A NEW tournament format, more than the unfinished uniforms, prompted the decision of Sports Vision to move back the opening of both the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference and Spikers’ Turf by a week.
Sports Vision chairman Moying Martelino said the opening had to be reset from July 4 to 11 as league officials had to change the original tournament format from a single-round elimination to a two-division prelims.
Likewise, the league had to wait for the official confirmation of other teams, he added.
“The reason why we moved the opening was because we changed the competition format,” he said. “Before it was a single-round elimination, but now we divided the 12 teams into two groups.
“We also waited for the confirmation of the teams if they will participate,” he added. “And to give them more time to prepare.”
Accel, the official outfitter of the league, also said it has no problem completing the supply of uniforms of all 12 teams in both the V-League and Spikers’ Turf in time for the respective openers of both tournaments.
Initially, La Salle was part of the 12 teams seeing action in the V-League, but withdrew from the tournament at the last minute owing to the many commitments the Lady Spikers have.
Polytechnic University of the Philippines will fill in the slot vacated by La Salle.
Completing the cast in the V-League are back-to-back UAAP champion Ateneo, University of Santo Tomas, National University, University of the Philippines, NCAA champion Arellano, San Sebastian College, College of St. Benilde, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Technological Institute of the Philippines, La Salle-Dasmarinas, and University of Batangas.
University of Santo Tomas meanwhile, begged off from competing in the Spikers’ Turf due to conflict in schedule.
UST will be replaced by either University of the East or Letran to join UAAP title holder Ateneo, La Salle, National University, Far Eastern University, University of the Philippines, La Salle Dasmarinas, Emilio Aguinaldo College, College of St. Benilde, Arellano, Mapua, and National College of Business and Arts.