MANILA — The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) will revive the First PNVF National U18 Championships for Boys and Girls in February and March, federation president Ramon “Tats” Suzara announced on Thursday.
“This is to reactivate the grassroots and age-group competitions which will also be the basis of the selection of national age-group teams,” Suzara said.
The joint tournament is scheduled for February 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26 and March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 both at spruced-up Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila and the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Inquiries and registration are available at the PNVF website http://volleyballphilippines.com/.
The last time the inter-secondary U18 tournament was held was when the PNVF was still called the Philippine Amateur Volleyball Association decades ago.
The PNVF was the busiest national sports association in 2022 for having hosted major international competitions—a Men and Women leg of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) last June at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Asian Volleyball Confederation Women’s Cup last August and Champions League last November both at the PhilSports Arena and the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Futures in Subic last December with Sisi Rondina and Jovelyn “Gonzaga winning gold and Genesa Jane “Jen” Eslapor and Floremel Rodriguez settling for silver.
Also on tap for 2023 are again the VNL at the Mall of Asia Arena in July and Champions League in November. The PNVF also forged a training partnership with the Japan Volleyball Association for indoor and beach volleyball. (ai/mtvn)