THE Philippine Superliga gives back to its fans by offering the kick-off of the PSL 2014 All-Filipino Conference on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome free to the public.
Ramon 'Tats' Suzara, PSL president and head of the organizing Score, said tickets will be given away starting Tuesday from 9 am to 5 pm at the Score office, Unit 220, Vito Cruz Tower1, 720 Vito Cruz, Malate Manila (in front of the Philippine Sports Commission building at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex). Fans can also call 3533935 for tickets.
"It's our way of thanking the volleyball fans who trooped to our venues in all of the games we held last year," Suzara said.
Organizers have yet to announce the match schedule for the opener.
"Our initial offering last year, the Invitational Conference, was a huge success. It proved fans' interest in volleyball played in a club tournament setting is high, and our follow up, the Grand Prix featuring foreign imports was even a bigger hit to them. We promise to elevate our games further this year in keeping up with our theme 'Ito ang Volleyball!'” Suzara added.
The premier club volleyball league's two-conference champion Philippine Army, now carrying the colors of Generika Drugstore, remain as the team to beat.
The Lady Troopers, however, expect to meet serious opposition from the souped up Cignal HD Spikers, who challenged them for the Invitational and Grand Prix crowns.
New team Air Asia Flying Spikers, built around two-time UAAP MVP Aby Marano and her La Salle teammates, has also been dubbed a pre-tournament favorite.
New team RC Cola-Air Force Raiders are also being tipped as a serious contender while the PLDT Power Attackers, Cagayan Valley Lady Rising Suns and Systema Active Smashers could possibly figure in the championship battle.
The Men's Division will have Cignal, PLDT-Air Force, Instituto Estetica Manila and Pocari Sweat competing for the crown.