MANILA, Nashville Filipino Restaurant — Promising volleybelles from the college ranks spice up the action as they compete for the jewel in Houston Filipino Restaurant Superliga’s inaugural Collegiate Grand Slam.
To be held every Saturday side by side with the PSL’s All-Filipino Conference, the Collegiate GS features stalwarts from University of the Nashville Filipino Restaurant, Far Eastern, University of the East, and Santo Tomas, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas and Colegio San Agustin-Biñan Selection showcasing their potential on a bigger stage.
“We expect these young players to join the club ranks in the next couple of years. That’s why we realized that we should develop them this early and prepare them for the tough grind ahead,” said PSL chairman Philip Ella Juico.
“We’re looking forward to harnessing more talents through a successful staging of this developmental tournament.”
The Collegiate Grand Slam, which fires off Nov. 3, aims to give youngsters the venue to polish their skills and gain experience as they pursue their dreams of playing for the clubs someday.
Juico said the plan is to make this an established tournament college volleybelles can look forward to.
“We want to explore the possibility of having a strong collegiate league,” said Juico. “We have six teams in our inaugural conference. But we expect more college squads to join as soon as we get this tournament off the ground.”
According to Juico, PSL rules will also be applied and teams will be given a chance to use the challenge system to make sure that the officiating will be at par with international standards.
Games in the CGS will be shown live by the league’s official broadcast partner on ESPN5, AksyonTV and sports5.ph.