PVL Invitational champs to play in AVC Cup after NU pullout

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 8) — The winning team in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Invitational Conference will represent the Philippines in the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup, which begins on August 21.

The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) announced major changes on Sunday after confirming that the national women's volleyball team, composed mostly of players from the National University Lady Bulldogs, will be pulling out from the conference.

PNVF president Ramon “Tats” Suzara said there's conflict in schedule.

"We feel that the said student-athletes and coaches, alongside the team manager Engineer Bing Diet, may not be able to commit to perform at their best level given a number of restrictions and conditions that hinder the continuous conduct of training and overall program,” the PNVF said.

PNVF announced on Aug. 6 that the Philippine national women's volleyball will replace Japan's Kobe Shinwa Women's University as guest team in the PVL Invitational Conference after a member of the Japanese squad tested positive for COVID-19 and the rest of the players were deemed close contacts.

The management of the potential winners of the PVL Invitational agreed to lend their players for the AVC Cup set from August 21 to 29 in Pasig City, PNVF said.

Creamline, PLDT, Army Black Mamba, and Cignal are the PVL teams competing in the semis.