PHILIPPINE Super Liga Grand Prix opens the second conference of its maiden season, with men’s action adding power to the women’s tournament on Sunday at the San Juan Arena.
First conference champion TMS Philippine Army Lady Troopers lead the six teams in the women's category.
Runner-up Cignal HD Spikers are back along with the Petron Blaze Spikers, Cagayan Valley Lady Rising Suns, PLDT MyDSL Lady Speed Boosters and new team RC Cola Raiders.
The league is also launching a men’s tournament, with the PLDT MyDSL Speed Boosters bannered by Super Liga ambassador Richard Gomez battling for the title against Systema Active, Maybank Tigers and Giligans Sisig Kings.
"It's high time that we include men's volleyball in the league," said Gomez at the tournament’s official launch on Saturday at Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong.
"This would be a catalyst for a bigger and more successful volleyball league in the country," he added.
Favorites Cagayan and Petron will clash in the opener at 2p.m.
Angge Tabaquero, Aiza Maizo, Pau Soriano, Joy Benito and Wenneth Eulalio are expected to take charge for the Lady Rising Suns, while Paneng Mercado, Micmic Laborte, Melissa Gohing and Gretchen Ho head the Blaze Spikers.
The 12-day women's tournament starts with a single round elimination, with the top two teams booking outright semifinal berths, with the lower teams battling for the other two spots in the semis.
Gomez and the Speed Boosters square off with Systema Active at 4p.m.
"I am happy that men's group has participated, it's gender equality in reverse," said PSL chairman Philip Juico.
The men's division eliminations will determine the rankings for the crossover semifinals.