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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!

Jett Manuel, UP Fighting Maroons ex-Captain is now a Civil Engineer

Jett Manuel has definitely brought back the winning culture for the UP Fighting Maroons after he and his crew had five wins in his final year at UAAP Season 79, but after that – everyone kept an eye on him to joining the PBA D-League, but he did not. Why?



It is because the hardcourt heatthrob has different plans – and that is to pursue his profession, to become a licensed civil engineer. He had passed on the opportunity last September 2016 when his batchmates had taken the Civil Engineering board exams but now that he had decided to take his final year at the UAAP and now it is done, there is no hindering him to achieve his goal and he did it with flying colors!

Engr. Jose Anton Teodoso Villarama Manuel – yes, the basketball star from UP Fighting Maroons is now a registered civil engineer. He was among more than 2500 aspirants who passed the May 2017 Board Exam for civil engineers, according to the Professional Regulatory Commission.

Because of this, the 23-year-old was really happy that all his hard work and patience had paid off – that includes four months of review, and he felt it’s worth it. On his Twitter, he said:



The rookie selection for the next season, slated for October, will be tough but Manuel has a lot of time in his hands. There are a lot of outstanding players, especially in his position, so he is still weighing his best options moving forward. Manuel also emphasized the part on why he took Civil Engineering – he always counts the part that if he do not get drafted and won’t be lucky enough to play in the PBA, there is something he can do other than basketball and so he studied hard and worked for it – both basketball and engineering.

In his interview with ABS-CBN Sports, he said: “I can finally focus on basketball again. I’m gonna focus on preparing my body and mind naman for the PBA. The ultimate goal was always to get drafted in the PBA.”


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.


Cynthia Escutin, Fil-am Setter Joins UP Lady Fighting Maroons


After fifth place finish this UAAP Season 79, the UP lady Fighting Maroons may have remedied their setter woes after departure of Jewel Lai, with Ayel Estranero. But their receiving and defense suffered a lot, which made it hard for them to recover after getting downed by stronger offensive teams. The answer to that? Bring back a natural setter and send Estranero back to the libero position. That adds a whole new level of flexibility and unpredictability coming into Season 80 or 81 when Cynthia Escutin, a Filipino-American setter will be joining the UP Fighting Maroons in their bid to the Final 4 and ultimately a chance to the championship.


Cynthia Escutin is a 5’6″ playmaker from the Minesota Volleyball Academy and is expected to be training with the UP Fighting Maroons on June this year. Coach Jerry Yee and the UP WVT Facebook page already published the news. On the NCSA recruitment page, she said: “I work extremely hard not only at volleyball but also with my academics. I have learned how to balance academics and volleyball. I have played volleyball for half my life and I feel that I am a hard worker. Leading my team is a strength of mine and I focus a lot on becoming a better volleyball player each practice.”

She started for Mounds View Senior High School in Arden Hills, Minnesota last year and will be taking up Bachelor of Sports Science in UP. For those who are curious about the setter, here are some of her shining moments – watch her make her plays!



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.


Akhuetie, Desiderio Fires UP Squad to #RepublicaCup2017 Finals

Bright Akhuetie and Paul Desiderio tag team for the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons proved to be a force on court as the main guns of the UP squad tallied a score of 32 and 24 points in the semifinals of Republica Cup 2017.

The UP Fighting Maroons has advanced to the finals for the collegiate division after they won against Arellano University, 98-90, last Wednesday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center. Akhuetie beasted on the court with 20 rebounds as young guns Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano, Rob Ricafort rallied the team win.

UP is set to face the UST Growling Tigers on Sunday, April 9, for the finals. UST Growling Tigers defeated Diliman College in their semis game, 68-60.

Unbeaten in all of their games in the elimination round, UP Fighting Maroons will be in the hunt for their second championship crown this off-season after winning at the Araw ng Davao tournament last month. In their elims match, UP won over UST, 78-68, with the heroics of Desiderio for the Fighting Maroons and Justin Arana, Marvin Lee and Zachy Huang for the Growling Tigers.