Field Announced for Inaugural Southland Conference Home Run Derby

first_imgNo. 5 Joey Pinney, Central Arkansas – Sr. – IF – North Little Rock, Ark. Top-seeded batter Andrew Fregia of Sam Houston State and No. 3 David Fry from Northwestern State lead the field with 11 home runs each this season. That mark ties them for first in the Southland. Houston Baptist’s Spencer Halloran and Shane Selman of McNeese have each registered nine in 2018. The home run derby will take place at Constellation Field on Tuesday beginning with the batter representing No. 8 seed New Orleans at 6:30 p.m. CT, proceeding through in descending order to the final participant from No. 1 seed Sam Houston State. No. 4 Spencer Halloran, Houston Baptist – Sr. – OF – Sheffield, Iowa SUGAR LAND, Texas – The eight-player field for the inaugural Southland Conference Home Run Derby has been finalized, with each participating tournament team represented in the event scheduled for Tuesday night. No. 1 Andrew Fregia, Sam Houston State – Jr. – IF – Liberty, Texas The home run derby is open to the public and free to attend. No. 2 Trey Morgan, Southeastern Louisiana – So. – IF – St. Francisville, La.center_img No. 3 J.P. Lagreco, Northwestern State – Jr. – OF – Pearl River, La. No. 7 Kyle Knauth, Nicholls – Sr. – C/1B – Mandeville, La. Each batter will have four minutes on the clock starting with the first pitch and is allowed one 45-second timeout. If scores are even after all eight student-athletes have made their initial plate appearances, the tied players will enter a two-minute bonus round to decide the winner. No. 6 Shane Selman, McNeese – Jr. OF – Lake Charles, La. 2018 Southland Home Run Derby Participants No. 8 Pearce Howard, New Orleans – Fr. – OF – Silver Spring, Md.last_img read more

WORLD CUP: Haunted by inconsistency, Serbia gambles on youth

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ A former national team defender and Bundesliga veteran, Mladen Krstajic is closely aligned with the federation’s wishes for the faster integration of the players who won the Under-20 World Cup in 2015.He was first brought in as a caretaker after Muslin’s dismissal, despite having never held a previous coaching position. But he has yet to calm the national anxiety after delivering highs and lows on the road to Russia. The latest setback was a 1-0 loss to Chile in a friendly.Unapologetic, Krstajic said the results of friendly matches were meaningless because they were only about preparation.“You would expect experienced players to have better form, but younger players have more potential — that’s a fact. We have both,” he said. “Testing younger players in the game (against Chile) was a conscious decision, to see how they would combine with the players who got us qualification.”GOALKEEPERSADVERTISEMENT Serbia’s talent in midfield also includes attack-minded Luka Milivojevic, a regular scorer at Crystal Palace.FORWARDSKrstajic likes to field a 4-2-3-1 formation to exploit the goal-scoring talents of his midfield.Aleksandar Mitrovic remains the preferred lone striker and he produced six goals in qualification. While his finishes often look unspectacular, the 23-year-old forward who plays at Fulham on loan has perfected close-range finishes.Krstajic added some young forwards to his roster, including 20-year-old Benfica player Luka Jovic, who is on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt.Fire-power may also come from Aleksandar Prijovic, the top scorer in the Greek league at PAOK Thessaloniki and hero at home for producing the winning goal against Georgia that sent Serbia through.GROUP GAMESSerbia will open against Costa Rica on Sunday in Samara. The team will then face Switzerland in Kaliningrad on June 22 before traveling to Moscow to face Brazil on June 27.SQUADGoalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan), Marko Dmitrovic (SD Eibar), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv) FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 filer, Serbian players pose for a team photo prior to the World Cup Group D qualifying soccer match between Serbia and Georgia at the Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)With a mandate to integrate the country’s promising young players into the squad, Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic was hired after the national team had already qualified for the World Cup.He has abandoned some of the caution shown by predecessor Slavoljub Muslin, whose conservative selections helped Serbia win its European qualifying group after failing to reach the 2014 tournament.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The towering Vladimir Stojkovic was first choice during the qualification campaign, which exposed the team’s irregular form.The Serbs conceded 10 goals in as many matches. The 34-year-old Stojkovic has bounced around half-a-dozen European leagues, making the rare switch from Red Star Belgrade to city rival Partizan.Predrag Rajkovic, a 22-year-old former national youth team standout, made his senior debut at 18 and has put in another six appearances.DEFENSEBranislav Ivanovic has long been a defensive rock, playing more than 100 times for his country while winning trophies with Chelsea.The center back seemed a natural choice to remain captain when Krstajic took over. Instead, he picked Roma left back Aleksandar Kolarov, a seven-year Manchester City veteran admired by English fans for his reliable form and viral online Christmas videos.MIDFIELDERSMuslin’s departure was blamed largely on his reluctance to use Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the tall, fast and versatile Lazio central midfielder.It was little surprise that the 23-year-old Milinkovic-Savic, called “the sergeant” in Italy for his commanding style, was included.The country’s second highly bankable star is another midfielder, Nemanja Matic, who has so impressed Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho that he’s a potential captain for next season. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The late shift in philosophy, however, has raised fears that Serbia’s consistent results could unravel.One of seven national teams created after the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbia has never made it past the group stage at a World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHere’s a closer look at the Serbia team:COACH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Defenders: Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Uros Spajic (Anderlecht), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina)Midfielders: Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade)Forwards: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Thessaloniki), Luka Jovic (Benfica)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Gilas last Filoil game leaves Uichico disappointed: ‘We didn’t play hard enough’last_img read more

