PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara has vowed to pull out all the stops in forming a formidable team that will see action in the Thai-Denmark Super League women’s volleyball tournament in Bangkok next month.
With the 2016 PLDT Home Bro Ultera Invitational Conference taking a two-week break, Suzara admitted they can now afford to shift their focus on the buildup of PSL Selection which has already hit the ground running under the tutelage of multi-titled Petron coach George Pascua.
Pascua, who led the Tri-Activ Spikers (then known as the Blaze Spikers) to a pair of PSL titles, including an impressive 13-game sweep of the 2015 All-Filipino Conference, plans to announce the final PSL Selection lineup on Sunday.
“I have no idea on who he will select, but rest assured that it’s going to be a fighting team,” said Suzara, who also serves as the head of marketing and development committee of the Asian Volleyball Confederation.
The PSL Selection and a Hong Kong-based club are the foreign teams which have already expressed their intention to join the week-long tourney, hoping they could hold their ground against 6 solid Thailand squads.
Leading the Thai force is reigning champion Bangkok Glass, which is expected to parade a powerhouse roster consists of national team mainstays Pornpun Geudpard, Wanida Kotruang, Wiravan Sattayanuchit and skipper Pleumjit Thinkaow.
The other Thai sides are King-Bangkok, Idea Khonkaen, 3BB Nokhonnont, Nakhon Ratchasima and Supreme Chonburi.
Suzara added the success of the Thailand Super League will be the catalyst for the formation of a Southeast Asian-wide club tournament with a home-and-away format before the year ends.
The Philippines and Thailand, the noted superpower in the region, have been the prime movers behind the impending regional volleyball showcase while Vietnam and Indonesia plan to follow suit, according to Suzara.
The PSL has already made its conscious effort to help sustain the growth of the sport in the region as it has already invited a Thai club to duke it out with three other local teams for the Invitational Conference title.
“The success of this tournament will open a lot of doors for women’s volleyball in the region,” Suzara said. “We are thankful for the organizers for inviting us and believing in our ability to compete against other top teams in Southeast Asia. We’re looking forward to having a strong representation that will not only grow the sport in the country, but will also make the country proud.” — By Jerome Lagunzad