PVL bosses thrilled to Sunday’s confluence of events
ABS-CBN Sports on May 22, 2017 09:18 PM
Thai import Kannika Tipachot is now leading the Power Smashers’ determined charge to crash into the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League. International volleyball is on rich display in the PVL Reinforced Conference with the participation as guest players of four more Thai players, one Japanese, one Brazilian, one Bosnian, and a few Americans.
A weekend crowd of 3,000 turned up Sunday for the third straight playing day of the Premier Volleyball League when the foreign reinforcements were in action, braving the constant threat of rain and gamely enduring the heat of a different venue – Philsports Arena in Pasig City -- all for the cause of watching another top-notch volleyball treat.
One of them, Jennelyn Alano, 30, woke up early in Olongapo and caught a bus for Manila at seven in the morning to watch the day’s PVL twin bill – Balipure against Perlas Spikers at 4:00 p.m. and Creamline against Power Smashers at 6:30 p.m.
“The hot temperature inside the game venue didn’t detract from the pure joy I got out of watching my super idol – Alyssa Valdez of Creamline – play,” Alano said in Filipino after the second match which the Cool Smashers lost.
It was already 9:30 p.m. in the evening and rain was falling. Alano, an office girl at SM-Olongapo, was rushing out of the game venue to catch another bus back to where she came from, still on a high from seeing Valdez and Creamline play no matter if they lost.
Norma Sosa, 54, an employee at UP Diliman and a Nicole Tiamzon fanatic, and retiree Rolly Magat, 74, and supporter of every Ateneo player in the PVL being an Ateneo alumnus himself, didn’t mind the sweat drenching their clothes either while rooting for their idols.
It certainly would have pleased Alano, Sosa and Magat more and the rest of the fans had they known that the Philippine Sports Commission had readily answered a distress call from the PVL which needed an eleventh-hour venue for its Sunday program outside of its regular Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday schedules, games that had to be undertaken to meet the Reinforced Conference calendar.
“This is one day in Philippine volleyball when every fan feels all is well in Philippine volleyball,” said Cito Martelino, GM of Sports Vision, organizer of the PVL in cooperation with Asics as official league partner and Mikasa as official ball game.
“We at the PVL are profusely thankful to the Philippine Sports Commission, Chairman Butch Ramirez and his team for making Philsports available for our Sunday games.”