“There is need for competent contractors” – Reg 8 Chairman

first_imgLinden to Lethem road woesEven as businesses, residents and other users of the Linden to Lethem road continue to fume over the deplorable state of the road, the Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) Chairman, Bonaventure Fredericks, has admitted that there is a need for competent contractors to execute these much-needed road works.The deplorable condition of a section of the Linden to Lethem roadIn an interview with Guyana Times on Monday, Fredericks pointed out that oftentimes, these road work contracts are awarded to inexperienced contractors who may not possess the necessary knowledge for building all-weather roads.“We need to have contractors that are knowledgeable about road building and who knows what type of materials to use to for all-weather road. But we have people that may have a truck or two and then they just go and throw stuff and then it’s not compacted and it’s not properly done and we’re back to square one again. Just days ago, the Ministry spend $4 million to repair certain sections of the said [road] and look at the condition of it again,” Fredericks added.He, however, noted that this responsibility of road works and awarding of contracts for such works falls primarily under the purview of the Public Infrastructure Ministry. He added that despite calls by the Regional Administration for funds to be available within its budget for executing regular maintenance works, they have been told by the MOPI that the maintenance of all roads and bridges across the country falls under their Ministry.“So if there’s any work to be done, the Ministry has to be contacted before anything can be done and this can be a very time-consuming process. We had this problem and we are still having it,” he said. “It’s kind of disturbing when we have these types of emergencies to work on and then we have to wait on Ministry to do what has to be done. We [do] not have that type of go-ahead from our Administration to say when an emergency comes up we get into it right away, we have to wait on the Ministry and while the waiting period is on, the residents suffer and that is what I’m not too happy about… that type of slow movements that happens while people suffer,” Fredericks added.Further, Fredericks stated that the Ministry has been selecting the contractors for those works. They also have an engineer on the ground who checks on these works when completed.“We need to understand that even though they may have these engineers I keep saying that some of them they may have their certificates and their diplomas and they only know the theory but now that they have to do the practical, they really can’t manage but we are the ones here who understand what’s happening. We are not getting our full value for what is being spent because I remember hearing that the Ministry spend $4 mil to do that piece of road a few days ago and look how it is now and we still not where we want to be,” he said.Fredericks explained that the recent road works were completed by a businessman who is not a contractor but has equipment that could have assisted. “This was a miner that does mining that they [Ministry] asked to do the work because they have the equipment; they have truck, bulldozers, excavators and they asked him to do it. He is not a road contractor. The Ministry hasn’t dispatched a team to do the work or anything of that sort,” he added.Chairman Fredericks also highlighted that the stretch of road going to Lethem is in a deplorable state. “It’s terrible there. I was assisting some of the very bus men traversing the road in getting their buses out of the pools they were in because I went with a 4×4 pick-up and I was able to help them,” he said.Fredericks also pointed out that no response was received from the MOPI in relation to the recent reports of the road while adding that most of the contact with the Ministry is done through their engineer and the regional authorities have no information if measures are to be taken if the Ministry’s engineer on the ground does not report to them .“So if the engineer does not report back to us we do not know what next steps are. They keep blaming the weather because, with the rainy weather nothing much can be done even though it is true to an extent people still have to live, we have to get food we have to get fuel we have to get stuff into our region. It doesn’t make sense waiting on the weather when work can be done,” he said.On Sunday minibus operators and residents once again complained that the road is in a deplorable condition after only recently being repaired. They expressed frustration over the situation, which continues to create hardships for them and blamed the authorities for giving road contracts to “fly by night” contractors that do not possess the relevant knowledge or equipment to do the job.The Administration was accused of giving contracts to party people that do not even own a spade or a shovel. “They are giving these contracts to persons that don’t have tools and what happens is that the contractors receive the money to do nothing and residents are left to suffer the consequence and nobody cares,” Councillor and resident of Mahdia said.last_img read more

