By Lawrence Fernandez
IT'S that time of the year again when the best girls' volleyball teams around the country compete to become Rebisco Volleyball League National Champions. The games will happen from Nov. 23-30 at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City.
Here are five reasons that make RVL 2019 worth watching.
1. Get a glimpse of future volleyball stars
You may have seen some of these players compete in Batang Pinoy or Palarong Pambansa. This time, they will be playing for school and not for province or region.
The RVL is a fantastic platform to showcase up and coming players who may suit up for collegiate and professional volleyball. Likewise, watching them play in the RVL lets you follow their journey before they become household names.
Some of the players who have competed in the tournament are Jolina Dela Cruz and Erika Cruz of the De La Salle Lady Spikers.
Faith Nisperos, Ivy Lacsina, and Joyme Cagande were all part of the Nazareth School of National University squad that won the inaugural Rebisco Volleyball League championship.
Likewise, current Adamson Lady Falcons Louie Romero, Rizza Cruz, and Lucille Almonte suited up for titlists Kings Montessori School last year.
2. Four guest squads
Aside from the regional champions from NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, guest squads from four countries will spice up the competition.
Returning to the RVL stage are teams from Australia, Malaysia, and the United States of America. A team from Thailand will join the week-long tournament as well.
Therefore, the local squads have additional motivation in protecting home court against the guest teams.
3. Unexpected results
No one’s giving an inch as they aspire for volleyball glory. That’s why you can expect nothing but the best from these girls.
Just when you think one team is dominating, the other squad will pull together and snatch the victory.
RVL games are also proof that height and power are not the only essentials in winning a volleyball game.
Likewise, last year’s semifinal matches were absolute treats, and a repeat is highly possible.
4. A hunting ground for volleyball talent
If you gaze around the venue, you may see coaches of the top universities and colleges taking videos and mental notes on interesting players.
This tournament is where UP head coach Godfrey Okumu discovered Jeanny Padilla, who is set to play for the Lady Maroons soon.
Meanwhile, the RVL became the avenue for Ateneo Lady Eagles mentor Oliver Almadro to find middle blocker Joan Decemary Narit.
These coaches visiting the games lends credibility to the level of talent and competition that the RVL offers.
5. Free admission
You get to witness the rising stars of Philippine volleyball without paying for admission. Just block your time and enjoy the games.
Also, the venue is accessible from all areas of Metro Manila because you can take trains or jeepneys going to Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Learn more about the Rebisco Volleyball League by visiting its official Facebook page.
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