Perfectionist

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle coach Ramil de Jesus doesn’t talk like a coach whose team is on an unbeaten run in UAAP women’s volleyball.The temperamental mentor, after all, is always on the lookout for things to improve on, like a mad genius in a quest for perfection.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “If you can’t make a service ace, it’s OK,” he said. “But at least send the serve in.”After being held to a set-count tie after two frames, La Salle’s mix of veterans and youngsters rose to the occasion at Filoil Flying V Centre to finally snuff out the NU challenge.Team captain Desiree Cheng, scoreless in the first two sets, finished with 14 points in the next two to lead the La Salle charge. Neophyte Jolina dela Cruz, who rose from the Palarong Pambansa to a starting spot with a UAAP powerhouse, added 12 points.And new recruit Lourdes Clemente made her five points count when the Lady Spikers needed her.NU, buoyed by a strong second set, turned to rookie Princess Robles, who anchored the Lady Bulldogs’ upset hopes.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Cebu CC steals spotlight from fancied rivalscenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 “I saw NU’s strength. They receive well. Their floor defense is very good although there wasn’t much option in the offensive end,” De Jesus said. “But our problem was the errors.”The Lady Spikers threw away 25 points on unforced errors, among them from the service area.“I told them that already. They must respect NU because I saw their (Lady Bulldogs) game against UE. They are a solid team,” De Jesus added.Fortunately for La Salle, NU committed even more errors, 31, which was understandable for a team made up of six rookies.Ivy Lacsina added 16 points, while veteran Audrey Paran chalked up 11 for the Lady Bulldogs, who looked sharp in the second set with their edge in attack points, 15-7, and service aces, 3-0.But La Salle’s depth and experience wore down the Lady Bulldogs as May Luna finished with 14 and Aduke Ogunsanya had 13.NU dropped to 0-3, the same record now sported by Adamson, which lost in the later game to University of the East, 20-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-22.The Lady Warriors climbed to 1-2. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? On Wednesday, it was no different.After repulsing the gritty challenge of a young National U squad, 25-10, 20-25, 27-25, 25-22, De Jesus shifted focus away from the fact that his wards are now the solo leaders of Season 81’s tournament and shone a spotlight on La Salle’s frailties.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I got frustrated by our errors, especially service errors,” De Jesus said in Filipino. “It’s like free throws in basketball. It’s all on us because you can’t blame the opposing team.”What alarmed De Jesus was the fact that La Salle’s service game is one of its strongest suits. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Lucas legacy turns to Folklore

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaBob Baffert, who trains Talullah Lula, was asked what it will take to defeat Folklore. “An act of God,” he said. Proposed, perfectly ridden by jockey Patrick Valenzuela, won the first stakes race of her career when she convincingly handled her six rivals in the Grade II $150,000 El Encino Stakes for 4-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Sunday. Both Brother Derek and Stevie Wonderboy, the one-two finishers in Saturday’s San Rafael Stakes, came out of the race in good order and are on course for a possible rematch in the Santa Catalina Stakes on March 4. “Everything looked good (Sunday morning) and it looks like a good time to take a few extra weeks to bring him back, so he’ll be fresh for March, April and May,” Brother Derek’s trainer Dan Hendricks said. ARCADIA – Folklore, making her first start since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last October at Belmont Park in New York, will attract most of the attention – betting and otherwise – when she takes the track this afternoon in the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes. Owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis, Folklore will be coupled in the wagering with stablemate Dance Daily, and the entry, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, is the 1-5 favorite to beat their four rivals, Trick’s Pic, Talullah Lula, My Little Monkey and Lake Como in the Grade II sprint at seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies. Folklore, expected to be honored with an Eclipse Award next week as the best 2-year-old filly in 2005, will be the seventh winner in that category for Lukas. “That’s pretty remarkable,” the Hall of Fame trainer said with humility and pride. “She’s doing very, very well. All systems are go. We’re excited to see her make her (3-year-old) debut.” center_img Chris Emigh, 36, a native of Portsmouth, Virginia, and the leading rider at Hawthorne Park in Chicago, will ride in Southern California for the immediate future. He was 22nd in the nation last year in number of victories with 219. Sir Beaufort Stakes winner Chinese Dragon, who has designs on the $300,000 Kilroe Mile on March 4, could make his next start in Louisiana and is expected to leave Southern California on Tuesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more