Category: Off-Season

Jerry Yee, UP Lady Fighting Maroons Coach, to Resign on Monday after 4 Seasons

“Multi-titled mentor Jerry Yee is resigning as UP WVT coach on Monday after turning the program around in four seasons at the helm.” This was tweeted by Josiah Albelda.


The message was relayed to Josiah Albelda and had shocked a lot of UP Women’s Volleyball Team fans, as well as potential recruits.

In his stint with the Diliman squad, as per Albelda, “Jerry Yee had a 23-33 card in the UAAP, brought the Lady Maroons back to the Final 4 after a long absence, and made UP a destination for recruits.”


As of the moment, according to the tweet: “Yee has no immediate plans for the future, but wishes UP well in its future endeavors. He is also the head coach of Hope Christian School, which became sort of a pipeline for future UP volleyball players.”

“The girls are what’s important,” he says.

The UP Lady Fighting Maroons is currently winless in three games at the Premier Volleyball League. Yee will be leaving the girls midway in the tournament. Assistant Coach Kat de Lara is expected to call the shots for PVL. All eyes will be on UP as they find their new coach.


While several supporters may have called for Yee’s ouster as a coach, many would want for him to be the consultant or recruitment manager of the team.

A major revamp is expected to come after his resignation while it is a welcome news that Nicole Tiamzon and Hans Chuacoco are now part of the UP Integrated School coaching staff for both Boys’ and Girls’ Volleyball teams. Is this going to be a move that will fortify their high school program and pipeline for their college program? Or, is this a separate move all along?

What are your thoughts about this?

Manzo, Lim Steps Up Big Time at Q4 in Come-from-behind Win vs Mapua


UP Fighting Maroons began their Filoil Premier Cup journey with a win, after they rallied a come-from-behind effort to beat Mapua University, 80-72 at Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan Arena, May 19. The UP Fighting Maroons were trailing 54-61 at the third quarter but Jarrell Lim and Jun Manzo took over which resulted to UP leading the game halfway into the fourth quarter.

Manzo, who had 13 points, scored two quick layups which gave State U the lead, 68-65. He was lauded the player of the game. Prized rookie Juan Gomez de Liano chipped in 12 points for his #Filoil2017 debut. Paul Desiderio contributed both offensively and defensively, scoring 10 points which was topped with a steal that resulted to a breakaway laup for Manzo at the end minutes of the fourth quarter.


UP held to a 23-20 after first quarter but the Cardinals came alive in the second quarter and even lead as much as 9 points from efforts of Victoria, Gabo and Estrella. Ibrahim Ouattara also debuted in his first #Filoil2017 gamem, with a double-double – 16 points, 14 rebounds.

According to Perasol, he is delighted with the composure the boys have shown, saying Manzo’s plays at the end game were excellent: “One of the few things I emphasized to them going in this tournament is that we have to practice overcoming adversities. When we practice going into our main tournament which is the UAAP, we need to bounce back coming from behind or ahead kami, those are the things that we need to do as a team also.”



UP (80) – Quattara 16, Manzo 13, Ju. De Liaño 12, Desiderio 10, Prado 6, Dario 6, Lao 5, Ja. De Liaño 4, Lim 4, Ricafort 2, Vito 2, Harris 0,

MAPUA (72) – Victoria 14, Raflores 10, Bunag 8, Magboo 8, Gabo 8, Estrella 7, Orquina 7, Biteng 6, Pelayo 4, Serrano 0, Nieles 0, Gamboa 0, Aguirre 0.


23-20, 36-40, 54-61, 80-72.

UP Fighting Maroons Filoil 2017 Line-up Announced; No Bright Akhuetie, Pio Longa

On their official UP Men’s Basketball Team Facebook page, UP Fighting Maroons will be fielding a 20-man line-up to be bannered by Paul Desiderio, Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano, Jarrell Lim and Diego Dario.


