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New volley league debuts with imports


by Kristel Satumbaga

In what probably is a first in broadcasting volleyball games, live-streaming of games will be available to fans when the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference fires off on April 30 at The Arena in San Juan City.

Dino Laurena, head of ABS-CBN Integrated Sports, announced during yesterday’s press launching that the audience can choose from three camera angles to watch online which he said will make fans feel closer to the action.

“We’re excited to simulate this plan and we hope that the fans would enjoy the matches more even if they are not in the venue,” said Laurena.

Alyssa Valdez

Alyssa Valdez

Teams in the PVL will come mainly from the V-League sponsored by Shakey’s which has opted out of the volleyball scene after nearly two decades, during which it pioneered in promoting a once neglected sport.

The PVL will have six teams each in the men’s and women’s division with a triple-header women’s match slated in opening day starting at 1:30 p.m. The women’s team will be allowed to have two imports each.

It will be aired live on ABS-CBN Sports + Action and via livestream on

“Our goal is to revitalize the league and to give these teams and athletes more exposures in also helping build the sport in the country,” said organizer Sports Vision President Ricky Palou.

The Balipure Water Defenders clash with the Air Force Lady Jet Spikers at 2 p.m., followed by the Power Smashers and reigning titlist Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors at 4 p.m., and the Creamline Cool Smashers and Perlas Spikers at 6 p.m.

In the men’s side, Air Force and IEM collide at 10 a.m.

While focus will be on Pocari Sweat in defending its crown, eyes will also be on Creamline, which has superstar Alyssa Valdez in its fold.

Valdez is coming off a stint in Thailand.

“My stint in Thailand is very memorable and madami akong natutunan off the court. I’m excited to share it with my teammates and I’m hoping to give our best,” said Valdez.

Aside from Valdez, other stars to watch are Aerieal Patnongon and Pau Soriano for Creamline; Amy Ahomiro, Dzi Gervacio, Sue Roces, Ella de Jesus, and Jem Ferrer of Perlas; Joy Cases and Wendy Semana for Air Force; Grethcel Soltones, Jorelle Singh, Risa Sato, Aiko Urdas and Jasmine Nabor for BaliPure; and Rizza Mandapat and Wenneth Eulalio for the Power Smashers.

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