NATIONAL University nipped De La Salle, 9-3, and University of Santo Tomas edged Ateneo, 6-5, to kick off their campaign in UAAP Season 76 softball that opened on Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Ballpark.
University of the Philippines, meanwhile, routed University of the East, 13-3, to open its season.
In men’s football, surprise package UE collides defending champion Far Eastern University in a showdown of league leaders on Friday. The lone match is set at 3 p.m. at the FEU-Diliman pitch.
The women's football match between titleholder FEU and Ateneo will be replayed on December 20 at 1 p.m. also at FEU-Diliman. In their November 27 duel that was rained out, the Lady Tamaraws and the Lady Eagles were tied at 1-1 before game officials ordered the match to be abandoned.
The Red Warriors, who only had a point to show last season, made heads turn this early by recording 10 points to grab the top spot. UE has beaten pre-tournament favorites UP, De La Salle and NU, before battling defending champion Ateneo to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.
Comebacking striker Fitch Arboleda, who missed all of Season 75 due to injury, will be the main man for the Warriors. Behind the efforts of last season's top goalscorer Jess Melliza and Nicolas Ferrer, the Tamaraws have won their first three matches to collect nine points for second spot.
FEU is coming off a 3-1 victory over UST, with Melliza coming up with a second half brace. Melliza, Ferrer and Arboleda are currently tied for the most number of goals in the tournament with four apiece.