The Philips Gold franchise will be taking its talents to the Shakey’s V-League.
As a matter of fact, the Lady Slammers have begun preparing for the Open Conference set to start sometime in May.
“It’s not an April Fool’s joke,” team manager Eric Anthony Ty told FOX Sports when asked to confirm the big move.
Ty said it hasn’t been decided which brand will be utilized for their Shakey’s V-League campaign, but training sessions started Friday.
“Pocari Sweat is a candidate,” said Ty. “Along with Mane ’N Tail, Libby’s, Mamy Poko and Evian among others.”
Pocari Sweat, a leading Japanese sports drink, is distributed by Otsuka-Solar in the Philippines while Philips Gold and the other brands mentioned are handled by Federated Distributors, Inc.
Led by former UAAP stars Michele Gumabao and Melissa Gohing and current UAAP players Myla Pablo and Gyzel Sy, the Lady Slammers finished third twice in the Philippine SuperLiga, but did not participate in the ongoing Invitationals.
Ty said the core will be retained, while a decision on the coaching staff, handled by Francis Vicente in the PSL, has yet to be made.
Nonetheless, Ty expressed excitement at the prospect of his team playing in the Shakey’s V-League.
“Oh joy and jubilations. Of course I am excited,” he said. “New league, new battles. This is going to be fun.”
For fans of the Lady Slammers, there is something to look forward to, as Ty bared they are trying to sign fresh blood to reinforce the squad in its next foray.
“We are still actively recruiting a couple more players to complete the cast of 14,” he shared. — By Josiah Albelda