Volleyball

 A teenage volleyball player for the Kazakhstan Under-19 team has become popular after being spotted in the Asian Championships held in Taiwan last week.

Sabina Altynbekova has attracted fans with her innocent doe-like features and petite build. She was instantly catapulted to internet stardom after photos and videos of her circulated online.

Reports rued that the teen was "too beautiful" for volleyball and viewers of the tournament focused on her rather than the matches. Even her coach reportedly admitted having difficulties with handling the team due to the attention.

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Lady Eagle leads V-League Open scorers (August 02, 2014)
Theodore P. Jurado [ Source: Journal ]

Volleyball

AS EXPECTED, Ateneo star Alyssa Valdez topped the scoring department at the end of the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference elimination round.

The reigning UAAP MVP made an awesome performance in the mid-season conference, highlighted by a pair of 30-point outings, to lead all comers with 185 points on 158 spikes, 15 service aces and 12 blocks.

But Valdez’s showing was put to naught, as the Lady Eagles could only muster two wins in seven games after the preliminaries, and the Katipunan-based spikers need to sweep all their quarterfinals games to advance.

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Cagayan rises above Ateneo in five sets (August 01, 2014)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines—Their wings may take them high, but not as high as the sun.

Defending their padded turf against the youngsters, the Cagayan Rising Suns dropped the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles in five sets, 16-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-27, 15-10, in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference at the Arena in San Juan Thursday evening.

Lady Eagles team captain Alyssa Valdez made an impressive kill in the fifth set but the referee ruled out the attempt giving the Cagayan the victory and an excellent 6-1 record, tied with the PLDT Home Telpad Turbo Boosters and the Philippine Army Lady Troopers.

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UP toughens up for thrilling win vs PNP (August 01, 2014)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines—The University of the Philippines Lady Maroons recorded their first ever victory in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference at the expense of the hard-luck Philippine National Police Lady Patrollers, 25-23, 24-26, 25-12, 26-24 at the Arena in San Juan Thursday afternoon.

Jewel Lai scored on a service ace to give the Lady Maroons their sole victory in the league for a 1-7 slate and end seventh in the eight-team standings.

PNP, on the other hand, finished dead-last in the heap as it failed to record a single victory in the tournament.

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Rising Suns seek tie for Shakey’s V-L top spot (July 31, 2014)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

A RESURGENT Cagayan Valley squad guns for a share of top spot when it tackles dangerous Ateneo today in the final elimination-round playdate of the Shakey’s V-League Season II Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

A win in the 4 p.m. match will pull the Lady Rising Suns  level with PLDT Home Telpad and Army at the top with identical 6-1 marks heading into the quarterfinals where records will be carried over.

Already out of contention, University of the Philippines and Philippine National Police hope to finish the tournament on a winning note when they take the floor at 2 p.m.

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Army fights off Ateneo, grabs share of V-League lead (July 30, 2014)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Army muffed several chances to close Ateneo out early before salvaging a 25-22, 25-13, 28-30, 20-25, 16-14 squeaker in the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Lady Troopers, fresh off their championship conquest in the Philippine Superliga last Saturday, blew three cracks at match point in the third set the last at 28-27 before outlasting the Lady Eagles in a thrilling fifth set behind Rachel Ann Daquis’ timely hits.

“The roles were reversed after we went up by two sets. All of a sudden they were able to receive and we couldn’t get our blocking going,” said Army head coach Rico de Guzman in Filipino.

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Air Force turns back NU to secure No. 4 (July 30, 2014)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Air Force repulsed National University, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22, Tuesday to secure the fourth spot heading into the quarterfinal round of the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Raiders made it look easy, dispatching the Lady Bulldogs, champions of last season’s First Conference, in straight sets, but their win wasn’t as smooth-sailing as it looked.

Air Force had to rally from three points down, 18-21, in the third set – capitalizing on NU’s errors – with six unanswered points to put itself at match point, 24-21.

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