PLDT made their way back home and will be competing once again in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL), the team announced on Wednesday.

/ 4 March 2021

The Power Hitters will be changing leagues after a six-year stint with Philippine Superliga (PSL).

“It definitely feels like a revival for our team since it feels good to be back home,” PLDT and SMART Head of Sports Jude Turcuato said.

“With our campaign in PLDT, which is the strongest connections are at home’, it was about time that we go back to our roots which is the PVL. It’s just refreshing to have a new beginning,” he added.

PLDT last played in the defunct Shakey’s V-League in 2015 and made a historic campaign winning both Open and Reinforced Conference titles under Coach Roger Gorayeb.

As the Power Hitters make their return to the PVL, Gorayeb shared his excitement and hoped to continue their winning legacy in the league.

Labing-apat na taon ako sa V-League. Umpisa pa lang niyan, kasama ko na sina Sir Ricky (Palou) kaya sobrang nakakatuwa na makakabalik na kami. Sana matuloy namin yung magandang legacy ng PLDT sa PVL,” he said.

“This is special because this is where it all started for the PLDT team. PLDT won multiple championships here, and we’re hoping to add more. We’re excited to be part of the growing PVL family,” added PLDT team manager Bajjie Del Rosario.

The Michael V. Pangilinan-owned squad lineup will be bannered by Rhea Dimaculangan, Isa Molde, Eli Soyud, Marist Layug, Chin Basas, Iza Viray, Yeye Gabarda, Shola Alvarez, Aiko Urdas, Joyce Sta. Rita, Alyssa Eroa, Vira Guillema, Jorelle Singh and Kat Villegas.

PLDT, becoming one of the first batch of the professional women’s volleyball team in the country, will be helping Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) in building a national team for international competitions with its return to PVL.

“The main thrust of the new volleyball federation is to look for the talent, get proper coaching, and compete on the world stage. Because of our PLDT Power Hitters being able to join the PVL, which is tied to the PNVF, we will be able to contribute to building the national team program,” said Turcuato.