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    Seven setters we loved at the Akari Nationals

    Setters are the engine on which a team runs. They are the coach’s extension, the brain making all the weapons of a volleyball team function.  That was proven true in the Akari Nationals, when teams with smart and impressive setters made it to the playoffs, and to some, even to the championship round. Let’s look […] More

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    Top setter Chenae Basarte is Akari National Finals MVP

    Amidst all the booming spikes that thundered inside the Adamson Gym over the weekend, it was the deft hands and smart playmaking of Chenae Basarte that stood out.  Thus, the Hope Christian High School standout was named the Most Valuable Player of the Akari National Finals. Basarte, the younger sister of UP’s Mae, was in a class […] More

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    Hope Christian HS sweeps HRC to win first Akari National championship

    What was expected to be a down-the-wire thriller turned into a sweep.  Hope Christian High School flexed its muscles early and often in blanking Holy Rosary College, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20, to win the first-ever Akari National High School Girls Volleyball Championship Sunday at the Adamson Gym in Manila. Both squads went undefeated throughout the first […] More

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    Hope Christian HS subdues Zobel to take Akari Metro Manila crown

    Hope Christian High School came back from a set down to turn back De La Salle Zobel in a thrilling finals encounter and cop the Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Metro Manila title last Saturday at the Tivoli Royale Country Club.  Setter Chenae Basarte controlled the game’s tempo and made full use of Hope’s […] More

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    La Salle Zobel, Hope battle for Akari Metro Manila championship

    De La Salle Zobel and Hope Christian High School arranged a title showdown in the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Metro Manila finals Saturday at the Tivoli Royale Country Club in Quezon City. The Junior Archers held off a feisty challenge by FEU Diliman to stretch their unbeaten streak behind rising star Angel […] More

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    Hope Christian HS joins UAAP teams in Akari Metro Manila Final Four

    The strongest have survived. After two weekends of intense competitions, powerhouse teams De La Salle Zobel, University of Santo Tomas, Hope Christian High School and Far Eastern University Diliman barged into the Final Four of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships. The Junior Archers and the Baby Tamaraws face off in their side […] More

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    Petite UC ace Aice Parrocha leads Northern Luzon Mythical Team

    BAGUIO CITY — Who said only tall players make great middle blockers? Five-foot-three Aice Faith Parrocha proved that wrong after being named MVP of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Northern Luzon leg here. Parrocha bested more than 200 players who participated in the regional finals, and led the Baby Jaguars to the championship by […] More

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    UC’s middles get the job done in cardiac finish against Pudtol

    When the going gets tough, the University of the Cordilleras banked on their middle hitters to get the job done. Tournament MVP Aice Parrocha and Rosemar Borlongan teamed up in the final set to push the Baby Jaguars past a never-say-die Pudtol Vocational High School side and win the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball […] More

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    Pudtol fends off tough UB challenge, sets finals rematch with UC

    BAGUIO CITY — Pudtol Vocational High School survived a hard-fighting University of Baguio side to barge into the finals of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Northern Luzon leg here. The Apayao squad will face University of the Cordilleras, the same team they beat in the CAR Athletic Meet finals just last week. […] More

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    U of Baguio HS destroys Sablan, sets Final Four date with Pudtol

    BAGUIO CITY — University of the Cordilleras and Pudtol Vocational High School continued to be on the road to a rematch of the CARAA finals after disposing of separate foes in the 2018 Akari National High School Northern Luzon leg quarterfinals Sunday here. The Baby Jaguars destroyed Hope International High School, 30-17, to open the […] More

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    Cordillera rivals UC, Apayao lead North Luzon quarters

    BAGUIO CITY — Rivals in the last CAR Regional Athletic Association meet, University of the Cordilleras and Pudtol Vocational High School led their respective groups to enter the quarterfinals of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Northern Luzon leg here.  The Baby Jaguars swept Group A with a 4-0 record and will face Group […] More

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    Bronze finish a bittersweet one for AUF coach

    Already a familiar name across volleyball circles, Angeles University Foundation isn’t new to big tournaments and for coach Benjamin Angga, a third-place finish isn’t a cause for celebration. After breezing past Group B in Day 1 of the tournament, AUF did not look like the powerhouse that they are and looked mostly vulnerable against their […] More

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    Akari win a big boost for HFA after missing Palaro 2018 bus

    After failing to return to the Palarong Pambansa this year, Holy Family Academy is keen to make the Akari National High School Volleyball Championships their proving ground of what their squad is truly capable of. HFA entered the tournament as early favorites, cruising past Group A in Day 1, but faced a lot of turbulence […] More

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    Rachelle Roldan typifies Gapan’s ‘heartstrong’ mentality

