The top collegiate volleyball teams in the country gather in Iloilo City starting next week for the holding of the University Games Collegiate Grand Slam Cup at the San Agustin campus gym.
A total of 42 teams will be competing in indoor volleyball tournament -- 24 men’s and 18 women’s -- which will be renamed the ‘2nd Dominic Sytin Cup’, in honor of the late CEO of United Auctioneers Inc. and benefactor of the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons.
The beach volleyball tournament meanwhile, attracted a total of 14 and nine men’s and women’s teams, respectively, in what should be the biggest volleyball event this year nationwide.
Organizers and top officials of the Philippine Super Liga (PSL) and Unigames have partnered together for the Oct. 19 to 27 tournament.
“Traditionally, you will see mostly UAAP and NCAA teams like La Salle, UST, UP, NU, St. Benilde, Lyceum, and others coming over along with teams from the Visayas and Mindanao. Nationwide talagayung participation dito (Our participation here is nationwide),” said PSL President Ian Laurel.
Laurel was grateful for Unigames President and chairman of technical and games committee Roger Banzuela for making the partnership with the PSL possible.
“It was enough for the biggest college volleyball league in the country to partner with the PSL. That alone gives us great pride and joy to have that kind of partnership,” added the PSL official.
In return, the PSL will be giving out subsidies to competing teams in the form of equipment by providing nets and balls.
The league is also handing out the Dominic Sytin Perpetual Trophy to this year’s champion team.*PNA
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