January 11, 2022

Sta. Lucia, Perlas take leave of absence for 2022 PVL season

Due to the ongoing pandemic, two Premier Volleyball League teams have decided to take a leave of absence for the 2022 season of the league.

Sta. Lucia and Perlas have decided that they will not participate this season.

"It was a heavy decision that the company had to make but the ongoing pandemic has brought about a lot of uncertainties," said Lady Realtors team manager Buddy Encarnado.

"We regret to inform everyone that with the ongoing pandemic, the Perlas management has decided to take a leave of absence in the upcoming PVL tournament," read the statement of Perlas.

Perlas has been with the PVL since 2017 while Sta. Lucia joined the league a season ago.

The Lady Realtors finished the 2021 Open Conference at fifth place with a 5-4 slate while Perlas ended up in ninth place.

This would mean that the players of both squads are now free agents.

Earlier, Dzi Gervacio moved to F2 Logistics, Jem Ferrer joined Choco Mucho, while Nicole Tiamzon signed with Petro Gazz.

Other Perlas players that switched teams were Cherry Nunag (Choco Mucho) and Gel Cayuna (Cignal).

Ex- Lady Realtors Jonah Sabete (Petro Gazz), Djanel Cheng (Petro Gazz), and Glaudine Troncoso (Cignal) have also switched teams.

MJ Phillips, Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Dell Palomata, Jho Maraguinot, Jules Samonte, Mich Morente, Sue Roces, Jovie Prado, Pam Lastimosa, Bang Pineda, Thang Ponce, Heather Guino-o, Cai Baloaloa, Jackie Estoquia, Marge Tejada, Rubie De Leon, Andrea Marzan, Amy Ahomiro, DM Demontano, Czarina Carandang, and Jeanette Villareal can be signed by the other teams.

Sta. Lucia vowed that it will return once the situation clears up.

"We are not turning our backs on volleyball and we are looking to come back stronger," said Encarnado.

Perlas, meanwhile, wishes its fellow member teams the best of luck as they support them from the sidelines.

"We wish the tournament well and we continue to support the growth of Philippine volleyball," closed the statement of Perlas.