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Inquirer 7: Best moments in Philippine volleyball in 2017

first_imgTony Koyfman lifts his Finals MVP trophy after helping Ateneo beat National University to win the UAAP Season 79 men’s volleyball Finals. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo was the picture of perfection in the UAAP men’s volleyball of Season 80 when it went on a tear of the competition and finished the tournament with an unblemished 14-0 slate.The Blue Eagles then trumped National University in two games to complete the three-peat courtesy of a five-set win 18-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-18, 15-13 as four-time MVP Marck Espejo pushed through with 27 points.6. F2 comes back for first PSL Grand Prix titlePhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNo lead was safe when the F2 Logistics started rolling.In the second game of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix finals, the Cargo Movers were down two sets to one against Petron and 0-9 in the fourth set before forcing a rubber match after five-set win, 25-20, 24-26, 14-25, 25-19, 15-4.The Cargo Movers then completed the comeback in the third game with a masterful four-set performance, 25-20, 25-20, 20-25, 25-18.F2 ckipper Cha Cruz showed her savvy in the clutch giving the Cargo Movers a 23-17 lead in the fourth set before MJ Perez won it all with a booming kill.7. Petron ends droughtPhoto by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERThe young history of the PSL will never be complete without its first rulers, and those two were Army and Petron.The Lady Troopers were the champions of the first three conferences before the Blaze Spikers took over and won the next two. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MVP Mary Joy Baron put La Salle at match point, 14-10, before Ateneo’s Jhoana Maraguinot sailed her ball outside awarding the Lady Spikers 10th UAAP title.And La Salle’s rule in the UAAP doesn’t just include 2017 with the Lady Spikers owning five of the seven titles this decade with the other two going to Ateneo.2. Arellano wins one for a loved onePhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAcross the proverbial pond to the NCAA, Arellano pushed through heartache and put on an inspired performance for head coach Obet Javier.Just a week before the title-clincher, Javier’s wife Amy passed away to cancer and it was up to the Lady Chiefs to give their mentor something to hold on to.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In just a couple of days, the world will usher in 2018, but before the fireworks go off and the clock hits midnight allow Inquirer to set you up for some reminiscing in the world of sports.After counting down the best basketball moments of 2017, this time let’s talk about Philippine volleyball, which reached greater heights this year.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense And that something was the championship trophy as the Lady Chiefs pushed aside San Sebastian’s thrice-to-beat advantage and claim the title in four sets, 25-15, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16.3. A Dawn risesCONTRIBUTED PHOTODawn Macandili is exactly five-feet tall and will never be the tallest player in any team she gets into, but the diminutive defensive dynamite shone with a bright silver luster in the Asian stage.La Salle’s libero made herself known in the continental stage when she won the Second Best Libero plum in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship earning respect from her continental contemporaries.4. Southeast Asian stunnerPhilippines’ Alyssa Valdez reacts after scoring a point against Vietnam. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUpsets are always fun shows in sports, and the Philippines pulled off just that in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship.Although the Filipinos failed to stand on the podium, they did shock the tournament when they pulled off the stunner against Vietnam in the preliminary rounds.Vietnam, during the August tournament, was ranked no.44 in the world and that is 33 spots ahead of the Philippines that is at no.79, but the Filipinos never looked at rankings during four-set thriller.Alyssa Valdez finished off Vietnam and capped off the Philippines’ 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23 victory.5. Ateneo Blue Eagles go unbeaten 1. La Salle repeatsLa Salle clinches its 2nd straight UAAP women’s volleyball title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s pretty safe to say that it has been a decade of dominance for De La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd in 2017 the Lady Spikers made sure that the UAAP volleyball landscape would still be covered in green-and-white ribbons after sweeping rival Ateneo in two games.The Lady Spikers traded blows with the Lady Eagles in the second game of the Season 79 title series eventually winning in five sets 19-25, 25-14, 18-25, 25-18, 15-10. 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WCD sea defence structure will feature new design – River defence officer

first_imgWith the completion of temporary repairs along the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) sea defence to fix ruptures caused by a massive high spring tide earlier this month, there are plans make modifications to the design of the structure, for the permanent works, which are yet to commence.This was announced by the Chief Sea and River Officer, Kevin Samad, who noted that 100 feet of the concrete structure that lined the shoreline, was partially broken in the high tide episode. He stated that the Sea and River Defence Unit is on a mission to have all the concrete replaced with a newly designed rip-rap structure.“We have adapted the rip-rap design which is a more robust design for these areas. That will be our primary intervention for the last three decades on Guyana’s coast. We have been progressing with replacing all the concrete areas with rip-rap structures,” he stated.While noting that the works completed thus far were temporary, the permanent works will begin in a few months.“We had completed an exercise where we did temporary works by placing boulders on the seaward face of the damaged sections. Those works are of temporary nature,” he stated.Currently, the areas are being assessed after which a suitable design will be selected that is believed to be suitable for protection against waves and tides. These works will be designated to a contractor by public procurement process.“What we’re doing there now is we’re assessing the area to finalise some designs and after that we’ll go to tender for a more permanent work on the latter part [of this year],” Samad explained.While the tender will open in about three weeks, an evaluation is the next step. The permanent works will be awarded “around half the year” after which construction will commence.Earlier last week, visits were made to the area by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson along with the Regional Chairman of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Julius Faeber in which the areas were examined.Waves from the high spring tide came into contact with the seawalls along the WCD about a month ago, resulting in the destruction of four sections along the concrete structure, causing major flooding. Immediately, members of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) were deployed to the varying areas, where sandbags were used to temporarily fill the open gaps. When the water retreated, the Public Infrastructure Ministry hired contractors to conduct temporary repairs by placing boulders along the gaps where sandbags were once used. However, these works were halted due to a shortage of the boulders for the completion of the ruptured sections of the seawall, which was later completed upon the attainment of the remaining boulders. Presently, this makeshift model will act as a shield until actions are taken by the River Defence Unit to fix the structures.In the near future, the main focus of the newly designed permanent structure will be in Leonora and Uitvlugt, which suffered more severe damages. Presently, indications predict that residents will see the entire concrete wall being replaced with a rip-rap structure.last_img read more