PVL action begins Sunday with triple-bill feature

Mark Escarlote on Apr 29, 2017 10:08 PM
PVL action begins Sunday with triple-bill feature
Action in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference begins Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Three explosive matches fire off the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Top crowd-drawer Alyssa Valdez and her new team Creamline highlight the triple-bill playdate when the Cool Smashers take on the Perlas Spikers in the nightcap at 6:00 p.m.

Out to test its mettle at 2:00 p.m. is BaliPure as the Purest Water Defenders challenge the veteran squad of Philippine Air Force while multi-titled Pocari Sweat face off with the Power Smashers at 4:00 p.m.

Matches will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.

Three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player and two-time UAAP champion Valdez will team up with American import Laura Schaudt, a US NCAA Division 1 player who played for Oregon State, and Thai reinforcement Kuttika Kaewpin. Backing them up is an elite crew composed of veterans and young guns including NCAA rookie of the year Francesca Racraquin of San Beda making the Cool Smashers an obvious favorite.

But Creamline will surely find Perlas a tough customer.

Spearheaded by former Ateneo de Manila stars Dzi Gervacio, Jem Ferrer, Amy Ahomiro and Ella De Jesus with ex-University of the Philippines standouts Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon, Perlas is a team with a good mix of battle-hardened veterans. The squad has Brazilian spiker Rupia Inck and Japanese setter Naoko Hashimoto as reinforcements.          

“We know naman the players in Perlas. Sabi ni coach Tai (Bundit) we can win if we’re confident,” said Cool Smashers assistant coach Oliver Almadro. “Madami silang veterans and youth same as kami, so it will be a good match up.”

Philippine Air Force, meanwhile, tapped Thai reinforcement Patcharee Saengmuang as import to help veterans Wendy Semana, Jocemer Tapic, May Ann Pantino and Joy Cases.

The Jet Spikers will meet in their debut the Water Defenders composed of three-time NCAA MVP Grethcel Soltones, Jorelle Singh, Jasmine Nabor, Risa Sato, Aiko Urdas, seasoned Thai import Jaroensri Bualee and American Jennifer Keddy, a former Cal Poly mainstay.

Winners of the last V-League Open and Reinforced Conferences, the Lady Warriors hope to continue its winning ways this time with American Michelle Strizak and Bosnian Edina Selimovic as imports.

Pocari Sweat parades most of its championship core with top hitter Myla Pablo, Melissa Gohing, Desiree Dadang amd Elaine Kasilag while new acquisitions former Ateneo de Manila Queen Eagle Fille Cainglet, Jessey De Leon and Jeanette Panaga make the Lady Warriors an even more dangerous squad than it was before.

The Power Smashers will bank on the combination of the key players of NCAA champion Arellano University and San Sebastian College.

Lady Chiefs Jovielyn Prado, Andrea Marzan, Eunice Galang and Regine Arocha team up with collegiate league archrivals Katherine Villegas, Vira Guillema and Joyce Sta. Rita of SSC-R. Thai imports Amporn Hyapcha and Kannika Thipachot serve as the Power Smashers guest players.         

Meanwhile, Philippine Army and Instituto Estetico Manila collide atr 10:00 a.m. in the men’s division.



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