HOPE Christian High School primes up for another championship in the Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League as it heads a 10-team field vying in the National Capital Region tournament beginning Nov. 30.
The Hope Christian tossers have dominated the league for the country’s leading high school players, winning seven of nine titles, although they expect a tougher competition this time with the rest of the 10-team field boosting their respective rosters during the off-season.
To bring it closer to the fans and further give it a mainstream appeal, the organizing Metro Sports and sponsoring Shakey’s Pizza have tapped the Rizal Memorial Coliseum as the tournament’s new home.
"We hope the Shakey's GVL will continue to grow in the coming years," said Metro Sports president Freddie Infante.
Other playdates are Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9. The NCR finals will be held Dec. 16.
Meanwhile, the chase for berths in the T-of-C got under way Friday with the Central Luzon regionals. The Southern Luzon elims fire off Nov. 22.
Also on tap are the Northern Luzon regionals, led by defending champion Baguio National HS, the Eastern Visayas (New Ormoc City National HS), Central Visayas (Southwestern HS), Western Visays (Central Phils. University) and Mindanao (Davao City National HS).
The winners of the regional tournaments advance to the T-of-C set Jan. 22-26, 2013.
Other backers of the event, sanctioned by the Philippine Volleyball Federation, are Toby’s Sports, Asics, Volley Prep, Tunes Hotel as official residence of the Tournament of Champions, and Mikasa as official ball.