Logos Hope arrives in Guyana

first_imgLogos Hope, the world’s largest floating bookfair, has touched the shores of Guyana. The ship has docked at the National Shipping Corporation wharf in La Penitence, Georgetown, and is now officially open to the public.The ship will be in Guyana for 11 days.Students at Logos Hope’s bookfairWith a fee of $200 for adults and children under the age of 12 and senior citizens will be admitted for free, Guyanese will be able to experience over 5000 different genres of books in a total of half a million of books in the Logos Hope ship.Media Relations Officer of Logos Hope Nicolas Suarez told Guyana Times that they are elated to show Guyanese again what they have to offer after visiting the country for about three years.Logos Hope Media Relations Officer Nicolas Suarez“The bookfair is like the heart of the ship, we are proud to show this and to share with the community about different types of books and as we would normally say, to bring help, knowledge and hope to this community. So basically, the knowledge through the books we share with you guys”.Suarez further added that the ship has other events besides the bookfair and they are very excited to share these events with the public.“Our main event is about Narnia, so we are very excited to share this event because it’s the first time again we are sharing it in English, so our crewmembers are really enjoying this time and practising about this drama again because it is in English,” he explained.Persons buying books at the Logos Hope bookfairThe ship’s representative said that apart from onboard events, there are also onshore events. He said on onshore events they share in schools, prisons, and different places as a means of showing love to communities.“We really enjoy it here and we are looking forward to giving the best to this community and to this country,” he said.Just recently, in a press conference by the Logos Hope team, representatives announced that they will be visiting various organisations to make charitable contributions.Some of the places that will be visited, according to Logos Hope representative Samuel Scheer, are the Georgetown prisons, where inmates will be given reading glasses to improve their literacy; hospitals, where encouragement and hope will be spread, and to several schools in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Meanwhile, the ship has a welcome area where persons are being introduced to the ship and an international café, which has ice cream, popcorn and other snacks on sale.MV Logos Hope is operated by GBA Ships eV, an international non-profit organisation registered in Germany. Since 1970, the organisation has welcomed more than 47 million visitors in over 160 countries and territories worldwide.last_img read more

