MANILA, Philippines—The Army Lady Troopers will skip the 2023 Volleyball Premier League Invitation Congress with most of their players currently in military training.
Army coach Randy Fallorina revealed to Inquirer Sports that they will not be participating in the mid-season tournament due to a lack of players.
“Player Yung ibang namin nasa military training kaya mag-leave muna kami sa PVL Invitationals,” Fallorina said in a message.
(Some of our players are still in military training so we will be taking a leave of absence from PVL Invitationals.)
Despite the absence of Army, PVL has added two new clubs, Farm Fresh and Gerflor to the Invitationals, the tournament will also have two more teams from Japan and Australia in the semi-finals.
The Lady Troopers had a winless 2023 All-Filipino Games in Fallorina’s first stint replacing KungFu Reyes and competing without Jovelyn Gonzaga due to her commitment to the Philippine women’s beach volleyball team.
Army has lost 21 straight games since last year’s Invitational Conference’s knockout round, where they last reached the semifinals.
The Lady Troopers skipped a PVL tournament for the first time since they returned to a Sports Vision tournament in 2019.
The defending champion Creamline topped Group A with PLDT, Chery Tiggo, Akari and Gerflor, while Group B included F2 Logistics, Petro Gazz, Cignal, Choco Mucho and Farm Fresh.
The top two teams in each group will advance to the semi-finals and compete in a round robin with guest teams from Japan and Australia.
The two best clubs of the semi-finals will face off in a knockout match for the championship, while the 3rd and 4th place teams will compete for bronze.
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