EIGHT high school volleyball teams in the National Capital Region battle for supremacy in the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League Season 11 when the NCR elims gets going Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
National University and University of Santo Tomas clash in the 2 p.m. opener of an explosive four-game bill.
Defending champion Hope Christian High School and Miriam College battle at 3 p.m.
A brief opening ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. with Shakey’s president and CEO Vic Gregorio, Metro Sports president Freddie Infante and tournament director Johanz Buenvenida gracing the rites.
De La Salle-Zobel and King’s Montessori School tangle at 4 p.m. while St. Scholastica’s College faces off with Angelicum in the 5 p.m. match.
Jubilee Christian High School and MGC New Life Christian Academy drew opening day byes.
The champion will join the other winners of the seven other regional eliminations in the Tournament of Champions slated Jan. 13-17, 2014, also at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. The Tournament of Champions also features a team from Australia and New Zealand headed by coach Tomas Santamaria of the Australian Volleyball Association.
University of San Jose-Recoletos, Central Philippine University, Leyte National High School and Angeles University Foundation clinched the first fourth berths in the T-of-C by ruling their respective eliminations.
The USJ-R spikers edged the St. Theresa’s College side in five sets to top the Central Visayas qualifier in Cebu City while the CPU tossers also pulled off a five-set thriller over St. John’s Institute in the Western Visayas finals.
Leyte National High toppled New Ormoc City National High School to nail the Eastern Visayas leg plum in Tacloban City while the AUF nipped Holy Angel University in five to rule the Central Luzon leg in Angeles City.
The Mindanao eliminations will be held Nov. 14-17 in Davao, the Northern Luzon leg will be played Nov. 21-24 in Baguio while the Southern Luzon event is set Nov. 27-30 in Imus City, Cavite. The two-week NCR tournament is sponsored by Shakey’s and backed by Mikasa, Asics, Tune Hotel, Burlington, BioFresh, Food Health and Science Magazine.