Players hail Ceva’s plan for commercial league

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Monday, February 13, 2012


FORMER varsity players in Cebu are looking forward to the staging of the planned Cebu Volleyball Association (Ceva) commercial volleyball league this summer.

Genie Alonzo Sabas, a former standout of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR), said the tournament will allow her to continue her passion and become a professional volleyball player.

“That is a very welcome development for the volleyball community. We already have the GUV Cup, which caters to the grassroots, and the commercial league is for players like us, former varsity members, who want to continue to be competitive,” Sabas said Sabas earned the title as best blocker and most valuable player in the national finals of the Private Schools Athletic Association 2009 and was a back-to-back MVP in the GUV Cup for Mandaue City.

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Former PH beach volleyball player Jusabelle Brillo is also looking forward to the said tournament.

“If this will push through, this would be a big break for us since this will give as a chance to play again,” Brillo said.

She added that this will be a first in Cebu or even in the country, making Cebu more deserving to be called the volleyball capital of the Philippines.

“With this, we can continue doing our passion with the sport as commercial players.

Sayang sad ang mga talents that will be put to waste after graduating in college. At least if madayun ni, the players can earn like those of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) players na suweldado while playing basketball,” Brillo said.

According to Ceva co-chairman Glen Soco, this is one of the aspects that they need to discuss with the group and that they are still finalizing everything.

“We are still in the planning stage and we still need to discuss further about the format that we want. It is a competition for ball clubs just like with PBA where private companies are franchise holders of the tournament,” Soco said.

He added they are aiming to have this by summer and they are looking at starting with eight teams in the men’s and women’s divisions.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 13, 2012.

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