Philippine Army opened its title-retention bid in the Shakey’s V-League Open in dominating fashion as it swept Navy, 25-14, 25-14, 25-13, yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Michelle Carolino knocked down eight kills and made two blocks and four service aces to topscore with 14 hits while Rachel Ann Daquis churned out a solid 13-point performance in Army’s 64-minute victory.
Army unloaded a total of 34 attacks, 12 more than Navy’s to underscore its edge in power while pouncing on its rival’s poor reception with 15 service winners, including five from Alarca and three from Daquis.
Alcantara, Reyes triumph
Wildcards Francis Casey Alcantara and Fil-Italian Marc Reyes posted a pair of lopsided triumphs over separate rivals to barge into the third round of the Olivarez-Philta Open Tennis Championships at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat late Saturday.
Alcantara, the 2009 Australian Open junior doubles champion, followed up his 6-0, 6-3 rout of Arjohn de la Cruz with a 6-0, 6-0 romp over 10th ranked Kim Saraza to arrange a Last 16 duel with fifth seed Rolando Ruel Jr. in the men’s Open singles.
On the other hand, Reyes, who reached the finals of the PCA Open two years ago, overwhelmed Rollie Anasta, 6-0, 6-1, to set up a clash with Michael Mantua, who upended No. 12 Antonio Sagansay, 6-3, 7-5.
De La Salle University-Dasmariñas continued to stamp its class on two fronts in the 11th Universities and Colleges Athletic Association (UCAA) volleyball tournament at the Ugnayang La Salle gymnasium in Dasmariñas, Cavite recently.
Abdul Alkasim led a decisive scoring at the start of the fourth set, setting the tone for a big comeback and allowing the Patriots to turn the tables on Central College of the Philippines, 25-13, 25-16, 16-25, 25-14, in the men’s side.
On the other hand, the Lady Patriots got nine points from Monique Tiangco’s serves in the first two sets to wallop Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite, 25-17, 25-20, 25-19, in the women’s action.
Ateneo, NU advance
Reigning champion Ateneo and National University claimed the first two semifinal berths after clobbering their respective foes in the 75th UAAP badminton tournament Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
The Blue Eagles posted a 4-1 victory over University of the East, 4-1, while the Bulldogs nailed a 5-0 shutout win over Adamson to extend their unbeaten runs to five games.
De La Salle University, meanwhile, edged University of Santo Tomas, 3-2, to tie its victims in third place at 3-2, while Far Eastern University survived University of the Philippines, 3-2.