Rondina catches fire, drops 26 markers in Petron’s come-from-behind win against Cignal

Sisi Rondina’s name is almost always synonymous to the word clutch.ย When it matters the most, she will deliver. And she does it perfectly timed.

Down two sets to nothing versus Cignal, Petron showed composure in the third set and gained the needed momentum to extend the game in five sets.

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It was during this time that Rondina unearthed what she does best – providing the needed spark when it mattered the most.

The reigning UAAP most valuable player, who just came fresh from a Korea trip, totaled 26 points built from 23 attacks, two blocks, and an ace.

During the crucial juncture of the match, Rondina told her older teammates “Ates, I got your back” and she sure did as she scored two of Petron’s last three points, including the game-winner, which saw a crack in Cignal’s wall, to send her team to their eight win of the conference to take a good hold of the solo second.

For Rondina, no game is won by getting the first two sets, so this mentality led her and her team to bounce back from deep down the abyss. She added that their happy demeanor inside the court likewise helped the team ease the tension and pressure.

“Ang sabi ko lang sa mga teammates ko: “Ates, I got your backs.” Ilalaban ko ito,” Rondina said.

“Sabi ko naman sa kanila hindi pa ‘yan nakakatungtong ng 15, kayang-kayang pa nating manalo. Walang titigil, play happy lang, ‘yan sabi ko sa kanila kanina,” she added.

Rondina and the rest of the Blaze Spikers seek to continue their winning ways when they play PLDT Home Fibr on July 25.

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Petron comes back to life from two sets down to trash Cignal in five sets

Down two sets to nothing, Petron came back to life to survive Cignal in five sets, 17-25, 21-25, 25-11, 25-17, 15-10, in the second round of the Philippine SuperLiga All-Filipino Conference at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

It was a nip-and-tuck battle in the fifth set before Sisi Rondina caught fire in the latter part, scoring two of Petron’s last three points, including the game-winning off-the-block kill. Rondina totaled 26 points for this game off 23 attacks, two blocks, and an ace.

This Petron victory is their second five-setter win, incidentally also against the same team, Cignal.

Despite starting slow and dropping the first two sets in favor of the HD Spikers, the Blaze Spiker showed championship composure and rallied back to life behind the trio of Rondina, Bernadeth Pons, and Ces Molina.

 

The victory gives the Blaze Spikers their eight victory of the season, enough to get hold of the solo second spot. Up next for the defending champions are the PLDT Home Fibr on July 25.

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No room for complacency for F2 Logistics in the second round, Ara Galang says

As they clinched their eight-consecutive victories in the Philippine SuperLiga All-Filipino Conference after dominating Sta. Lucia, Ara Galang said the Cargo Movers should not give a room for complacency at this juncture of the conference.

The open hitter was instrumental in their come-from-behind win in the first set against the Lady Realtors as she scored points from the wings, including the set-winning cross-court kill, 25-22.

But the former UAAP most valuable player (MVP) said their current winless state is not a reason for them to slack off, instead play their A-game in every team they face.

For her, the early diesel start against Sta. Lucia is a wake-up call for the team to play the kind of pace they do in practice and not depend on their opponent’s stride.

“Noong first set kasi out of focus kami. Nag-compose lang kami and unti-unti at one point at a time humabol kami. Tapos noong second set, ginalaw lang namin kung ano ang dapat,” said Galang, who scored 11 points fromย nine attacks and two blocks.

As they move within striking distance in the elimination rounds, Galang hopes that the team maintains their top form to achieve their goal.

“Siguro ma-maintain lang namin โ€˜yung nasa top kami, medyo mahirap siya pero kailangan lang ng disiplina. At no room for complacency din,” Galang mentioned.

Fil-Hawaiian import Kalei Mau, meanwhile, echoed Galang’s statements and said the team needs to start strong.

According to Mau, this could be largely because the team has not played since Thursday of last week. She, however, clarified that it is not an excuse for them to lax.

“I think a part of it was we havenโ€™t played since last Thursday, but I donโ€™t want to make that an excuse. But kinda weโ€™re taking off the rust,” she said.

“I think itโ€™s just we gotta make sure that we start off strong. Once we get the rhythm and the momentum, I think weโ€™re pretty hard to crack. Thatโ€™s one thing weโ€™re gonna focus on the next few games,” she added.