    With the finals ticket already in their pockets, Juan R. Liwag Memorial High School’s celebration turned to muffled silence as their star spiker Rachelle Roldan went down to an ankle injury. The graduating spiker had to be rushed to the hospital for treatment but Roldan, being the fighter that she is, showed up in time […] More

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    MVP Raven Dayrit a calming presence in HFA’s intense run to crown

    Holy Family Academy had to endure tough challenges on their way to the Central Luzon championship. But behind all the turbulence they had to go through, Raven Dayrit became the calming presence for the Angeles City-based squad. Eager to prove themselves after bowing out of the City Meet contentions, coach Abel Nunag’s girls came out […] More

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    Holy Family Academy edges Juan Liwag in heart-stopping finals

    ANGELES CITY — Holy Family Academy dug deep from its bag of tricks to upend Juan R. Liwag Memorial National HS, 25-13, 25-27, 25-16, 29-27 and win the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Central Luzon leg Sunday here.  Tournament MVP Raven Dayrit came up big for HFA, firing rockets from the service line while […] More

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    HFA, AUF renew rivalry in Akari Central Luzon semifinals

    ANGELES CITY — Holy Family Academy and Angeles University Foundation renew their age-old rivalry when they lock horns in the semifinals of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Sunday here. The top seeds from Groups A and B, respectively, encountered rough sailing, but eventually emerged against fellow heralded foes in the quarterfinals. HFA […] More

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    Angeles, Bataan squads lead march to Central Luzon quarters

    ANGELES CITY — Four teams from this bustling city and four more from Bataan, Bulacan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija complete the quarterfinal cast of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Central Luzon leg.  Traditional powerhouse teams Holy Family Academy and Angeles University Foundation topped Groups A and B, respectively, while Marian College of Bulacan […] More

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    Trisha Mae Genesis hopes to end high school career with Palaro stint

    SANTA ROSA — She may be one of the most sought-after high school players in the region — if not in the whole country, but for blue-chip prospect Trisha Mae Genesis, she could have not done it without her coaches and teammates. After leading Holy Rosary College to yet another title, this time the Akari National […] More

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    Mafe Galanza hopes to follow sister’s footsteps in the UAAP

    At first glance, her moves, mannerisms on the court, and demeanor resembles that of her popular sister in the big leagues. Although they play totally different roles, it is undeniable that Mafe Galanza has a bit of that UAAP swagger her sister is known for. Against powerhouse teams in the Southern Luzon region, Galanza and her […] More

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    Genesis dazzles as HRC tramples on San Pedro in finals

    SANTA ROSA — Where star spiker Trisha Mae Genesis goes, Holy Rosary College goes, too.  And when the graduating outside hitter started heating up midway through the first set, there was no stopping the rampaging Rhinos. HRC dropped an 18-3 bomb in the first set to come back from an early deficit and set the tone […] More

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    HRC, San Pedro battle for Akari Southern Luzon championship

    SANTA ROSA — Holy Rosary College and San Pedro Relocation Center National High School rekindle their rivalry in the Southern Luzon finals of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships here.  The Rhinos stomped on First Asia Institute of Technologies and Humanities, 25-18, 25-11, to book the first ticket to the Last Dance. Meanwhile, […] More

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    FAITH outlasts St. Benilde to set up Final Four date with HRC

    SANTA ROSA — It took a lot of faith for FAITH to make it to the next round. Down one late in the match, the Bravehearts strung up three straight points to defeat St. Benilde International School, 30-28, to advance to the semifinals of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships at the HRC […] More

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    La Salle Lipa shades Meridian, San Pedro holds off Perpetual

    SANTA ROSA — Once again, two powerhouse teams from the CALABARZON region are crossing paths.  De La Salle Lipa and San Pedro Relocation Center National HS disposed of separate foes to schedule a semifinals battle in the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Southern Luzon leg Sunday at the HRC Gym here. The Green Chevrons […] More

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    La Salle Lipa, HRC shine bright in Akari Southern Luzon elims

    SANTA ROSA — The tournament favorites flexed their muscles early and often to breeze past the elimination round and enter the Southern Luzon quarterfinals of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships here. At the Holy Rosary College gymnasium, the host Rhinos trampled on their foes in Group C to set up an Elite […] More

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    Reigning Palaro champs DLSL leads strong Akari Nationals Southern Luzon cast

    Reigning Palarong Pambansa champions De La Salle Lipa lead a stellar cast of participants in this weekend’s 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships in Santa Rosa, Laguna.  The Green Chevrons, who defeated the Kings Montessori School-represented National Capital Region in the championship round last year in Antique, are tipped to be one of the […] More

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    Adamson among top choices of prized Bacolod setter Marianne Sotomil

    Even before the Visayas leg of the Akari National High School Volleyball Championships has started, muffled whispers about her talent has been going around in Iloilo. And when the tournament unfolded, Marianne Sotomil did not disappoint. Sotomil and the rest of the Bacolod Tay Tung High School entered the competition as heavy favorites but for […] More

