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Level playing field seen in maiden PVL season
Coaches Jasper Jimenez, Nestor Pamilar, Roger Gorayeb, team manager Karla Bello, coach Rommel Abella, and team manager Sherwin Malonzo | ABS CBN Sports
MANILA, Philippines — Playing a league with foreign guest players is a double-edged sword.
It can either raise the level of play of the local players or take away their playing time.
Which is why Reinforced conferences are always hard to predict, and the upcoming Premier Volleyball League is no different.
Coaches and representatives of the six competing teams agree that the race to the crown is a wide open one.
Legendary coach Nes Pamilar, who will call the shots for the Power Smashers, said everyone is a contender.
"Lahat ng teams malakas, walang mahina," said Pamilar.
Multi-tilted mentor Roger Gorayeb said the "strong" teams will emerge as the season progress.
"Hindi ko pa ma-gauge ngayon. Everyone is in equal footing," Gorayeb, who will coach BaliPure, said.
Even Rommel Abella, head coach of the defending champion Pocari Sweat, thinks defending the crown will not be easy.
"As what the others said, everybody is the team to beat. Tapos lahat may imports. This is exciting," he said.
For her part, Beach Volleyball Republic founder and one of Perlas' managers Bea Tan is confident they will make their mark in the league.
"It's an even playing ground. But we want to believe that we are the team to beat," she said.
The core of the Perlas team is made up of players from the recent BaliPure squad, including Amy Ahomiro, Ella de Jesus and Jem Ferrer.
The PVL Reinforced Conference will open on April 30 at the FilOil Flying-V Centre in San Juan.