Man City players knocked over by wind – Mourinho

first_imgIt is being billed as an opportunity for United to blast their way back into the title race and Mourinho lit the blue touch paper in his pre-match press briefing by suggesting City’s players went to ground too easily.“They are a good team. They defend well, they react well to the moment they lose the ball,” Mourinho told reporters at United’s training base in Carrington, west of Manchester on Friday.“They have a good dynamic in attack, they have creative movement. They have amazing players, they have a fantastic coach, they have lots of good things.“If you ask me one thing that I don’t like a lot it’s that they lose their balance very easily. You know, a little bit of wind and they fall.”Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accused City winger Raheem Sterling of diving last month, while midfielder Fernandinho was booked for simulation during his side’s recent win at Huddersfield Town.Mourinho also questioned Guardiola’s right to wear a yellow ribbon in solidarity with imprisoned Catalan politicians, suggesting he would find himself in hot water with the authorities if he made a similar gesture.“I think I wouldn’t be allowed to do. That’s just what I think,” said Mourinho, who famously clashed with Guardiola while the pair were coaches of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.“If the rules allow us to do that, he is a free citizen to do it. But I am not sure if the rules allow to have any political message on the pitch. That’s just my doubt.“But I know Pep and I know his feelings like everybody else knows because it is public about his country.”– Fan truce –Mourinho also moved to draw a line under his recent feud with United’s fans.He criticised United’s fans for voicing dissatisfaction with Romelu Lukaku during October’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford, which saw the Belgian striker fail to score for a fifth successive match.Mourinho also hit out at supporters for booing when he took Anthony Martial off in the same match and used his programme notes prior to a Champions League game against Basel to criticise the atmosphere during the Spurs game.United fans expressed disappointment with Mourinho’s comments on social media and on Friday he decided to call a truce.“I stop with that,” said the Portuguese, who will be without the suspended Paul Pogba against City.“I’m not going to write any more words about it, I’m not going to say any more words about it.“We are paid to work and to work hard and to give the best we can, not to criticise fans and I’m not going to say any words.“It is the reality of things. I’m not paid to come here and make any comments or to ask for something from the fans. I am paid to give them happiness, which is what I try to do every day.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho sparked a row with the fans after he criticised them for their voicing dissatisfaction with striker Romelu Lukaku © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 9 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has launched a pre-derby attack on Manchester City’s players by claiming it only takes a “little bit of wind” for them to go to ground.Pep Guardiola’s City travel to Old Trafford on Sunday looking to extend their eight-point advantage over second-place United at the top of the Premier League table.last_img read more

Starlets, Malawi return leg to be played behind closed doors

first_img“Concerning the request received on the 1st of August 2019 in order to temporarily use Machakos Stadium for the matches involving Gor Mahia FC (CAF CL Preliminaries) on 24th/25th August 2019 and the Senior National Women Team (Olympics Qualifiers) on 1st September 2019, please note that CAF decided to approve your request,” part of a letter sent to Football Kenya Federation from CAF read.“However, due to the fact that the stadium is not an approved, please note that both matches must be played behind closed doors,” continued the letter, signed by CAF Deputy General Secretary, Football and Development, Anthony Baffoe.The Starlets are in the meantime gearing up for the first leg set to be played on Wednesday, in Blantyre. The team safely arrived in Malawi on Sunday ahead of the crucial second round tie.Should Kenya cruise past Malawi, they will be up against the winner of yet another second-round tie pitting Gabon against Ghana.0Shares0000(Visited 69 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Starlets, Malawi return leg to be played behind closed doorsNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 26 – Harambee Starlets will play their 2020 Olympic Games qualifier return leg match against Malawi behind closed doors at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.This is due to the unavailability of the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, the only venue approved by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for international venues.last_img read more


