Wide-open race in PVL Reinforced Conference
Mark Escarlote on Apr 18, 2017 05:32 PM
Expect an action-packed Reinforced Conference in the maiden season of the Premier Volleyball League starting April 30.
A wide-open race for the crown looms with no team holding a clear advantage in the six-squad Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference starting April 30 at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
All of the team coaches agreed that it’s hard to predict which team will come out on top.
Multi-titled Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors, the Alyssa Valdez-led Creamline Cool Smashers, BaliPure Water Defenders, Power Smashers, Perlas Spikers and the Air Force Jet Spikers beefed up their rosters during the offseason.
Bosnian Edina Selimovic and American Michelle Strizak will reinforce Pocari Sweat, Creamline will have Thai hitter Kuttika Kaewpin and American Laura Schaudt, returning American import Kaylee Manns and Brazilian spiker Rupia Inck will soup up Perlas Spikers, Thai spiker Patcharee Saenmuang will play for Air Force, while BaliPure has yet to name its reinforcements.
“Equal footing kaming lahat. Lahat may import na, lahat team to beat and I think this conference is going to be exciting,” said Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella Tuesday during the press launch of the league at ELJ Communications Center in ABS-CBN.
BaliPure mentor Roger Gorayeb said that the competition has a level playing field.
“Hindi ko pa ma-gauge, equal footing pa (ang tournament), siguro pag nag-umpisa na ang tournament (malalaman ang team to beat),” he said.
Air Force head coach Jasper Jimenez expects an all-out war.
“Lahat malakas expect na natin ‘yan kasi lahat ng team nag-reinforce,” said Jimenez.
“Parehas lahat, walang team na mahina,” Power Smashers coach Nes Pamilar added.
Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro named the Lady Warriors, who won the V-League’s Reinforced and Open Conference last year, as the clear team to beat.
“Siyempre Pocari,” he said.
But Bea Tan of Perlas Spikers would like to believe that they are the team to beat.
“It’s an even playing ground but we also want to believe that we are the team to beat,” she said.
Opening ceremony starts at 1:00 p.m. Pocari Sweat clashes with Power Smashers at 2:00 p.m., followed by Creamline-Perlas Spikers at 4:00 p.m. and the Air Force-BaliPure match at 6:00 p.m.
The opening game will air live over S+A Channel 23, S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream at sports.abs-cbn.com.
Games are every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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