Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Cocolife scores first win at struggling Cignal’s expense

Leaning on Army veterans and their imports, the Cocolife Asset Managers rallied from a harrying deficit to claim their first win in the 2017 Chooks-to-Go Philippine Superliga Grand Prix, 19-25, 24-26, 27-25, 25-16, 15-9 in the league’s special Spiker on Tour leg at the University of Saint La Salle-Bacolod Coliseum.

The Asset Managers, like in their previous two losses, dropped the first two sets due to lack of coordination in the crucial, late stages.

“Napansin nga namin na sobrang hirap kami sa mga dulo ng laban namin noong first two matches. Ganoon nanaman kami nagsimula kanina,” rued Cocolife head coach Kungfu Reyes, “Kaya kinailangan talaga namin maghanap ng bagong halo ng players sa loob.”

In a bold move, Reyes sat team captain Michele Gumabao beginning in the third set. The change in lineup worked, as Cocolife found rejuvenation in their two imports Taylor Milton and Shar Manu-Olevao, and their Army contemporaries.

The Asset Managers gave up errors in the third set, leading to a long deuce which they claimed after clutch conversions from Milton and Olevao. Cocolife then had all the momentum heading into the decider thanks to a rousing fourth set victory. Down 6-8, the Asset Managers closed the match on a 9-1 run.

“Ngayon siguro nakita nila ‘yung kaya talaga nilang gawin. Malala talaga ‘yung sitwasyon namin kanina. Pero walamh sumuko. Naghanap lahat ng paraan para mag-contribute,” Reyes closed.

Milton finished with a game-high 25 points, six digs and eight receptions while Manu-Olevao added 23 markers off 20 attacks and three blocks.

The Asset Managers (1-2) look to build on their first win when they face debuting University of Santo Tomas (0-0) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

#ReadMore  Best of 2017: Chooks-to-Go's Manok ng Bayan mission

Cignal pulled most of their offense frim their reinforcements with Alexis Matthews gathering 20 points and Beth Carey managing 13.

Cignal (1-3) tries to end their struggles on Saturday against Iriga City (1-0) at the Malolos Sports Complex.

The Scores

Cocolife (3) – Milton 25, Manu-Olevao 23, Balse-Pabayo 11, Bautista 9, Bunag 6, Gumabao 5, Salak 4, Gonzales 0, Malaluan 0, Lazaro (L)

Cignal HD (2) – Matthews 20, Carey 13, Tubino 12, Gonzaga 11, Mercado 6, Paat 3, Marciano 2, Macatuno 1, Saet 1, Vivas 1, Dionela (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


National University obliterated Far Eastern University in three quick sets, 25-10, 25-11, 25-12 to remain spotless in six games in the UAAP Season 84...


University of Santo Tomas snapped Adamson University’s three-game winning streak in five sets, 12-25, 25-19, 25-22, 18-25, 15-9, to gain solo third in the...


National University zoomed to its fifth consecutive win in the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball tournament after dispatching University of Sto. Tomas in four...


Adamson University bucked a slow start before whipping Far Eastern University, taking a 22-25, 25-9, 25-18, 25-18 triumph for its third straight win in...


A three-hour marathon transpired on Thursday evening as University of Santo Tomas engaged in a five-set thriller against De La Salle University. The Golden...


Eya Laure carried University of Santo Tomas Tomas on her shoulders to outlast De La Salle University in a five-set thriller, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27,...


Defending champion Ateneo de Manila University finally clinched its first win in the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball tournament after sweeping Far Eastern University,...


Far Eastern University team captain Lycha Ebon is hoping that the Lady Tamaraws can sustain their winning form after beating University of the East...