OKBet Volley: What is Philippine National Volleyball?
Since 2021, the Philippine National Volleyball Federation has been in charge of the Philippine women’s national volleyball team, which competes in international volleyball competitions and plays friendly matches on behalf of the Philippines.
The Philippines had their greatest level of success when they qualified for and competed in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in 1974. They concluded the tournament in 18th place overall.
The Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF), which was formerly known as the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation (PAVA) from 1961 to 2003, was the organization that was responsible for organizing and sanctioning the Philippine national team in the past. With victories at the Southeast Asian Games in 1977, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1987, and 1993, the team established themselves as a dominant force in the region. They took home the gold medal in each of those years. Additionally, the Philippines competed in the FIVB Volleyball World Championship in 1974 for the first and only time in their history.
Staislavs Lugailo, a Russian-Latvian head coach who was a member of the Soviet Union men’s national team that won gold at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, was hired to lead the team in 1990. The national team won its last gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games under Lugailo’s direction. The Southeast Asian Games are held every four years.
At the Southeast Asian Games in 1991, he led his team to a third-place finish, which earned them a bronze medal.
During the 1992 season, the national team held a training camp in Japan, where they competed in matches against local volleyball clubs. After that, Lyugailo led the national team to victory at the 1993 Southeast Asian Games, where they defeated the defending champions, Thailand, in the championship game to claim the gold medal. After that, Thailand would go on to win the gold medal match against the Philippines in the subsequent competition, which took place in 1995. As a result of Thailand’s rise to the top of the Southeast Asian women’s volleyball rankings, the Philippines are unable to repeat the success that earned them gold medals at the previous editions of the Southeast Asian Games.
Following the conclusion of the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Championships in 2005, the Philippine national team did not participate in any further international competition. The Philippines came away from the Southeast Asian Games in 2005 with a bronze medal. They would make their appearances again in 2013 at the Asian Championships and then again in 2015 at the Southeast Asian Games.
Due to an internal power struggle in 2014, the Philippine Volunteer Force was no longer recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee. Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) was accepted by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) as its provisional member in 2015. This meant that LVPI effectively took over the mandate of the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF). The LVPI was granted permission to send national volleyball teams, including the women’s squad, to FIVB competitions throughout the course of the following few years and to arrange such teams.
Since the national team led by Roger Gorayeb did not place high enough at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games to earn a spot on the medal podium, it was decided that the team should be disbanded. In spite of this, it was ultimately agreed that Gorayeb would continue in his role as coach of the national squad that competed in yet another competition, the 2015 VTV International Women’s Volleyball Cup. The team finished sixth out of the six teams competing and was missing a significant number of players who had previously competed in the Southeast Asian Games.
The LVPI was succeeded as the volleyball federation for the Philippines in 2021 by the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF), which was granted full FIVB membership upon its formation.
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