TEN teams including defending champion Ateneo and two new entries from the provinces make up the cast when the Shakey’s V-League Season 10 First Conference opens on April 7 at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles will be looking for a V-League first conference repeat to atone for their defeat to arch-rival De La Salle in the last UAAP women’s volleyball finals.
De La Salle-Dasmarinas and University of San Carlos-Cebu, on the other hand, will be the provincial teams this time as they take the place of Southwestern University and University of Saint La Salle which saw action last year.
Ateneo will be joined by last year’s runner-up University of Santo Tomas, La Salle-Dasmarinas, Letran, and San Sebastian in Group A.
Reigning NCAA titlist University of Perpetual Help System Dalta will be part of Group B along with Adamson, Arellano, National University, and University of San Carlos-Cebu.
The Lady Eagles and the Tigresses will be pitted against each other in the opener at 2 p.m. right after the opening ceremonies slated at 1 p.m.
Arellano and NU battle in the second game at 4 p.m.
The elimination-round matches will run until April 28, all at The Arena in San Juan.