After using Bright Akhuetie for their previous tournaments, he will be skipping the Filoil 2017 tournament for UP’s center for the upcoming season, Ibrahim Outtara. Also missing in the line-up is Pio Longa. Here is the official line-up from the UP Men’s Basketball page!

13 MANZO, Jun
12 LIM, Jarrell
09 BATTAD, Enzo
04 LAO, Kyles
17 JABONETA, Janjan

Tots Carlos Debuts for Perlas Spikers in PVL

UP Fighting Lady Maroons main scoring option, opposite spiker Tots Carlos is finally joining the semi-pro leagues! This time, she was tasked to complete the Perlas Spikers line-up, reuniting with her former teammates, Nicole Tiamzon and Kathy Bersola in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL). UP fans have long been waiting for the Fighting Lady Maroons to suit up for either PVL and PSL.



However, according to Carlos, she only started training for the PVL last Monday. Tots Carlos’ inclusion in the Perlas Spikers squad comes after the ITC issue hounding the LVPI and PSL head Tats Suzarra. Several former Ateneo players had expressed their disappointment to imports not being able to play because of the delay in release of the ITC’s for PVL.

Good news for everyone, though! Marian Buitre will also be suiting up for Ayala-Generika for the next PSL season while Isa Molde will be part of Foton.


What can you say about the recent developments regarding the UP Fighting Lady Maroons? Share your comments below!

UP Fighting Maroons #Filoil2017 Journey Starts with Mapua Cardinals


The UP Fighting Maroons may have won twice off-season but their loss in the recent Ilo-ilo Invitational Tournament held at Pototan Coliseum, Ilo-ilo served as a rude awakening. For them, they are ever hungrier this time to take the next tournament title to ultimately regain their confidence for the upcoming UAAP Season 80 wars this September.

In their bid to start things off with dominance, Paul Desiderio and the rest of the Maroon crew will be battling it out with Mapua Cardinals on May 19. They will be facing off EAC Generals and much-improved Benilde Blazers on May 21 and May 24.

Their first real battle against a UAAP team will be on May 28 against Adamson Soaring Falcons, which will be followed by a re-match of their Ilo-ilo duel against FEU Tamaraws on May 31.


Aside from Desiderio, the Maroon crowd has something to watch out for as Juan Gomez de Liano will have his Filoil debut with the UP Fighting Maroons this season. It will definitely be put on full display as they square off against stingy San Sebastian College Stags and Arellano Chiefs on June 7 and 12 before facing another tough UAAP team, NU Bulldogs for their final eliminations match on June 14.

Once they enter the Top 4 of their bracket, a single elimination playoffs will commence. UP is eyeing to make it at playoffs at least for this season.


UP Fighting Lady Maroons vs FEU Lady Tamaraws Exhibit Game on May 27!

UP Fighting Lady Maroons fans out there! Here is your chance to watch Isa Molde, Tots Carlos, Justine Dorog and other members of the team! Playing against the FEU Lady Tamaraws, the UP Women’s Volleyball is set for an exhibit game at the FSUU Gymnasium on May 27, 2017!


The said exhibit game will be the first time this off-season that the girls will play together without the super seniors Kathy Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon and Pia Gaiser. It will also be the first time that the girls will visit Mindanao as a team.

Aside from this game against FEU, the UP Fighting Lady Maroons is expected to join the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference. Among those in the current line-up that are expected to be joining Molde, Carlos and Dorog in Butuan are Aie Gannaban, Sheena Chopitea, Marist Layug, Ayel Estranero, Caca Sandoval, Jessma Ramos and Mae Basarte.


Kathy Bersola Leads Perlas Spikers in five setter against Power Smashers

Kathy Bersola scored 18 points in Perlas Spikers’ big five-setter win against the Power Smashers in a grueling battle, that ended in a 29-31, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23, 21-19 decision in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference held May 6th at the Filoil Flying V Center, San Juan.


