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The 3C’s For Team PH



The big push for the international participation of Team Pilipinas (Womens Division) this 2015 can already be considered a success, with the participation in the AVC U23, the AVC Seniors Asian Championships, and the South East Asian Games. Now to keep the ball rolling, Team Pilipinas has agreed to participate in the invitational VTV Cup held in Vietnam. There are only 6 teams participating in the tourney: Team Pilipinas, the Thailand U23 team, Vietnam, Nanjing University from China, club team Liaoning from China, and the club team 425 from North Korea.

As we have discussed before, one of the main issues that impede the continuous participation of Team Pilipinas in the international scene is the availability of players. The team had to field in new names yet again in the lineup due to various concerns in terms of players’ availability. Remember, volleyball is a team sport – some even suggest that the make-up and ‘jelling’ of the team might even be more important than individual skill. There has to be a regular pool of players where a core team can be selected that’s ready anytime when the need arises.

We really can’t comment on the specific stats (they’re not available as of this moment), and we based our observations by just watching the games. From this, we will be commenting on some of the intricacies that constitute the level of playing field that Team Pilipinas has entered in this tournament.


#Family NameFirst NamePosition
7MasangkayMary GraceS
11PinedaShiela MarieOH
15Gata-PantoneLizlee AnnL
16Santiago-ManabatAleona DeniseMB
19MarcianoJanine NicoleOH
Head Coach:Rogelio Gorayeb
Asst Coach:Ernesto Pamilar
Trainer:Parley Tupaz



Aby Dindin Masangkay

Given that this team is a new combination, it is very obvious that chemistry is not there. The usual pass-set-spike can be executed by the team, but the lack of organic cohesion of the players as a team is very evident especially in transition plays. As an illustration, the connection of the lone setter Masangkay to Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Aby Maraño is there since they were all teammates in Petron – Masangkay was able to give balls confidently to both players. However, there is a (significant) difference in the sets she gives to Santiago and Maraño. During most of their rallies in this tourney, Maraño had to adjust to Masangkay’s sets (either running or quick plays) because they’re too high for her reach or the sets were off-timed — Masangkay is used to setting the ball to a taller middle blocker in Dindin, who plays opposite to Maraño in the rotation. Chemistry has to be there in order for the setter to give the ball fluidly in any rotation without thinking too much. Masangkay is tentative to give the sets because she doesn’t know her attackers very well. Chemistry is not a skill that can be trained individually – it’s an intangible part of the game that can only be developed through time. Everybody thinks that you could just piece together a team of highly skilled players and come up big in the game, but that is definitely not the case for volleyball.


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Roger Gorayeb has been fielding in different rotations in the 5-game eliminations of this tourney. This is understandable because this is a new combination for a team. He is yet to find a solid rotation but what they need is consistency at this point. There’s a game where Dindin will play outside hitter and will immediately switch to middle in the same rally or the next transition/set. This is very difficult to do steadily given this is a big adjustment and it affects the WHOLE team and rotation of everyone in the floor especially if you’re not familiar with your teammates. What the team needs right now is a consistent rotation — a rotation that will be used almost exclusively for the first six so that they will get comfortable and settle in. We know that there’s a surprise element whenever a rotation changes for the opponent, but again this is a new team and experimentation must be done only when the team is already considered solid. In our opinion, Dindin has to stay in the middle because there is no other middle attacker aside from her and Aby.


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Have we ever seen Lizlee Ann Gata-Pantone over-dig and misreceive so many balls? This is not her game. We have seen her play against the China’s National Senior Team and praised by none other than Lang Ping. She has yet to feel that she is part of this particular team and they need her to step it up. It is not the skill that needs tweaking – it’s the individual players’ perception of what they think is imminent (losing the game), and for a young team regaining experience in the international stage, that should never be the case! Team Pilipinas is definitely feeling overwhelmed in this environment and most of them haven’t been in this stage before. The coaching staff needs to communicate to the players and calm them down. Dindin Santiago-Manabat is a monster and we know what she can do but that is yet to be released in this tournament. She would’ve gotten the much needed experience if she joined the other international tourneys this past few months with Pablo and Maraño (but we all know the reasons for that). Even if Team Pilipinas loses most of their games, the experience would’ve have boosted the individual players’ confidence and calm down their nerves. Some of these players might be feeling that playing in this level is a burden and a responsibility, but that is not what should be tattooed in their minds. Huwag pangunahan ng kaba – they should just go out there and play the game. Playing for the national team is something to be proud of.

