Premier Volleyball League to have three conferences in 2022

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Organizers of the Premier Volleyball League have plans to stage three conferences in 2022 starting with the Open Conference, which is tentatively set for Feb. 16 at either the Paco Arena Events and Sports Center in Manila or at Royale Tagaytay under a full bubble setup.

Despite the current Covid-19 surge, Sports Vision is confident it can stage three tournaments under the bubble setup the way it did the first time out at the PCV Socio-Civic and Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.

“We’re looking at three conferences this year which will start with the Open Conference, hopefully, next month in a bubble setup,” said PVL president Ricky Palou. “We have Royale Tagaytay as our backup venue in case we won’t be allowed to hold our games in Manila.

“We are still waiting for clearance from the IATF and GAB,” he said.

The Open Conference will run through three months, featuring a single round-robin preliminaries with the top four squads clashing in a pair of best-of-three semifinal series. The winners of those matches will dispute the crown.

Aside from Chery Tiggo, which ruled the Open Conference last year and Creamline, other teams gearing up for PVL resumption are BaliPure, Choco Mucho, Cignal HD, Perlas Spikers, Petro Gazz, Army, PLDT and F2 Logistics.

There are also two new teams applying for the league.

“There are new teams that want to join. We are still deliberating on it and doing our due diligence to see if they are willing to commit to the league for years,” said Palou.

The league will also go regional from July 2 to Aug. 7 for the PVL Asian Invitational crown at a still unspecified venue. The field will be divided into two groups for the single-round elims for local teams with the top two of each side mixing it up in another single-round phase.

The top three will advance to the next round that will feature the national team and two foreign squads. The top four teams after another single round phase will move to the semis with the top two disputing the championship.

The season-ending Reinforced Conference, meanwhile, will be held from Oct. 1 to Nov. 29 with each team allowed to tap one or two foreign players. After the single round prelims, the top four will advance to the semis with the top two slugging it out for the crown.

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