THE University of the Philippines women’s volleyball team is set to compete at the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Collegiate Grand Slam (CGS) where it hopes to build its legs in preparation for future tournaments, including in Season 81 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.
One of the six teams seeing action in the first CGS of the PSL, along with Far Eastern University, De La Salle-Dasmariñas, University of Santo Tomas, University of the East, and Colegio San Agustin, the Lady Fighting Maroons are out to develop their game when competition unfurls on Nov. 3.
“My team is composed of very young rookie and veteran members. So, this tournament will help us get the exposure we need,” said UP head coach Godfrey Okumu as they gear up for the CGS, a tournament designed to prepare young players for a possible career in volleyball while also furthering the growth of the sport in the country.
“I believe that my team will learn again how to deal with losses and wins every game. So to me, this tournament can help us grow, especially our young players,” Mr. Okumu added.
While the PSL is no longer a stranger to hosting collegiate teams with its invitational tournaments, the CGS however will mark the first time that the league will have a division solely dedicated to the country’s up-and-coming players.
The league said PSL rules will also be applied in the CGS and teams will be given a chance to use the challenge system to make sure that the officiating will be at par with international standard.
The tournament will be played every Saturday and will be shown live in the league’s official broadcast partner in ESPN5, AksyonTV, and — Michael Angelo S. Murillo