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Creamline slotted with Chery, PLDT, Farm Fresh in PVL Reinforced

With a fresh format and a lineup brimming with talented reinforcements, the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) looks to deliver another thrilling Reinforced Conference, commencing on July 16 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

As part of its commitment to offering top-tier matches and elevating excitement for fans, the country’s premier volleyball league has strategically divided its 12 teams into two groups based on their rankings from the recent All-Filipino Conference.

All-Filipino Conference champion Creamline, Chery Tiggo, Farm Fresh, Galeries Tower, Nxled, and PLDT make up Pool A.

Meanwhile, defending Reinforced Conference titlist Petro Gazz leads Pool B, joined by Akari, Capital1, Cignal, Choco Mucho, and ZUS Coffee.

The group phase consists of two stages, beginning with a single round-robin format.

In the second round, the top three teams from Pool A will face the bottom three from Pool B in Pool C.

Then the top three squads from Pool B will compete against the lower-ranked teams of Pool A in Pool D.

After the preliminaries, teams will be ranked using the FIVB Classification System, with the top eight teams advancing to the knockout quarterfinals. Winners will progress to the semifinals, which will also be decided in a do-or-die match.

The top two teams from the semis will vie for the gold in a winner-take-all match, while the losers will contend for the bronze.

The PVL Reinforced Conference will feature three games on all preliminary game days, setting the stage for the Invitational Conference in September.

Opening day promises intense match-ups, starting with the Highrisers – bolstered by Brazilian reinforcement Monique Helena – facing the Nxled squad, which has yet to announce its import, at 2:00 PM at the Philsports Arena.

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At 4:00 PM, American spiker Katherine Bell and the Crossovers will challenge Asaka Tamaru and the Foxies.

The main event at 6:00 PM will see the Cool Smashers, led by Erika Staunton from the USA, go head-to-head against returning Russian hitter Lena Samoilenko and the PLDT High Speed Hitters.

Other reinforcements set to showcase their talents include Oly Okaro (Akari), Marina Tushova (Capital1), MJ Perez (Cignal), and Zoi Faki (Choco Mucho). Petro Gazz and Farm Fresh have yet to reveal their imports at press time.

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