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Cainglet to team up with ex-rival Gumabao… Classes getting in the way of Rondina, Laure’s games… Petron falls to Foton


Team manager Eric Ty confirmed on Wednesday that the 25-year old spiker will join Pocari Sweat once she returns to action after giving birth to her second child, Fille Renee, last August 8. “I am very happy and I’m looking forward to welcoming Fille to our family,” said Ty. Cainglet will be joining a team that is coming off a championship with a lineup led by former La Salle star Michelle Gumabao, once a Cainglet rival during their days in the UAAP.


“Masaya sobra kasi kahit through our skills na binigay ni God nakatulong kami and nagpapasalamat kami kahit papaano, kahit ganun lang malaki yung impact,” said Rondina, who had 13 points for Team Palaban during the charity event. “Lawin” leveled Cagayan Province late last month that caused that death of more than a dozen people.


The Shakey’s V-League’s best players gathered—and did cartwheels at the request of the crowd—in Sunday night’s 2016 All-Star Game for the benefit of the victims of Typhoon Lawin in North Luzon. There were no trash talk or dagger staredown. But each tried to look her best. Dzi Gervacio and Michelle Gumabao literally did, wearing makeup while playing. “It’s good to see everybody have fun in doing something that’s worthwhile, I guess my team is young and full of energy,” said Team Palaban coach Kungfu Reyes of UST.


Volleyball superstar Michele Gumabao hopes the Shakey’s V-League will make the All-Star Game an annual affair following its initial staging on Sunday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig. “Siyempre kasi masaya naman siya panoorin. The All-Star of the different teams come together,” shared Gumabao after her team Palaban won the event over Alyssa Valdez’s Puso team. “Mas okay din kung lahat mabigyan ng opportunity or magkaroon din kami ng maraming teams, kasi ngayon konti lang kami. Iba pa rin yung mas maraming makalaro.” Fox Sports Asia


Jaja Santiago was making a killing at opposite position, Dindin Manabat at the middle, and import Lindsay Stalzer just about everywhere to underscore Foton’s dominance. “We can always get better but we just try to have fun every game,” said Stalzer, who drilled in 17 points, including one block and one ace. “It’s a confidence builder for the next game,” Stalzer added. “It’s going to be a battle and whoever battles the hardest will win. We’ll give it all we got.”


“At this period we are number one but at this moment my team is not yet ready (for semifinals),” he said. The 59-year old Serbian mentor is also concerned of his two University of Santo Tomas hitters Sisi Rondina and EJ Laure, who have been missing their games lately due to class, while Santiago sisters Dindin and Jaja are still struggling when switched to other positions.  “You see two players (Sisi and EJ) are not in maximum (top shape) and there’s a little problem for Ariel she has an injury and Dindin and Jaja are not yet ready for their position,” said Branislav.


Petron ran out of gas in the third set. The Tornadoes continually foiled Niemer’s attacks at the net, forcing Petron into errors and multiple miscues. The Tornadoes had the match midway through the fourth set with a 19-9 lead. After the match, Foton head coach Moro Branislav laid out the winning against Petron was not on his mind. “My team is number one in the league now, but the goal is to be number one after the season. My team, for my opinion, is not ready yet. Now we have a 10-day break we’ll use this time prepare for the semifinals,” said the Serbian mentor. Tiebreaker Times


“This time gusto lang namin maibalik lang ang winning tradition ng team,” said RC Cola Army coach Kungfu Reyes. “This time kasi kanya kanyang bitbit ng bawat isa so pang morale booster din ang panalo na ito.” “Hopefully makalusot kami sa laro sa Sunday, malamang (against) Generika, bakbakan na ‘yun kasi papasok ng semis,” he added. “Sabi ko sa kanila kalimutan na ang mga masasasmang nilaro, ‘yung mga lesson learned na nakuha namin ang ginagawa naming motivation para umakyat sa semis,” he added.


“Gusto talagang bigyan nang chance ‘yung mga locals namin kasi talagang kakailanganin sila sa mga susunod na laban. Hanggang saan lang namin kami kayang dalhin ng imports namjn kaya kami dapat ang magdala sa kanila,” said Army head coach Kungfu Reyes. The Lady Troopers figure in a do-or-die contest on Sunday at the PhilSports Arena, taking on the Generika Lifesavers. Army took the season series from Generika 2-0, but Reyes insisted had to perform better or else miss the semifinals. “Pataas ang performance ng Generika at palaban talaga sila kaya hindi kami puwedeng basta-basta lang sa kanila,” added Reyes. Fox Spors Asia


F2 coach Ramil de Jesus said the desire to win comes from the players themselves. And it showed. “We’re not doing anything special, they (players) just told me that they wanted to win,” said De Jesus. “So I’m doing my best in guiding them to achieve that goal.”


“Although we don’t have a chance for the third spot anymore, we will still do our best to win over F2 Logistics [and Cignal this week] to gain momentum in the playoffs,” said RC Cola-Army coach Kungfu Reyes.


“Sa lahat ng aspects, maganda ang nilaro ng mga bata kanina kaya na-impress ako,” said F2 Logistics head coach Ramil de Jesus. The Cargo Movers turned up the heat in the already humid arena through their excellent services. F2 Logistics torched Army with 17 service aces. Unable to pass the entire match, the Lady Troopers had no shot at the lead, falling hard and quickly. F2 Logistics reinforcement Hayley Spelman towed in 17 points off 14 attacks and three aces. Sydney Kemper chipped in 10 points off six kills and four aces. Tiebreaker Times


San Sebastian coach Roger Gorayeb, who returns after missing his team’s first couple of games due to a trip abroad, warned his wards not to take the winless Letran team lightly. “In this league, we can’t underestimate any opponent and its the reason I kept telling the players to stay focused,” said Gorayeb.


“If we can play aggressive from start to finish, not just in the latter part of the game, we’ll be okay,” said Carino. In men’s play, Mapua guns for the top spot as it squares off with St. Benilde at 2:30 p.m. The Cardinals zoomed to an early share of the lead with San Beda after defeating Jose Rizal in three sts and San Sebastian in four.


With the first two sets going one-sided, Arellano head coach Obet Javier fielded in his second stringers in the final frame. “Maganda naman yung [laro nila]. Kasi meron naman silang kanya-kanyang role eh,” he commented. Jovielyn Prado paced the Chiefs with 12 points, eight coming from attacks. Erica Calixto chipped in eight markers, most of which kept the Legarda lady-based spikers ahead in the final set. Tiebreaker Times