For the last game later this afternoon vs Nanjing University (tentatively 3pm GMT+8), Myla Pablo and Janine Marciano should carry the load for this team. As outside hitters, they need to fire their attacks convincingly because drop balls won’t cut it anymore. Pablo has yet to erupt into that best-attacker mode and we know she can do so much more.

So that’s it for VolleyMetricsPH’s opinion on this VTV Competition. Note that Team Pilipinas is still young and we are still in the early stages – it’s a tough road but a manageable one.


*Cover photo taken from Aby Marano’s Instagram


Mixed Martial Arts

ONE Championship pledges to help Global Citizen in fight against poverty



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During the pre-fight showdown between the fighters main evening ONE Championship: Global Superheroes, the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in Asia also forged a partnership, Monday afternoon.

ONE, through chief executive officer and chariman, Chatri Sityodtong vowed to help Global Citizen in its fight to end poverty.

“It is with great excitement that I announce ONE Championship’s partnership with Global Citizen, an NGO with the goal of ending extreme poverty across the world by the year 2030,” said Sityodtong. “Just like Global Citizen, ONE Championship aims to inspire the people of the world to come together to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.”

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with ONE Championship to bring Global Citizen to Asia. ONE Championship reaches millions of young people around the region and together we will engage them on issues that impact the entire world,” expressed Global Citizen co-founder Wei Soo. “Since we launched Global Citizen in 2012, over 13 million actions have been taken, and we are excited to drive more actions and increase our impact for the world’s most marginalized people through this partnership.”

Headquartered in New York with offices in Canada, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Global Citizen was founded in 2012 with the goal of building the largest platform where people can learn about issues, take action on what matters most, and join a global movement working to end extreme poverty by 2030. Since then, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over ten million actions, which includes millions of emails, tweets, petition signatures, and phone calls targeting world leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030.

To date, the actions by Global Citizen’s global community, along with its high-level advocacy efforts and various partners, have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over US $35-billion, that is set to affect the lives of over 1.3 billion people.

Also present in the launch were ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera, ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.

The partnership launching at ONE’s upcoming event in Manila, Philippines on Friday, January 26, will harness the power of ONE’s platform to engage millions of martial arts fans around the world to support initiatives and find solutions to the issues associated with extreme poverty.

Global Citizen and ONE will collaborate across 24 live ONE events scheduled in 2018, and various outreach activations throughout Asia. Fans will have the opportunity to take action and engage with specific policy areas including, education, food security, hunger and nutrition, global health, gender equality and empowerment.

“Our ONE Championship athletes embody the spirit of perseverance and many have risen through poverty through martial arts, inspiring millions of people around the world with their journey,” Sityodtong added. “Through our collaboration across all 24 of our live events scheduled in 2018, ONE Championship and Global Citizen aim to affect positive movement in our society.”

The first action ONE fans can take will be centred on global education. Fans will be able to call on donor countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and India, to attend the Global Partnership for Education’s replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal on February 2, 2018, and make a commitment to GPE to support better education for all. Currently, 264 million children around the world are missing out on an education.

Over half are girls, and over 75 million have had their schooling disrupted by conflict or natural disasters. At the replenishment conference, the GPE will raise much needed funds that will allow it to continue to support quality, inclusive education to hundreds of millions of children around the world.

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Unscathed Altas on another plane, hands Chiefs first loss



Eighteen straight sets won

NCAA Men’s Volleyball powerhouse University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas showed no signs of letting up and crushed fellow erstwhile undefeated Arellano University Chiefs in just three sets, 25-14, 25-22, 25-17, to notch their sixth consecutive victory, Tuesday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Skipper Jun Taneo scattered his quiet 13 points throughout the match to lead the Season 91 champions. Rookie Joebert Almodiel finished with 10 spikes.

The Altas edged out the opposition in all scoring skills and dominated them in the non-scoring ones to bag the win. Nonetheless, it was the uncharacteristic 34 errors from the Chiefs that ultimately caused their doom.

With expectations minimized at the start of the season, head coach Sammy Acaylar shared his pride on how his wards have been playing so far.

“Sabi ko nga, hindi ako satisfied sa team ko kasi maraming nawala. Pero dinaan ko sila sa force, sa discipline, sa training. And I always motivate them na everything will come into place,” the seasoned mentor shared.

Acaylar was pleased that what they trained on showed up in the game. “Nakita ko ‘yung galaw nila, almost perfect,” he ended beaming.

The now 6-0 Perpetual will try to seal another semifinals appearance as they battle fellow day winners Mapua University (3-2) on Tuesday, January 30.

