Latest Stories

Tigresses bolster Shakey’s V-League 9 cast


UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas returns to the Shakey’s V-League, hoping to increase their record haul of six titles when Season 9 unfolds April 24 at the FilOil-Flying V Arena.

The Tigresses, whose last title came two years ago before they took a leave of absence from the league, loom as one of the favorites in a tournament seen as one of the most competitive since the league started.

Ateneo will be back to defend its title against a crack field that also include  former champions Adamson and San Sebastian, NCAA titlist Perpetual Help and another returning team, Letran.

Far Eastern U, National U and Visayan teams University of St. La Salle of Bacolod and Southwestern University of Cebu complete the formidable 10-team cast.

“This is going to be a wide-open race,” said Ricky Palou, president of the organizing Sports Vision. “All teams have got what it takes to win. The return of UST makes it doubly interesting.”

The field is divided into two groups with the top four teams after a single round  elimination in each bracket advancing to the quarterfinal stage.

The Tigresses, with coach Odjie Mamon now at the helm after replacing Shaq delos Santos last year, will pin their hopes on former Most Valuable Player Mary Jean Balse and Thai ace Patcharee Sangmuang as guest players.

Maru Banaticla, Judy Caballejo, Maika Ortiz and skipper Rhea Dimaculangan are still around to carry the fight for the Tigresses in the tournament sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza and backed by Mikasa and Accel.

Ateneo has recalled Thai guest player Lithawat Kesinee to team up with Alyssa Valdez, Gretchen Ho, Dzi Gervacio, Fille Cainglet, Jem Ferrer and defensive specialist Denden Lazaro.

Reinforced by former stars Janet Serafica and Nene Bautista, the Lady Falcons will also count on Pau Soriano, Sheila Pineda, Jampong Quinlog, and Angelica Vasquez.

A prominent fixture in the league the past five years, Thai ace Jeng Bualee is still the top choice for the Lady Stags as reinforcement along with Ruby De Leon. Skipper Karen Berbano, Dafna Robiños, Mae Crisostomo, Michelle Gerona and veteran Joy Benito

NCAA MVP Sandra delos Santos will banner Perpetual’s campaign, along with Honey Royce Tubino, Janice Abar, Angelique Dionela and Kath Bulatao

Letran will have NCAA standouts Lalaine Anne Villarin, Manel Carolino, Justyne Mae Tadeo, Gena Andaya and Angelica Santos while La Salle hopes to at least match its surprising third-place finish last year.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Shakey’s V-League , Volleyball

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  2. Freddie Roach: I’m satisfied; Manny Pacquiao did well
  3. My ideal weight is 140, declares Pacquiao
  4. After Pacquiao, BIR chief Henares runs after boxing fans
  5. Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  6. Ginebra’s new import Freeman arrives, makes PBA return vs ROS
  7. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  8. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  9. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  10. San Miguel Beer clinches 2nd spot after comeback win over Air21
  1. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  2. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  3. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  4. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  5. Pacquiao punching power ‘way harder’ in first fight—Bradley
  6. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  7. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  8. Pacquiao ‘strong, faster’ for tiff
  9. Bradley to Pacquiao: You better be ready
  10. Pacquiao survives sneaky haymaker in 4th round
  1. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  2. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  3. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  4. Mayweather surprise visitor to Bradley camp
  5. Bradley won’t last distance– Peñalosa
  6. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  7. Pacquiao punching power ‘way harder’ in first fight—Bradley
  8. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  9. Tapering off: Pacquiao already at 147 lb
  10. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed


  • Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine
  • Philippine eagle rescued by Army turned over to DENR
  • Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers
  • South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  • Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing in ferry sinking
  • Sports

  • Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory
  • Wawrinka waltzes through with Monte Carlo walkover
  • Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Business

  • Total says makes ‘very promising’ oil find off Ivory Coast
  • ‘Chinese Twitter’ firm Weibo to go public in US
  • World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking
  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • Technology

  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus
  • DFA: 2 Filipinos survive Korean ferry disaster
  • PH asks airline passengers to check for MERS
  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • Marketplace