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    Meeting and beating CPU in the finals again helps Tay Tung for next battle

    ILOILO CITY — Aside from winning the first-ever Visayas leg title of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships, Bacolod Tay Tung High School accomplished one more thing.  And come the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association meet next month, it might come in handy. The Thunderbolts dueled with rival Central Philippine University in four […] More

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    MVP Shane Carmona leads ‘Saksakan ng Galing’ team from Visayas

    ILOILO CITY — For being seemingly unstoppable on offense and being solid on defense, Bacolod Tay Tung’s Shane Carmona was named Most Valuable Player of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championship Visayas leg.  Carmona, who was also named 1st Best Open Spiker, teamed up with Best Setter Marianne Sotomil, Best Opposite Spiker Alyssa Bertolano […] More

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    Thunderbolt: Bacolod Tay Tung zaps CPU to bag Akari Visayas crown

    ILOILO CITY — It was a tight first three sets, with both teams trading rockets, staredowns and firepower.  But once Kiesha Bedonia got her service going in the fourth, there was no stopping Bacolod Tay Tung High School from claiming the title. The Thunderbolts pulled away midway through the fourth set to essay a 25-23, 17-25, […] More

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    Ateneo de Cebu claws listless San Agustin to claim bronze

    ILOILO CITY — Ateneo de Cebu was looking for a challenge, but the University of San Agustin failed to provide it in the battle for bronze. The Magis Eagles thoroughly outplayed the Iloilo squad, 25-14, 25-10, 25-22, to nab third place in the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Visayas leg Sunday at the […] More

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    Euna Gene Piosca puts on a clinic as CPU crushes San Agustin

    ILOILO CITY — Central Philippine University cruised to the Last Dance first after dispatching city rivals University of San Agustin, 25-11, 25-16, in the semifinals of the Visayas Leg of the Akari National High School Tournament, Sunday, at the Ateneo de Iloilo here.  Premiere playmaker Euna Gene Piosca put on a clinic, setting up teammates […] More

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    Bacolod Tay Tung shakes off Ateneo de Cebu to enter finals

    ILOILO CITY — It was a story of almost but not quite for Ateneo de Cebu. The Magis Eagles repeatedly gave Bacolod Tay Tung High School a test, but just couldn’t break through in the latter’s 25-22, 25-21 triumph that sent them to the championship round of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Visayas leg […] More

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    San Agustin comes back from brink of exit behind Maglupay’s hot hands

    ILOILO CITY — Entering the Akari Nationals Visayas leg as one of the contenders, the University of San Agustin had quite a scare when a gutsy Iloilo City National High School squad almost pushed them to the brink of elimination in the quarterfinals. San Agustin, however, bucked their slow start when Maryiel Maglupay, who was named […] More

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    Ateneo de Cebu, Bacolod Tay Tung set Final Four clash

    ILOILO CITY — Bacolod Tay Tung and Ateneo de Cebu dismantled separate foes in the quarterfinals to book a Final Four date in the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Visayas leg Sunday morning at the Ateneo de Iloilo Gym here.  Bacolod Tay Tung banked on a strong start before emptying their bench late […] More

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    Tay Tung, CPU showcase dominance to lead Visayas last eight

    ILOILO CITY — True to their billing, Bacolod Tay Tung High School and Central Philippine University  were the most dominant forces in Day 1 of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Visayas leg.  The visitors from nearby Negros Occidental trampled on St. Catherine Parochial School, 30-5, and Iloilo Doctors’ College, 30-13, before breezing past […] More

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    Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu squads favored in Akari Visayas finals

    At least 30 teams from all over the Visayas lock horns for the right to be called the first-ever Akari National High School Volleyball Visayas champions. Iloilo’s Central Philippines University, Ateneo de Cebu and Bacolod Tay Tung High School are schools to watch in the two-day volleyfest happening in Iloilo City from January 20-21. “We […] More

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    Iligan gem Ayesha Juegos dreams of making it big in Manila

    Dominant from start to finish, Iligan City National HS emerged unscathed to run away with the first-ever Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Mindanao regional crown on Sunday at the Corpus Christi Gym in Cagayan de Oro City.  One of the main reasons behind the Spartans’ success is Ayesha Juegos, a 15-year-old opposite spiker whose […] More

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    Yee dazzled with Mindanao talent, happy for great feedback on Akari Nationals

    CAGAYAN DE ORO — After two days of intense competition, perennial Palaro contender Iligan City National High School proved their worth as they came out on top of the Mindanao Leg of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships. They breezed through the competition in dominant fashion — sweeping their group in Day 1 […] More

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    Queens of the South: Iligan City NHS rules Akari Mindanao finals

