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Philippine Super Liga set for take-off; DLSU looks forward to the challengeDate Posted: 18 June 2013 10 Comments
For years, loyal volleyball fans in the Philippines have been clamouring and pleading with organizers to start a league for their favorite sport that goes beyond the realms of collegiate competitions.
On July 7, their wish comes true.
Just a few weeks from now, the first ever Philippine Super Liga will hold its opening at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City. The tournament is the first commercial women’s volleyball league that features former stars of the UAAP, NCAA, and V-League.
Six teams will participate in a single-round robin elimination round. The quarterfinals, semis, and finals will take place after to determine the champion of the tournament.
The rosters for five of the six teams will be determined by a drafting process. The other squad – the De La Salle Lady Spikers – will make use of their current core of student-athletes.
Although they will face teams that are superior in terms of talent, the Lady Spikers are ready for the challenge. Their resiliency, determination, and excellent teamwork helped them win multiple UAAP Volleyball championships in the past and will play a key role in the upcoming weeks.
In an interview with Solar Sports this morning, DLSU Lady Spikers team captain and middle spiker Abigail Maraño and veteran setter Mikaela Esperanza expressed their excitement and anticipation for the upcoming event.
“It will be good exposure for the team. We take it as a professional league competing with other professional athletes in the Philippines. It's an opportunity and privilege for us, “Maraño said.
Esperanza shared the same sentiment, “We expect there will be a lot of opportunities for us players to showcase our talents as volleyball players as well as volleyball to be appreciated by viewers – volleyball players and non-volleyball players – in the Philippines.”
With regards to the chances of DLSU against the other five professional teams in the league, the two veterans of the team said that while gaining experience for their growth and improvement is a huge factor, the entire squad will try and earn as many victories as they can and hopefully, win the title along the way.
“We’re not competing just to enjoy. We’re competing to learn and execute our talents. You have to be motivated and kailangan ung drive all the way is consistent,” Maraño explained.
The Philippine Super Liga gives college volleyball athletes the chance to showcase their capabilities in a wider landscape, which is something that Esperanza sees as a great opportunity for herself and her team.
“It’s really exciting and for us, the guest team, it’s a really big opportunity,” shared the four-year veteran. “We are really honoured to join the first ever professional league of Volleyball here in the Philippines.”
Maraño added, “It’s a privilege for the team to be a part of this major tournament and I think it’s really challenging because you’re competing with the elite players of the Philippines. We’re looking forward to learn from them and learn from the experience.”
The DLSU Lady Spikers are well-coached, constructed with a championship pedigree, and is led by two wonderful leaders in Esperanza and Maraño. Without a doubt, it will be exciting to see what this team can accomplish when the tournament begins.
All the action of the Philippine Super Liga will be televised on Solar Sports.
By: Naveen Ganglani - New Media Editor