WHILE UAAP and NCAA’s volleyball elimination rounds are ongoing, a new small player now faces competition against the Philippine collegiate volleyball empires. Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League (SGVL) is now filling the weekday afternoon gap of People’s Television Network (PTV), beginning today, December 9 instead of yesterday, due to the coverage of Typhoon ‘Ruby’.
SGVL, not to be confused with Shakey’s V-League once aired on GMA News TV, is a national volleyball league with regional legs and its players come from selected schools.
In the televised edition of Visayas Avenue, SGVL will cover the National Capital Region leg, comprising 10 schools: Hope Christian High School, De La Salle – Zobel, Kings’ Montessori School, Academy of God’s Children, Grace Christian College, University of Santo Tomas, National University, Escuela de Sophia of Caloocan, Inc., Angelicum College and Rizal High School. (Notice the two universities belong to UAAP.)
The actual elimination of the leg began last November 29 (10 days before the telecast) at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City and will last through the next 4 weekend days with four matches each day. On December 14, the semi-finals will be held in the morning while the finals will be held in the afternoon.
However, the network was given two hours a weekday from 3:00 p.m.; thus, the volleyball match day will be divided into two. Extrapolating the division, the elimination rounds will last 10 telecast days or 2 full weeks with the target date on Monday, December 22. The semi-finals on the morning of 14th will be tentatively televised on December 23 while the finals will be on Christmas Eve, December 24.
Having PTV to carry SGVL is a great honor since carrying ASEAN Basketball League despite of the government network’s forgivable lack of sports division.
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