first_imgToday sees the opening of a two day conference featuring speakers from around the globe on 1916, it’s legacy and it’s impact on the Diaspora.Now in it’s fifth year, the Donegal Irish Diaspora Conference which is hosted by Donegal County Council in association with the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Centre for Irish Partnerships will take place on Thursday and Friday in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.This conference which has become an important event in the county’s calender will include speakers from all over the world including Sir Tom Devine, Kevin Cullen, Michael Patrick McDonald, Professor Paul Arthur, Dr. Frank Talty, Dr. Breandán MacSuibhne, Dr. Éamonn Ó Ciardha and will be moderated by Victoria Denoon from the University of Massachusetts. Speakers will share their stories and their own research into 1916 and will address the history, experiences and the legacy of 1916 on the Irish diaspora and will focus especially on the profound impact and effect 1916 had on the countries they migrated to and on Ireland itself.The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity to explore connections for the next period and to consider how our diaspora can play a role.  The diaspora is a key resource for Ireland and indeed for Donegal and the impact that these people have had whether from an economic, political or cultural perspective has been considerable.On Thursday morning, Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine from the University of Edinburgh will talk about the Easter Rising and the Irish Community in Scotland. This will be followed by an address from Dr. Éamonn Ó Ciardha from Ulster University on ‘1916: The Last Jacobite Rebellion’ and Professor Breandán Mac Suibhne from Centenary College in New Jersey will give a talk on Republicanism in West Ulster, Before and After 1916.On Thursday afternoon, Kevin Cullen, columnist with the Boston Globe will share his own research on ‘Erskine and Molly Childers: A Gunrunning Love Story’ and this will be followed by a panel discussion which will be moderated by Victoria Denoon from the Centre of Irish Partnerships at UMass Lowell. Friday morning will open with an address from Donegal County Council Chief Executive Seamus Neely on ‘Donegal its Diaspora and Opportunities for 2016 and Beyond and this will be followed by an address from Professor Paul Arthur from the University of Ulster who will be exploring the period ‘1916 to 2016: Moment, Memory and Remembrance.This will be followed by an address from author Michael Patrick MacDonald on Irish History and Politics as an Inspiration for Progressive Irish American Politics and Dr. Francis T. Talty from the Centre of Irish Partnerships at UMass Lowell will focus on the Impact of the 2016 American Election on Immigration and Visa Policy.For more information visit www.donegaldiaspora.ieDONEGAL’S IRISH DIASPORA CONFERENCE ON 1916 STARTS TODAY was last modified: May 19th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Check out the Gwynne Conservation Area at FSR

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Look for new features like wildflowers and a healthy streambank in the FSR Gwynne Conservation Area.The nearly 70-acre facility, part of the Farm Science Review’s host site, the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, has two new projects underway — one to diversify its prairie plantings; the other, to protect the banks of Deer Creek, which flows through the grounds.FSR Manager Zachrich said the projects offer two benefits: They improve the Gwynne itself year round. And they demonstrate practices that farmers can take home and use on their own land, too.Asters, milkweeds, blazing stars and coneflowers are some of the many wildflowers being planted in new seed mixes in the Gwynne’s 10-plus acres of prairie.Previously, the Gwynne’s prairie plantings were mostly just two grasses: big bluestem and Indian grass. The new seed mixes, which add wildflowers to the grasses, offer more benefits to pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, and to wildlife.The prairie project also is demonstrating wildflower- and wildlife-friendly management methods — involving disking, burning, removing residue or a combination. Mike Retterer, an Ohio-based biologist with the nonprofit Pheasants Forever, helped develop the strategies.Gwynne visitors can also check out Willow fascines (bundles of live stems that are planted, take root and grip soil) and riprap (large chunks of rock) — two of the tools helping to restore Deer Creek’s stream bank. As a first step, however, members of the Ohio Land Improvement Contractors of America, a longtime FSR partner, will excavate the streambank, reduce its slope and eliminate an unstable undercut.They Gwynne is also the place to catch up with experts about the mysterious beech leaf disease causing striped and curled leaves, weak buds, and sometimes the death of saplings in northeast Ohio; branch-tip damage from cicada outbreaks; powdery mildew on flowering dogwoods; thousand cankers disease in walnuts; the Asian long-horned beetle; and the spotted lantern fly, which hasn’t in fact been spotted in Ohio but is present in eastern Pennsylvania.All the activities in the Gwynne area during the FSR are included free with admission. The activities include dozens of talks, demonstrations and exhibits. Free wagon rides boarding at the FSR’s west end will take you to the Gwynne, the FSR’s harvesting demonstrations, and back to the west end. No stamp or wristband needed.last_img read more

