The Philippine Superliga (PSL) is set to make a historic return when it rolls out the 2021 Gatorade-Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup starting this Friday at the sand courts of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).
Eight teams, including guest team Kennedy Solar Energy-PetroGazz, would see action in this first volleyball tournament that would be held during the pandemic.
Kennedy Solar Energy-PetroGazz parades the tandem of Ariane Luna Alarcon and Christina Canares while Sta. Lucia emerges as the team to beat with veterans Bang Pineda and Jonah Sabete and DM Demontano and Jackie Estoquia.
F2 Logistics is also coming in strong with Jenny Mar Senares and Kyla Angela Gallego while Chery Tiggo will don the colors of United Auctioneers, Inc. with Ella Viray and Theresa Ramas as entries.
Rounding up the field in the tournament sponsored by Cherrylume, Ube Express and Subic bay Peninsular Hotel with Cocolife, UCPB Gen, Data Project and Genius Sports as technical partners are Alexa Polidario and Erjan Magdato of Abanse Negrense 1, Jennifer Cosas and Gelimae Villanueva of Abanse Negrense 2, and Jonah San Pedro and Javen Sabas of Toby’s Sports.
PSL chairman Philip Ella Juico thanked the support of the teams as well as the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for giving the tournament a go signal.
“We want to thank the teams, especially our guest team PetroGazz, for helping us restart our beach volleyball tournament using a bubble setup,” said Juico, a former chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission and president of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association.
“We also want to thank the IATF Region 3 and the SBMA for supporting us and making sure that our delegates, especially the athletes, will be safe from contracting coronavirus disease,” he added.