• New volley technology unveiled at MOA for World Championship

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    Headturner Mariana Costa, former Brazil national player and an international and Playboy Magazine model who is also known as Mari Paraiba in the international modelling circuit flashes the victory sign as she arrives, along with Volero Zurich team on Thursday night at the NAIA. Costa will be just one of the headturners playing the prestigious 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship firing off on October 18 and will last until Octover 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Headturner Mariana Costa, former Brazil national player and an international and Playboy Magazine model who is also known as Mari Paraiba in the international modelling circuit flashes the victory sign as she arrives, along with Volero Zurich team on Thursday night at the NAIA. Costa will be just one of the headturners playing the prestigious 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship firing off on October 18 and will last until Octover 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Spectators will be treated to a world-class volleyball entertainment and a show of new international technology when the 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship fires off on Tuesday (October 18) at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

    According to Ramon Suzara of the organizing Philippine Superliga (PSL), they will be using “hawkeye replay system” to maintain the accuracy and integrity of officiating in this prestigious event.

    A state-of-the-art computer system, Hawkeye uses seven high-performance cameras located in strategic positions to make sure that crucial calls will be accurately decided. It is being used in top-tier volleyball events like the Olympics, World Championships, Olympic qualifiers and World Grand Prix.

    Besides the Hawkeye, also set to be used in this star-studded tournament is the use of tablet system in the interaction between the bench and table officials.

    First implemented in the world club tourney last year in Zurich, coaches will be provided with a tablet from Data Volley that is wirelessly connected to the table officials, enabling them to enter their starting roster and request for substitutions, timeouts and challenges with ease.

    Data Volley will also use S-Score sheets in providing game statistics.

    “This will be the first time for our local fans to witness these world-class volleyball technologies in action,” said Suzara, also a ranking member of the International Volleyball Federation and the Asian Volleyball Confederation.

    “With the use of these cutting-edge technologies, we would be able to provide spectators both in TV and at the venue a better understanding of the game. It aims not only to provide entertainment, but also to keep them aware of what’s happening on the court.”

    Suzara added they would also use the Senoh transport system that was first used in the ongoing PSL Grand Prix. The flooring will be the Gerflor tri-color volleyball floor and there will be LED digital ad boards at courtside.

    The warm-up areas would also be at the back of the bench and there will be team moppers as well as a foreign disc jockey to pump up the crowd during breaks.

    “With all of these new innovations, fans will be treated to a world-class volleyball entertainment,” Suzara said.

    Reigning Swiss Cup champion Volero Zurich formally arrived and would be followed by Rexona-Sesc Rio, Pomi Casalmaggiore, Vakif­Bank Istanbul and Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, shifting the country’s preparation to a higher gear.

    Hisamitsu Springs Kobe and Bangkok Glass are set to arrive Sunday.

    Together with the home team — PSL-Manila – star players of Volero Zurich, Rexona-Sesc Rio, VakifBank Istanbul, Pomi Casalmaggiore and Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul will be meeting thousands of volleyball fans in a meet and greet session today (Saturday) 2 p.m. at the center atrium of Robinson’s Place Manila.

    Fans just have to present their purchased tickets to gain access.

    Skipper Rachel Anne Daquis will lead the local team together with Mika Reyes, Kim Fajardo, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Frances Molina, Jen Reyes and Jaja Santiago. They will be backed by imports Tichaya Boonlert, Yuri Fukuda, Yevgeniya Nyukhalova, Ekaterina Krivets, Lynda Morales, Stephanie Niemer and Lindsay Stalzer.

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