Sta. Lucia, Chery Tiggo jump into PVL wagon

Two Philippine Superliga (PSL) teams brace for new challenges as they formally expressed their intention to join the Premier Volleyball League (PVL).

Chery Tiggo and Sta. Lucia made separate announcements, expressing their interest to see action in the first professional women’s volleyball league in the country.

No less than Crossovers team owner Rommel Sytin made the confirmation to Daily Tribune, but refused to delve deep into the extent of their commitment to PVL.

“Yes,” Sytin said when asked if they are joining the PVL.

On the other hand, the Lady Realtors made a more formal announcement when they stressed that they are taking on “new challenges.”

“We have a little announcement to make,” the Lady Realtors said in their official social media account.

“The Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors will be taking on a new challenge as we officially join the Premier Volleyball League today. This is something new to us. This is exciting for the team and the fans.”

The addition of Chery Tiggo and Sta. Lucia is a major boost to the PVL.

The Crossovers are coming in with rich championship tradition after ruling the 2014 and 2015 PSL Grand Prix while the Lady Realtors are solid contenders with Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and MJ Philips at the helm.

They will vie for the crown against former PSL nemeses PLDT Home Fibr and Cignal as well as PVL powerhouse Creamline, Choco Mucho, PetroGazz, Perlas, BaliPure and new team Peak Form.

In a statement, PSL chairman Philip Ella Juico said they are allowing their teams to join the PVL in the “spirit of solidarity in this extraordinary time.”

“To help the return to normalcy and assist teams in their effort to maximize exposure of their brands and in the spirit of solidarity in this extraordinary time, the Philippine Superliga (PSL) has accepted the suggestion of one of its team members to welcome teams from the professional leagues who may wish to join the PSL tournaments,” said Juico, who led the league in its historic roll out of the 2021 Gatorade-PSL Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup last month.

“In this manner, all teams get exposure in several platform. In addition, athletes are given more opportunities to display their talents amid this public health emergency.”

Juico said the PSL would still continue its operation to provide an avenue for non-professional athletes.

“The PSL remains in the forefront of non-professional volleyball and will continue to create camaraderie and goodwill essential to the development of Philippine volleyball.”

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