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Debuting Choco Mucho ready for war in PVL Open Conference

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Pulling off a recruitment coup, Choco Mucho expects to make a splash early with former Ateneo stars Bea De Leon, Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag, and Kim Gequillana

Photo by JR Isaga/Rappler

Dream come true: Ateneo towers to debut together in PVL 2019

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Ateneo Lady Eagles Bea de Leon, Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag, and Kim Gequillana are sticking together in their professional volleyball debut

REUNION. The recent graduates of the Ateneo Lady Eagles will make their professional volleyball debut in Choco Mucho. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PetroGazz imports give locals taste of championship

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:36 PM

'I know what it’s like to win a championship, the other girls don’t. So I wanted them to experience what I’ve experienced before,' says Finals MVP Janisa Johnson

FINALS MVP. Janisa Johnson's leadership inspires the team to win its first championship. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PetroGazz dethrones Creamline for first PVL crown

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:01 PM

League No. 1 PetroGazz Angels outlast the Creamline Cool Smashers in the do-or-die Game 3 to bag the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference title

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Pacifictown captures 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference bronze

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:33 PM

The Pacifictown Army Lady Troopers wrap up their 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference campaign with a podium finish

GRITTIER. Olena Lymareva-Flink and Pacifictown gets pushed to the limit, surviving a five-setter of a winner-take-all match against Banko Perlas. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: PetroGazz vs Creamline - PVL Finals 2019 Game 3

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:02 PM

The Creamline Cool Smashers go for another shot at the crown but the PetroGazz Angels vow to sustain their hot run in the winner-take-all showdown on Sunday, July 14

PVL Finals: 'We deserve to win,' says PetroGazz import Johnson

Jul 13, 2019 - 9:50 PM

'We want to prove people wrong. Just because we’re a new team doesn’t mean we don’t deserve to win,' says Janisa Johnson

PROVING THEMSELVES. Janisa Johnson leads PetroGazz down to the wire of the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference. Photo courtesy of Sports Vision

PetroGazz snaps Creamline win streak, forces do-or-die Game 3

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:37 PM

The No. 1 Angels level the series at 1-1 to keep their title hopes alive in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference

STILL IN IT. The Angels rise from a set down to stay alive in the title series. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pacifictown leads bronze race with Game 2 win

Jul 13, 2019 - 4:09 PM

The Pacifictown Army Lady Troopers are set to be crowned 2nd runners-up if the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference finals series doesn't extend

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: PetroGazz vs Creamline - PVL Finals 2019 Game 2

Jul 12, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Creamline shoots for a third straight crown, but a motivated PetroGazz side vows to force a Game 3 in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference Finals

PVL: Valdez, Creamline expect PetroGazz fightback

Jul 11, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Creamline star Alyssa Valdez thinks PetroGazz has the motivation – and the tools – to force an equalizer in the best-of-three title series

A WIN AWAY. Creamline needs just one more win to clinch a third straight volleyball crown. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Creamline steals Game 1 from league No. 1 PetroGazz

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The Creamline Cool Smashers look primed to defend their PVL Reinforced Conference title

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Banko Perlas rallies to clinch 1-0 series lead

Jul 10, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The Perlas Spikers erase a two-set deficit against the Lady Troopers to move within a win from a bronze in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference

ONE MORE. BanKo Perlas shows incredible resilience in Game 1. Photo release

HIGHLIGHTS: PetroGazz vs Creamline - PVL Finals 2019 Game 1

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:06 PM

The PetroGazz Angels look to challenge defending champion Creamline Cool Smashers for the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference title

PVL: Creamline sweeps Pacifictown for Finals return

Jul 06, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Defending champion Creamline Cool Smashers clinch their third straight PVL Reinforced Conference finals berth

FINALS RETURN. The Creamline Cool Smashers nab a third-straight Finals appearance. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PVL: PetroGazz nails historic finals berth over Banko Perlas

Jul 06, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Top seed PetroGazz Angels advance to the Premier Volleyball League championship series for the first time

HISTORIC. Power trio of Janisa Johnson (left), Cherry Nunag (center) and Wilma Salas (right) lead the PetroGazz Angels to the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pacifictown import ‘disappointed’ in semis Game 1 loss

Jul 04, 2019 - 5:11 PM

The Pacifictown Army Lady Troopers aim to extend the semis series to a Game 3

BOUNCING BACK. Olena Lymareva-Flink hopes Pacifictown Army will beef up its floor defense. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Valdez on PVL streak: 'Winning doesn't mean we're at 100%'

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Creamline star Alyssa Valdez believes the team can be more consistent despite winning 10 straight games in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference

PLAYING SMARTER. Alyssa Valdez knows that there are no excuses to give up errors even against a veteran team like Pacifictown Army. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PVL semis: PetroGazz survives Banko Perlas' Game 1 threat

Jul 03, 2019 - 7:50 PM

The PetroGazz Angels overcome a one-set hiccup to take Game 1 of the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference semis

ONE WIN AWAY. PetroGazz Angels prove why they're the top seed in the tournament. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PVL semis: Creamline overcomes pesky Pacifictown in Game 1

Jul 03, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Defending champion Creamline moves within a win of a title berth in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference

HARD-EARNED. Aleoscar Blanco continues to provide reinforcement to the Creamline Cool Smashers. Photo courtesy of Sports Vision

Balipure asks fans to stop 'castigating' embattled import

Jul 01, 2019 - 4:47 PM

Balipure team management says import Danijela Dzakovic, who hit her teammate Jewelle Bermillo, 'has sincerely apologized' and 'appropriate sanctions' were meted out

'FORGIVE HER'. The Balipure team management asks fans to forgive import Danijela Dzakovic for her unsportsmanlike action. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Balipure import gets away with warning after viral hit on teammate

Jun 30, 2019 - 4:25 PM

PVL organizers argue that the remorseful gesture of Danijela Dzakovic towards Jewelle Bermillo after the incident was not televised

APOLOGETIC. Danijela Dzakovic profusely apologizes to libero Jewelle Bermillo for hitting the back of her head. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Balipure import faces likely sanction for striking teammate

Jun 29, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Danijela Dzakovic shockingly hits Balipure libero Jewelle Bermillo after a fumbled play, but the Montenegrin spiker later apologizes

ALL IS WELL. Danijela Dzakovic assures that everything is well between her and Jewelle Bermillo. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PVL: Pacifictown, BanKo Perlas march into semis

Jun 29, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The Lady Troopers and the Perlas Spikers complete the semifinal cast of the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference

A-GAME. Olena Lymareva-Flink brings out her best game in the tournament, firing 29 points to book Pacifictown a semis slot. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PVL: PetroGazz bounces back with sweep of Pacifictown

Jun 23, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Just a day after absorbing their first loss, the PetroGazz Angels regroup for a dominant win over Pacifictown

STILL ON TOP. PetroGazz still remains on top of the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference standings. Photo by Michael Gatpandan

Creamline snaps PetroGazz's perfect run for share of PVL lead

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:05 PM

The Cool Smashers exact revenge on the Angels behind Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado and Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin

REVENGE. Jia Morado (left) and Risa Sato come up for a block against Janisa Johnson. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PVL: Creamline dominates Motolite, nails semis slot

Jun 19, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Creamline spoils Myla Pablo's Motolite debut as the Cool Smashers pick up their sixth straight win

GROWING CHEMISTRY. Creamline setter Jia Morado (left) dishes the ball to middle blocker Aleoscar Blanco. Photo by SportsVision

PVL: Motolite turns back Pacifictown, PetroGazz still perfect

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Motolite stuns Pacifictown for its 2nd win in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference

2ND WIN. Motolite edges out Pacifictown in a five-set thriller. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PVL: Creamline sweeps Banko Perlas in 2019 Reinforced conference

Jun 15, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Creamline takes advantage of Banko Perlas, which is missing the services of Kia Bright

NET DEFENSE. Venezuelan middle blocker Aleoscar Blanco emerges as the Player of the Game against Banko Perlas. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PVL: PetroGazz outlasts Banko to stay perfect

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:05 PM

PetroGazz drops a set for the first time this conference but manages to recover against an all-local Banko team

KEY PLAYER. Wilma Salas drops 37 points  in the hard-earned win against Banko Perlas. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PVL: Creamline cruises to 4th straight win over Balipure

Jun 12, 2019 - 5:01 PM

The Creamline Cool Smashers finish solo 2nd after the first round

ON A ROLL. After dropping its first assignment, defending champion Creamline strings up 4 straight wins. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PVL 2019 team standings and schedule

Jun 12, 2019 - 1:57 PM

Bookmark this page for updates in the 2019 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference

SEMIFINALS. The Creamline Cool Smashers are on track in their title defense. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PVL: Banko Perlas survives gutsy Motolite

Jun 05, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The young Motolite team puts up a challenge against Banko Perlas

X-FACTOR. Kia Bright powers Banko Perlas to a hard-earned win. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PVL: Creamline rallies back to defeat pesky Banko Perlas

Jun 02, 2019 - 6:51 PM

The Creamline Cool Smashers survive a thrilling four-setter against the Banko Perlas Spikers