British national, 2 others charged for running drug-racket in Goa

first_imgThe Anti-Narcotics Cell of Goa Crime Branch have filed three separate charge sheets against three accused, who were arrested for drug trade in March this year.Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch in-charge, Goa Police, Umesh Gaonkar, confirmed while talking to The Hindu on Tuesday that the Anti-Narcotics Cell, which investigated the case in which all three were arrested for running a drug-racket in North coastal belt of Goa, filed separate charge sheets in the District and Sessions Court in the city on Monday.According to the charge sheets, a British national David Johnson and the two others, Yusuf Mohammad, of Chennai and Ganesh Pondir from Himachal Pradesh, have been charged under various sections of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.The sleuths of Anti-Narcotics Cell had, after raids, arrested Mohammad from Anjuna village in North coastal belt for allegedly peddling drugs, and seized narcotics, including methamphetamine and LSD from his possession, the charge sheet stated.Johnson was picked up the same day from another place in Anjuna and police had seized Methylenedioxymethamphetamine(MDMA) and ecstasy tablets from him.The charge sheet further stated that based on the interrogation of the two, the police arrested the third accused Ganesh from Arambol beach in Pernem taluk of North Goa for allegedly possessing charas.last_img read more

SEA Games 7: Things to watch out for with PH women’s volleyball team

first_imgPH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And without further ado, here is the list.1. Mika’s leadershipFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCONTRIBUTED PHOTOMika Reyes’ appointment as the team’s skipper didn’t quite sit well with the fanbase of Philippine volleyball since the picturesque middle blocker hasn’t been a captain in recent memory.But so far, she has shown that she has the qualities of being a great leader. NBA investigating Lakers amid George tampering allegation LATEST STORIES Reyes was a visible figure in the Philippines’ campaign in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, communicating with teammates every chance she gets.The captain has shown control and calm while dealing with her teammates, and she seems to have shrugged off any outside negativity regarding her appointment.2. Alyssa doing Alyssa thingsCONTRIBUTED PHOTOAnother point of controversy was Alyssa Valdez’ inclusion to the national team but just like Reyes, Valdez has shown why she deserves to be in the position she’s in.Valdez was the team’s best scorer in the AVC tournament averaging 14 points a game, and that’s enough to prove why she was chosen as the country’s outside hitter for the SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe 2017 Southeast Asian Games just got going and what better way to pump yourself up for the regional sports showcase than read about a list of seven things to watch out for in Kuala Lumpur.And this is not about the tourist attractions in the Malaysian capital. This is about the seven best things about the women’s volleyball team of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games The 24-year-old is still as potent as ever and is still a reliable point-getter when the going gets tough for the Filipinos.3. Everything Jaja doesCONTRIBUTED PHOTOWhile Valdez leads the team in scoring in the Asian tournament, Jaja Santiago provides the glorious highlights.Santiago has evolved from a towering middle blocker to a versatile hitter that can play from the three spots in front of the net.Santiago can still make those quick kills from the middle and she’s added a deadly running spike that, so far, has been a beauty.4. Kimmy’s sneaky attacksPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKim Fajardo is arguably the best setter among her peers as she steered De La Salle to three UAAP titles during her stay.The wily playmaker, though, is not only renowned for her assists but also for her scoring prowess.She won’t put up gaudy scoring numbers like Valdez or Santiago but when called upon Fajardo is willing to do the dirty work.5. Jove’s veteran smarts AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIf there’s one constant in Philippine volleyball, it has to be Jovelyn Gonzaga donning the Philippine tricolor.Gonzaga is just 25-years-old—for comparison Valdez is 24—but has represented the Philippines in every conceivable volleyball tournament since 2015.She’s captained the team that participated in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, played in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship, and just everything in between.Gonzaga is Philippine volleyball personified.6. Kianna breaking throughCONTRIBUTED PHOTOKim Kianna Dy was initially named as a reserve player of the national team but when Rachel Anne Daquis announced that she would be leaving the team months before the SEA Games the La Sallian was thrust into the main team.And in her first game as a national player, didn’t go the way she had imagined it.She was a nervous wreck when she came in as a substitute in the AVC tournament, but her shot at redemption came just two days after.After her disappointing showing against Hong Kong, Dy showed class as part of the first six that faced Kazakhstan.Dy showed flashes 0f brilliance as one of the better opposite hitters of the country and proved to head coach Francis Vicente that she deserves to be in the main team. 7. The little ones, Denden and DawnPhoto from asianvolleyball.netDenden Lazaro and Dawn Macandili definitely breathe defense.Both Lazaro and Macandili have been prime examples of what a Philippine libero should be.The two defensive aces practically own the ground game and clean up whatever mess their taller teammates couldn’t get to. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more