Men’s volleyball big winner as 1st Spikers’ Turf tourney concludes

MANILA, Philippines PLDT Home Ultera topped the very first conference of the Spikers’ Turf. But on the heels of its success emerged another winner Philippine men’s volleyball.


“We’re honored to become the first champion of a tournament this strong,” said PLDT coach Odjie Mamon moments after his team beat Cagayan Valley, 25-15, 25-11, 23-25, 30-28, to complete a two-game title sweep of the Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City Tuesday.


“But if you will look deeply, it’s a triumph for men’s volleyball in our country as a whole because players and coaches like us are being given this chance,” he added.


For Sports Vision president Ricky Palou, whose group organizes the Spikers’ Turf, it also gives younger players something to strive for after school.


“The Spikers’ Turf was formed so that we would not only give men’s volleyball players an avenue to showcase their talents, we also want the younger ones something to strive for,” said Palou.


Palou said Spikers’ Turf is being patterned after Shakey’s V-League, which pioneered women’s volleyball 12 years ago before its recent emergence.


“We see a potential in men’s volleyball and we’re confident it will also end up like the Shakey’s V-League,” he said.


After their triumph, Mamon said they will take a few days rest before resuming practice early next week.


“No rest for us because we’re resuming practice in several days. We train the whole year because we have a 20-man pool, 14 of them we used in the Spikers’ Turf,” said Mamon.


For Mamon, he is also focused on his University of Santo Tomas team seeing action in the Spikers’ Turf Collegiate Conference unfurling on July 4.


“Hopefully we could fix our schedule so we can compete in the Collegiate Conference,” said Mamon.