When the mid-season conference gets underway on Saturday (July 9) at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan. The coaches of the seven local teams preparing for the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Invitationals concur that the competition will be fierce and close. With no team having a clear advantage over the other.
After losing steam during the PVL Open Conference’s final stretch. Cignal HD mentor Shaq Delos Santos assures his charges’ preparation, saying their squad is ready for a power and style clash with the best and the brightest.
The HD Spikers have dominated the field in pool play and the quarterfinals of the season-opening conference before blowing a 1-0 lead.
Ultimately losing to the Petro Gazz Angels in their best-of-three semifinal series. “We prepared hard for this conference, so you may consider us one of the teams to beat, but all teams have also toughened up,” said Delos Santos.
He continued that we genuinely need to do our best since just four (teams) would advance. “But it will be competitive since everybody would want to win given the single round elims structure,” he said.
Oliver Almadro, coach of Choco Mucho, remarked, “All teams are intact and have leveled up. I guess everybody has a chance.” Given the intense competition, we must be concentrated and in good physical condition.
Army Black Mamba and Cignal HD square off at 2:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., Choco Mucho and Chery Tiggo square off as the opener.
One Sports (free to air channel 41 and Cignal channel 6) and One Sports+ (Cignal channel 91 SD and Ch 261 HD) will broadcast games live.
Both stations are also accessible on Cignal’s OTT platform, Cignal Play, which also offers on-demand content.
Additionally, matches will stream on the league’s official website, pvl.ph, and the social media platform KUMU.
All the contests will take place in San Juan, except July 23 between Creamline and Choco Mucho in the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
On Wednesday at 2 p.m., the league will hold a press conference alongside the social media site KUMU. 4 p.m. at the F1 Hotel Manila’s Infinity Ballroom in Global City, Taguig.
Ricky Palou, president of the PVL and the organizing Sports Vision, said, “Expect this conference to be exciting, and we’d like to invite everyone to watch the games live”. Palou also emphasized that safety precautions would be taken if the National Capital Region’s alert level rose during the conference.
While assuring the supporters of the High-Speed Hitters that they would give it their all to improve upon their fifth-place result in the Open Conference. PLDT coach George Pascua said that the race would be open to anybody.
Volleyball is highly unpredictable. Sometimes you play well in the first round but struggle in the next. But at this conference, everyone has a chance. “Basta kami,” in God’s grace and will.
Although Creamline, according to Petro Gazz coach Arnold Laniog, is the toughest of the bunch due to its strong squad. The one-grouping in the elimination rounds will more than adequately assess each team’s strength.
The arrangement this time allows all teams to face one other and assess each other’s strengths. Though Creamline is still intact and has been competing as a single unit for years, according to Laniog.