Ateneo, UST clash as Shakey’s V-L unwraps
Games today (July 11, 2015)
12:45 p.m. – UST vs Ateneo
3 p.m. – FEU vs UB
5 p.m. – San Sebastian vs St. Benilde
Women’s volley takes center stage again today (Saturday, July 11) as the pioneering Shakey’s V-League stages the Collegiate Conference with an explosive triple-bill headlined by the Ateneo-University of Santo Tomas faceoff at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles and the Tigresses clash in the 12:45 p.m. opener aired live on GMA News TV Channel 11 in a duel of talent-laden teams tipped to crowd for the championship in the mid-season offering of the league where it all started.
Alyssa Valdez, easily the face of the sport with her talent, skills and charisma, banners the Ateneo squad hoping to chalk up as many wins as possible before its star player leaves for Vietnam to lead a Philippine squad competing in an invitational tournament.
But UST is likewise itching to set its title drive in motion with a win and fuel the school’s drive for a seventh championship in the league sponsored by Shakey’s and presented by PLDT Home Ultera.
Far Eastern U, on the other hand, opens its title-retention bid at 3 p.m. against first-timer University of Batangas, which hopes to make an impact on its first crack in the league backed by Mikasa and Accel.
San Sebastian and St. Benilde cap the blockbuster card at 5 p.m.
Games can also be viewed live via streaming on www.v-league.ph, according to the organizing Sports Vision.
While Ateneo boasts of Valdez, Amy Ahomiro, Ella de Jesus, Kim Gequillana, Bea de Leon and Jhoanna Maraguinot, UST also has a formidable roster built around Pam Lastimosa, Ennajie Laure, Carmela Tunay, Jessey de Leon and Marivic Meneses, guaranteeing a slambang action right in the first match of the three-month long, weekend-only tournament out to match or surpass the success of the recent Open Conference where Valdez steered PLDT Home Ultera past Army in a classic sudden death.
The 12-team cast, the biggest since the league opened shop and revived the once dormant sport in 2004, is divided into two groups with reigning NCAA champion Arellano heading Group A along with FEU, NU, UB, University of the Philippines and Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
Ateneo and UST head Group B along with SSC, St. Benilde, De La Salle University-Dasmarinas and Technological Institute of the Philippines. Each team is allowed to enlist two guest players with the games held on Saturdays and Sundays.
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