Bulldogs, Cards clash in S Turf opener

Games Monday

1 p.m. – NU vs Mapua

3 p.m. – UP vs Arellano

5 p.m. – FEU vs NCBA




Former UAAP champion National University tangles with Mapua while Arellano tests University of the Philippines’ mettle as the Spikers’ Turf kicks off its inaugural Collegiate Conference at The Arena in San Juan Monday.

The Bulldogs hope to buck the loss of former top player Peter Torres, who led the school to back-to-back UAAP crowns in 2012-13, as they collide with the Cardinals in the 1 p.m. match ushering in the second conference of the inaugural season of the league presented by PLDT Home Ultera.

NU coach Dante Alinsunurin is expected to pin his hopes on the troika of Vincent Raphael Mangulabnan, Fauzi Ismael and Ruben Baysac, who, however, will have their hands full against a Mapua squad out to make their mark on a team built around Philip Michael Bagalay and guest players Calvin Vargas and Sam Almalel.

Rivals Ateneo and La Salle were actually scheduled to fire off the hostilities in the first-ever inter-college men’s volley championship but the organizing Sports Vision reset the keenly awaited match for Wednesday starting at 1 p.m.

The UP-Arellano duel at 3 p.m. also promises to be a tight contest while Far Eastern U faces National College of Business and Arts in the 5 p.m. main game.

The Spikers Turf, backed my Mikasa, is played every Monday and Wednesday with games to be telecast on PTV 4 on a delayed basis.

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