Galang and Mau will try to pace F2 Logistics yet again as they face Foton on July 25 for their next assignment.

 

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F2 Logistics shrugs off diesel start, asserts mastery over Sta. Lucia to remain unbeaten

F2 Logistics shrugged off a slow start and asserted their mastery over Sta. Lucia, 25-22, 25-3, 25-12, in the second round of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center, today.

Just like their first meeting, the Cargo Movers flexed its muscles against the Lady Realtors in straight-sets.

After being down by as much as nine in the early part of the set, F2 Logistics leaned on Ara Galang as the open hitter unleased from her zone, including the set-winning cross-court kill, 25-22.

Unlike the first set, F2 Logistics did not let Sta. Lucia regains momentum as the former limited the latter to three points in the second set. The third set, meanwhile, saw a glimpse of fight from the Lady Realtors but the Cargo Movers were just too good to be true.

Open hitter Kalei Mau scored 12 attacks and an ace while Ara Galang chipped nine attacks, and two blocks to combine for 24 points for the Cargo Movers side, who now remains unbeaten in eight games.

The Cargo Movers limited their error-production to four while scoring more points on attacks (43-26), blocks (9-3), and aces (8-4).

They will next face Foton on July 25.

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Petron grabs solo second after sweep of Sta. Lucia

Petron Blaze Spikers wrapped up the first round on a high note after dealing Sta. Lucia with a harsh reality, 25-12, 25-16, 25-17, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Alonte Sports Center.

The defending champions showed their fangs from the very get-go and never let the Lady Realtors poise for a comeback behind Rhea Dimaculangan’s excellent play-making, utilizing all her possible options.

The win puts the Blaze Spikers to a comfortable position on solo second with a 6-1 win-loss card at the end of the first round. Their sole loss came from archrival F2 Logistics.

For setter Dimaculangan, Petron still has a lot to work on if they want to defend their title. She said all teams are stepping up big time so they also need to tighten their skills set.

“Siguro unti-unti [nang bumabalik ‘yung old form ng Petron] pero kulang pa rin,” said Dimaculangan, who paced the team with 17 excellent sets on top of her three points.

“Actually lahat ng teams lahat competitive so lahat dapat pare-pareho ‘yung preparations namin,” she added.

Rem Palma led the charge for the Blaze Spikers as she tallied eight points in three sets from five attacks and three blocks.

Against the Lady Realtors, the Blaze Spikers dominated all scoring departments as they scored more attacks (37-22), blocks (6-3), and aces (6-3.)

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Robins-Hardy stars with 13 points as Cignal halts four-game losing skid

Coming into the game with low morale due to a four-game losing skid, the Cignal HD Spikers were finally able to go back to the win column after beating Marinerang Pilipina in straight sets, 25-14, 25-22, 27-25, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Alonte Sports Center.

Behind this resurgence is no less than Cignal’s attacking-setterย Alohi Robins-Hardy who paced the HD Spikers with 13 points and eight excellent sets.

Despite starting the conference on a high note, clinching a two-game winning skid with separate wins against Sta. Lucia and PLDT, the HD Spikers saw a dip in their performance as they lost four consecutive at the hands of Petron, F2 Logistics, Generika-Ayala, and Foton.

All these, though, are already a thing in the past, and Cignal vows to even do more come the second round. They ended the first round of eliminations with a 3-4 win-loss card to tie Foton at the fourth place.

For Robins-Hardy, what lacks the team in their strings of losses is their communication inside the court. Good thing, they got it back before sinking even deeper in the standings.

“I think just sticking together as a team and communicating with each other about sets, about defense. I think communication is key,” the national team member said.

The Fil-Hawaiian setter vows that Cignal will bounce back and will win for their supporters.

“I think just like I said before sticking together even more, wanting more to win the games, and coming to games with heart and desire to win,” Robins-Hardy said.

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Creamline a win away from reclaiming Reinforced Conference crown, survives Petro Gazz in four

Despite dropping the highly-contested first set, Creamline still drew first blood against Petro Gazz, 24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 25-22, in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals game of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference today at the Filoil Flying V Center.

The Cool Smashers shrugged off a slow start in the first set and woke up just in time to win the succeeding sets to put them a win away from reclaiming their Reinforced Conference crown.

Petro Gazz tried to extend the match in five sets as their reinforcement Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson dictated the phase earlier for a 17-14 lead.

