Perlas Spikers take leave of absence from PVL

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THE Perlas Spikers have announced they are taking a leave of absence from the Premier Volleyball League (PVL), citing the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as the reason for doing so.

The longtime PVL squad made the announcement via its Twitter account, saying, “We regret to inform everyone that, with the ongoing pandemic, the Perlas management has decided to take a leave of absence in the upcoming PVL tournament. We wish the tournament well and we continue to support the growth of Philippine volleyball.”

The Perlas Spikers is the second team to take the same course. Sta. Lucia announced last week that they were taking a break from competing in the PVL.

The Perlas Spikers have been competing in the PVL since 2017. They had a rocky 2021 season that saw them win just one of their nine matches in the Open Conference. Unfazed by their dismal showing, the Perlas Spikers competed in the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Champions League last November and bounced back by finishing in fourth place.

With Perlas and Sta. Lucia gone, the PVL is now down to just nine squads led by Open Conference champion Chery Tiggo and contenders Creamline, Petro Gazz, Choco Mucho, Cignal, PLDT, Army, BaliPure and F2 Logistics. Organizers, though, have said they are still deliberating the applications of two new teams.

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