BANKO Perlas Spikers will take part in the Vinh Long Volleyball tournament in Vietnam during a lull in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference.
Bronze medalists in the PVL Reinforced Conference, the Perlas Spikers head to the PVL Open Conference in September oozing confidence.
They will use a lull in the PVL schedule to play in the Vietnam tournament set Sept. 28 to Oct. 3.
“We had a good run last conference hindi ito ‘yung ineexpect namin. We played in the semifinals although we came up short ng konti. We had our ups and downs during the conference,” said Dela Cruz during the team press conference and fan’s day on Friday at Kuya J’s Kia Theater in Cubao, Quezon City.
Without imports Kia Bright and Jutarat Montripila in the Open Conference, Dela Cruz said surpassing the bronze finish will not be easy.
“Hindi natin mapapromise ‘yan pero gagawin namin ‘yung gagawin namin para makapagfinals kami. ‘Yung mga players ko naman lalaban at lalaban naman. But we cannot promise to be in the finals kasi malalakas lahat ng teams,” he added.
The Vinh Long tournament features three Vietnamese teams and one Thai squad.
“Club tournament ito. This is good for the team, exposure nila ito,” Dela Cruz said. “Nakapunta na ko before diyan talagang malakas ‘yung mga club teams from Vietnam and Thailand. But I think it’s a good experience for the team kasi preparation for All Filipino.”
Amanda Villanueva and Dzi Gervacio, who entertained their supporters with the rest of the Perlas Spikers during the fan’s day, says there is no pressure on them entering the Vietnam event.
“We’re always just looking forward to all the experiences and the learnings that we will get kung saan man kami pupunta so parang added value for us,” Villanueva said.
“Para ‘yung challenges sa Open conference maface namin ng together and mas developed kami as a team. ‘Yung pressure naman we’ll try to put it aside.”
“As much as possible, as what our coaches say na let’s focus on training. People are always gonna say something, so doon na lang tayo magfocus sa maganda, which is getting experience abroad,” she said.
“We know naman BanKo Perlas is relatively a young team, two years pa lang kami magkakasama, we’re hoping to build a stronger relationship with each other.”
The Perlas Spikers will also conduct a series of volleyball clinics, specifically designed for the children of self-employed micro-entrepreneurs, starting on August 18.
“BanKo chose to partner with the Perlas Spikers, because we share similar goals to support and accelerate the grassroots program — to engage them and help them grow to the next level,” said BanKo president Jerome Minglana. “We are very very happy with our partnership in terms of aspirations, they are achieving our aspirations. We’re not looking at the standings because we’re very happy.”
The clinics will be held in Ilo-ilo, Bacolod, Butuan, Surigao, Agusan, Laoag and Vigan.