FIVB official to grace PSL Grand Prix opener

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 30, 2015 03:08 PM
FIVB official to grace PSL Grand Prix opener
Philippine Superliga president Ramon "Tats" Suzara will welcome FIVB official Stav Jacobi, owner of top-flight European club team Volero Zurich, as guest in the Grand Prix opening ceremony on October 10 at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.

A prominent member of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) executive council will be flying in to grace the opening of the 2015 Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix on Oct. 10 at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.

PSL president Ramon "Tats" Suzara formally confirmed the arrival of Stav Jacobi, who will serve as main guest when the prestigious inter-club women's volleyball league in the country kicks off its import-flavored conference.

Owner of a top-flight European club team, Volero Zurich, as well as chief organizer of the FIVB World Women's Club Championship, Jacobi is set to make an important announcement in a press briefing on Oct. 9 before serving as guest of honor in the PSL Grand Prix where six club teams are set to battle for pride and prestige. 

Suzara, however, was mum on Jacobi's major announcement.

"Whatever his announcement is, it will surely be a big boost to Philippine volleyball in general," said Suzara, also a ranking Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) executive and FIVB member who worked with Jacobi in the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup in Osaka, Japan recently.

"We are glad that Mr. Jacobi accepted our invitation to witness the Filipino brand of volleyball. We are all looking forward to have him as our main guest and we'll make sure that he'll have a good time watching our top volleyball players in action."

Still fresh from a stint in the 2015 AVC Asian Women's Volleyball Club Championship in Phu Ly, Vietnam, Petron will banner the highly-balanced and competitive field as it brings back the core of national team mainstays Aby Marano, Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Rachel Anne Daquis together with Brazilian imports Rupia Inck Furtado and Erica Adachi.

The two-time champion Blaze Spikers will be challenged by Foton, Cignal, RC Cola-Air Force, Meralco and Philips Gold.

Foton will parade a new recruit in Jaja Santiago together with imports Katie Messing and Lindsay Stalzer while Cignal will have the core of April Ross Hingpit, Rizza Mandapat and Michelle Laborte working with Amanda Anderson and Ariel Usher.

On the other hand, RC Cola-Air Force will bring back the troika of Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz and Judy Anne Caballejo with Lynda Morales and Sarah McClinton serving as reinforcements; Meralco will parade Cha Cruz, Paneng Mercado and the young nucleus of De La Salle Lady Archers powered by Liis Kullerkann and Christina Alessi; and Philips Gold will have a new setter in former University of California-Davis playmaker Lindsay Dowd together with Michelle Gumabao, Myla Pablo, Mel Gohing and imports Bojana Todorovic and Alexis Olgard.

"We will showcase the country's best volleyball players and the world's best imports," Suzara said. "And with a distinguished FIVB executive in Mr. Jacobi getting a ringside view, I'm sure he can provide a lot of pointers on how we can further improve the quality of play in the country. His visit will definitely be very fruitful and beneficial to this volleyball-loving country."


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