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Jirah Llaneta to make her BIG DECISION soon

Posted in NCAA Volleyball, Notable Players, UAAP Volleyball, Volleyball News

In volleyball’s recruiting wars, one player stood out among all high school players. This is none other than Jirah Llaneta of Perpetual Help – Molino. A 5’7 1/2 outside hitter, she has amazed UAAP and NCAA coaches with her hang time and leaping ability as well as her ability to score both using power and smart attacks and through very sharp service aces.

In the recently concluded STCAA (Southern Tagalog Calabarzon Athletic Association), among all coaches who talked to her, FEU and UST are the most aggressive, with the coaches promising her a first six slot in the team next season. The coaches of  ADU and NU are also constantly talking to her. She has likewise trained with both the UAAP Season 74 finalists DLSU and ADMU and has impressed both coaches.

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Delightful Deductions #2: First round hullabaloos

Posted in Reflections, UAAP Season 73, UAAP Volleyball

Good day everyone! It’s the start of the 2nd round today. We know you guys are all excited, some are quite affected because of the recent happenings in the controversy, but it’s all water under the bridge now and it’s time to get the action going starting later!

For sure, the games later will be exciting since both UP vs NU and ADMU vs UST were five-setters in the first round. Let’s see if there will be reversals of wins or if the winning team will sweep the other. Good Luck to both teams indeed! 🙂

Today, we’ll pretty much sum up the 1st round as to how you’d like it with a special guest in UST legendary player and TV commentator Mozzy Ravena. So enjoy our analyses and feel free to comment below! Hopefully, she’ll become a regular here in SpikeItHard and that she will continue to entertain us. 🙂

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Delightful Deductions #1: UAAP Season 73 Primer

Posted in Reflections, UAAP Season 73, UAAP Volleyball

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The UAAP season 73 cannot come fast enough. Imagine, it has been a year (or at least a couple) of months since the last season ended. Many things have happened since…from the transfer of some players to some players who would not play anymore or would skip their playing year due to some reason which makes this season a whole lot more interesting. Recruitment wars have been up and some teams showed what they can do during the pre-season tournaments. With this, we will present to you our analyses and predictions of the upcoming season. With this we present to you SpikeItHard’s UAAP Season 73 Primer! 😀

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“Know Your History” Trivia Game #3

Posted in Contests

Good day Guys! How was the last trivia? That was kinda easy compared to the first. However, despite having 806 entries, no one was able to guess the correct answer. 🙂

There were no winners for the MAJOR PRIZE but since we received only a few entries in the CONSOLATION PRIZE and that no one got it right, we are giving the CONSOLATION PRIZE to Rap Sab. He only made a mistake in one answer wherein he placed Anna Fulo in the Middle Blocker. CONGRATULATIONS RAP SAB! 🙂


MAJOR PRIZE QUESTION: Name all the setters of FEU in the Shakey’s V-League including their guest players

CONSOLATION PRIZE QUESTION: Which player has the most V-League awards for FEU?

Remember: Wrong spelling wrong! Wrong placement of names will not be considered! 🙂

Deadline: August 1, 12 AM

Next Week: San Sebastian Lady Stags

Good Luck and Enjoy! 🙂

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“Know Your History” Trivia Game #2

Posted in Contests, Shakey's V-League

Hey there guys! What’s up! We had a record of 408 entries submitted in our previous contest. However, it’s sad that no one got the correct answer.

You can forget that already. Haha. This week we’ll be doing the UST Tigresses Legends

MAJOR PRIZE QUESTION: Name  15 open spikers and 10 middle blockers of UST from Season 1 up to Season 7, 1st Conference

CONSOLATION PRIZE QUESTION: All in all, how many UST Tigresses have played for other teams as guest players in the V-League? Additional points for those who can mention which teams.

For answers, you can either put it in the comment box below or e-mail:

Do remember that entries are considered Final and can not be changed. Only one entry per person. Wrong spelling are wrong. Wrong placement of words or names are wrong.

Deadline is on July 25, 2010, 12 AM.
Deadline is on July 25, 2010, 12 AM.

Next Week: FEU Lady Tamaraws

Good Luck, Enjoy and Have Fun Guys!

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“Know Your History” Trivia Game #1

Posted in Contests, Shakey's V-League, V-League Season 3

“Know Your History” Trivia Game #1

Welcome guys to our new part of the site called “Know Your History” Trivia Game. This game MIGHT be only during the duration of the Shakey’s V-League tournament. But we’re thinking of extending it also to the other tournaments. The contest will involve pictures and the contestant just has to answer the question/s. The major prize will only have one winner. But in the event that two or more will win the major prize, it will be in a raffle system, with the first pick bagging the major prize and the second pick bagging the consolation prize!

Prizes include:

– Major Prize – V-League Bundle at Shakey’s Pizza Restaurant with barkada
– Consolation Prize – Ringside ticket or 300 peso load

Anyway, here’s our first item for this conference of the Shakey’s V-League:

(Photo taken during ADMU vs DLSU game a few Seasons back)

MAJOR PRIZE QUESTION: List the Full Line-Up of Ateneo and La Salle in Season 3

CONSOLATION PRIZE QUESTION: Who won this game and the POG?

For answers, you can either put it in the comment box below or e-mail:

Next Week: UST Tigresses Legends

Good Luck, Enjoy and Have Fun Guys!

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Twisted Thoughts #1: Pilot

Posted in Reflections, Shakey's V-League, V-League Season 7

By: Jannie Gavile, Benj Zabat and Bea Samson

Hello everyone! We’re back! Yes, it’s Jannie Gavile and Benj Zabat! We’re bringing you a new corner called Twisted Thoughts which will be our name for the rest of the year.

