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BaliPure, BOC seek V-L semis

Games Today (Philsports Arena, Pasig City) 12:30 p.m. – Air Force vs IEM (men’s) 4 p.m. – Customs vs Coast Guard (women’s) 6 p.m. – BaliPure vs Laoag (women’s) Customs and BaliPure try to book the last two semifinal berths as they take on separate rivals today in the Shakey's V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig. The BOC Transformers collide with still winless Coast Guard Lady Dolphins at 4 p.m. with the former determined to improve their 3-2 card. The Water Defenders, on the other hand, are out to gain a share of second place with Pocari Sweat when they tangle with the Laoag Power Smashers at 6 p.m. BaliPure is on a roll, winning its last three games after dropping its opening game. Its latest win was a 25-13, 25-23, 25-17 triumph over …

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Kobe hands PSL-F2 fourth straight loss

Hisamitsu Springs Kobe dealt PSL-F2 Logistics a stinging 25-15, 25-18, 25-21 setback yesterday, relegating the local entry into a battle for seventh place on the penultimate day of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championships at the Mall of Asia Arena. It was the fourth defeat in as many matches for PSL-F2 which tried its best to give the audience a treat but was simply overpowered by the opposition. PSL-F2 will attempt to barge into the win column when it squares off with Bangkok Glass for seventh slot after the Thai squad got dumped by Rexona-Sesc Rio, 25-19, 25-15, 25-20. Hisamitsu Springs, for its part, clashes with Rexona-Sesc for a chance at fifth place. Import Lindsay Stalzer led PSL-F2 with 15 points, but it was not enough to topple the fancied Japanese entry. Yuki Ishii …

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Pinoy setter stands tall

PSL-F2 Logistics Manila has dropped its first two matches in the ongoing 2016 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship, but one player still earned the admiration of several topnotch coaches. Pomi Casalmaggiore Coach Giovanni Caprara was one of the instant admirers of former La Salle star Kim Fajardo with her wily plays. “I liked a lot the setter (Fajardo) because I thought she played incredible in executing their fast attacks,” said Caprara after guiding her team to a 25-19, 25-15, 25-21win last Thursday. “Even when they were on transition from a dig, she still managed to make plays in the middle and sometimes, it was difficult for us to counter,” he added. Pomi Casalmaggiore skipper Valentina Tirozzi echoed Caprara’s observation on Fajardo. “Your setter is really good. She set a lot of attacks and we …

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Vitra Istanbul trips Rexona-Sesc

Games Today (Mall of Asia Arena) 4 p.m. – VakifBank Istanbul vs Bangkok Glass 7 p.m. – PSL-F2 Logistics Manila vs Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul Defending champion Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul survived Rexona-Sesc Rio’s spirited challenge and pulled off a thrilling 25-27, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 15-11 victory to bolster its semis bid in the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Tijana Boskovic shone brightest for the reigning champions as she shattered Rexona’s defense time and again with her powerful spikes aside from helping herb team build a rock-solid defense. A member of the Serbian team that won silver in the Rio Olympics, Boskovic finished with 28 points built on 20 attacks, seven blocks and an ace, while American national team member Jordan Larson-Burbach and Tatiana Kosheleva added 15 points each. Vitra …

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Zurich, Istanbul score in World volley opener

Games Today (Mall of Asia Arena) 4:30 p.m. – Volero Zurich vs Hisamitsu Springs Kobe 7:30 p.m. – Pomi Casalmaggiore vs Rexona Secs Rio Using its height advantage to the hilt, Swiss powerhouse Volero Zurich dismantled Bangkok Glass, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23, yesterday to kick off the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. VakifBank Istanbul joined Volero in the win column by beating Hismitsu Springs Kobe, 25-15, 25-15, 29-31, 25-18, as Chinese Zhu Ting showed why she was the  Most Valuable Player in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Ting exploded with 28 points built on 17 kills, nine blocks and two aces for VakifBank. Helping her were Dutch Lonneke Sloetjes and Serbian Milena Rasic who scored 18 and 17 points, respectively. The tournament, featuring eight clubs from various cities of …

