Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Rebisco Volleyball League: NSNU, HCHS, DLSL & HRC book semis slots

NSNU, HCHS, DLSL & HRC book RVL semis slots
by rick olivares

It took four of the five days of preliminary competition to sort out the semi-finals cast.

The tournament favorites – Nazareth School of National University and De La Salle Lipa – moved a couple of steps closer to a title showdown in the Rebisco Volleyball League.

NSNU which hopes to annex two major girls volleyball titles within the next week or so (the UAAP Girls Championship included) flexed their muscles and talent from the get go and crushed Koronodal National Comprehensive High School, 25-11 and 25-14 behind Faith Nisperos’ seven points.

The win gave NSNU a 4-0 slate in Pool A. But keep in step with NU is surprising Hope Christian High School which swept luckless Holy Family Academy 25-18 and 25-17. Mycah Go led HCHS with 10 points.

The two teams part ways tomorrow, Friday.

KNCHS dropped to 1-3 while HFA is the only winless team in the bracket with a 0-4 record.

Over at Pool B, DLSL had a tougher time fending off Bacolod Tay Tung High School which after a 2-0 start has lost its last two effectively knocking them out of the semi-finals race.

Mirgie Bautista top scored for Lipa with 12 points while Alleiah Malaluan added 11.

Hometown favorite Holy Rosary College likewise stayed in step with DLSL with a two-set sweep of FEU, 25-19 and 25-23. Aliah Marce led HRC with nine points.

“It was a close match for us, but I do not mind because it helps the girls’ nerves and confidence,” said HRC head coach Lerma Giron.

Both DLSL and HRC battle for the top spot of Pool B.

It will be an interesting battle for all four undefeated squads. While NSNU and DLSL are the two pre-tourney favorites, Hope Christian High School and Holy Rosary College are the underdogs. A win by the favorites means that the latest they will meet is in the finals.

HRC takes on DLSL at 3pm followed by the NSNU-HCHS match at 4pm.

“We know that Holy Rosary will have the hometown support so it is important for us to keep them off balance,” said Lipa head coach Ronwald Dimaculangan. “We saw how resilient HRC is during their game against Bacolod. So kailangan mas masipag kami if we want to win.

Rebisco Volleyball League: NU crushes UMT for third straight

NU crushes UMT for third straight RBL win
by rick olivares

The University of Mindanao Tagum started the match with an ace and a down the line shot from Shania Verana as the Davao Del Norte squad kept pace with powerhouse Nazareth School of National University, 9-8, in the first set.

However, four successive points by Alyssa Solomon, Nicole Magsarile, and Camille Lamina, aided by an unfortunate attack error by UMT’s Sheena Gallentes saw the UAAP Girls’ three-peat champions right their ship and it was smooth sailing from there.

NU took the match in two sets, 25-14 and 25-15, to go 3-0 in Pool A of the Rebisco Volleyball League at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna. NU kept pace with Hope Christian High School that also totes a 3-0 slate.

The girls of head coach Raymond Castillo have thus far bested Holy Family Academy of Pampanga, Leyte National High School, and now, University of Mindanao Tagum.

“Against NU, dapat you play the game of your life and may halong suwerte,” lamented UMT coach Michael Angelo Paulo. “We had our chances early in the game when NU had receive problems but masyadong malalim yung bench nila. Kahit sino ipasok mo diyan gagawa. Kung may off-day yung isa, yung iba maaring hindi.”

Paulo’s squad fell to 1-2 with their only win coming against Holy Family Academy, 25-17 and 25-20 in the second day of competition.

Starters for NSNU:
Michaela Belen, Faith Nisperos, Camille Lamina, Barbie Jamili, Nicole Magsarile, and
Jennifer Nierva.

Starters for UMT:
Sheena Gallentes, Maxinne Tayag, Breyanna Sasil, Honey Sotis, Bianca OrdoƱa, and Cindy Balante.

Talking to the Maraguinots of Batangas

Talking to the Maraguinots of Batangas
by rick olivares

If you scan the crowd at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex, there’s a familiar face in the stands.

It’s Lovella Maraguinot, mother to Ateneo Lady Eagle Jhoana and current De La Salle Lipa setter, Janela.

She played in the UAAP for Adamson (1991-95) and according to veteran volleyball watchers, is said to have had a lot of power in her spikes. Prior to going to Manila to play for the Lady Falcons, Lovella suited up for De La Salle Lipa.

“Hindi madali nandito sa stands nanonood,” she admitted rather shyly post-DLSL’s win over the University of San Jose Recoletos (in two sets). “Sobrang nerbyos ako for my daughters. Parang mas gusto ko ako naglalaro. Siyempre, you want them to do well. So meron takot pagnagkakamali or kung nasasaktan. Natural lang siguro for a mother.”

Janela on the other hand has embraced the pressure… of her mother being a former DLSL and Adamson star and her big sister making a name for herself in Ateneo.

“Proud ako sa mga na-accomplish nila at sa i-accomplish pa ni ate,” said the bunso who is five years the junior of Jhoana. “Ako naman, I play a different position. Marami rin pressure. Pero sabi nga ni coach (Ronwald Kris Dimaculangan), ‘embrace mo ang pressure kasi ganun talaga – galing sa winning program at sa winning family.’”

The mother admitted that she never pushed her two daughters to take up volleyball. “Hinayaan ko lang sila. Si Jhoana nga nung una, ayaw niya ng volleyball. But ayun – sa kakapanood ng games sa amin, na enganyo. The same for Janela. Lalo na when she was younger – medyo chubby. But ganun din, she grew to love the game.”

The younger daughter admitted that it was a thrill for her as a sixth grader to suit up in the same game as her old sister in the old Shakey’s Girls League Regionals. “Once lang nangyari yun kasi kinuha ako ng team nila ate as a guest player. Enjoy. Cool moment.”

Now there is a possibility that the two will be reunited over at Ateneo. “We’ll see what happens,” said Janela.

“I am proud of my daughters,” pronounced the mother. “Kung tignan mo si Jhoana, two years yan umupo dahil sa grades. Kung ano nagawa niya, pinaghirapan niya yan. Now si Janela naman.”

The mother added too that watching the games makes her feel young. “Exciting na nga yung laro lalo pa dahil nandiyan mga anak ko.”

“I think playing for La Salle Lipa which has a winning program already has pressure,” summed up Janela. “Kahit rebuilding phase kami, meron expectations. Ganun talaga. So I just try to do my best. Yun lang naman dapat lagi.”