Philippine volleyball

PVL to become PH’s 1st pro volleyball tournament

Beatrice Go

DOMINANT. The Creamline Cool Smashers hold 3 conference titles in the Premier Volleyball League.

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

The Premier Volleyball League is set for a pro transition in 2021

The Premier Volleyball League takes it a step further and will become the Philippines’ first professional volleyball league.

The PVL will make the official announcement with the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) in an online press conference on Friday, November 13.

As the pandemic sidelined the three-conference league this whole year, the PVL will make a comeback to the Philippine sports scene as a pro league in 2021.

Professional leagues such as the PBA and the Philippines Football League (PFL) have been able to stage their respective tournaments in a bubble set-up with the endorsement of the GAB.

GAB is part of the Joint Administrative Order group together with the Philippine Sports Commission, Department of Health, and the Inter-Agency Task Force, that is overseeing the sports bubbles in the country.

PVL is home to 6 clubs – Creamline, Petro Gazz, Motolite, Choco Mucho, Banko Perlas, and BaliPure.

Since the league officially took over the Shakey’s V-League in 2017, the Creamline Cool Smashers have copped 3 conference titles, led by national team stalwarts Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado and Jema Galanza.

Valdez last played professionally with Thai team Nakornnonthaburi Volleyball Club in 2016 after she graduated from Ateneo. – Rappler.com

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.