TITLE DEFENSE. Alyysa Valdez and the Cool Smashers look to regain their champion form after back-to-back wins. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

[OPINION] Winning and losing with grace

Jun 02, 2019 - 11:56 AM

'We have lost with grace, and though painful that is part of one’s education. We have to accept the pain, and grieve for healing takes a little time'

PVL: Pacifictown spoils Motolite's debut

Jun 01, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Motolite gets a baptism of fire against a veteran-studded Pacifictown team

BOUNCE BACK. Pacifictown earns its second win in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PVL: Petro Gazz off to rousing 2-0 start

May 29, 2019 - 7:38 PM

A surprising Petro Gazz side grabs the early solo lead in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference

X-FACTOR. Janisa Johnson leads the Petro Gazz Angels with 21 points. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Valdez returns from injury scare in Creamline's bounce-back win

May 29, 2019 - 6:01 PM

Alyssa Valdez plays through pain as she nurses a left ankle sprain

NO SCARE. Alyssa Valdez recovers immediately to help Creamline clinch its first win in the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference Season 3. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Rappler Talk Sports: Ateneo Lady Eagles on UAAP title return

May 28, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Ateneo Lady Eagles Kat Tolentino and Bea de Leon and head coach Oliver Almadro drop by the Rappler office on Tuesday, May 28 at 3 pm

'Fake news': Okumu stays as U.P. women's volleyball head coach

May 28, 2019 - 12:23 PM

UP Lady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okumu debunks rumors that he had been removed from his post

STAYING. Godfrey Okumu continues to train and recruit players for the UP women's volleyball team. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Japan, Thailand rule Boracay beach volleyball World Tour

May 27, 2019 - 9:09 AM

The Japanese Ishitsubo-Shiba pair captures the women’s gold while the Thai Kangkon-Nakprakhong duo tops the men’s side

CHAMPION CAST. The top women's and men's finishers celebrate at the podium. Photo from BVR

PetroGazz stuns reigning champion Creamline in PVL opener

May 26, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Imports fuel PetroGazz’s charge as Creamline suffers a major blow with the injury of MVP Alyssa Valdez

HOT START. PetroGazz makes a statement right in the opener with a huge upset of Creamline. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Rondina-Pons duo winds up 5th in beach volleyball World Tour

May 25, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Highly popular partners Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons end up as the last Philippine team standing

ALL OUT. Top Philippine bets Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons put up a gallant fight in the quarterfinals. Photo from BVR

Rondina-Pons off to strong start in beach volleyball World Tour

May 24, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons advance to the Round of 12 after routing their Japanese foes in the Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open

TOP BETS. Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons target a second victory versus another Japanese par to advance to the quarterfinals. Photo from BVR

Not just UAAP queens, Ateneo Lady Eagles also Twitter champions

May 22, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Four Lady Eagles claim spots in the list of top 5 mentioned players on Twitter during the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball finals

TWEET GALORE. (From left to right) Ateneo's Jules Samonte, Kat Tolentino, Bea de Leon, and Maddie Madayag, and UST's Sisi Rondina were the most talked about players on Twitter in the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball finals. Photos by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler and Josh Albelda/Rappler


UST pair kicks off PH bid in beach volley World Tour

May 22, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Before 4 Philippine women's teams battle in the main draw, Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor open the country's campaign in the qualification round

OPENING BID. Rising stars Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor vie to make it to the main draw. Photo from BVR

Graduating Rondina tells Tigresses: 'Love UST the way I love UST'

May 19, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Although UST suffered another UAAP finals heartbreak, high-leaping star Sisi Rondina says the Tigresses should stay the course

LEAVING A LEGEND. Sisi Rondina leaves a big imprint on the UST Golden Tigresses. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Ravena kuyas elated as bunso Dani joins championship lineage

May 19, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Dani Ravena plays a key role as the Ateneo Lady Eagles are crowned UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball queens

RUNS IN THE FAMILY. Dani Ravena replicates what her brothers accomplished as she helps bring a UAAP title to Ateneo. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Kat Tolentino 'signing off' from Ateneo after winning first title

May 19, 2019 - 6:56 PM

The 6-foot-3 Filipino-Canadian still has one playing year left with the Ateneo Lady Eagles, but it seems like she is not returning for another season

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. If ever, Kat Tolentino will leave the UAAP proud as a champion. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


UST coach sees silver lining despite UAAP volleyball finals heartbreak

May 19, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Improving from 7th to 2nd place, the UST Golden Tigresses have accomplished so much in Season 81

PASSING THE TORCH. Eye Laure is expected to lead the UST Golden Tigresses as Sisi Rondina graduates. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler