PSC Nat'l Volleyball League gets underway

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


THIRTEEN teams graced the opening rites of the 1st Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)-Pinay National Volleyball League at the Almendras Gym and Recreation Center on Sunday.

PSC executive officer and National Events Coordination (NECO) head Atty. Jay Alano, in her message delivered in behalf of PSC Commissioner Akiko Thomson, said, this is a national league that we plan to other places in the country and Davao City is very lucky to be the birht place of this pioneering event.

"Since our aim is to empower women through sports, this event also gives special emphasis to girls because if we can train them at this very young age they would have the chance to imbibe the value of sportsmanship and etc," Atty. Alano said.

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She added, "PSC has organized plans to conduct national tournaments not only in volleyball but also in softball and rugby football."

Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO) officer-in-charge William "Butch" Ramirez, for his part, also shared his message to the volleybelles, saying, "As an athlete you are not supposed to earn recognition and awards at the expense of a good value. Do not be arrogant when you achieve these things instead be humble enough not only to accept victory but also defeat.

Ramirez ended his speech by referring to an old saying which states, "If you lose your wealth, nothing is lost, but If you lose your character, everything is lost."

Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) Commissioner Vic Abalos was also in attendance.

Assumption College of Davao (ACD), University of Immaculate Conception (UIC)-Bajada, UIC-Maa, Davao City National High School (DCNHS), Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School (DRANHS), Holy Cross College of Sasa, Maa National High School, Pablo Lorenzo National High School, St. Peter's College of Toril, Sta. Ana National High School, and guest Tagum City-Visayan Village team participated in the parade of colors during the opening rites.

Holy Cross College of Sasa coach Celboy Atendido, on the other hand, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said that his team is ready to conquer the tournament especially after training non-stop since summer break.

"Confident ko sa team labona naa si Kristine Garcero. Si Garcero ang team captain ug mao ang gadala sa dula kay hawod na siya na player (I'm confident with my team especially since I have an ace player in Kristine Garcero. Garcero is the team's captain and as a senior player she carries the team through her skills)," Atendido added.

Coach Cristy T. Balbon of Davao City National High School, for her part, said her team has been consistent in their training sessions in preparation for this tournament.

Balbon said in vernacular, "Each one of them has a specific patterned play that they can use during games."

When asked about the team's chances in the tournament, she replied, "the title is just a bonus for us, we'll just play and live with the results."

University of Immaculate Conception Coach Erik S. Pantonial, who helms two UIC teams in the tournament, said the team's preparation started just last summer in which they hope to contend in this year's set of tournaments such as Shakey's V-League, and this tournament.

Pantonial hopes that UIC-Team A Ace player Queenie Camporidondo, who's known for her powerful spikes, will contribute and produce for the team.

"Sana makapasok sa semis and hopefully championships," he answered pertaining to the team's chances.

The 17-under tournament winners will receive specially-made medals courtesy of the PSC.

The Pinay National Volleyball League was made possible in cooperation with the City Government of Davao and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Games were still being played as of press time Sunday.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 28, 2014.

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