THE brains behind the launching of the Philippine Super Liga (PSL) have set a modest goal for the country’s newest women’s volleyball tournament set to kick off on Sunday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig.
With six commercial teams on board and an eight day playing schedule, PSL president Tats Suzara admitted he’s keeping his expectations in check.
“I do not want to be too ambitious,” said Suzara Friday during the press launch of the tournament at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club. “Our goal is to make the team owners happy, that’s number one, and of course, to develop new stars in the league.”
All six teams led by title favorites Petron, PCSO-Bingo Milyonaryo, and Cagayan Valley, will be seeing action on opening day.
Cignal tests the mettle of Petron in the first game at 2 p.m. shortly after the hour-long opening ceremony. PLDTMyDSL then battles PCSO-Bingo Milyonaryo two hours later, before Cagayan Valley meets Philippine Army in the nightcap at 6 p.m.
Despite the rise in popularity of college women’s volleyball, Suzara stressed the PSL is only for players who already graduated from college, either from the UAAP, NCAA, or other leagues.
“One of our major eligibility rules is that players should be non-UAAP, non-NCAA player,” he said. “The player should not be committed to the UAAP or NCAA because there are some who already graduated but still have playing years.”
Nonetheless, Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) executive vice president Shanrit Wongprasert lauded the formation of the PSL, which he said gives players who are already done with college the chance to still play the game competitively.
“This (league) is a very good start,” he said. “This is very good for players who graduated as they should be given the chance to continue playing volleyball."
Eliminations will run for five days, with the top two teams automatically advancing to the next round, while the four remaining teams will compete for rankings.
League commissioner Ian Laurel expects a jampacked crowd on opening day as all 7,000 tickets had already been given out.
Games will be aired on Solar Sports on a delayed basis.