Steadier with tough defense and sure offense, Perlas proved they have their heads in the game as they won the last set in a back-and-forth decider, smashing with back-to-back blocks, with their record currently at 2-1.

Bali Pure remains to be unbeatable on top while Power Smashers tied with Air Force Lady Jet Spikers at 1-2. Last Tuesday, Perlas Spikers shocked the Alyssa Valdez-lead Creamline but their efforts came up short after they dropped the fifth set.

Bersola topped Perlas Spikers, with 13 attacks and five blocks, to be hailed the best player of the game. Amanda Villanueva scored 18 markers and 14 digs as well.


UP Fighting Maroons, FEU Tamaraws Go to Ilo-ilo Invitational, April 28 – May 1

UP Fighting Maroons will once again, try to covet, one of the championship titles for this round of off-season games. This time, they are ought to battle three other teams, including Cebu’s finest Southwestern University and last year’s semifinalists FEU Tamaraws at the Iloilo National Invitational Basketball Championship.

The four-day event will be held at the Pototan Astrodome and is scheduled from April 28 to May 1. The said tournament will be UP and FEU testing grounds for their off-season bid at the Filoil Flying V Pre-season Tournament which will also start the same weekend. The admission for the games is free.

Paul Desiderio and Bright Akhuetie will be bannering the State U squad, along with Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano. Janjan Jaboneta of Antique and Richie Villaruz of Ajuy will also take part in the tourney.

The said tourney is spearheaded by Gov Arthur Defensor, Sr., Congressman Toto Defensor Jr. and Ruding Villaruz.

UP Fighting Maroons Reigns Supreme in Republica Cup 2017, Beats UST Growling Tigers, 100-91

UP Fighting Maroons, fresh from a championship crown in Araw ng Davao, scored another title. This time, they outlasted UST Growling Tigers in Republica Cup 2017 Finals held at the Malolos Sports & Convention Center, April 9.

State U finished the game 100-91, after an intense match that saw Bright Akhuetie’s ejection in the game, Steve Akomo and Jordan Sta. Ana graduating from fouls. Flooded by bad calls, the boys from Katipunan toughened their pressure, which only motivated them to rally the fourth quarter with a 9-3 start, 78-73.

Combination of treys from Renzo Subido and Marvin Lee got UST as close as six points but Paul Desiderio beasted at the end minutes of the game, powering 12 markers.

With a total of 36 points, Desiderio was announced the Most Valuable Player. This is the second time this off-season that UP won the championship. Aside from Desiderio, Juan Gomez de Liano showed signs of brilliance in his 15-point outing, while steady guard Jun Manzo chipped in 10.

For the UST Growling Tigers, who ended up as arunner-ups, Marvin Lee tallied a total of 23 points, scoring from first to fourth quarter. Steve Akomo had 16 points while Renzo Subido rained the court with four treys in his 16-point outing.

Missing from the UP bench are Pio Longa, AJ Madrigal and JJ Espanola while from the UST side, usual suspect Zachy Huang is missing while Justin Arana is silent throughout the game.

UP and UST might face each other once again as they both joined the Filoil Flying V Pre-season Tournament, which will start on April 29.


UP Fighting Maroons, to join FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup 2017

The UP Fighting Maroons, with the leadership of Paul Desiderio, is expected to join the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup 2017! This year, all eight teams of the UAAP will be joining the pre-season tournament.


UP Fighting Maroons will be part of Group B where they are joined by Adamson University, Arellano University, De Ls Salle-College of St. Benilde, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Far Eastern University, Mapua Institute of Technology, National University, San Sebastian College.

Meanwhile, De La Salle Green Archers, the reigning champs, will be joined by the following in Group A: Jose Rizal University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Lyceum of the Philippines University, San Beda College, University of Perpetual Help, University of the East, and University of Santo Tomas.


The cup will be having single elimination games wherein the top four teams from each group will advance to the knockout rounds.

The said cup, #Filoil2017, will start on April 29.