The Shakey’s V-League Season 8 Second Conference will finally be rolling on July 31, 2010 (Sunday) at the San Juan Arena. The opening has been moved several times already (from the original July 3, then was moved to July 24) as the V-League folks had to finds ways to fill in their targeted number of participating teams in order for the league to push through.
Only 3 school teams are participating this time around. It’s called Open Conference because the rest of the teams are corporate (non-school) teams.
A month ago, news had already been circulating that the target of having 8 teams were already met but apparently, one team backed out. According to online gossip, Meralco was the team who begged off. Anybody knows why? So we are now left with 7 teams namely:
- 1. Ateneo de Manila University – the defending UAAP champs, headed by Fille “The Heat” Cainglet as their team captain, players to watch out for are MVP Alyssa Valdez, Dzi Gervacio, Jem Ferrer, Gretchen Ho
- 2. University of Perpetual Help System (DALTA) – players to watch out for are Sandra Delos Santos, April Anne Sartin
- 3. San Sebastian College (Recoletos) – remains to be a solid team as usual
- 4. Team Navy – composed of mostly Adamson players including Angela Benting and Nerissa Bautista, other players to watch out for are Michelle Laborte, Janet Serafica, Pau Soriano
- 5. Team Air Force – players to watch out for are Cherry Macatangay, Jennifer Manzano, Wendy Anne Semana
- 6. Team Army – after a win-less campaign during the Asian Women’s Volleyball Club, this team must be hungry to redeem themselves, led by Rachel Ann Daquis, Aiza Maizo, and Mary Jean Balse, other players to watch out for are Michelle Carolino, Dahlia Cruz, Tina Salak
- 7. Team Maynilad – players to watch out for are Charisse Ancheta, Joy Cases, Nica Guliman, Margarita Pepito
The Shakey’s V-League will be presenting the teams and players to the media on July 29, two days before the opening.
A blessing in disguise?
There’s no hiding the fact that the Shakey’s V-League had suffered a major blow this second conference as teams pulled out for whatever reasons they have (UST and DLSU cited their players’ academics as their reasons). Dubbing it as Open Conference seems a creative marketing effort so that the fans can move their attention away from these unfortunate incidents. Despite these setbacks, the V-League folks are committed to make the most out of this coming Season 8 Open Conference.
If you take a step back and view all this from a positive point of view, we should remember and realize that one of the goals of the Shakey’s V-League when it was established years ago is to pave the way for the development of commercial volleyball leagues in the country. So perhaps, this Open Conference may be a blessing in disguise after all, don’t you think?