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All tossers get playing time in new Superliga format

ALL the members of every team joining will have a chance to play.

This is what’s in store for those seeing action in 2017 Belo-Philippine Super Liga Invitational Voleyball Tournament when it starts this Saturday at the Arena in San Juan.

Organizers have introduced four innovations, among them is to let the first six players of a squad to be fielded in the first set.

In the second set, the second six will get in the court, before a mix of players can be introduced in the third and the succeeding sets.

PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara said this will give every spikers to showcase their skills as the season progresses.

“We are introducing innovations that will allow everybody to have a chance to play and have playing time,” said Suzara during yesterday’s press conference at the Center Stage of the Mall of Asia.

The head coaches and team captains of the participating teams in the 2017 Belo-Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Grand Prix are presented during the media conference yesterday at the Centerstage at the MOA Arena. The coaches and team leaders for each team are Obet Javier and Michele Gumabao of Cocolife, Francis Vicente and Gen Casugod of Generika, Shaq delos Santos and Frances Molina of Petron, Macky Carino and Djanel Cheng of Sta. Lucia Land, George Pascua and Jheck Dionela of Cignal, and Moro Branislav and Dindin Manabat of Foton, some of whom were represented by their officials and teammates.
Other changes are being introduced on substitutions, the warm up areas and the team moppers.

Aside from the Coco Life Asset Managers, the Sta. Lucia Realty Lady Realtors will also debut as a new team on Saturday.

They will fight it out with the likes of the  Foton Tornadoes, Cignal HD Spikers and the Petron Blaze Spikers.

The top three teams that get past the preliminaries and the classification round will advance to the finals and battle it out for the crown with a visiting Japanese team, from Shinwa University in Kobe.

The Lady Realtors are made up mostly of players coming from the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers, who finished as runners-up in the recent 92nd season of the NCAA.

Their team owner Paul Michael Robles said the team has heart and is expected to do well at the start of the season.

Coach Macky Carino expects the team to go all the way to the finals and take on the challenges offered by many experienced rival teams.

“The players are familiar with each other. This will help when the plays get aggressive.” said Carino.

Showing the way for the Lady Realtors are Janine Navarro, Cindy Imbo, Rachel Anne Austero, Ma. Lourdes Clemente, Djanel Cheng, Melanie Torres, Shyra Mae Umandal, Necelle Gual, and Rica Jane Enclona, Rialen Sante, Danne Henson, Jonah Sabete and Ranya Musa.

The Generika-Ayala Lifesavers are also expecting a podium finish. Three good hitters in Fiola Mae Ceballos, Patty Jane Orendain and Angeli Araneta will bring their experience to the team.

Topics: 2017 Belo-Philippine Super Liga Invitational Voleyball Tournament , Ramon “Tats” Suzara
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