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PNVF Champions League set for November

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The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) has pencilled the month of November for the launching of their men’s and women’s Champions League.

According to PNVF president Ramon “Tats” Suzara, the women’s division is slated from November 13 to 19, while the men’s tournament is from November 20 to 26.

The league is also targeted to be semi-bubble environment with the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena in Laoag City, Claro M. Recto Events Center in Lipa City, or Tagaytay City listed as potential venues.

“Champions League is a nationwide tournament which aims to feature high-level competition that will elevate the sport in the country,” Suzara said.

Eight teams will be divided into two groups, and each will engage in a round-robin format in the preliminaries. A cross-over single elimination format will then ensue in the quarter-finals once the rankings are determined.

The competition will then move on to the semi-final and final rounds, where the remaining club teams will jockey for podium positions.

Meanwhile, squads that crashed out of contention in the quarter-finals will be relegated to the classification phase.

“It is also one of the PNVF’s 10-point agendas which is to serve Filipino families with entertainment through volleyball and to make volleyball a widely played sport by elevating it through high-performance competition,” said Suzara.