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Challenge system to be introduced in UAAP volleyball

By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

UAAP men's volleyball coaches, from left, Timothy Sto. Tomas (Ateneo), Arnold Laniog (De La Salle), Rey Diaz (FEU), Domingo Custodio (Adamson), Dante Alinsunurin (NU), Jerome Guhit (UE), Odjie Mamon (UST) and Rald Ricafort (UP) during Tuesday's press conference at the Mall of Asia Arena. (Manny Llanes)

UAAP men’s volleyball coaches, from left, Timothy Sto. Tomas (Ateneo), Arnold Laniog (De La Salle), Rey Diaz (FEU), Domingo Custodio (Adamson), Dante Alinsunurin (NU), Jerome Guhit (UE), Odjie Mamon (UST) and Rald Ricafort (UP) during Tuesday’s press conference at the Mall of Asia Arena. (Manny Llanes)

The UAAP aims to improve the volleyball competition a notch higher this season by introducing the “challenge system” when action fires off on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Volleyball commissioner Noreen Go said yesterday the system will be patterned after the Southeast Asian Games rules where coaches can challenge the calls of referees through video footages.

Exact details are still being finalized but coaches from both men’s and women’s teams welcomed the innovation.

“We need it, it’s going to be great for the competition,” said UP women’s coach Godfrey Okumu in Tuesday’s press briefing.

“(The challenge system) will help level up the competition especially that we’re expecting a more exciting season,” said Ateneo women’s mentor Oliver Almadro, whose team will be seeking back-to-back titles.

The success of the national men’s volleyball team at last December’s Southeast Asian Games also paved way for the league to give a bigger spotlight to men’s teams with a new program format for television.

Unlike in previous seasons where men’s matches are played in the mornings, the playdates will now feature alternating men’s and women’s schedule.

Men’s games will now be played at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., while women’s games are set 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“These changes (challenge system and new schedule) will motivate not only the men’s players, but also the women’s,” said UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag.

Meanwile, Saguisag said the league is closely monitoring the situation of the novel coronavirus and is ready to take precautionary measure to handle the situation.

“Right now, it’s all systems go,” said Saguisag.

 

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Source: Manila Bulletin

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