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Ex-F2 import MJ Perez joins Cignal in PH volleyball return

ANOTHER familiar face returns to the Philippines: MJ Perez will join Cignal for the 2024 PVL Reinforced Conference.

To make up for a sixth-place finish in the All-Filipino tilt, the HD Spikers unveiled their latest star signing on Wednesday.

“Here for a great comeback! Prepare for a major upgrade when former Olympian MJ Perez returns to suit up for Team Awesome at the 2024 PVL Reinforced Conference,” the club wrote.

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A former MVP in the 2017 Grand Prix of the now defunct Philippine Superliga (PSL), the 6-foot-4 Venezuelan outside hitter is no stranger to the country as one of F2 Logistics’ importers alongside American ace Lindsay Stalzer .

At the same conference, she won the league MVP award and Perez steered the since-closed Cargo Movers to their second PSL title against perennial rivals Petron.

The 36-year-old batswoman will also be reunited with another ex-F2 Logistics star in Dawn Macandili-Catindig, who will be competing in only her second conference as an HD Spiker.

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A mainstay of the Venezuelan national team for 18 years, Perez has emerged as a highly decorated spiker in her home league since her 2008 Olympic stint in Beijing, China, where the South American squad finished in 11th place.

Since her golden days in the Philippines, Perez played club volleyball in Italy, Vietnam and, most recently, Egypt with Alexandria Sporting Club VC before finding her way back to Manila.

In total, she has taken her talents to nine different countries, including her home country of Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Finland, Cyprus, France and Indonesia.

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Perez becomes the third reinforcement to return to the Philippines for a new playing period, after PLDT’s Lena Samoilenko and Chery Tiggo’s Kath Bell.

The Venezuelan star’s much-needed boost will soon be felt in her upcoming PVL debut, when the Reinforced Conference kicks off on July 16.

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