A larger Volleyball Champions League is planned in the coming years, according to PNVF president Suzara. THE 2022 Champions League, which concluded on Sunday night at the PhilSports Arena, may only grow in size and breadth, according to organizer Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) for Volleyball Champions.
The Volleyball Champions League included fifteen men’s teams and eight women’s teams, with Cignal HD and California Precision Sports-Antipolo City taking home the titles. “The goal is to organize provincial or regional competitions next year and years after that on the path to the Champions League,” PNVF President Ramon “Tats” Suzara stated. “And the grassroots, the local government units [LGUs], will always remain the center.”
Ten of the 23 teams in the previous Volleyball Champions League were provincial squads, according to Suzara, and the success of this year’s edition has spurred further LGUs to join in the future. “Volleyball is certain to be the next team sport Filipinos will be really involved in,” Suzara said, adding that the PNVF has a busy 2023 calendar with the Champions League slated in November.
According to Champions League competition director Oliver Mora, there were additional LGUs that requested admission but were denied due to competition scheduling constraints that are all governed by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).
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This year, the PNVF hosted two international competitions: a men’s and women’s leg of the Volleyball Nations League at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in June, and the Asian Volleyball Confederation Women’s Cup at the Philippine Sports Commission’s PhilSports Arena in August.
And the PNVF isn’t done yet, according to PNVF Secretary General Don Caringal, since Subic is poised to host the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour, which will include four Philippine teams. The event will take place from December 8 to December 11.
The HD Spikers defeated North Cotabato in five sets on Volleyball Champions, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-12, while the CAL Babies stunned University of the East-Manila, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21. Marck Espejo of Cignal and Casiey Dongalo of Antipolo City were selected Most Valuable Players.
Imus City defeated PGJC-Navy in the men’s bronze medal match, 25-16, 25-22, 34-32, while KMS-Quezon City defeated Imus City in the women’s division, 25-21, 24-26, 21-25, 25-19, 15-9.
Best Outside Hitters Janeca Lana (UE-Manila) and Dongalo (CPS-Antipolo), Best Middle Blockers Jenalyn Umayam (Antipolo) and Riza Nogales (UE-Manila), Best Libero Jellie Tempiatura (Quezon City), Best Setter Gyzelle Sy (Imus), and Best Opposite Hitter Jelaica Gajero (CPS-Antipolo) won the women’s individual awards (Antipolo)
Best Outside Hitters Espejo and Joshua Umandal (North Cotabato), Best Middle Blockers John Paul Bugaoan (Cignal) and Kim Malabunga (North Cotabato), Best Libero Manuel Sumanguid (Cignal), Best Setter Esmilzo Joner Polvorosa (Imus), and Best Opposite Hitter Joeven Dela Vega (North Cotabato) were recognized (PGJC-Navy).