The Arena, San Juan
June 3, 2015
It’s Raining Men
Volleyball is not just for women.
Men can play too.
Actually, everyone can, regardless of gender.
So when the Spikers’ Turf was formed early this year, a lot of people, particularly us males, rejoiced.
How could we not? Finally, after years of watching from the sidelines our female players duke it out for volleyball supremacy in the pioneering Shakey’s V-League and Philippine Superliga, we have a tournament where we can watch the country’s best and brightest show their wares. Not just the ladies.
I mean, the Spikers’ Turf is a breath of fresh air for Philippine men’s volleyball.
Imagine, players like Ateneo’s Marck Espejo and Rex Intal, National University’s Peter Torres, Champion Infinity’s Rocky Honrade, Emilio Aguinaldo’s Howard Mojica, Santo Tomas’ Mark Gil Alfafara, St. Benilde’s Johnvic de Guzman and more. Even a familiar figure in the not-so-old Air Force man Dante Alinsunurin, who is once the most feared player back in the not-so-old days, is there.
So go figure.
When PLDT Home Ultera beat Cagayan Valley in a gripping four-set victory to crown itself the first ever Spikers Turf champion last Tuesday, it will not take a genius to figure out that the Ultra Fast Spikers are not the only winners.
It’s also our male players. Philippine men’s volleyball in general.
So to Spikers’ Turf, thank you from the bottom of our volleyball-thirsty hearts.
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(Photos courtesy of Tiebreaker Times)