ADAMSON University, which boasts of with four Blu Girls and eight Golden Girls of Manila, goes for back to back titles in the Cebuana Lhuillier National Intercollegiate Women’s Softball Championship starting Monday at the Rosario Sports Complex in Pasig City.
The Lady Falcons of coach Ana Santiago battle St. Louis University of Baguio City in the 8 a.m. opener.
University of the East, the losing finalist last year when the tournament was known as Ateneo Invitational Championship, faces UAAP rival University of Santo Tomas at 10 o’clock.
Bulacan State University, one of the three provincial teams entered in the 12-team tournament, takes on University of the Philippines at 1 p.m.
State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association titlist Rizal Technological battles against La Salle at 3 p.m.
The Lady Falcons are looking to add to the titles they won including UAAP crowns in 2010 and 2011, the 2010 and 2011 National Open and last year’s Ateneo Invitationals.
They are heavily-favored to accomplish their mission with the presence of the country’s ace hurler in Julie Marie Muyco and her Blu Girls teammates Quennie Sabobo, Annalie Benjamin and Luzviminda Embudo.
Reinforcing Santiago’s lineup are Manila Golden Girls Sabobo, Big League World Series best pitcher and MVP Rizza Bernardino, batting champion Michelle Lentija, Glesyl Opjer, Krisna Paguican, Andrea Gonzales, Baby Jane Raro, Jane Fabellar.
Santiago is also eyeing her 20th championship as head coach following her six UAAP title conquests, a pair of National Opens and National Intercollegiate cowns, SEA Games and Asean Championship titles.