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Stronger Lady Realtors for the Grand Prix

After finishing 6th place in the All-Filipino Conference, the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors are eyeing for a semifinal spot in the 2017 Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix.

 

For it is their first time to join the Grand Prix, Sta. Lucia make sure to acquire powerful reinforcements, namely Marisa Field and Kristen Moncks, who are both members of the Canada national team.  They also added an additional asset in the name of a Slavina Koleva, Bulgarian outside hitter.

 

 

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Field (#10) and Moncks (#17) playing for Canada. |Photo courtesy: Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors Facebook page.

 

Marisa Field, a 30 year-old middle blocker, was seen action in premier club tournaments in several countries. She became an import in the clubs: CV Las Palmas in Spain, SV Sinsheim in Germany, Istres Ouest Provence in France, VolleyStars Thüringen in Germany, NUC Volleyball in Switzerland, and Engelholms VS in Sweden. Earlier this year, before joining the Lady Realtors, she played for the Panathinaikos A.O., a powerhouse volleyball club in the City of Athens in Greece.

 

Kristen Moncks, one of the finest floor defenders in Canada, will be the libero the Lady Realtors. She played for her country in the FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 together with Marisa Field. This 25 year-old libero is expected to protect the floor for the Sta. Lucia.

 

Another reinforcement is Slavina Koleva, a 30 year-old outside hitter from Sofia. She is a member of the Bulgarian national women’s volleyball team. Standing 6’0, Koleva also played in different countries such as France, Turkey, and Slovenia.

 

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Mar-Jana Philips (left) and Rebecca Rivera (right) of the Lady Realtors

 

The three imports will join the Lady Realtors volleybelles such as the Filipino-American Mar-Jana Philips, Djanel Welch Cheng, Jannine Navarro, Danika Gendrauli, Maria Lourdes Clemente, and Filipino-Canadian setter Rebecca Rivera.

 

Coach Sammy Acaylar, the head coach of Sta. Lucia, said that they are all very excited for the Grand Prix. In addition of not only the skills but also the height, the Lady Realtors will absolutely give their hearts out to achieve their goal in the 2017 Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix.

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Captain Michele Gumabao leaves Pocari Sweat

Confirmed in her post in Instagram, the ever-reliable captain Michele Gumabao leaves the Shakey’s V-League Open and Reinforced Conferenced Champions Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors.

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Despite achieving the Finals MVP and two Best Opposite Spiker awards in the 13th Season of the V-league, Gumabao bids her farewell to her team Pocari Sweat.

This former DLSU Lady Spiker leads the team in attaining their two championships despite being a new team in the V-league. However, she is still undecided on what team she’ll be joining.

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UST Golden Tigresses glows brighter in the Game 2 of the SVL Semifinals.

by Garnet Tayag

The young but strong UST Golden Tigresses brings the import-laden Pocari Sweat in a five thrilling sets match. Even after a lost in the Game 1 of the semifinals, the Tigresses of Espana trained hard to give Pocari an intense match in the Game 2.
The Tigresses proved to the spectators that even if they are an importless collegiate team, they’re dauntless and powerful enough to give the defending champions Pocari a good fight.

The leading scorer of UST, EJ Laure, said to a pre-match interview “Kailangan lang namin mag-enjoy, kasi kapag nag-eenjoy na kami hindi namin namamalayan na maganda na pala ang nilalaro namin sa court”. As a left wing hitter, Laure sets herself  as a leader by example to the team.

Even if they lost in the first set, the Espana team regained its composure and able to get the second set. Third and fourth set are intense. The volleyfans witnessed long rallies and exchanging of points. UST was able to extend the match into five sets.
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UST was defeated by Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors in five sets, (25-17, 24-26, 26-24, 25-27, 15-8). The defense of UST was the highlight of the game. Riri Meneses tallied 6 kill blocks and Rica Rivera had 22 excellent digs and 22 receptions.
 

The sophomore setter, Alina Bicar,  had 32 excellent sets. Ej Laure finished with 24 points including 13 receptions while Rondina marks 16 points with 22 excellent digs.

Meneses, Francisco and Cortez also contributed a great help with 11, 7 and 6 points. Recently, the Golden Tigresses was hailed as champions on the 2016 Unigames Volleyball Tournament after defeating the University of Perpetual Help Lady Altas in the finals. UST proves that they are really a final four contender in the incoming UAAP Season 79 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.