PVL Invitational Champs to play in AVC instead

PVL Invitational Champs to play in AVC instead

Aug 8, 2022, 6:12 AM
Nicole Pulido

Nicole Pulido


PNVF pulls out NU Lady Bulldogs from national team, who will be replaced by PVL Invitational Conference champions in the upcoming AVC.

The Premiere Volleyball League (PVL) will send the Invitational Conference champions to represent the country in the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup for Women which will start in two weeks at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The announcement comes a day after Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) released the supposed lineup for the AVC, a 14-member national team that had 12 players from the National University (NU) varsity squad that was bound to play in the PVL’s Invitational Conference semifinals round.

The PNVF said, National University team manager Mariano See Diet did not allow the Lady Bulldogs in the Philippine roster to compete due to concerns about the possibility of the players being injured given the level of competition in the PVL.

The NU Lady Bulldogs who would not join AVF are Ivy Lacsina, Mhicaela Belen, Shaira Jardio, Evangeline Alinsug, Cess Robles, Sheena Toring, Jen Nierva, Nicole Mata, Alyssa Solomon, Camilla Lamina, Kamille Cal and Joyme Cagande.

The PNVF then, through its president Ramon “Tats” Suzara, officially informed NU president Dr. Carlos Ermita, Jr. of their decision to pull out the student-athletes and coaches in an email sent on Sunday.

“We are now writing to inform your good office, though with much regret, that we shall be releasing the NU student-athletes and coaches from the national training program, effective Sunday, 7 August 2022,” the PNVF said in its letter to Ermita.

“We have been compelled to make this difficult yet important decision due to the recent turn of events within the team's training schedule and corresponding availability. We feel that the said student-athletes and coaches, alongside the team manager Engineer Bing Diet, may not be able to commit to perform at their best level given a number of restrictions and conditions that hinder the continuous conduct of training and overall program,” the PNVF said.

Meanwhile, the two remaining players, Jelai Gajero of California Precision Sports and Trisha Genesis of Akari, will be inserted into the lineup of the eventual PVL champions as their 13th and 14th player in the new national team roster.

Tags: #volleyball, #PVL, #AVC

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