MANILA, Philippines — F2 Logistics has decided to skip the Premier Volleyball League Invitationals as its coaching staff just completed a grueling stint with the La Salle Lady Spikers in the recently concluded UAAP Season ’84 women’s volleyball tournament.
The Cargo Movers explained to their team on Thursday evening why they will not be participating in the midseason tournament.
“We have decided not to attend this invitational conference due to tight schedules on our part,” the team wrote. “As you know, all of our coaches were also part of the recently concluded UAAP League and we respect their commitment to that. That makes it a bit difficult for us as all of our coaches need more time to re-immerse themselves in the team. Due to the strict bubble protocols that are all necessary, bringing coaches and players together was more of a challenge for us.”
Coach Ramil de Jesus and his assistants Benson Bocboc and Noel Orcullo called the shots for the La Salle Lady Spikers, who played in Season 84, which began last May and ended last Tuesday when they lost to the National University Lady Bulldogs.
La Salle settled for silver after being swept by NU, who ended their 65-year title drought.
De Jesus skipped the previous Open Conference when coaching took over from Bocboc, who missed the quarterfinals in his PVL debut after finishing with a 2-2 record in Group A.
The Cargo Movers finished sixth after losing to the PLDT High Speed Hitters in the classification.
F2 Logistics said it will use its time to improve and recover from injuries as it prepares to return to the Reinforced Conference at the end of the season.
“We want to be a better and stronger team compared to our last game in the PVL. We play not just to compete, we play to achieve excellence. At the moment we are not ready and everyone who supports us deserves more from us,” the statement concluded.
It’s not the first time F2 Logistics has departed from the competition as they have already skipped the 2021 season due to injuries.
BaliPure will not participate in the Invitationals as Open Conference Champion Creamline leads the seven-team field in the tournament, which begins July 9.
But two Asian sides, Kobe Shinwa Women’s University of Japan and Taipei King Whales, will be in the semifinals.
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