THE Premier Volleyball League may have not played a single match this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the three-year old league made a major breakthrough last Nov. 13, as the PVL standouts can now be loud and proud to say that they are professional players in their resume.
Believing that it is the right time to turn pro, Creamline’s Alyssa Valdez, the country’s biggest draw in the sport, welcome this latest development that will boost PVL’s status once its resumes competition next year.
“I hope this will help the teams, the players, and the league and the volleyball community in the long run,” said Valdez during an online press conference.
“May iloo-look forward na ang bawat volleyball players. May bagong motivation na tayo para sa mga bawat manlalaro ng volleyball. So I hope this really bring very good or competitive volleyball dito sa atin sa PVL and sa volleyball community,” she added.
The precursor of the defunct V-League, which initially started as a school-based league in 2004 and became a club competition seven years later, the PVL is all set become the country’s first pro volleyball league.
The PVL was supposed to open its fourth season last May but was shelved due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the league gets government permission to restart the tournament, the PVL will open on February or March in a bubble environment.
With the PVL clubs had their training on hold since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the players had no recourse but to do their home workouts to remain in shape.
Before the lockdown, the teams have already made their off-season moves – with the results only to be known next year.
Reigning Reinforced Conference champions PetroGazz at the start 2020 acquired top hitters Grethcel Soltones and Jerrili Malabanan, as well as setter Ivy Perez.
Not to be outdone was Creamline, which completed a 20-0 sweep of Open Conference last year, as Ella de Jesus has reunited with Ateneo teammates Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado and coach Tai Bundit, while also getting the services of former Adamson libero Thang Ponce.
After a forgettable debut in the Open Conference, Choco Mucho overhauled its roster by getting veteran libero Dennise Lazaro, Ateneo standouts Ponggay Gaston, Jamie Lavitoria and Deanna Wong and University of Santo Tomas left-handed hitter Cait Viray.
Motolite was also in the move by acquiring Carmela Tunay, Chloe Cortez, Melissa Gohing and Satty Espiritu.
Hungry for volleyball action which was stolen by the coronavirus pandemic, the PVL is determined for a big rebound in 2021 with its new found status as a pro league.Publication Source : People's Tonight