Shakey’s Girls Tournament Highlights Future of Philippine Volleyball

The next generation of volleyball stars in the Philippines is ready to make their mark. The Shakey’s Girls Volleyball Invitational League (GVIL) is gearing up for its second season, set to kick off on Wednesday at Adamson University in Manila.

This season will feature 18 teams, an increase from 16 teams last year, with top contenders like California Academy and UAAP girls champion Adamson leading the pack. Teams from regions such as Bicol and Bacolod are expected to put up a strong fight against the Manila-based teams.

The tournament will see teams like National University-Nazareth School, University Santo Tomas, and Far Eastern University-Diliman from the UAAP, as well as Arellano and University of Perpetual Help from the NCAA, competing for the youth volleyball crown. Regional teams like Naga College Foundation and Bacolod Tay Tung High School are also aiming to challenge the traditional favorites.

The teams will compete in a single-round robin format within their groups, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the knockout rounds. The tournament serves as a preparation for the schools’ respective leagues and the upcoming Palarong Pambansa in Cebu in July.

Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures Inc., president Vic Gregorio and ACES president Dr. Ian Laurel expressed their support for women’s volleyball and the development of young talent in the sport. The tournament has been a platform for rising stars like Angel Canino and Bella Belen to showcase their skills in the past.

The 2024 season promises to be an exciting journey for these young volleyball players, with the support of Shakey’s and organizers ACES paving the way for the future of Philippine volleyball.

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