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Will Fajardo bid UAAP goodbye?… Spelman impresses anew… V-League semis start

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LA Salle setter Kim Fajardo needs more time to decide whether to return to the Lady Spikers or skip her final year of eligibility in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.The incoming fifth year playmaker has earlier said that she will make her announcement after her stint in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship that ended last October 23.But when SPIN.ph caught up with her almost two  weeks later, Fajardo bared she needs more time to decide, possibly by December before the UAAP season begins.  spin.phF2 Logistics new import Hayley Spelma  deflected the credit despite drawing praise from coach Ramil de Jesus after the Cargo Movers bagged their first win after three outings in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix.The American import exploded for 30 points in her debut as F2 Logistics turned back Cignal, 21-25, 25-11, 24-26, 25-18, 15-11, on Thursday night at The Arena in San Juan.The veteran mentor, who paraded a complete lineup for the first time in three games, was comforted that he was able to find the right mix for his team, especially with Spelman in the middle. But the 25-year-old former USA juniors team member played down her role in the breakthrough win. spin.ph

HAYLEY Spelman carried F2 Logistics past Generika, 25-20, 25-22, 25-20, in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix at The Arena in San Juan on Saturday.Spelman had another big game after her 30-point debut with the Cargo Movers two days ago, as the American import banged in 23 points, from 21 kills and two blocks.  spin.ph

F2 Logistics once again leaned on the wholesale scoring of Hayley Spelman to take its second straight victory, beating hapless Generika, 25-20, 25-22, 25-20, in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Arena.With Spelman, who played for Team USA juniors and Altay VC Kazakhstan, unloaded 23 points for the Cargo Movers who have lost the first two matches without her.Mika Reyes added nine for F2 Logistics, while Ara Galang and Aby Marano chipped in seven apiece. Sports Inquirer

Pocari Sweat hopes to ride the momentum of its strong elimination round showing as it clashes with University of Santo Tomas in today’s start of the best-of-three semifinals showdown in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.The Lady Warriors topped the elims with a 6-1 record, capping their six-game win run with a 25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 25-14 victory over the Tigresses last Wednesday, making them the prohibitive favorites in their return match with the España-based squad at 6 p.m   Manila Times

Top seed Pocari Sweat, peaking just at the right time, eyes its second straight win over University of Santo Tomas (UST), this time at the start of their best-of-three semifinal showdown today in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.The Lady Warriors stake their six-game winning run against the Golden Tigresses in the second game at 6 p.m., after the opener of the other best-of-three pairing between the BaliPure Water Defenders and Bureau of Customs Transformers at 4 p.m.Pocari took the No. 1 spot last Wednesday when American Breanna Mackie led the way in the 25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 25-14 victory over UST.  Manila Bulletin Sports

MANILA, Philippines — The knockout rounds of the Reinforced Conference of the 13th season of the Shakey’s V-League is upon us.And it’s going to be a pair of explosive best-of-three match-ups that will start serving this Saturday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig.This match up will come down to which team is more steady and which bench can contribute more.Both teams, though veteran-laden, have shorter rotations than Pocari or University of Santo Tomas–the other squads in the semifinals. So the squad with more players contributing to the overall effort and play very good defense will likely win. Philstar

MANILA, Philippines — After a hard-fought preliminary round, the top teams are all set for the Final Four of the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference on Saturday at the PhilSports Arena.Riding a six-game winning streak, the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors hope to clinch a championship berth, as they face the import-less and all-collegiate crew of the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses in a best-of-three semifinal series.The Bali Pure Water Defenders believe they are peaking at the right time when they battle the Alyssa Valdez-backed Bureau of Customs Transformers in the other semifinal matchup. Abs Cbn News

AMERICAN import Kate Morrell led the way as Bali Pure bested Alyssa Valdez-led Bureau of Customs, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21, on Saturday in the opener of the best-of-three semifinals of the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.Morrell scored 20 points to push the Water Defenders to a step closer to the finals.”I’m excited, hopefully we can finish this in two, I think we have a good momentum,” said Morrell. Spin.Ph
Red-hot Pocari Sweat hopes to ride the crest of its six-game winning streak when the Lady Warriors joust with the spunky University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses in Game 1 of their 13th V-League Reinforced Conference best-of-three semifinals series at the PhilSports Arena on Saturday.The 6:00 p.m. match promises a sizzling battle between the two teams which clashed in the elims closing playdate just four days ago.  Abs Cbn Sports

MANILA, Philippines — Surging Petron Tri-Activ Spikers will try to strengthen their hold of the top spot in the Asics Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix, as they face upset-conscious Cignal at the FilOil Flying V Center on Saturday in San Juan. The Tri-Activ Spikers will lean on the attacking prowess of importStephanie Niemer who has been instrumental in leading her squad to a 3-0 record. Rallying behind Petron are defending champions Foton Tornadoes with a 2-0 win-loss card. Niemer topscored for her crew in its last outing against the RC Cola-Army Lady Troopers, whom they trounced in four sets, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19. The high-scoring volleybelle, who was part of PSL-F2 Logistics Manila that competed in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, finished with 24 points.  Abs Cbn News