By The Star Staff
Gelito Ortega Court in Naranjito will host the first match of the 2024 season of the Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF by its Spanish initials) today when the Changas receive a visit from the Atenienses of Manatí at 8 p.m.
It is the only game on the schedule for today.
Former senior men’s national volleyball team member Luis “Feñito” Rodríguez returns as coach of the Changas for the second consecutive year. Rodríguez made his LVSF coaching debut last year and reached the semifinals with the Changas.
Meanwhile, Cuban Ramón Lawrence returns as coach of the Athenians, a sextet that created considerable buzz last season. Manatí surprised the always formidable Caguas Criollas by eliminating them in the postseason to advance to the 2023 semifinals.
Friday will mark the official opening of the 2024 season of the LVSF, when the Criollas visit the two-time champions Pinkin of Corozal at 8 p.m. at Pepín Cestero Court in Bayamón.
The Pinkin will play all their 2024 local games at Pepín Cestero due to remodeling work on Carmen Zoraida Figueroa Court in Corozal.
That same night there will be another match at 8:15 p.m. between the Cangrejeras of Santurce and the Valencianas at Rafael Amalbert Coliseum in Juncos.
The 2024 season will feature the participation of four reserve players per team; one of them will be a native player who participates in the United States or in foreign leagues. In addition, teams with more than one absent player may fill those empty slots, but with local players. Substitute players cannot be reserved.
In the regular season, 84 games will be played from today to March 16.
The top six teams will qualify for the postseason, with the sextets that finish in positions one and two advancing directly to the semifinals.
The teams that finish the regular series in positions three, four, five and six will play a “round robin” in the quarterfinals to fill the next two available vacancies in the semifinals.
Match at 11 a.m. on March 12
The 77th game of the regular season between the defending champion Pinkin and the Guaynabo Mets scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 2024, will take place at the Mario “Quijote” Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo at 11 a.m.
“The new administration of the Guaynabo Mets has an initiative with the Department of Education to hold the 77th [LVSF] game with Corozal in Guaynabo at 11 in the morning so that students can attend,” noted Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation President Dr. César Trabanco. “Although other games appear on the calendar at 11:00 a.m., this was the only one that was locked in. The other matches will be played during the evening hours of each venue.”
The 2024 season will feature the participation of seven teams: the two-time champions and LVSF leader in wins, the Pinkin; the 2023 runners-up Cangrejeras, Changas, Criollas, Atenienses, Valencianas, and the returning Mets.
LVSF Week 1 Calendar 2024
Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., Manatí at Naranjito / Cancha Gelito Ortega in Naranjito
Friday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m., Caguas vs Corozal / Cancha Pepín Cestero in Bayamón
Friday, Jan. 19 at 8:15 p.m., Santurce at Juncos / Rafael G. Amalbert Coliseum in Juncos
Saturday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m., Guaynabo at Manatí / Juan Aubín Cruz Coliseum in Manatí
Sunday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., Juncos at Caguas / Roger Mendoza Court in Caguas
Sunday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., Guaynabo at Naranjito / Cancha Gelito Ortega in Naranjito
Monday, Jan. 22 at 8:12 p.m., Manatí at Santurce / Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan