THE creation of the Philippine Super Liga is a way of sustaining the gains made by women’s volleyball over the years that has seen its popularity reach new heights.
PSL president Tats Suzara said holding more tournaments will help raise the level of volleyball in the country while at the same time giving more exposure to local players, who may be future members of the national team.
“What is important is the level of competition in the country. The more competitive, the better for Philippine volleyball,” said Suzara, also the chairman of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) development and marketing committee.
Other than the regular tournament involving the six pioneering teams, Suzara is also planning to invite foreign teams to join the meet, preferably a week before the finals.
“We’ll invite foreign teams to add glamour and prestige (to the tournament),” he said. “Likewise, we would know where the level of Philippine volleyball is right now.”
The PSL formally kicks off on Sunday at the PhilSports Arena featuring players who are no longer affiliated with any colleges and universities.
AVC Southeast Asian Zone executive vice president Shanrit Wongprasert believes in the potential of Filipino players.
“I expect many players from the Philippines to play in the (different) international leagues,” said the Thai, the special guest of honor during the formal opening ceremony.
“That is why I try my best to cooperate with Philippine volleyball. We will work together in the promotion of (Philippine) volleyball.”