Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Smart stops two-game slide, keeps Cocolife winless

Thanks to solid contributions from returning player Grethcel Soltones and Czarina Carandang, the Smart Giga Hitters wiggled past the Cocolife Asset Managers, 25-16, 18-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-11, in the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Smart battled through an up-and-down match as Cocolife clung to each point in the fourth set and forced a decider. The Giga Hitters gained ground early in the fifth set, grabbing a 10-6 advantage thanks to a pair of hits from Soltones.

Cocolife tried to rally back, cutting the deficit down to two, 8-6. But the Asset Managers lost steam in the end, allowing Smart to break their two-game losing streak.

“Noong last game, ewan ko ba, parang walang gana maglaro ‘yung mga bata,” said Smart head coach Roger Gorayeb. “Sinabi ko sa kanila na kailangan natin enjoyin ‘yung laro at mag-focus sa mga ginagawa namin. Hopefully, makatulong itong panalong ‘to para makabalik kami sa laro namin.”

Soltones, who missed Tuesday’s match due to a fever, finished with an all-around line of 17 points, 16 digs, and 25 excellent reception in 50 attempts. Middle blocker Czarina Carandang added 13 points

Smart (2-2) takes on Generika-Ayala (1-3) on Saturday at the Caloocan Sports Complex.

Fil-Am winger Kalei Mau topped the Asset Managers with 25 points, 15 digs, and 27 exellent receptions in 44 attempts.

Cocolife (0-4) tries for their first win against fellow winless squad Sta. Lucia (0-4) also on Saturday.

The Scores

Smart (3) Soltones 17, Carandang 13, Malabanan 10, Sta. Rita 10, Urdas 9, Nabor 7, Latigay 4, Singh 1, Villegas 1, Cayuna 0, Pantone (L)

#ReadMore  Julian Roxas salvages draw for Ateneo Blue Eagles against determined FEU

Cocolife (2) – Mau 25, Palec 12, Tiu 10, Berte 8, Angistia 6, Tan 3, Barroga 1, Yongco 1, Banggad 0, Gendrauli 0, Tongco 0, Lazaro (L)

Written By

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

You May Also Like


Kalei Mau finished her first stint in the Athletes Unlimited Volleyball at rank 24. On the final day of the five-week tournament, Mau’s Team...


Kalei Mau rose to rank 26 heading into the final day of Athletes Unlimited Volleyball Season 2. The Fil-Hawaiian and Team De La Cruz...


Kalei Mau played sparingly but still improved to 31st to end Week 4 of Athletes Unlimited Volleyball Season 2. This as her Team Sheilla...


Kalei Mau maintained her 34th ranking after Team Sheilla’s 75-56 (25-19, 25-20, 25-17) demolition of Team Drews in the Athletes Unlimited Volleyball Season 2,...


ANTIPOLO — Tots Carlos was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, Friday night at Ynares Center here....


Kalei Mau had a forgettable start in Athletes Unlimited Volleyball Week 4. Mau even lost points in Team Sheilla’s 60-75 (22-25, 16-25, 22-25) blowout...


Grethcel Soltones is in danger of missing Petro Gazz’s Game Two bout against Creamline in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference finals. Soltones...


Creamline needed to dig deep in taking out Petro Gazz in Game One of the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Finals In a...