The Cool Smashers, however, maintained their cool and scored consecutive points before Petro Gazz’ middle blocker Cherry Rose Nunag was called for an overreaching violation to hand Creamline the victory.

It was a neck-and-neck battle at the onset of the fourth set between the two teams, where both of them exchanged blows, putting the game on several deadlocks.

Kuttika Kaewpin paced Creamline with 21 points built from 18 kills and three aces. She also had 16 digs for a double-double performance.

Jonshon and Salas, meanwhile, were the brigh spots for Petro Gazz who had 20 and 18 markers respectively. The Angels, however, committed 31 errors in four sets, which largely contributed to their loss.

Game 2 of this series will be played on Saturday in the same venue.

Photo Credit to Sports Vision Facebook Page

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Rondina stars in Petron’s onslaught versus PLDT Home Fibr

She surely is reinvigorated after her well-deserved trip to Japan for a vacation.

Sisi Rondina delivered for Petron yet again as the high-flying spiker scored 11 points off 10 attacks and a block in the Blaze Spikers’ domination of PLDT Home Fibr, 25-16, 29-27, 25-22, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference held at the Malolos Gym, Bulacan.

Despite playing only two full sets as she came off the bench, the Cebuana still managed to play her A-game.

Rondina missed two games since she had a trip to Japan as an incentive for her better showing during the UAAP Season 81.

As soon as she was subbed in during the second set – much to the delight of the crowd – all that was running into her head was to contribute for her team.

And rightly so.

“Sobrang thankful kasi despite na wala ako the past games, love pa rin nila ako. Sabi naman ni coach, binigyan kami ng trabaho, ginagawa lang namin ‘yung trabaho namin and we give our best talaga,” Rondina said.

 

“Gusto kong tumulong at gusto ko talagang maglaro sa kung saan man ako nakacommit lalong-lalo na sa teammates ko at team Petron. Thankful ako kasi ganoon sila kasupportive sa akin,” she added.

 

While they were outscored in the blocks (7-9) and service departments (5-6), Petron leaned on their attacking prowess as Rondina, Ces Molina, and Mika Reyes towed Petron to their fourth victory for this conference.

On Tuesday, the Blaze Spikers will face Generika-Ayala for their sixth game in the conference.

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Foton keeps Marinerang Pilipina winless, attains win number three

Foton attained win number three as they kept Marinerang Pilipina winless, 27-25, 25-15, 25-20, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Bulacan Sports Complex.

Unlike their last game against PLDT Home Fibr, the Lady Tornadoes are more composed and collected as they made quick work of the Lady Skippers in straight-sets.

Setter Gyzelle Sy also lauded the team for their display of mental toughness. For her, this character was not present during the PLDT game.

“Siguro para sa akin ‘yung mental toughness namin kasi noong against PLDT once na nalalamangan kami, medyo bumibitaw na ‘yung team. Kailangan naming i-improve ‘yung mental toughness namin,” Sy said, who had 18 excellent sets and four aces.

Foton lead Marinerang Pilipina in attacks, where they scored 38 points as opposed to 28 of the Lady Skippers. But what spelled the difference was Foton’s blocking as they had 13 kill blocks in three sets.

The Lady Tornadoes are up against Cignal on Tuesday.

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Lymareva-Flink’s 31-point explosion not enough to lift Pacifictown-Army past Creamline in semis Game 1

It is just another day in the office for Olena Lymareva-Flink.

The Ukranian reinforcement of the Pacifictown-Army had yet another monstrous performance, tallying 31 big points off 25 attacks, four aces, and two blocks.

Her numbers, however, were not enough to tow her squad to a victory as the Creamline Cool Smashers got the better of them in four sets to draw first blood in their best-of-three semifinals game.

Lymareva-Flink did not show any signs of fatigue in the entire game asย  she was seen trying to lift up the mood of the Lady Troopers, even singlehandedly carrying the team in the third set.

But her efforts seemed futile as the Lady Troopers bowed down to the more composed Cool Smashers squad.

The Ukranian got ample support from Honey Royse Tubino and fellow reinforcement Jenelle Jordan who chipped in 14 and 10 points, respectively.

The open hitterโ€™s monstrous performance is not the first as she consistently played well during the duration of the preliminaries.

