because she decided to play in a local beach volleyball tournament in Boracay instead.
"She (Sato) showed up this week and she has a passport and she said she wants to play for the Philippines," Philippine coach Roger Gorayeb told The STAR yesterday. "She's not as tall as Dindin but she has a quick hands, moves fast and can play defense and offense."
Head coach Roger Gorayeb named his lineup – although missing one name – to the Asian Women’s Under-23 Championship.
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Gorayeb said that although Fajardo verbally said she is interested in joining the team, she is requesting a letter to Philippine Army where she recently signed up. The veteran head coach hopes that she will show up Friday for practice for the lineup to finally be complete.
Petron sustained its unbeaten run by crushing Foton, 25-19, 25-20, 25-14, while Shopinas routed Mane ‘N Tail, 25-23, 25-20, 25-16, Thursday night in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Cuneta Astrodome.
Assured of a semifinal spot, the Blaze Spikers played like everything was on the line, unleashing all the weapons at their disposal to send the Tornadoes reeling to their fourth loss in seven games.
Petron, which clinched win No. 8, briefly found itself trailing in the second set at 4-8 before Aby Maraño backstopped a rally that overwhelmed Foton.
Pushed to the limit, Philippine Navy brandished its attacking depth to nip Fourbees-Perpetual Help, 23-25, 25-12, 25-15, 20-25, 15-11, Thursday night for its second win in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Lilet Mabbayad fired 22 hits to lead four other Lady Sailors in double-digits as Navy snapped a two-game skid and improved to 2-2.
It was Navy’s first victory since the Lady Sailors swept Coast Guard last April 5.
Groping for form, Philippine Navy tries to get its campaign back on track against Fourbees-Perpetual Help Thursday in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Arena.
The Lady Sailors have lost two straight games after overpowering Philippine Coast Guard in the season opener.
But Navy sets out as slight favorites in the 4 p.m. clash against a Fourbees squad riding high on a win over Coast Guard last week.