PNVF Champions League returns with men’s tourney in Lipa City


THE men’s clubs take centerstage in the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Champions League on Monday at the Aquamarine Recreational Center in Lipa City.

Seven teams are expected to go all out as they chase the bragging rights as the inaugural men’s champion of the country’s first-ever Champions League, a historic feat achieved by F2 Logistics in the women’s contest on Thursday.

The winner in the men’s tournament will join the Cargo Movers as the country’s representative to the Asian Men’s and Women’s Club Volleyball Championships in May next year.

Go For Gold, Basilan Steel and VNS are bunched in Pool A, while Pool B is composed of Global Remit, Sabong International Spikers, MRT-Negros and Team Dasma.

Go for Gold-Air Force and VNS will open hostilities at 10 a.m., followed by the MRT-Negros and Sabong International Spikers duel at 1:30 p.m.

Global Remit and Team Dasma cap a three-match schedule at 4 p.m.

Basilan Steel Spikers Amin-Anak Mindanao drew an opening day bye and will play Go for Gold on Tuesday in the tournament that has Rebisco, Pitmaster Foundation Inc., Top Speed, 1Pacman Partylist, Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Olympic Committee as platinum sponsors and F2 Logistics, Asics, PLDT, MVP Sports Foundation and Mikasa as gold sponsors and BCDA, Philippine Red Cross, Lipa City, Davis Paint and Emerald PVC Pipes, Fittings and Doors as silver sponsors with PNVF godfather, Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the Champions League, giving his full support.

The teams will be figure in a round-robin preliminaries with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the semifinals.

The games are live streamed over the PNVF official web site, iWantTFC for local and international audiences, Puso Pilipinas and Smart Sports Facebook pages and YouTube channels and Gigaplay.

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