John Cabillan rallied the tribe with 10 markers.

The Chiefs (5-1) and the San Beda College (4-1) will figure in an all-important battle on Friday.

The Scores:

UPHSD 3 – Taneo 13, Almodiel 10, Rosales 8, Ramos 6, Muhali 3, Solamilo 1, Catipay 0, Kalingking L.

AU 0 – Cabillan 10, Dela Paz 8, Segovia 5, Lapuz 4, Liberato J 3, Liberato K 1, Arellano T 0, Soriano 0, Domingo 0, Arellano K 0, Blanco L, Esguerra L.

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Tireless J-Jay Alejandro heads from D-League game to Gilas training



Former NU Bulldogs captain J-Jay Alejandro was at the Pasig Sports Center Monday afternoon, making his debut for the Go for Gold Scratchers. After their 75-68 win over Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers, he immediately packed his bags and headed for the exit.

Why was he in a rush? He did not want to be late for Gilas later on.

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“Sayang, malapit na ako eh. Pasig lang. Walang showbiz-showbiz, malapit lang talaga,” shared Alejandro, who had five points, five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals for Go for Gold. “Wala rin akong gagawin kasi.

“Tsaka minsan lang magpa-tawag ng practice, every Monday lang, so sayang ‘yung chance makapag-practice.”

The 6-foot-2 combo guard was a much-needed body by the pool of Gilas as only eight players suited-up for Monday’s session. Besides helping out the seniors team, the 22-year-old is looking at the sessions as a way to not just improve but also get in touch with his former collegiate foes.

“Well, ganoon talaga eh. Player, mapapagod at mapapagod ka talaga,” said the All-UAAP team member.

“Pero nakakasama ko sila Arvin Tolentino, sila CJ Perez, tsaka ‘yung ibang mga PBA players, siyempre experience ‘yun eh, tsaka learning process din sa akin.”

Moreover, he knows that being under the tutelage of coach Chot Reyes will only do wonders for him, especially with the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft just months away.

“Mas pisikal talaga sa PBA. ‘Yun, kung paano mo gagamitin ang utak mo pati ‘yung katawan mo sa tamang posisyon sa laro, makukuha ko yun rito,” he said.

“Well sa akin kasi, ‘yung mapabilang ka sa Gilas, mapabilang lang ang pangalan mo sa Gilas, sobrang fortunate na ako, sobrang blessed na ako,” Alejandro added.

“And siguro sa akin, may opportunity na nag-open, so iga-grab ko na lang — either PBA or Gilas.”

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Loaded Wangs-Letran wallops AMA in debut



Armed with new recruits, the Wangs Basketball-Letran Knights embarked on its new chapter with a rousing 93-75 rout of the AMA Online Education Titans, Tuesday afternoon at the Pasig Sports Center.

Everyone clicked for the Couriers with Bong Quinto spearheading the blowout with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.

Newcomer Bonbon Batiller added 15 markers, five boards, and three dimes in his debut, while starting point guard JP Calvo chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

Christian Fajarito also registered 11 markers and nine boards, while Alex Mandreza had 10 points for Wangs-Letran.

Despite the promising showing, coach Jeff Napa said that he still wants to see more from his Couriers moving forward.

“Masaya kami syempre dahil nanalo. Pero marami pa rin kaming kailangang gawin,” he said as he wanted more from the Knights after outrebounding the Titans, 57-44.

Quinto and Calvo triggered Wangs-Letran’s second quarter pullaway to establish the 38-26, lead which grew to as high as 22 points, 81-59 in the payoff period.

Michael Cañete topscored AMA with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Kris Porter had 13 in the defeat.

Wangs-Letran will have vengeance on their minds on Monday, January 29 when it takes on NCAA tormentors Che’lu- San Sebastian Revellers. AMA, on the other hand, will have a tough assignment when it takes on the Zark’s-Lyceum Jawbreakers on Thursday, January 25.

The Scores:

Wangs-Letran 93 — Quinto 19, Batiller 15, Calvo 12, Fajarito 11, Mandreza 10, Trinidad 8, Publico 6, Vacaro 4, Balagasay 3, Ambohot 3, Muyang 2.

AMA Online Education 75 — Cañete 20, Porter 13, Escalambre 11, Casiño 10, Antonares 6, Manalang 6, Garcia 4, Ng 3, Parcero 2, Bragais 0, Carpio 0, Paras 0, Raflores 0, Salonga 0.

Quarterscores: 16-13, 44-35, 67-52, 93-75.

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