PETROGAZZ continued to beef up its roster in the Premier Volleyball League while Perlas decided that they will not participate this season.
Filling a huge gap left by national team standout Ria Meneses, the Angels yesterday announced that they have acquired Yeye Gabarda for the middle blocker position.
Last year’s Open Conference Best Middle Blocker awardee, Meneses moved to Cignal HD last week, as PetroGazz is hoping that Gabarda, formerly of PLDT, will fill the void.
“Here’s to another tall reliable middle blocker in the industry,” said the club on Gabarda, a product of University of the East.
The 5-foot-9 Gabarda joins Cienne Cruz, Djanel Cheng, Jonah Sabete, and Nicole Tiamzon as the latest pickups of the Angels.
Tiamzon was picked up by the Angels, as the ace outside spiker’s erstwhile club Perlas Spikers announced late Tuesday that they will not participate in the season-opening tournament which is tentatively set to open next month.
“We regret to inform everyone that with the ongoing pandemic, the Perlas management has decided to take a leave of absence in the upcoming PVL tournament,” the club posted through its social media accounts.
Perlas became the second team to take a leave of absence after Sta. Lucia, which last week decided not to field a squad in the Open Conference.
PetroGazz, which placed third last season, is expected to complete the roster spots in the coming days.
Besides Meneses, the Angels have decided not to renew the services of Kath Arado, Ces Molina, Jerrili Malabanan, Alina Bicar, Ivy Perez, Mean Mendrez, Jessey De Leon and Rica Enclona.