Games Wednesday: (Philsports Arena) 8 a.m. – NU vs AdU (Men); 10 a.m. – DLSU vs UE (Men); 2 p.m. – UST vs AdU (Women); 4 p.m. – DLSU vs FEU (Women)
ARA Galang makes her much anticipated comeback as De La Salle clashes with Far Eastern University on Wednesday when the UAAP Season 78 women's volleyball tournament resumes at the Philsports Arena.
Galang has recovered from a harrowing knee injury she sustained in the semifinals 11 months ago and her fitness will be put to a test when the Lady Spikers begin their quest to reclaim the throne after successive runner-up finishes.
Gametime is at 4 p.m. right after University of Santo Tomas takes on dangerous Adamson in the curtain raiser at 2 p.m.
In the men's division, De La Salle collides with University of the East in the 10 a.m. game right after National University and Adamson take to the floor at 8 a.m.
Toughened by a stint in a club league, the Lady Spikers still boasts of one of the tallest frontlines in Mika Reyes, Majoy Baron and Christine Soyud, as blocking remains the Taft towers' biggest asset.
If Galang struggles to find form, the Lady Spikers can still count on Kim Dy and Cyd Demecillo to get their offense going, libero Dawn Macandili to lead the defense, and setter Kim Fajardo to do what she does best in orchestrating plays.
The quest for the elusive 30th tiara begins for the Lady Tamaraws with setter Gyzelle Sy returning for one final stab at glory along with fellow holdovers Bernadeth Pons, Remy Palma, Jerilli Malabanan, Toni Rose Basas and rookie Carly Hernandez.
With Pam Lastimosa out due to an ACL injury, new skipper EJ Laure, last year's co-Rookie of the Year, will carry the load for the Tigresses, who are eyeing to end years of not making it to the Final Four under new coach Kungfu Reyes, who took over from Odjie Mamon who is now working full-time with their men's team.
Middle hitters Ria Meneses, Chloe Cortez and Jessey de Leon, along with open spikers Carmela Tunay, Cherry Rondina and comebacking Gi Reyes will be the vital cogs for UST.
Hoping to recover from a seventh place finish, the Lady Falcons, who played against club teams in Thailand last month, will bank on veterans Mylene Paat, Jema Galanza, Erika Alkuino, Keith Lebumfacil, Jelli Tempiatura and Joy Dacoron.
The victors will join opening day winners Ateneo and University of the Philippines in the early lead.