    CAGAYAN DE ORO — The clock finally struck midnight on Pilgrim Christian College HS’s Cinderella run.  Powerhouse Iligan City National High School proved to be too much for the erstwhile giant-killers, breezing past Pilgrim, 25-20, 25-14, 25-16, to bag the first-ever 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championship Mindanao finals crown Sunday evening here. With Dalrymple […] More

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    Valencia City NHS completes impressive run with bronze

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — In a roller-coaster ride that had all the twists and turns, it was Valencia City National High School who came off happy.  The Blue Falcons pulled away early in the deciding frame to pip fading Angelicum Learning Center in the bronze medal match of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball […] More

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    Armed with UAAP experience, Dela Calzada puts Angelicum loss in perspective

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — After spending his collegiate years starring for an FEU squad that shone bright in the UAAP, Karl Ian dela Calzada knows how to take a loss, however tough it is.  So when his heavily-favored Angelicum Learning Center succumbed to a determined Pilgrim Christian College HS side in the Akari National […] More

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    Giant-killers Pilgrim College slays Angelicum to make finals

    CAGAYAN DE ORO — In a tournament filled with giants, an unlikely band of ‘pilgrims’ have made it to the Last Dance.  Pilgrim College HS picked apart another big name after sweeping Angelicum Learning Center, 25-18, 25-20, in the semifinals of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Mindanao finals Sunday afternoon here. With their […] More

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    Proud Valencia coach says team exceeded Akari expectations

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — After bowing out in the Final Four, Valencia City National High School coach Bong Sapanta couldn’t be prouder of his team. “Napakalaking achievement namin kasi hindi po kami achiever talaga nung araw,” he shared after the Falcons lost to Iligan City National High School, 20-25, 25-18, 22-25, in the Final […] More

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    Iligan bucks erratic service to outlast Valencia, book finals ticket

    CAGAYAN DE ORO — In what was an uncharacteristically erratic outing by Iligan City National High School, their starters delivered when it mattered most.  Dalrymple Lingay and Ayesha Juegos teamed up to tow the Spartans past the gritty Valencia City National High School, 25-20, 18-25, 25-22, and into the championship round of the 2018 Akari […] More

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    Iligan, Valencia, Angelicum sweep foes to enter Final Four

    CAGAYAN DE ORO — Tournament favorites Iligan City National HS and Angelicum Learning Center swept their respective foes to barge into the semifinals of the Akari National High School Volleyball Championships Mindanao finals here on Sunday. The Iligan Spartans, banking on their tall and powerful lineup, continued their dominant run by crushing Libertad National HS, 25-15, […] More

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    Top bets Iligan City NHS, Angelicum march to Mindanao quarters

    CAGAYAN DE ORO —  For national commissioner Jerry Yee, Cagayan de Oro lived up to its name and is indeed a gold mine of volleyball talent. With more than 500 aspiring volleyball players from all over Mindanao gathering in this city for the Mindanao Leg of the Akari Nationals 2018, Yee is elated to see raw high […] More

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    Akari Nationals kick off with aplomb in Cagayan de Oro

    CAGAYAN DE ORO — More than 500 student-athletes converged at the Corpus Christi Gym here to kick off the much-awaited Akari National High School Volleyball Championship Mindanao finals on Saturday morning. With some teams traveling more than 200 kilometers to participate in the inaugural edition of the tournament, Akari Nationals commissioner Jerry Yee expressed happiness […] More

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    Akari Nationals participants get free jerseys from Akari

    Student-athletes participating in the first-ever Akari National High School Volleyball Championships will receive a free jersey starting this weekend during the Mindanao finals in Cagayan de Oro City.  Coach Jerry Yee, national tournament commissioner, says this is Akari’s way of trying to inspire the young volleyball players. “We hope giving them this benefit would motivate them […] More

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    Top Mindanao teams square off in first Akari Nationals leg

    Forty teams from all over Mindanao battle for supremacy in the first regional finals of the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships this weekend in Cagayan de Oro City. Powerhouse teams Iligan City National High School, Angelicum Learning Center and Saint Michael’s College of Caraga lead the eight-group field vying to be the first-ever Mindanao […] More

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    Jerry Yee optimistic in finding next great high school stars in Akari Nationals

    One of the most decorated high school coaches in the Philippines in the past couple of decades is spearheading Akari’s efforts to find the next great volleyball talents in the grassroots level.  Yee, the head honcho of perennial powerhouse Hope Christian High School, has been tapped to be the National Commissioner of the 2018 Akari National High School […] More

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    Akari lights up search for PH’s best high school girls volleyball team

    After igniting success in Adamson University’s basketball, cheerdance and volleyball programs, Akari now hopes to light up the high school volleyball scene through the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships. With the goal of finding the best high school girls team in the entire country, the Akari Nationals will be held in different locations in Luzon, […] More