Gaiser, Intal lead PVL's livestream analysts

Mark Escarlote on Apr 24, 2017 05:30 PM
Gaiser, Intal lead PVL's livestream analysts
(From left) Alfred Valbuena, Rex Intal and Pia Gaiser join the Premier Volleyball League's set of analysts for the livestream broadcast of games.

Premier Volleyball League fans will have a fresh new perspective of the sport with five analysts joining the livestream broadcast team.

ABS-CBN Sports tapped Pocari Sweat libero Melissa Gohing, Perlas' Dzi Gervacio of Perlas and former University of the Philippines women's libero Pia Gaiser and outside hitter Alfred Valbuenaand Ateneo de Manila middle hitter Rex Intal as analysts for the livestream coverage of the inaugural PVL Reinforced Conference starting Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Seasoned hosts and courtside reporters Roxanne Montealegre, Laura Lehmann, Judy Saril and Billie Capistrano will join them as ‘facilitators’ as they give color to all the exciting matches delivered through livestream.

Aside from the innovative viewing experience of giving the fans the liberty to choose which angle of view they want to catch the action with the multi-cam livestreaming at, viewers will also get a chance to understand the game further with insights and technical explanations of each plays coming from the analysts who themselves are experts of the sport. 

This will be the second time Gohing, a multi-awarded libero and former De La Salle University star, will be sitting down as an analyst after her stint last year in the NCAA while former Ateneo ace Gervacio has experience both as a courtside and analyst in the V-League and also in Beach Volleyball Republic.    

“Maybe malaking advantage din para sa akin ‘yung familiarization with the players as well as mas kompiyansa, mas confident compared doon sa last time na I did NCAA,” said Gohing.

“We have more things to say and share experiences as well as maybe know some history since we’ve been playing for quite some time so mas marami kaming pwedeng ibato,” she added. “We know din most of the teams and most of the players kasi nagro-rotate din naman ang mga players, we know how they play and we do research din naman kasi siyempre kalaban namin sila. Siyempre we’re not scouting for our team but it’s just that we know some of the players well.” 

Gervacio considers it a new and challenging experience.

“I have to consider na real time and there will be people commenting and there will be people hating din at the same time. Parang it’s a whole new experience din,” she said. “I’m excited and we just have to learn along the way.”

For the trio of Intal, Valbuena and Gaiser this is a challenge that will get them out of their comfort zones from being the ones playing the sport to experts giving their knowledge of volleyball to casual fans. 

“Ibang experience ito kasi we’re used to play volleyball pa lang and now we’re gonna look at play-by-plays and analyze kung bakit ganoon ang nangyari, paano sila naka-point, paano nila na-execute ng tama?” said Intal, who is playing in his final year with the three-peat seeking UAAP champions Blue Eagles. “Siyempre aaralin mo na ‘yung game from the outside, from the façade na, not internally, externally ka na magko-commentate o mag-analyze na. It’s a new experience, we use our mouths na, medyo verbal na kami not physical.”

For Valbuena, this is a chance for him to share his insights to a broader audience.

“Usually naman kasi every after game, naga-analyze rin ako kung ano ang nangyayari sa team (UP) sa mga nilaro naming,” he said. “Ngayon masasabi ko na masi-share ko na (sa public). Di ba usually naman ganoon kasi sinasabi naming sa team lahat kung saan nagkamali, kung ano ang dapat gawin, at kung saan pwedeng bumawi.”

The energetic Gaiser, meanwhile, sees it as chance for them to share to the fans their experience, the technical part of the sport and for them to see the players more than being just athletes. 

“Dati kasi ikaw ‘yung naglalaro. Iniisip mo lang ‘yung gagawin mo as a player pero ngayon you have to share insights about volleyball itself, not you playing,” said Gaiser, who is happy to still be in the sport she loves despite being in the sidelines because of an ACL injury she suffered midway in the 79th UAAP tournament that put an abrupt end to her swan song with the Lady Maroons.

“You’re there to tell people what volleyball is, how it is and siyempre to share yung experiences namin as players and kung sino man ang naglalaro doon. Na it’s like, ‘she’s not just like this but also like that’ parang ganoon,” she added.

Pocari Sweat, Perlas, Creamline, Air Force, BaliPure and the Power Smashers vie for glory in the import-laden conference with playdates every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.



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