MANILA, Philippines – In deference to the UAAP Season 79 Finals, the organizing PSC-POC Media Group and the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) has rescheduled the "Clash of Heroes" volleyball event to May 15 at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
LVPI acting president Peter Cayco said they want players of both the Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University to focus on winning the UAAP title, before shooting for a slot in the 18-woman national team roster headed for the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
A fund-raising project for the foreign training and exposure of the national men's and women's volleyball teams, the "Clash of Heroes" was initially scheduled for Friday, April 28, a few days before the Lady Eagles and the Lady Spikers open their best-of-3 title clash.
"Holding the event to a later date is very sound and logical," said Cayco. "Aside from giving Ateneo and La Salle players the chance to set their attention on winning the title, this will also allow fans to enjoy the UAAP finals and cheer for the national team."
"This move is a win-win solution for all of us," he added.
FIVB Women's Club World Championship veteran Kim Fajardo, Philippine Superliga (PSL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Dawn Macandili and rising star Kim Kianna Dy of La Salle as well as Kat Tolentino and Maddie Madayag of Ateneo would be affected if the organizers would not reset the Clash of Heroes.
"These players are our future," Cayco said. "We want to give them the opportunity to compete against the veteran players in the pool and fight for their slots in the national team."
Former Ateneo superstar Alyssa Valdez, former La Salle standout Mika Reyes and veterans Rachel Anne Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Rhea Dimaculangan, Jaja Santiago and Aby Marano lead the women’s national pool under the mentorship of Francis Vicente.
On the other hand, reigning National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) MVP Johnvic de Guzman as well as former national team members Peter Torres, Ran Abdilla and Mark Alfafara banner a star-studded cast in the men's side to be handled by Sammy Acaylar.
Tickets for the Clash of Heroes are pegged at P200 (lower box) and P100 (upper box) and are still available at the media center of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
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