CROWD favorite Ateneo resumes its quarterfinal bid in the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 First Conference when it faces College of St. Benilde on Easter Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.
The reigning UAAP champions are expected to dominate their 4 p.m. showdown with the Lady Blazers despite coming off a long break after last playing on April 6 in a three-setter win over ousted Southwestern University Lady Cobras.
Also fresh from a long layoff, the Lady Blazers however, are raring to rebound from a loss to quarterfinalist Arellano last April 3.
Do-it-all spiker Alyssa Valdez and Amy Ahomiro will be taking charge anew for the Lady Eagles, seeking their third win in four games in the hope of joining fellow Group A Arellano and Adamson in the next round.
National University, which swept its first four games in the eliminations, already qualified in Group B.
St. Benilde will rely on Therese Veronas, Jeanette Panaga, and Maureen Loren as the Lady Blazers somehow try to exact some revenge against a team that humbled their fancied sister school La Salle during the last UAAP women’s volleyball finals.
In the first game, Davao makes its long-awaited tournament debut when it battles Far Eastern University at 2p.m.
Bannered by guest player Venus Flores and backstopped by Princess Oliveros, Reynelen Raterta, Mae Antipuesto, and Cherry Ann Balse, the Lady Agilas’ endurance will also be tested as they are set to play five straight games.
After the Lady Tamaraws, the Lady Agilas next play Perpetual Help on Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs on April 23, University of Santo Tomas on April 27, before finishing their elimination round campaign against San Sebastian on April 29.