PVL draft quality takes hit with Belen, Solomon out

PVL draft quality takes hit but quantity is promising

/ 05:10 AM June 16, 2024

Bella Belen Alyssa Solomon Alas Pilipinas PVL Draft

NU stars Bella Belen, left, and Alyssa Solomon during Game 1 of the UAAP Season 86 women’s volleyball Finals. They did not sign up for the inaugural PVL Draft. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

The absence of National University’s (NU) Bella Belen and Alyssa Solomon has left the PVL draft pool rather shallow when it comes to talent, team officials told the Inquirer on Saturday after names of the applying rookies were made available to the public.

“It’s not as deep as hoped,” a team official said, a sentiment echoed by several others regarding the pool that will be spearheaded by Alas Pilipinas players Thea Gagate and Julia Coronel of La Salle and dependable Adamson outside spikers Lucille Almonte and Ishie Lalongisip.

Turnout high

But some PVL coaches are positive that the number of players who applied for the draft is something that could make an impact for teams.


“We’re happy because at least the turnout of applicants was high,” PLDT coach Rald Ricafort said. “We hope more will apply next time.”

LIST: Applicants for the first ever PVL Rookie Draft

PLDT will pick eighth in the draft, with Ricafort looking more at a player’s behavior to help a roster hit by injuries. “When it comes to qualities of players, we’re looking for those who are coachable and have good attitudes,” Ricafort said. “We’re trying to fill in positions where we are lacking. We have a lot of players who are injured or in recovery.”

“The 47 draftees are good and it all depends on the needs of the team,” said Creamline tactician Sherwin Meneses. “For our choice, it will all depend on whoever is still available for the 12th pick.”


Belen and Solomon, sources told the Inquirer, are running it back with the Lady Bulldogs next UAAP season, where NU will go after its third crown in four years.

READ: Bella Belen, Alyssa Solomon skip PVL Draft, stay with NU Lady Bulldogs


The Inquirer reached out to Belen and NU coach Norman Miguel for comments but they have not responded as of press time.

The PVL will be holding its first Rookie Draft in history with the league’s 12 teams hoping to fill roster spots from among the 47 players that signed up for selection.

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Apart from Gagate and Coronel, fellow Lady Spikers Maicah Larroza and Leila Cruz also applied for the draft, along with Adamson opposite spiker AA Adolfo. Ateneo libero Roma Mae Doromal and Santo Tomas’ Pierre Abellana also threw their names in the pool.

TAGS: Alyssa Solomon, Bella Belen, National University, PVL

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