Petron XCS kicked off its title-retention campaign on a positive note, beating Generika-Ayala-A 19-21, 21-14, 15-8 in its opening match of the Philippine Superliga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup at the Sands By the Bay at Mall of Asia on Wednesday. Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons crawled back from a set down to pull off the win over Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain, the same pair they crushed in last year's finals. Petron then defeated Danika Gendrauli and Nene Bautista of Cocolife-A 21-19, 21-10 to give Petron an early lead in Pool A. Also emerging victorious were Mylene Paat and Rap Aguilar of Cignal-A, which recovered from a sluggish second set en route to a 21-19, 5-21, 16-14 win over Generika-Ayala-B. Also in Pool B, Dhannylaine Demontano and Jackie Estoquia of Sta. Lucia-A downed Cignal-A 14-21, 21-19, 15-5. Foton’s Nieza and Jeziela Viray beat Cherry May Vivas and Janine Navarro of Cignal-B 21-16, 21-17 in Pool C while in Pool D, Jonah Sabete and Bianca Lizares of Sta. … [Read more...] about News PSL Beach Volleyball: Sisi Rondina, Bernadeth Pons perfect in opener
MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) skipper Bernadeth Pons may have ended her UAAP career without a women's volleyball championship, but she remains proud of what she has achieved as a Lady Tamaraw. Pons and the Lady Tamaraws fell short once more on Wednesday when they bowed to De La Salle University in straight sets, 26-24, 25-20, 26-24, in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball finals. The result clinched for La Salle its third straight title and 11th overall. It was a bittersweet ending for Pons, who finished her career with another triple-double: 17 points, 15 receptions, and 15 digs. The FEU captain could not help but be emotional in the end, but still held her head high upon receiving the silver medal amid a chorus of cheers from the appreciative FEU crowd at the Araneta Coliseum. "Masaya ako sa ano man 'yung naabot namin this year," Pons said after the game. "Sobrang proud ako this year sa team namin, although hindi namin nakuha 'yung goal namin." … [Read more...] about News UAAP volleyball: What’s next for FEU’s Bernadeth Pons?
MANILA, Philippines – For the second week in a row, Far Eastern University (FEU) skipper Bernadeth Pons has earned Player of the Week honors in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament. This, after Pons once again delivered for the Lady Tamaraws as they clinched the second spot and a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final 4. As she promised last week, Pons accomplished her mission of giving the Lady Tamaraws a semis bonus for the first time since Season 71. The 21-year-old open spiker from Negros Occidental stepped up in FEU's crucial games last week, helping her team finish the elimination round with a 10-4 win-loss record – the second-best mark in the league just behind defending champion De La Salle University (12-2). That means FEU needs to beat third-seeded Ateneo de Manila University just once in the Final 4 in order to advance to the best-of-3 title series. The do-it-all player delivered 13 points, 13 digs, and 13 receptions as FEU made quick work of University … [Read more...] about News FEU’s Pons named UAAP Player of the Week anew
MANILA, Philippines – Bernadeth Pons has a chance to do in UAAP Season 80 what she has never done for Far Eastern University (FEU) – lead the Lady Tamaraws to the women's volleyball finals. A four-set victory over National University (NU) in their final game of the elimination round gave FEU a 10-4 win-loss record – their best since Season 71. A win by De La Salle University over Ateneo de Manila University made it official: the Lady Tams finished with the second seed, and have a twice-to-beat edge in the semifinals. For the graduating Pons, she is not about to waste her final opportunity to bring the Lady Tamaraws to the finals for the first time since Season 71 – when FEU was still bannered by the likes of Rachel Anne Daquis, Maica Morada, and Wendy Ann Semana. "'Yung trophy ng champion ang gusto naming makuha," said Pons, who had 17 points and 16 excellent receptions in their 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20 win over NU on Sunday. "Alam naman namin sa sarili namin … [Read more...] about News UAAP volleyball: As final season winds down, FEU’s Pons puts full focus on title pursuit
MANILA, Philippines – After another superb all-around performance for the Lady Tamaraws, Far Eastern University (FEU) captain Bernadeth Pons has earned the UAAP Player of the Week nod for games played from April 4 to April 8. It was Pons's remarkable effort on the defensive end of the floor that got her the award this week. While she averages 15.4 points per game, Pons is also third in the league in receiving (44.88% efficiency) and digging (3.84 digs per set) – better marks than all liberos in the UAAP outside of Kath Arado and Dawn Macandili. In FEU's crucial five-set win over Adamson University last Saturday, Pons put up an absurd stat line of 22 points, 23 digs, and 24 excellent receptions. "Sobrang laking factor siya para ma-build talaga 'yung confidence ng team," Pons said of their 25-22, 25-27, 14-25, 25-22, 15-11 triumph. READ: DLSU secures at least a playoff for a semis twice-to-beat advantage That victory secured a Final 4 berth for the Lady Tamaraws for the … [Read more...] about News FEU’s Pons earns UAAP Player of the Week nod