Outpouring of support for Sports Visionís intent to promote and raise level of PHI volleyball
ABS-CBN Sports on May 27, 2017 01:02 PM
Balipure team consultant Gil A. Cortez (seated 2nd from left) is looking forward to forming a farm team in volleyball from which the Purest Water Defenders hope to source their future talents.
Cager-turned-volleyball patron Gil A. Cortez is dead-serious to create a farm team in volleyball upon which his ball club, Balipure, will draw its future players for the scheduled tournaments of the brand-new Premier Volleyball League in the years to come.
In effect, Cortez and the Purest Water Defenders are reaffirming their long-term support for Sports Vision’s mission to continue promoting and raising the standard of Philippine volleyball.
After organizing and steering the V-League to immense successes over 13 years, Sports Vision on April 30, in cooperation with Asics as official league partner and Mikasa as official game ball, replaced it with the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) offering a competition in men’s volleyball as well which it hopes to elevate to the celebrity status women’s volleyball is enjoying now.
When they debuted in 2016 in what was to be the final year of the V-League, both Balipure and Pocari Sweat readily proclaimed their long-term involvement in the Sports Vision-organized event.
Out went the V-League, but the Lady Warriors, who swept its last Open and Reinforced Conference titles, and the Water Defenders have kept their support for and loyalty to Sports Vision.
So have the Philippine Air Force Lady Jet Spikers and the Power Smashers, a team supported by private individuals and friends of its coach, Nes Pamilar.
This year in the new PVL, two newcomers – the Creamline Cool Smashers keyed by superstar Alyssa Valdez and Perlas Spikers -- are joining Pocari, Balipure, Air Force and the Power Smashers on the women’s side of the season-opening Reinforced Conference.
Creamline, an ice cream brand, has also declared its continued support for Sports Vision and the PVL. This early, Alan Acero, regional sales manager of Rebisco, manufacturer of Creamline, already announced the Cool Smashers will be around for the next All-Filipino Conference of the PVL, which will immediately follow the ongoing Reinforced Conference.
Balipure, though, is looking beyond probably the first two or three seasons of the PVL by opting to form its own pool of talents.
Cortez, the man behind the organization of the ball club, said he’d meet soon with the organizers of the Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (UCLAA) to discuss a region-wide competition in volleyball among schools in Region III.
“We will recruit promising players from this regional contest to make up the farm team Balipure is envisioning,” said Cortez, who also sits as Region III director of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Inc. “Top coaches and trainers will train these raw talents and prepare them for the major tournaments in the sport, notably the PVL.”