THE Premier Volleyball League (PVL) has reset its Invitational Conference from July 2 to 9 to allow the participating squads extra time to prepare.
“Due to requests from our members teams, the PVL has decided to move the start of the Invitational Conference 2022 from July 2 to 9,” the league said through an announcement made in its official Facebook page.
The conference, the pro league’s second of three this year, will be participated in by two Asian foreign teams in Kobe Shinwa Women’s University of Japan and the Taipei King Whales of the Taiwan Volleyball League (TVL) and seven local squads headed by reigning Reinforced Conference titlist Creamline.
Also seeing action are Petro Gazz, Cignal HD, Choco Mucho, Chery Tiggo, PLDT and Army Black Mamba.
F2 Logistics and Bali Pure have both begged off from joining the league’s mid-conference and will return in the Open Conference late this year.
Kobe Shinwa Women’s University, which topped an invitational tournament done in the country five years ago, and the Taipei King Whales, the TVL’s cream of the crop, will only fly in late August or early September as they will play in the semifinals outright.
The visiting squads will then clash with the top four among the seven local teams in a single-round robin format.
The seven homegrown clubs will fight among themselves in another single-round robin system. — Joey Villar