TWENTY-two squads will be up for the Negros Occidental Volleyball Association (NOVA)-organized 2nd Bro, Ceci Hojilla Memorial Cup Volleyball Championship, which will open Saturday and runs until September 12, 2010 at University of St. La Salle College (USLS) covered court.

Roger A. Banzuela, NOVA President said it got more teams after 17 teams earlier confirmed their participation in two divisions, the Class A and Class B.

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Class A is open division for men and women, while Class B will be for employees and non-varsity/former varsity division for men and women.

There are changes in the teams to participate as Philippine Airforce and Philippine Navy begged off.

The teams that will join the tournament are USLS Stingers, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R), Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B), VMA Global College, Iloilo Doctor’s College (IDC) and Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion of Roxas City, Capiz in Class A Men Open. In Class A Women Open are USLS Lady Stingers, UNO-R Rams, IDC and CSA-B.

In Class B Men are Negros Cable TV-Silay, Silay City, Barangay Mandalagan Volleyball Club, Murcia Volleyball Club, CAS-USLS, MAW (PLDT) Volleyball Club, and Provincial Capitol employees.

In the Class B Women are USLS Sabado Club, SJI Alumni Volleyball Club, Provincial Capitol Employees, USLS-BSN and Teleperformance.

A registration fee of P2,500 will be charged for every team in every division with the deadline of submission of entries and payment was last July 16, where the final meeting of coaches and team representatives was also held at USLS Varsity Sports office.

This tournament is open to teams representing schools, company/office, volleyball club, city or municipality.

Banzuela said this is the second year of staging the tournament after Lopue’s Cup takes a leave of absence for the meantime.

The tournament is a year-round project of NOVA in helping develop volleyball competitions in the province and other key cities with participation from various volleyball clubs for them to become competitive. (PR)