F2 Logistics, previously the last Philippine Superliga holdout, is finally moving to the Premier Volleyball League.
The Cargo Movers released a statement on Thursday saying they will now play in the rival league organized by Sports Vision after five successful seasons in the PSL.
On Wednesday, a #LetsMoveNow clamor flooded Twitter as fans sought to convince F2, made up mostly of former standouts at La Salle and coached by Lady Spikers coach Ramil de Jesus, to make the move to the PVL.
On Thursday, F2 Logistics heeded the fans' call with a statement posted on Twitter and other social media platforms.
“It is also because of you that we announce that the Premier Volleyball League will be the arena that we will continuously hone our skills and characters,” F2 Logistics wrote in a statement.
F2 Logistics now becomes the fifth Superliga team to move to the rival league, joining PLDT, Cignal, Sta. Lucia and Chery Tiggo.
The transfer is also expected to rekindle the former La Salle stars' rivalry with alumni of Ateneo led by Alyssa Valdez, who make up the lineup of PVL dynasty Creamline.
It’s going to be the first time that a De Jesus-coached squad will play in a Sports Vision-organized league in 13 years since La Salle last played in the Shakey’s V-League.
Among the F2 Logistics stars, Aby Marano played in the Shakey’s V-League as a guest player for Army in 2015, while Kalei Mau, Ara Galang, Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron, Kim Fajardo, Des Cheng and Dawn Macandili will be playing in the PVL for the first time.
F2 Logistics expressed its gratitude to PSL since it entered the volleyball scene in 2016 and won five championships — two titles each in All Filipino and Invitational and 2017 Grand Prix gold out of its nine finals appearances.
“It is with grateful hearts that we thank Philippine Superliga for being our home for the past five years. Our team was created in this league way back 2016. Defeats and victories molded our team’s character. We will not be champions today without you,” the team wrote.
“Thank you to the officers, management and staff of PSL. You have been very dedicated and driven not only to the league but also to Philippine volleyball. We will always be proud to have carried your logo.”
With the Cargo Movers jumping ship, PVL will have 12 teams led by reigning champion Creamline, Choco Mucho, Petro Gazz, Perlas Spikers, BaliPure, Army and Unlimited Athletes Club in the Open Conference to be staged under a bubble format at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.
The tournament is tentatively set to begin on May 8.
PSL has no remaining teams but said in a statement on Tuesday that it will remain at the forefront of non professional volleyball.