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F2 Logistics battles Rio in Women’s Club opener

Games Today (Mall of Asia Arena) 10 a.m. – Vakifbank Istanbul vs Hisamitsu Springs 1 p.m. – Volero Zurich vs Bangkok Glass 4:30 p.m. – Pomi Casalmaggiore vs Eczacibasi Vitra 7:30 p.m. – PSL-F2 Logistics Manila vs Rexona-Sesc Rio PSL-F2 Logistics Manila hopes to make a good impression against some of the world’s best clubs when the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship reels off today at the Mall of Asia Arena. Composed of seven locals and seven foreigners, PSL-F2 Logistics opens its campaign against Rexona-Sesc Rio at 7:30 p.m. to conclude a four-game bill of the competition that is expected to give local fans a glimpse of high-quality volleyball action. The seven locals comprising the squad are from teams seeing action in the Philippine Superliga in team captain Rachel Anne Daquis, Mika Reyes, Kim Fajardo, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Ces …

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UST seeks semis vs Customs

Games Today (The Arena, San Juan City) 12:30 p.m. – Cignal vs Champion (men’s) 4 p.m. – Customs vs UST (women’s) 6 p.m. – UP vs Pocari (women’s)   Streaking University of Santo Tomas guns for the first semifinal berth today when it squares off with a dangerous Bureau of Customs side in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference at The Arena in San Juan City. A victory for the Tigresses in their 4 p.m. confrontation with the Alyssa Valdez-powered BOC Transformers would not only extend their unbeaten run to five games, but would also earn them a spot into the next round. Composed of an all-Filipino collegiate lineup, UST expects a tough match as Customs boasts of two Thai reinforcements and, of course, the versatile Valdez. The BOC Transformers are also aching to regain their composure following …

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Valdez foiled by ex-teammates

Alyssa Valdez and her former teammates at Ateneo have a special relationship – they treat each other like members of one big family. Despite their bonding, they were all business when they clashed against each other late Wednesday in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference with Valdez now playing for newcomer Bureau of Customs, while her ex-Ateneo teammates were playing for BaliPure. The BaliPure Water Defenders harbored no ill-feeling towards Valdez, but they played with more fire and passion that they prevailed over Valdez’s Customs, 26-24, 25-21, 25-21 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City. Imports Kaylee Manns and Katie Morrell provided big help but the one that helped BaliPure secure the win was the familiarity of the past and present Ateneo players’ with the moves of their idol. That’s mainly the reason …

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Army tossers trip Generika

RC Cola Army made its presence felt as it hacked out a 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-19 victory over Generika Tuesday night in the 2016 Asics Philippine Superliga Grand Prix presented by PLDT Home Ultera at The Arena in San Juan City. The Lady Troopers banked on the experience of former Most Valuable Player Jovelyn Gonzaga to beat the hard-fighting Generika squad. Gonzaga proved she’s still one of the country’s dependable open hitters by scoring 14 points highlighted by 12 kills. Gonzaga also stepped up in the non-scoring department by posting 19 digs. Hailie Ripley was equally impressive for the Lady Troopers by contributing 13 points with four blocks and two aces, while former University of Perpetual Help standout Royse Tubino posted 11 attacks for 12 points. American reinforcement Kierra Holst, an open hitter who campaigned …

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Valdez goes up against former teammates today

Games Today (Philsports Arena, Pasig City) 12:30 p.m. – 100 Plus vs IEM (men’s) 4 p.m. – Laoag vs Air Force (women’s) 6 p.m. – BaliPure vs Customs (women’s) Alyssa Valdez will probably find herself in an awkward position when her team, Bureau of Customs, faces BaliPure in today’s Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference game at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City. But mostly, she said, it’s going to be fun. Across the net are familiar faces, and not only that, they are mostly her friends since BaliPure will have her former teammates in Ateneo as core. “It’s going to be fun and challenging at the same time, kasi syempre, we know each other on and off the court,” said Valdez, who led her team past Laoag last week, scoring 39 points in their 18-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-21, …

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