The 2017 season of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) is firing off on April 30 with a triple-header to open the Reinforced Conference, which will air LIVE from the Fil-Oil Flying V Arena in San Juan City starting at 1:30pm on S+A on free TV, S+A HD on cable TV, and via livestreaming on sports.abs-cbn.com.
All six teams will be seeing action on opening day with the Balipure Water Defenders going head-to-head with the Philippine Air Force Lady Jet Spikers at 2pm followed by the clash between the Power Smashers and defending champion Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors at 4pm and the showdown between Creamline Cool Smashers and Perlas Spikers at 6pm. On the men’s side, the Philippine Air Force Jet Spikers and IEM Phoenix Volleyball Masters take on each other at 10am, with the match available via livestreaming on sports.abs-cbn.com.
With a three-headed monster in Myla Pablo, Fille Cayetano, and Jeanette Panaga, coach Rommel Abella’s Pocari squad remains a favorite but will face tough competition from Roger Gorayeb’s Bali Pure led by NCAA MVP Grethcel Soltones and National University setter Jasmine Nabor, and newcomer Creamline, which reunites coach Tai Bundit with his former ward, Philippine volleyball phenom Alyssa Valdez. Also vying for the crown are Jerry Yee’s Perlas Lady Spikers, which will rely heavily on the troika of Amy Ahomiro, Dzi Gervacio, and Amanda Villanueva; Nestor Pamilar’s Power Smashers headlined by Arellano University standout Jovielyn Prado; and coach Jasper Jimenez’s Philippine Air Force Lady Jet Spikers, still led by veterans Wendy Semana and Joy Cases.
Meanwhile, completing the men’s field are the Café Lupe Sunrisers, Philippine Army Troopers, Sta. Elena Wrecking Balls, and Cignal HD Spikers.
The Reinforced Conference will feature foreign players such as Rupia Inck (Perlas), Michelle Strizak and Edina Selimovic (Pocari Sweat), Patcharee Saengmuan (Air Force), and Taj Chupungco and Laura Schaudt (Creamline), each bringing their own international brand of volleyball. The six teams vying in the Women’s division will go through a double round-robin elimination round, while there will only be a single round for the Men’s division. There will be premiere volleyball action from PVL all year long with the All-Filipino Open Cup, the Collegiate Cup, and an All-Star Sunday – featuring the best players throughout the season – in the horizon.
ABS-CBN Integrated Sports head Dino Laurena said that beyond launching a new league, they hope to further strengthen the volleyball community through PVL. He also announced a new model for sports coverage in PVL as they introduce “multi-cam livestreaming.”
“We’re putting something forward that hasn’t been done before in the Philippines, much like what FIFA has done. We are giving the viewer the power to choose from three camera angles for our livestream,” he said.
Sports Vision chairman Moying Martelino, meanwhile, vowed that the inaugural season of the PVL is all but a beginning.
“I would just like to say, that with the partnership between ABS-CBN Integrated Sports and Sports Vision doing the PVL, this is only the start of something big.
Don’t miss the maiden season of PVL on S+A, S+A HD and on sports.abs-cbn.com’s livestream, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday starting April 30 at 1:30pm. For more information and stories, visit ABS-CBN’s sports hubsports.abs-cbn.com and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook and Twitter.
PREMIER VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE, PAPALO NA SA S+A
Magsisimula na ang matinding paluan sa Premier Volleyball League (PVL) sa Abril 30 sa pagbubukas ng Reinforced Conference nito tampok ang tatlong umaatikabong bakbakan na mapapanood ng LIVE simula 1:30pm sa S+A sa free TV, S+A HD sa cable, at livestreaming sa sports.abs-cbn.com.
Magsisilbing panimula ang sagupaan ng Balipure Water Defenders at Philippine Air Force Lady Jet Spikers ng 2pm na susundan naman ng laban sa pagitan ng Power Smashers at kampeon na Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors sa 4pm, at tatapusin naman ng Creamline Cool Smashers at Perlas Spikers sa 6pm. Para naman sa Men’s tournament, maghaharap ang Philippine Air Force Jet Spikers at IEM Phoenix Volleyball Masters ng 10am, na mapapanood via livestream.
Magkakaroon ng tig-anim na koponan ang torneo para sa Men’s at Women’s Division sa unang conference. Double round-robin eliminations ang format ng Women’s habang single round-robin sa Men’s. Ang Playoff round ay magkakaroon ng best-of-three sa pagitan ng mga papalaring makapasok.
Nananatiling malakas ang 2016 Reinforced Conference champion na Pocari Sweat na ibabandera ang attack line na Myla Pablo, Fille Cayetano, at Jeanette Panaga. Aangkla naman ang Bali Pure ni Roger Gorayeb sa NCAA MVP na si Grethcel Soltones at setter mula NU na si Jasmine Nabor, habang muling magkakasama sina coach Tai Bundit at Philippine volleyball phenom Alyssa Valdez sa Creamline. Sa Perlas Spikers ni Jerry Yee naman lalaban ang trio nina Amy Ahomiro, Dzi Gervacio, at Amanda Villanueva, samantalang si Jovielyn Prado ng Arellano ang bibida sa Power Smashers ni coach Nestor Pamilar. Muling aasa naman ang Lady Jet Spikers kina Wendy Semana at Joy Cases sa kanilang pagkapanalo sa torneo. Para naman sa mga Men’s, sasabak din ang Café Lupe Sunrisers, Army Troopers, Sta. Elena Wrecking Balls, at Cignal HD Spikers.
Magkakaroon din ng mga bigating foreign players ang Reinforced Conference tulad nina Rupia Inck (Perlas), Michelle Strizak at Edina Selimovic (Pocari Sweat), Patcharee Saengmuan (Air Force), at Taj Chupungco at Laura Schaudt (Creamline). Susundan ang torneyong ito ng All-Filipino Open Cup, Collegiate Cup, at isang All-Star Sunday tampok ang pinakmagagaling na manlalaro sa buong season.
Nagagalak na ibinahagi ni ABS-CBN Integrated Sports head Dino Laurena na bukod sa pagtatatag ng bagong liga, nais ng ABS-CBN at Sports Vision na palakasin pa ang komunidad ng volleyball sa Pilipinas. Ibinida rin niya ang inobasyon ng S+A sa sports coverage nito – ang multi-cam livestreaming.
“Maglulunsad tayo ng isang bagay na di pa nagawa sa Pilipinas. Ito ang ibigay sa manonood ang kapangyarihang piliin ang anggulo ng kamera sa kanyang panonood sa livestream,” aniya.
Huwag palampasin ang unang season ng PVL sa S+A, S+A HD, at sa livestream ng sports.abs-cbn.com tuwing Martes, Huwebes, at Sabado simula April 30 ng 1:30pm. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, bumisita lamang sa sports.abs-cbn.com at i-follow ang @ABSCBNSports sa Facebook at Twitter.