PH Superliga braces for busy 2017

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The 2017 season will be a busy year for Philippine Superliga (PSL) as it stage two international tournaments plus local competitions including three indoor volleyball regular conferences.

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The Philippines will host the 19th Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championship on August 9 to 17 to be followed by the 1st Southeast Asian Superliga to be participated in by Vietnam, Indonesia and powerhouse Thailand on September 14 to 17.

Represented by reigning Grand Prix champion Foton Tornadoes, PSL will also participate in the 2017 Asian Women’s Club Championship on April 19 to 28 in Kazakhstan.

A strong PSL Selection is slated to take part in the 2017 Thai-Denmark Super League on March 24 to 31 in Thailand.

Jaja Santiago of PSL F2 Manila soars over Hisamistu Maja Tokarska during the Asics Philippine Superliga Grand Prix in November. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Jaja Santiago of PSL F2 Manila soars over Hisamistu Maja Tokarska during the Asics Philippine Superliga Grand Prix in November. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The league will also help create a national team for the 29th Southeast Asian Games on August 19 to 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia before going to the US for the PSL West Road Tour in September.

In local competitions, the PSL Invitational Conference will begin in February followed by the PSL All-Filipino Conference in June and the PSL Grand Prix in October.

In May, PSL goes outdoor as it stages the Beach Volleyball Challenge Series and the PSL International Open Challenge Cup.

This year, PSL has been successful in hosting two major international competitions—the Asian Women’s Club Championship held in Binan, Laguna in September where Foton Pilipinas finished seventh overall, and the prestigious FIVB Women’s Club World Championship held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The PSL Selection composed of seven local players and seven foreign reinforcements finished eighth overall in the world meet participated in by Brazil, Italy, Thailand, Turkey, Switzerland and Japan.

Jaja Santiago, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Mika Reyes, Ces Molina, Kim Fajardo, Jen Reyes and Rachel Anne Daquis worked hand in hand with imports Stephanie Niemer, Yevgeniya Nyukhalova, Ekaterina Krivets, Yuri Fukuda, Tichaya Boonlert, Lynda Morales and Lindsay Stalzer in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship.

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