After the elimination rounds, Lymareva-Flink ranked third in scoring with 186 points built from 164 spikes, 19 aces, and three blocks. She is theย  third best server. fifth best spiker, and sixth best receiver.

The Lady Troopers seek to bounce back and extend the series as they meet the Cool Smashers again on Saturday at the Ynares Gym in Antipolo.

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Creamline gets the better of Pacifictown to draw first blood in their semis match-up

The Creamline Cool Smashers are a win away in booking a finals ticket in the Premier Volleyball League after getting the better of Pacifictown Army in Game 1 of the semis,ย 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, at the Filoil Flying V Center.

Even after dropping the third set for a fourth set extension, the Cool Smashers sustained the energy they have from the get-go as they leaned on the duo of Alyssa Valdez and Thai reinforcement Kuttika Kaepwin.

Creamline survived two cardiac sets as the Lady Troopers tried to make a comeback in sets one and two, to no avail as the Cool Smashers regained momentum.

The win also marked Creamline’s 10th straight victory after opening the conference with a loss from the hands of Petro Gazz.

Kaewpin led all scorers with 21 attack points to tow the defending champions past the eager Pacifictown squad.

 

Game 2 will be played on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.

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Petron escapes Cignal in five as Molina drops 21 markers to get back to win column

Bounce back big time!

Petron escaped a gutsy Cignal squad, 25-20, 18-25, 25-16, 25-16, 16-25, 16-14, to bounce back from their sorry loss last time in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Muntinlupa Sports Center today.

Down 14-11 in the fifth and possible back-to-back losses, the Blaze Spikers’ team captain Ces Molina had other things in mind as she led the come-from-behind win, scoring her last four points of two blocks and two attacks in the most crucial part of the game.

The defending champions looked disgruntled in the fifth as Cignal’s Mylene Paat scored twice from a drop shot in the same spot, but Molina just came in the rescue as the former San Beda standout shut the door against Paat’s attacks twice before scoring two spikes to end the match, 16-14.

Petron came from a four-set beating at the hands of archrival F2 Logistics, but their win versus Cignal could just be the start of something new.

For the captain, the loss at the hands of the Cargo Movers is a wake-up call for them.

“I think noong last game namin sa F2 ay four sets lang siya, nagkulang kami sa kapit. And ngayon ginawa namin ‘yung best namin para kumapit talaga at para mapanalo ‘yung game na ito,” Molina said.

The Blaze Spikers take on PLDT next on July 6.

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Kalei Mau stars in F2 Logistics’ win over defending champions Petron

Kalei Mau starred in F2 Logistics four-set win against defending champions Petron, 25-21, 17-25, 27-25, 25-19, to remain unbeaten in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference held at the Filoil Flying V Center.

The Fil-Hawaiian open spiker scored 23 points built from 21 attacks and two blocks, including the game-winning down-the-line bomb.

Incidentally, this is also Mau’s first taste of win against the Blaze Spikers since she joined the PSL last year with Cocolife.

 

While F2 Logistics committed more errors than Petron (36-29), they compensated it with their good serving game scoring nine aces as opposed to Petron’s three. They also led in attacks (49-25) and blocks (7-6).

The win stretches the Cargo Movers’ win streak to four and seeks to not look back as they face Cignal on Tuesday.

 

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Cignal grabs second win after routing PLDT in straight sets

Cignal HD Spikers made quick work of PLDT, 25-12, 25-21, 25-15, to grab their second win in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference held at the Filoil Flying V Center.

Fresh from a four-set victory over Sta. Lucia in their debut game, the HD Spikers showed no mercy from the get-go as they never let the Home Fibr Hitters pose even for just a minute.

While PLDT made a mini-comeback in the second set, it was not enough as Cignal is just too much to handle with Rachel Ann Daquis and Jovielyn Gonzaga taking the charge.

For the second-straight game, setter Alohi Robins-Hardy orchestrated Cignal’s play as she dished out 20 excellent sets on top of her five points. Mylene Paat had 14 points while Daquis scored 11 markers.

 

“I think just a positive mindset to get everybody the ball and connect with everyone in practice and in games, talk to them and communicate with them so that I can give a head of a walk,” Robin-Hardy said.

The HD Spikers were dominant in all scoring departments, having more attacks (45-33), blocks (11-3), and ace (4-2).

Cignal will face F2 Logistics on Tuesday as their next assignment.

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