France wins first Men’s CEV Championship

For the first time in history, reigning World League Champion France wins the Men’s European Volleyball Championship, beating first time finalist Slovenia in the finale, 25-19, 29-27, 29-27.

Antonin Rouzier, who was declared Most Valuable Player,  registered 21 points, with a 66% attacking efficiency, for the victors. Teammate and Second Best Outside Hitter Earvin Ngapeth shared 15 points of his own, all coming from attacks.

Mitja Gasparini and Best Outside Hitter Tine Urnaut‘s 14 markers each were not enough for the Slovenes to get the victory, as no other from their team scored in double digits.

Meanwhile, Italy captured the Bronze medal, defeating co-host Bulgaria in four sets, 25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 25-20.

Best Opposite Spiker Ivan Zaytsev and Osmany Juantorena scored 26 and 17 points, respectively, for the Italians. While Bulagrian Nikolay Uchikov tallied 15 for his squad.



Most Valuable Player Antonin Rouzier (FRA)

Best Outside Hitters Tine Urnaut (SLO) and Earvin Ngapeth (FRA)

Best Middle Blockers Teodor Todorov (BUL) and Viktor Yosifov (BUL)

Best Opposite Spiker Ivan Zaytsev (ITA)

Best Setter Simone Giannelli (ITA)

Best Libero Jenia Grebennikov (FRA)

Fair Play Award Vladimir Nikolov (BUL)

All due credits go to CEV for the photo


UAAP Season 78 Beach Volleyball: Final Round


ADMU Blue Spikers (3x-to-beat)


Game 1 UST Golden Spikers def. NU Bulldogs 21-14, 17-21, 15-11

Game 2 UST Golden Spikers def. NU Bulldogs 19-21, 22-20, 15-11


UST Golden Spikers def. FEU Tamaraws 21-13, 17-21, 15-13


Game 1 FEU Lady Tamaraws def. AdU Lady Falcons: 21-13, 21-19

FEU moves to finals

Game 1 ADMU Lady Eagles def. DLSU Lady Spikers 21-16, 24-22

Series is tied at 1-1


All due credits go to the photo owner

Bullpups win second straight championship

National University outlasted University of Santo Tomas in the second game of the UAAP Season 78 Girls’ Volleyball Tournament final, 25-23, 14-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-8, to win second straight championship.

NU took the opening set after trailing by as much as five points, 10-15. Best Attacker Faith Nisperos rallied past UST to finally close it, 25-23.

The Junior Tigresses were able to come back strong after losing the first frame, led by the team’s Skipper and tournament’s MVP Ejiya Laure who produced most of her points in the crucial parts of the match.

UST was down 18-24 in the fourth set, but Laure delivered three straight points to cut the deficit to three. Mangulabnan served up an ace before the former tied the game at 24. However, NU scored two straight, including the controversial winning point, to force a decider.

The Bullpups didn’t look back, and finally sealed the tournament, 15-8.

Game one was also taken by NU, who were the number one team in the league, 25-13, 25-14, 20-25, 25-14.


All due credits go to Mac Dionisio

Ejiya Laure duplicates older sister’s achievement

For the third time in a row, Ejiya Laure bags another individual award in her UAAP Junior Volleyball stint to add to her trophy collections. And this time, she was able to get the most prestigious of them all—Most Valuable Player, duplicating Ennajie Laure‘s achievement in the 76th season of UAAP.

DLSZ’s Jules Samonte outscored everyone to be hailed as the Tournament’s Best Sorer. Faith Nisperos of NSNU, who was also last season’s MVP, wins as Best Spiker. Her teammates Sheena Toring and Thea Gagate grab the Best Blocker and Rookie of the Year award, respectively.

In the non-scoring departments, USTHS’s Libero Det Pepito was reigned as Best Receiver. While the Best Digger memento was given to Bela Peralta of DLSZ. Completing the individual awardees is NSNU’s Joyme Cagande who obtained the Best Setter accolade.


All due credits go to Mac Dionisio

UAAP Season 78 Women’s Beach Volleyball: Day 4 Results

AdU (Paat and Galanza) def. NU (Nabor and Santiago): 21-15, 21-15

FEU (Pons and Atienza) def. UP (Estranero and Alinas): 21-10, 19-21, 15-8

UST (Rondina and Rivera) def. ADMU (Tan and Valdez): 21-18, 21-18

DLSU (Fajardo and Demecillo) def. NU (Nabor and Santiago): 26-24, 21-13

AdU (Paat and Galanza) def. UP (Estranero and Alinas): 21-15, 21-18

FEU (Pons and Atienza) def. UE (Abil and Bendong): 21-8, 21-12