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Men’s volley hits scene with Spikers’ Turf April 5

By: - Reporter / @jwpayoINQ
/ 12:09 AM March 25, 2015

MANILA, Philippines—Men’s volleyball tries to feed off from the popularity of the local women’s game as the sport’s best players get to strut their stuff in a new league.

The inaugural season of Spikers’ Turf unfolds on April 5 with UAAP MVP Marck Espejo of Ateneo, National University ace Peter Torres and actor and former national team member Richard Gomez leading the standouts seeing action in the eight-team tournament.

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“We think men’s volleyball has not risen to the [popularity] level of the women’s [game] because they have no identity of their own,” said Moying Martelino, the chair of Sports Vision, the same organizers of the popular Shakey’s V-League.

“So we created a new league and the teams are practically star-studded. The country’s best players are participating.”

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Shakey’s V-League staged a four-team men’s tournament last year where Instituto Estetico Manila emerged as champion.

“We experimented with the men’s division and there was a following, although it was not big, just like in the ladies before,” Sports Vision president Ricky Palou said in yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate.

“We have a feeling if we do the same with the men’s; it will be as popular.”

Spikers’ Turf kicks off just right before the 12th season of Shakey’s V-League, which likewise features an eight-team field bannered by perennial finalists Philippine Army and Cagayan Valley.

PLDT stands as an early favorite with a powerhouse cast headed by UAAP MVP Alyssa Valdez of Ateneo, NU’s Jaja Santiago, San Sebastian’s Gretchel Soltones and former MVP Suzanne Roces.

“We have a good lineup because we now have fresh talents,” said PLDT coach Roger Gorayeb.

Coach Nes Pamilar, who’s mentoring Cagayan Valley in both leagues, also expects a tight competition.

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“Looking at all the teams, the composition of players is good,” said Pamilar.

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