Philippine Super Liga set for take-off; DLSU looks forward to the challenge

Date 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

Twitter: @naveenganglani

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Edwin Gonda July 2, 2013 09:02 AM

What time is the Opening on July 7? Is it true tickets are for FREE? Where can we get tickets? I am so happy that we now have the Superliga. Go go go Philippines

christine balsicas June 19, 2013 04:04 PM

kelan po ba yan may telecast po ba what time po ??

rara June 19, 2013 01:39 PM

sana may live streaming sa net o kaya replay sa net

Ajay June 18, 2013 11:44 PM

Pano yung iba na wlang solar sports na channel? Pano kami makakapanood?

quiet June 18, 2013 10:11 PM

wat time po ito ipapalabas?

Nonoy June 18, 2013 09:47 PM

Ba't initially sabi e July 6, ngayon july 7 na naman?

kaye June 18, 2013 07:44 PM

I cannot believe that this is going to happen, and i'm very much excited about this.It's surprising to know that DLSU Lady Spikers will join as the guest team, I mean, am I dreaming? Plus, to watch the former volleyball stars back in action, wow, such a dream come true.

Blumark June 18, 2013 06:35 PM

Wow, very exciting indeed! BTW I just wan't to confirm whether the visiting teams of Italy and Russia will play for a exibition game on the Opening, and what are the names of the other teams? I hope it will run perfectly and have more games rather than a single-round robin. Good Luck PSL! :)

Ej June 18, 2013 05:34 PM

kelan po yung telecast?

Blumark June 18, 2013 06:36 PM

July 7, 2013 as stated above.



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