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    Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors also making switch from Super Liga to PVL

    Mar 9, 2021
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    STA. Lucia is also moving from the Philippine Super Liga to the Premier Volleyball League.

    The Lady Realtors announced on Tuesday that they will be part of the PVL Open Conference tentatively set on May 8 under a bubble format at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

    Sta. Lucia made the announcement hours after PVL president Ricky Palou confirmed that the Chery Tiggo Crossovers expressed their desire to play in their league.

    SPIN.ph reported about the planned transfer on Sunday.

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    Rumors surfaced in January that the Lady Realtors were talks with the PVL but the club said it remained committed to the PSL, even fielding two teams in the Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup last week in Subic.

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    DM Demontano and Jackie Estoquia placed second, while Bang Pineda and Jonah Sabete ended up in fourth spot.

    Sta. Lucia team manager Von Mojado said team owners wanted the team in a pro league. The PVL has gained professional status and looks to start its new season on May 8.

    "The decision was made by our Board of Directors because of our history with professional sports during our PBA days. We want to do the same for volleyball," Mojado told Spin.ph.

    Sta. Lucia entered the volleyball scene by joining the PSL four years ago.

    Sta. Lucia star Mika Reyes is set to see action in the PVL for the first time in her career as she has been playing for PSL teams since 2015.

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    With Sta. Lucia and Chery Tiggo joining Cignal and PLDT in moving to to the PVL, F2 Logistics is the remaining team in the PSL, which will release a statement regarding the exodus on Tuesday afternoon.

    PVL has now 12 teams including reigning champion Creamline, Petro Gazz, Choco Mucho, Perlas Spikers, BaliPure and Unlimited Athletes Club. Army and Air Force is expected to acquire a special permit from Games and Amusement Board to see action in the league.

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