If you guys are wondering what this article is is all about, well, we have a new group name now because we have a new member in Bea Samson! She is a Physics major in University of the Philippines. She is also a diehard volleyball fan of different teams. You guys welcome her!

Now, with UST not joining, 2 promising teams will suit up for the first time: the NU Lady Bulldogs and the UPHDS Lady Altas. With the addition of these squads, the V-League will still be a tight race among the 8 the eight teams. The league’s mainstays are the Adamson Lady Falcons, Ateneo Lady Eagles, College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers, FEU Lady Tamaraws, Lyceum Lady Pirates, and the San Sebastian Lady Stags.

So, this coming conference, which teams will be your bets? Hmm. Can’t decide?

Here’s a very good team by team analysis. Then maybe after, you can already pick your Final Four with our help. Enjoy!

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The Green Corner #12: Gearing Up

Posted in Reflections, Shakey's V-League, V-League Season 7

Summer Heat is on! Shakey’s V-League unwraps today at the Arena with ten teams joining.

It’s been almost a month since UAAP ended, and here we are, back again at the helm to give our readers a preview of what would be the V-League like this coming conference.

It’s sad that La Salle didn’t join this conference but it’s okay since there are a lot of teams who are really as strong as well. There are three provincial teams who surely beefed up their rosters, one in fact, even hired a Thai guest player. Aside from that, they are getting a lot of guest players here in Manila. I actually think that this V-League, though short, will be as exciting, or maybe even more than the past conferences.

Likewise, looking at the line-ups of teams, this ones bound to be a competitive league. I see at least 5 teams contending for the crown namely UST, Ateneo, Lyceum, Adamson and San Sebastian. I have yet to see the other teams play too so I’m not sure.

Let’s enjoy this summer conference and as much as possible support Philippine Volleyball!

The Games this coming Sunday for the Shakey’s V-League Season 7, 1st Conference are as follows:

Sunday, April 11, 2010
venue: San Juan Arena

1 PM: Opening Ceremonies
4 PM: FEU vs UST

Here are our predictions for the coming games and the list of our predictions…

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The Green Corner #11: Green or Yellow?

Posted in Reflections, UAAP Season 72, UAAP Volleyball

The Finals has been exciting in a way that we can see a lot of rallies. Especially in the Men’s. Those three sets were fun. I mean, if you would look at it, after the game, it’s as if you actually witnessed a five-setter game because of how both teams played. The women’s game kind of bored me. UST just really showed dominance over La Salle in Game 1 especially in the third set. Was hoping for a closer game, but then since I predicted a UST win last time in 3 to 4 sets, I should not have expected. Haha. Silly me.

I heard tomorrow will be a reunion of some sorts for the UST alumni/alumnae athletes not just in volleyball but also in basketball, swimming, etc. I guess the community in Espana is just so psyched up to win the games tomorrow. I just love how the supporters of UST come out to support their teams. It’s as if the school spirit in this schools is very much alive and that they really inspire and encourage their athletes to do their best.

I hope the La Salle crowd won’t be outnumbered much though tomorrow. After all, they are still the defending champions. I’m sure a lot of LaSallians out there will support the girls to force a decider on Wednesday. Gang Green will be supporting the team tomorrow so I’m expecting a non-stop cheering.

Prepare for some wild but fun action tomorrow. I’m sure the game tomorrow will be celebrity-studded or at least in sports. Have fun guys! 🙂

I’m sorry if I can’t make predictions today because of some problems. But I’ll make it up in our next article. Our next article will feature what we think of the awardees and if there will be a Game 3, we will be making predictions once more. If not, we will making our farewell to UST and DLSU. That’s all for now.

The Finals Game 2 this coming Saturday for the UAAP 72 Women’s Volleyball are as follows:

Saturday, February 27, 2010
venue: San Juan Arena

2 PM: FEU vs UST (Men’s)
4 PM: UST vs DLSU (Women’s)

Here are our predictions for the coming Finals Game 2 games and the list of awardees…

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The Green Corner #10: The Climax

Posted in Reflections, UAAP Season 72, UAAP Volleyball

It was just three months ago when everyone actually was itching to be in the Final Four. Here we are again. In the Finals. Now everyone’s itching to go back to Day One to reminisce the great volleyball games that has happened this year. I, for one, can’t even move on and believe that it’s already in the Finals. I mean, come on, it’s really early. I still want more games! Haha.

For the first time in years, La Salle and UST will actually make it to the UAAP Finals. I can still remember 4 years back when La Salle and UST would face off in the V-League Finals perennially with Michelle Carolino playing for La Salle and Roxanne Pimentel for UST. Man, those games were ecstatic. It’s as if volleyball is in the same level already as basketball that time with the many fans watching the games. This year, I’m sure it will be as exciting as the basketball games. If you remember months back, in basketball, La Salle and UST had very exciting games against each other. You’d be surprised that Araneta had so many spectators that time despite UST being 4th and La Salle being only 6th. I am expecting more LaSallians and Thomasians to watch the game later. I hope students from both schools can egg on their teams to win the championship. Of course, nothing beats school pride. It’s what makes college wars really exciting I guess.

The Games this coming Wednesday for the UAAP 72 Women’s Volleyball 2nd Round are as follows:

Sunday, February 24, 2010
venue: San Juan Arena

2 PM: UST vs FEU (Men’s)
4 PM: DLSU vs UST (Women’s)

Here are our farewell messages to Adamson and Ateneo and our predictions for the coming Finals Game 1 games…

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