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Bagunas, Espejo on flurry of PVL transactions: ‘Sana all’


Since January 1, transactions in the Premier Volleyball League have taken over local sporting headlines.

It all started with Sta. Lucia and Perlas decided to take a leave of absence for this season. It sent 29 players to the free agency pool.

Then came the bevy of moves from the member teams.2022-PVL-Season-Petro-Gazz-MJ-Phillips-x-Aiza-Maizo Bagunas, Espejo on flurry of PVL transactions: 'Sana all' News Spikers' Turf Volleyball  - philippine sports news

Petro Gazz was not able to keep nine of their players from last season but was eventually able to get MJ Phillips, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Bang Pineda, Cienne Cruz, Djanel Cheng, Jonah Sabete, Nicole Tiamzon, and Yeye Gabarda.2022-PVL-Season-Cignal-Molina-x-Meneses-x-Malabanan Bagunas, Espejo on flurry of PVL transactions: 'Sana all' News Spikers' Turf Volleyball  - philippine sports news

Cignal, meanwhile, loaded up by signing Ria Meneses, Ces Molina, Jerrili Malabanan, Marist Layug, and Glaudine Troncoso.PSL-Invitational-Finals-F2-vs.-Petron-Cheng-5886 Bagunas, Espejo on flurry of PVL transactions: 'Sana all' News Spikers' Turf Volleyball  - philippine sports news

Not to be outdone, Choco Mucho signed former F2 Logistics mainstays Aduke Ogunsanya and Des Cheng, along with Thang Ponce and Isa Molde.

PLDT though was the team that rebuilt on the fly.2021-PVL-Open-Conference-PLDT-vs-Sta.-Lucia-Mika-Reyes Bagunas, Espejo on flurry of PVL transactions: 'Sana all' News Spikers' Turf Volleyball  - philippine sports news

First off, it tapped George Pascua to replace Roger Gorayeb. Then came their nine acquisitions in Mika Reyes, Kath Arado, Dell Palomata, Jovie Prado, Jessey De Leon, Mean Mendrez, Wendy Semana, Fiola Ceballos, and Lhara Clavano.

In the midset of it all, former V-League MVP Sue Roces also announced her retirement.2021-PVL-OPEN-Perlas-vs-Cignal-Roces-Perlas Bagunas, Espejo on flurry of PVL transactions: 'Sana all' News Spikers' Turf Volleyball  - philippine sports news

As these moves were made, Bryan Bagunas has been keeping tabs on it.

And the Oita Miyoshi star could not help but wonder out loud.

Tokyo ace Marck Espejo would reply.

Other men’s players would also reply.

Even Peter Torres would break his Twitter hiatus.

Mid-2021, Sports Vision president Ricky Palou tried to restart the Spikers’ Turf by turning it pro. This as only pro leagues were able to get clearance to play.

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However, not all team owners from the country’s only league for men’s volleyball were keen on turning pro.

“Right now, on Spikers Turf, we are talking to some of the teams. Parang tatlo lang gusto maging pro teams,” said Palou back on March 16 of last year.

“Some might be worried that their costs will shoot up with long-term contracts.”

Up until now, it’s still wait-and-see for the country’s male volleyball players.

Bagunas though hopes that he and his fellow players take this as a challenge.

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