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Perlas Spikers finally debuting Sunday after negative COVID-19 test

The Perlas Spikers cleared the final hurdle for them to commence their campaign in the 2021 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference after all members of their delegation yielded negative results Wednesday evening.

"The results came out and they're all negative," shared league commissioner Tony Boy Liao. "They will start playing this Sunday."

Last Saturday, the league put on hold Perlas' scheduled games after a member of its non-playing staff tested positive for COVID-19. In turn, the Spikers' players and coaches had to be quarantined as well.

The Rei Diaz-coached squad was booked to play in Saturday's inaugurals of the country's first professional volleyball league at the PCV Socio-Civic Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. That game was postponed, however, at Ilocos Norte Gov. Matthew Manotoc's request.

Then, Perlas was more or less two weeks removed after having seven players and one coach positive for COVID-19 coming from its Baguio training camp. As such, Manotoc said their delegation needed two negative test results to be cleared to play.

In the succeeding retest, the non-playing staff was found positive.

Now, it's finally all systems go for skipper Jem Ferrer and company, and the PVL is already reworking its schedule to accommodate them once more with a probable debut on Sunday.

Celebrating the greenlight to, at long last, take the Taraflex, Perlas went to social media to express their excitement.

"We were told it is just a delay, not a denial," read their statement. "Your Perlas Spikers now have a chance to FIGHT!"