MANILA, Philippines—Remy Palma and the Petro Gazz Angels are guarding against complacency heading into the 2024 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) All-Filipino Conference.
The Angels just clinched the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) Champions League title on Saturday, but Palma knows that the championship means nothing in the PVL.
“I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t want to be a champion. That’s the first thing that comes to mind for many people, but still, the process is not that easy. It is a day-to-day process (to win),” Palma said in Filipino.
“We can’t just relax just because we have been champions in another league. Here the story is different.”
Palma and the Angels went through the process on their way to the PNVF crown under Japanese coach Joki Tsuzurabara following a 25-19, 27-25, 25-22 victory over the Cignal HD Spikers, who came into the game undefeated for the title.
That process continues in the PVL, where the real battle begins.
“We will get back to work immediately. We are looking forward to it, always. (This is the) PVL, we are 12 teams, it is a long conference, so we need to prepare and condition ourselves better. Whatever outcome we get, we are blessed, but our focus now is on the process,” Palma said.
Petro Gazz will be led by Fil-American Brooke Van Sickle, who wasted no time in putting the PVL on notice with an MVP campaign for the Angels in the PNVF tilt.
“I want to be there for my teammates. They have my back, I want to be able to have their back, and the chemistry and the relationship that we’re building, I’m very grateful for that,” Van Sickle said.
“It’s nice to be able to go to the gym and know every day that you are working with your teammates with the greater goal of winning. It’s good to have that goal in mind,” she added.