Photo Credit: Team Pilipinas

Here’s why the Philippines is so obsessed with the UAAP Women’s Volleyball League

February 26th, 2019
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Did you know that volleyball here in the Philippines was first introduced in 1910 by the Physical Director of YMCA, Elwood S. Brown? According to Philippine Volleyball Federation, or PVF, Filipinos began to play volleyball as a backyard sport and beach game. 

Since then, volleyball has developed into a sport that is thoroughly enjoyed by Filipinos. And although basketball can be seen everywhere in the Philippines, the game of volleyball still captures the hearts of the Filipino people – which is why this team sport is one that locals love to play and support.

Convenience, skills, and ease – that’s what volleyball is all about

The interesting part of playing volleyball is that it does not necessarily need much space, unlike baseball and football. It doesn’t need much floor area to play the game, as long as the space is wide enough for the players to toss the ball back and forth making the game more interactive and fun.

Also, compared to any other sports, volleyball doesn’t need much equipment. All you really need is the net, the ball, and your skills.

The rise of the UAAP volleyball division  

Given this, it’s no surprise that the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) decided to create a volleyball division within the eight Metro Manila universities in the Philippines namely — Adamson University (AdU), Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), De La Salle University (DLSU), Far Eastern University (FEU), National University (NU), University of the East (UE), University of the Philippines Diliman (UP), and University of Santo Tomas (UST).

The UAAP Women’s Volleyball League is one of those tournaments fully supported by Filipino fans. And its 81st season started last February 16 and will run up to May 18, 2019. This year, it is hosted by National University (NU).

Photo Credit: Team Pilipinas

This volleyball tournament sparked attention and excitement in every Filipino, who supported their own team especially in the opening and grand finals UAAP seasons.

UAAP Season 81 Women's Volleyball Team Standings as of February 20, 2019 ( Ctto ) #UAAP81WomensVolleyball #UAAPSeason81 ( Ctto ) pic.twitter.com/eonivAcAfz

— SportsUpdate (@Ordona6Reynaldo) February 20, 2019

NW: UAAP S81 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL

FEU vs. NU #LetsGoBulldogs

— rosie 🌹 (@roseagustinnn) February 16, 2019

Aside from the competitive teams, the reason why Filipinos are so obsessed with UAAP Women’s Volleyball is because of each team’s lineup, top scoring players, as well as the rivalry between teams like Ateneo Lady Eagles and DLSU Lady Spikers.

Various celebrities aside from die-hard volleyball fans are fascinated with UAAP Women’s Volleyball League. One of them is Angelica Panganiban — a well-known actress and tv host.

Photo Credit: Facebook.com/ Ateneo Lady Eagles

Angelica Panganiban is an avid fan of Ateneo Lady Eagles. Even though she’s not an ‘atenista’, she supports the Lady Eagles by wearing blue and cheering on the team every UAAP season.

Hindi sa live. Pero tutok ako. 😅 https://t.co/a4pN1WbY6W

— Angelica Panganiban (@angelica_114) February 19, 2019

With this kind of obsession in the UAAP Women’s Volleyball League, the popularity of the Philippine Volleyball will surely gain much interest in the near future, not only here in our country but also globally. /FM

InqPOP! Creator Community/ Geline R. Lumunsad

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