The Perlas Spikers will finally see action this Sunday, eight days after their supposed debut against Cignal HD Spikers last Saturday which was postponed after one of their non-playing staff contracted Covid-19.
Jem Ferrer and crew will open their bid in the much delayed opening of the Philippine Volleyball league under the newly organized Philippine National Volleyball Federation against Petro Gazz at 4PM at the PCV Socio-Civic and Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, the alternate venue with the capital town of Laoag City under modified enhanced community quarantine.
A post on the Perlas Spikers Facebook page on Wednesday read: “We were told, it is just a delay… not a denial.”
The team also thanked their supporters and will wishers of its members’ well-being whose quest in the professional volleyball league had some hitches that included a period in isolation during their bubble training in Baguio where seven players and a coach contracted the virus.
They added: “Thank you to everyone who has whispered a prayer, who has sent encouraging messages, and who has rallied behind us.”
The team added that they are ready and “now have a chance to fight.”
The RT-PCR test done on the members came in Wednesday night and the results negative which was a much awaited welcome for the team who missed more than 10-days of training while in Baguio.
They only wanted to be in Ilocos Norte by July 12 or 13 before they plunge into action on July 17. But the sad news came again forcing the organizing Sports Vision Management Group, Inc. to put on hold all the games of the team.
League commissioner Tony Liao announced the results and said that the team can start playing on Sunday and their revised schedule see them facing Cignal, for their much delayed game, slated on Monday at 3PM.
The team is scheduled to face frontrunner Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Crossovers with the twin towers of Jaja and Din-din Santiago looming on Friday at 4PM, then another powerhouse and co-leader Creamline Cool Smashers on Sunday at 4PM to conclude their first week, a tough one.
While Chery Tiggo and defending champion carry both a two to nothing win-loss slate, the Santiago sisters led team is at top spot after sweeping their matches against PLDT and Cignal.
Creamline, powered by the Ateneo – De La Salle tandem of Alyssa Valdez and Michelle Gumabao, have given up a single set in their two games, against Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors and Petro Gazz Angels.
The Choco Mucho Flying Titans are alone at third spot with a single win after drubbing PLDT 3-1 on Wednesday.
Petro Gazz, the Philippine Army Lady Troopers and Cignal have a 1-1 slate, while the Mika Reyes anchored Sta. Lucia are at seventh spot with a 1-2 card.
BaliPure Purest Water Defenders have a 0-1 slate and PLDT carries the tail with nary a win in three starts.