Since opening day, #PVLonABSCBN has brought excitement and delight to fans watching live in the venue at the Fil-Oil Flying V Arena, on TV on S+A and S+A HD, or via livestreaming on premiervolleyballleague.com.

Premier Volleyball League-related hashtags and topics would also trend on social media every game day, as fans of the Air Force Lady Jet Spikers, BaliPure Water Defenders, Creamline Cool Smashers, Perlas Spikers, Power Smashers, and Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors showed their support for their favorite players and teams. The teams, meanwhile, has never failed to give them amazing performances and entertaining matches, many of which had to be decided on the fifth set.

The heat is definitely on in #PVLonABSCBN and here are six of the many reasons why this season is lit!


  1. Our favorite collegiate and professional players are here

#PVLonABSCBN has an awesome selection of former and current UAAP and NCAA athletes including former MVPs Philippine volleyball phenom Alyssa Valdez (Cool Smashers), Wendy Semana (Lady Jet Spikers), Grethcel Soltones (Water Defenders), Jovielyn Prado (Power Smashers), former Finals MVPs Amy Homiro (Perlas Spikers) and Jeanette Panaga (Lady Warriors), Rookie of the Year awardees like Sue Roces and Kara Acevedo (Perlas Spikers), Michelle Gohing (Lady Warriors),  and Aiko Urdas (Water Defenders), and rising stars Dimdim Pacres (Power Smashers) and Jasmine Nabor (Water Defenders).

Add to that fan favorites that we have missed seeing in the court like Fille Cayetano, Amanda Villanueva, and Ivy Remulla. There’s always someone to watch and cheer for whatever team is playing.


  1. Great mix of international players

The Reinforced Conference features players from all over the world who bring their international experience and unique personalities to the tourney. The Water Defenders lean on the US-Thailand tandem of Jennyfer Brooke Keddy and former V-League MVP Jaroensri Bualee. Similarly, the Power Smashers have American Laura Schaudt and Thai national team member Kuttika Kaewpin. Thai national team captain Patcharee Sangmuan is the lone reinforcement for the Lady Jet Spikers, while Power Smashers have two – Hyapha Amporn and Kannika Thipachot. Playing for the first time in the V-League are Naoko Hashimoto of Japan (Lady Spikers), Rupia Inck of Brazil (Lady Spikers), and Michelle Strizak of USA (Lady Warriors). Bosnian reinforcement Edina Selimovic, unfortunately, saw her stint in the PVL cut short due to an injury.


  1. Exciting tournament format

With only six teams in the field, we saw the girls in more matches than usual with a double round robin elimination round. The tournament format was also enhanced midway with a single round robin quarterfinals for the remaining two slots in the semifinals, which eventually went to the Cool Smashers and the Lady Warriors.

The Cool Smashers and number one seed Water Defenders, and defending champions Lady Warriors and Power Smashers pushed their respective Best-of-Three series to the limit, and will fight for the two slots in the Finals tomorrow, Thursday (June 9). Losing teams in the semis will play another Best-of-Three series for the Bronze medal, while the winning teams will play in their own Best-of-Three series for the Gold medal.

The intense volleyball action continues then with the All-Filipino Open Cup, the Collegiate Cup, and an All-Star Sunday in the horizon to wrap up the inaugural season of #PVLonABSCBN.


  1. Innovative livestreaming experience

After being the first to broadcast live sports events on HD in the country, ABS-CBN Sports introduces another pioneering innovation with the debut of the multi-cam livestreaming in PVL. By simply going to premiervolleyballleague.com or sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/pvl, anyone can watch the matches from the angle of their choice: net view, end zone view, and wide view. Making the viewing experience even more fun are S+A’s young and digital-savvy panelists who will be calling the games including former courtside reporters Billie Capistrano, Roxanne Montealegre, Laura Lehmann, and volleyball stars Dzi Gervacio, Pia Gaiser, Kassie Gormley, Alfred Valbuena, Rex Intal, and Melissa Gohing.


  1. Expert Broadcast team

On S+A, always ready to deliver sharp play-by-play analysis and interesting inside information about the teams and players are ABS-CBN Sports’ seasoned broadcast team led by sportscasters Boom Gonzalez, Anton Roxas, Jing Jamlang, and Eric Tipan, sports analysts Ronnie Magsanoc, Anne Remulla, Mozzy Ravena, and Noreen Go, and courtside reporters Angelique Manto, Jaz Reyes, Ganielle Krishnan, Jeanine Tsoi, Pauline Versoza, and Ira Pablo.


  1. Festive atmosphere at the games

ABS-CBN Sports has made it easier for volleyball fans to catch PVL whether on TV or online, but it also promises a different viewing experience when you watch the matches LIVE in the venue at Fil-Oil Flying V Arena in San Juan. There, you will get to meet other fans and join the loud cheering throughout the match, see players during warm-ups and huddles, and if you are lucky or persistent, you may even take photos with them before or after the games. At times, the teams also give away freebies, making the experience even more exciting!


Don’t miss the action on #PVLonABSCBN Reinforced Conference! Catch the matches in the Women’s Division and Men’s Division LIVE every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday via multi-cam livestreaming on premiervolleyballleague.com or sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/pvl with some of the games also airing on S+A. For sports stories and updates, visit sports.abs-cbn.com and follow @abscbnsports on Twitter and Facebook.

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