THAILAND’s Kuttika Kaewpin teams up with Alyssa Valdez again as Creamline brings in a new import in Serbian middle blocker Nikolina Asceric for the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference starting on May 11.
Creamline has recruited Michele Gumabao before she was crowned Miss Globe Philippines while also securing the services of another former La Salle star in Mel Gohing.
Ateneo coach Tai Bundit will call the shots for the Cool Smashers, who finished third last year.
League newcomers Tacloban Fighting Waray and Petrogazz hope to make a good first impression by tapping champion players.
Arellano University’s Jovielyn Prado, Andrea Marzan, Eunice Galang, Regine Arocha and Mary Anne Esguerra will play for the Fighting Waray, along with Thai imports Amporn Hyapha and Sutadta Chuewulim who will add the fire power.
Shola Alvaraez from Jose Rizal University, Judith Abil of University of the East and setter Kyle Negrito of Far Eastern University are also set to suit up for the Tacloban squad.
Petrogazz will bank on former La Salle players Paneng Mercado, Wensh Tiu and Chie Saet and College of St. Benilde alumni Djanel Cheng, Ranya Musa and Rica Enclona.
Beefing up Petrogazz are Estonian import Kadi Kullerkann and Ukrainian reinforcement Anastasiia Trach.
Pocari Sweat Air Force, Perlas, Paymaya and Philippine Navy Iriga City have yet to sign imports.
Defending champion Pocari Sweat, bannered by Myla Pablo, Ellaine Kasilag and Jeanette Panaga, has joined forces with Air Force, led by veterans Wendy Semana, Mary Ann Pantino and Iari Yongco.
Perlas will parade an intact core led by Sue Roces, Dzi Gervacio, Amanda Villanueva and seasoned setter Jem Ferrer.
Former three-time NCAA MVP Grethcel Soltones will again play for long-time coach San Sebastian College mentor Roger Gorayeb at new team Paymaya.
Making a return in the PVL is Iriga City, which has partnered with Philippine Navy.
Bicolana Grazielle Bombita heads the Iriga squad, along with veterans Janet Serafica, Mary Jane Ticar, Norie Jane Diaz and Reynalen Reterta.
The Lady Oragons’ last stint in the Sports Vision-organized league was two years ago in the defunct Shakey’s V-League before joining the Philippine Super Liga last year.