Games Saturday at Alonte Sports Arena
12 noon – Opening ceremonies
1 pm — Petron vs Cignal
3 pm — Meralco vs Foton
The Philippine Superliga (PSL) formally completed the processing of the International Transfer Certificate (ITC) of the 12 imports set to see action in its season-ending Grand Prix which fires off Saturday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna. Entrance is free and gates open at 1030am.
PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara confirmed that they have already completed the processing of the imports’ ITC and the most prestigious inter-club women’s volleyball league in the country is now in full compliance and sanctioned by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).
The ITC is a protocol set by the FIVB in acquiring foreign players.
It is implemented to give the world volleyball body and the respective national federations of the foreigners, especially the elite players and national team members, a chance to regulate and monitor their transfer to their club teams here.
Failure to comply could lead to the players’ two-year suspension from competing in all sanctioned tournaments by the FIVB and their respective national federations.
The PSL has been in full compliance with the FIVB since its formation in 2013.
“We are now sanctioned and in full compliance with one of the main requirements of the FIVB for the third consecutive year after completing the processing of the ITC of all our imports,” said Suzara, also an FIVB member and chairman of the marketing and development committee of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC).
Suzara also thanked the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) for being very supportive to the PSL and its programs.
“LVPI plays a key role in this major development,” he said. “Aside from allowing us to send teams to the Asian Club Championships in Taiwan and Vietnam, LVPI was also very supportive in the transfer of our imports. Now, local volleyball fans will have a chance to witness 12 of the world’s best foreign players live in action.”
Current Puerto Rican national team member Lynda Morales and former Estonia national team standout Liis Kullerkann lead the stellar cast of foreign players who will compete in the Grand Prix.
Morales, who is set to arrive today from campaigning in the World Grand Prix in Turkey, will join Kansas University star Sara McClinton in powering RC Cola-Air Force while Kullerkann will conspire with Palm Beach Atlantic University alum Christina Alessi in spearheading Meralco.
Also set to compete are former Brazilian juniors national team stars Rupia Inck and Erica Adachi for Petron; former University of California-Los Angeles star Bojana Todorovic and former University of Southern California spiker Alexis Olgard for Philips Gold; former United States’ youth team member Katie Messing and veteran Lindsay Stalzer for Foton; and former University of Arkansas middle blocker Amanda Anderson and charming hitter Ariel Usher for Cignal.
Reigning champion Petron will tip things off as it faces Cignal in the appetizer at 1 pm followed by the collision between Meralco and Foton in the main event 3 pm. Games will be shown live at TV5.