I had no plans of writing about this issue anytime soon at first but since Mr. Theo Jurado of Journal Online (who’s always first when it comes to volleyball news like this) has already published an article, and because the looming controversy has actually already spread like wildfire online, let me just share again what this fuss is all about.
Apparently, the unbeaten De La Salle Lady Archers in the ongoing UAAP 73 Women’s Volleyball is in the brink of forfeiting either some of their games or perhaps all of them due to a violation of a UAAP rule wherein current UAAP players are not allowed to play in any other league or tournament for the duration of the tournament. To sum up everything, here’s sir Theo’s article taken from www.journal.com.ph website:
The unbeaten league leader (DLSU), stares at the possibility of forfeiting four of its wins in the first round after two of its players allegedly played in an invitational league while the season is ongoing.
The league is now investigating the controversy as La Salle had already suspended the players reportedly involved, namely, reserve setter Carmela Garbin and blocker Clarisse Yeung. The two allegedly suited up and played in the WCC 3rd Viking Cup Open Invitational Cup tournament.
The tournament was the same meet where College of Saint Benilde players Arianne Yap and Janel Lim saw action, causing the Lady Blazers’ disqualification in the semifinals of the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament.
La Salle had already transmitted the letter to the UAAP board and the issue is expected to be tackled in next week’s meeting.
We all have become DLSU fans because of the domination they have shown in the first round of UAAP 73. After beating their rival UST in 3 sets, I think most people already placed their bets on La Salle winning the crown this season. And then, this happened.
Why La Salle always seem to find itself in such controversies, that puzzles a lot of fans. Not too long ago, the Jacqueline Alarca controversy resulted to DLSU dropping down from the final four because of game forfeitures back in 2008.
In the end, this is a big blow not only to DLSU, the other schools, the UAAP/NCAA, the open volleyball leagues out there, but to the entire volleyball community. Just when volleyball in the country is finally starting to pick up slowly but surely, controversies like these suddenly come to the surface.
By the next UAAP season, sure, we will all probably forget about this and move on with our lives (but we can always reminisce through the blog posts, tweets, and PEX). But stilll, I think things like these can certainly be avoided and something can be done.
So how can we prevent this from happening again?
Most people would put all the blame on the players who clearly knew they are not supposed to play in any other tournaments for the duration of the UAAP season, but have still done so and risked jeopardizing not only their team but the school they are representing as well. One obvious solution has got to be through enforcing discipline. And this can be done by the people and institutions surrounding the players: the coaches, teammates, school program heads, UAAP board, etc.
The other solution I can think of will be coming from the organizers of these open (usually non-collegiate) volleyball leagues/tournaments (ex. Viking Cup, PVC, PVF National Open, Hope Volleyball Club, etc.). I understand that an “open league” essentially means that anyone can join, but maybe it’s about time the organizers consider these issues that has happened in the UAAP/NCAA, and implement a rule banning any current collegiate players to join.
Let’s hope and pray that the UAAP board and everyone involved will be able to talk things out nicely, and come up with a series of actions (hopefully not just sanctions) to remedy this whole issue. If in case, DLSU forfeits some of its games, I’m sure most fans including myself (I love Gohing!) will still look at this team with utmost respect and admiration because of the prowess they have exhibited this season. If let say, they forfeit all their games then in the end manage to still win the crown… dammn!, I will change my favorite color to green 🙂
PS: I really had a hard time thinking what to put as the title for this blog post. Initially, I thought of “DLSU: Oops they did it again!”
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