VOLLEYBALL darlings Gretchen Ho and Cha Cruz spearhead a stellar cast when the PLDT Home Ultera-Philippine Superliga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup 2015 powered by Smart Live More fires off on July 18 at the sand court of SM by the Bay.
Two of the most beautiful faces in the sport today, Ho and Cruz are tipped to treat fans to a display of charm and volleyball prowess when they lead their respective squads in this tournament that will be aired live over TV5 with Accel as the official outfitter.
Ho - a commercial model and the league's former ambassadress - will be teaming up with Frances Molina for Petron XCS.
Cruz, meanwhile, will combine with veteran Michelle Laborte for Cignal A.
A pair of beauties in Filipino-American Alexa Micek and Fille Cainglet-Cayetano will also be seeing action for Petron Sprint 4T while Wensh Tiu and April Rose Hingpit will be campaigning for Cignal B, making the race to the crown between two of league's powerhouse squads doubly exciting.
"This tournament is our contribution in elevating the game of volleyball in the country," said PSL president Ramon 'Tats' Suzara, who will preside over the general technical meeting and drawing of lots on July 9.
"Knowing that beach volleyball is way different than indoor volleyball, we made sure that we will have a very balanced and competitive field. All competing teams must work hard for the prestige of becoming the inaugural PSL beach volleyball champion."
Aside from Petron and Cignal, also vying for glory in the women's division are Foton, Philips Gold, Sonac, Gilligan's, and Quantum Plus among others.
Foton will be fielding two teams with Pau Soriano and Bea Tan bannering the Hurricane and Patty Orendain and Fiola Ceballos - the reigning Queen of the Sands - teaming up for the Tornadoes.
Aileen Abuel and Rossan Fajardo will be campaigning for Philips Gold; Len Cortel and Samantha Dawson suiting up for Sonac; Danica Gendrauli and Norie Jane Diaz donning the colors of Gilligan's; Evangeline Pastor and Kim Ygay powering Quantum Plus A; and Tripoli Aurora and Rochet Dela Paz carrying the cudgels for Quantum Plus B.
In the men's side, the Cebuano pair of Jade Becaldo and Hachaliah Gilbuena has been tagged the heavy favorite after making it to the Top 10 of the AVC Beach Tour Samilia Open in Thailand recently.
Becaldo and Gilbuena will campaign for SM by the Bay, but are expected to be given a tough challenge by players from Champion Infinity, two teams from Cignal, Instituto Estetico Manila, and two teams from University of Perpetual Help Dalta.