Premier Volleyball League to return in bubble in April

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THE Premier Volleyball League (PVL) is looking to return to action on April 10, said league president Ricky Palou.

Considered to be the country’s first-ever professional volleyball league, the PVL’s impending return comes over a year after Creamline, which was led by MVP Jema Galanza, won the Open Conference in dominant fashion.

The PVL is looking to stage the games inside a bubble at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna, not long after the Holy Week concludes.

According to Palou, they had set out to have the games start in February but shelved that plan so as not to compete with the country’s staging of the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers.

“Our original schedule was in February or March, but we didn’t want to compete with basketball... because the SBP is having an international tournament here sometime in February,” Palou said.

Palou added that all its teams, including Petro Gazz, who has been rumored to join the Philippine Superliga as a guest team, is already raring to go. The other competing teams are Creamline, Choco Mucho, Perlas Spikers, Motolite, BaliPure and Chef’s Classic. The Air Force and the Army are also set to join the PVL but as guest teams.

Palou also said it won’t be long before they announce what their official broadcast partner will be. The league is currently negotiating with GMA and TV5. (JNP)