Superliga gets busier


Another year of intense volleyball action gets underway as the Philippine Superliga (PSL) formally rolls out its new season starting next month.

Based on its official calendar of events for 2019, the biggest and most prestigious club league in the country is set to start the year with a bang as it stages the traditional Fans’ Day and some out-of-town activities such as exhibition matches and volleyball clinics between 19 to 30 January.

It’s game time when the PSL opens the Grand Prix on 9 February when foreign players fly in to power each of the eight competing teams in their quest for pride and glory.

The league will take a breather to give way for the country’s participation in the Asian Women’s Club Championship in China from 20 to 28 April followed by the Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup 2019 from 23 to 26 May to wrap up the first half of the year.

“This calendar of events reflects our commitment of coming up with high-level women’s volleyball action,” said PSL chairman Philip Ella Juico, adding that the support of their broadcast partner, ESPN5, and the national federation, the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc., remains solid as ever.

The All-Filipino Conference, which was ruled by powerhouse Petron recently, will run from 15 June to 24 August followed by the 3rd Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship in Vietnam from 13 to 21 July.

Another international event, the 20th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, will take centerstage from 31 August to 8 September in South Korea before the league unveils the Invitational Conference from 5 October to 16 November.

The Invitational Conference promises to be another slam-bang affair as it features not just the eight competing teams but also the regional, collegiate and other club teams in the country.

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